The Garden City – how Adelaide is making the most of outdoor awnings

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The Garden City – how Adelaide is making the most of outdoor awnings

As a market for outdoor blinds Adelaide is frequently cited as a growth area, with manyhomeowners in the beautiful South Australian capital making the most of its reputation as ‘TheGarden City’ by investing in ways to optimise the outdoor potential of their abodes. Adelaide’sinhabitants are typically fiercely house proud and happy to invest significantly in homeimprovements, in particular in shading solutions.

In terms of outdoor blinds Adelaide prices are proportionate to those in most major Australiancities, with a wide range of options to suit a wide range of budgets, according to one marketexpert. “Nevertheless, overall the trend is that when it comes to a major investment such as anoutdoor blind or awning, Adelaide customers aren’t afraid to make significant outlays in orderto attain quality and durability.”

A green and leafy gem of a town, which has managed to escape the warp speed growth andbreakneck pace of life that are the hallmarks of Australia’s larger state capitals, Adelaide is lesswell known for its swanky bars, eateries and restaurants than it is for its inhabitants’ passion forentertaining. Put simply, Adelaide residents are homebodies who love nothing better thanwelcoming people into their private space to enjoy quality time. In Adelaide, staying in is thenew going out.

Add to this the fact that Adelaide’s tranquil suburbs and cruise controlled lifestyle are perfectlycomplemented by its dry, almost Mediterranean summer climate, and the result is that outdoorliving is the default setting for many Adelaide households. Outdoor lounges complete withbarbeques, exterior seating areas and even in some cases kitchens and bars, are a growing trendin Adelaide’s suburbs, with homeowners relishing the chance to enjoy long summers and eventhe cooler months with the help of slick outdoor heating solutions, in their outside spaces.

The result is that if you’re in the market for exterior settings showcasing the best in outdoorawnings Adelaide has some of the best examples. If you’re hoping to find great outdoor livingcomplete with cool accessories, from water features to fairy lights Adelaide is the place for you.

“For examples of the wide range of outdoor shading solutions such as retractable awningsAdelaide is a really burgeoning market,” says our expert. “And it doesn’t stop there; in terms ofoutdoor pool areas, the sleekest lounges and furnishings complete with outdoor cushionsAdelaide homeowners are really maxing out their investments in this area.”

Types of outdoor blinds Adelaide

“Adelaide clients are pretty savvy about their needs and the number and range of shadingsolutions to meet those needs,” adds our expert. “They’re big watchers of TV renovation shows,which often feature the latest innovations in shading solutions and automation. They alsotypically do a lot of online research before they even consider approaching a supplier, so theirlevel of knowledge about everything from cassette styles, to fabrics, to the style of awning thatmight be best suited to their needs, is pretty extensive.”

The Adelaide market for awnings has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years,meaning the city’s home owners proudly display a wide range of outdoor blinds in theirproperties, from retractable folding arm awnings in cassette, semi-cassette open or stretchawning options, to pergolas, free standing awnings and more. In addition, tastes can vary withinthe Adelaide market depending on location. So for example, coastal dwellings in suburbs such as Glenelg or Henley Beach might opt for solutions with corrosion protection finishes to safeguardthem against the effects of salty ocean air, while those in wind prone area will look for awningsor blinds designed specifically to withstand high winds.

And of course Adelaide customers are increasingly also adding value to their awnings with theaddition of lifestyle accessories such as lighting, sound systems and heaters.

Another popular style in the Adelaide market is the free standing awning. Free standing awningsystems don’t rely on a wall or other supporting structure in order to function, making them aperfect choice for smaller spaces or areas where supporting walls are in short supply. Pergolasare also a popular choice in Adelaide, adding stylish and functional shading options tocourtyards, decks and bigger back gardens in the SA capital.

In addition, heritage homes in Adelaide as well as those with modern extensions, are alsomaking the most of glassed in areas with an investment in conservatory awnings. In fact if youwant to see the best examples of the conservatory Adelaide is the place to do so. As avidhomeowners, many of them in possession of beautiful sandstone homes typical of Adelaide,many of the city’s residents are extremely proud of their conservatories, and increasinglylooking at ways to regulate the temperature inside them, while also protecting furnishings andother items from solar glare. As conservatory awnings are typically located fairly high off theground, an investment in automated operation at the touch of a button is also fairly typical forAdelaide customers.

Fabrics, frames and finishes

“When it comes to fabrics, frames and finishes, the sky’s the limit in Adelaide,” says our expert.“While beach side dwellers have always opted for extra corrosion resistant (ECR) coating, we’reincreasingly noticing that many homeowners, even those not located near the beach, are optingfor this finish. They’re also investing extras like bonded seams for added awning strength to thenano self-cleaning effect that is available on awning frames and fabrics. Adelaide homeownerstend to view their property as a long haul investment, so they’re happy to optimise its value thisway.”

“To bring out the best of awning frames, many Adelaide homeowners opt for classicpowder-coated frame colours in semi-gloss or metallic finishes. Meanwhile for those ecooutdoor Adelaide types, the existence of fabrics that are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified andare covered by a five year guarantee is a huge plus. Awareness of the environment isincreasingly important in the Adelaide market, with customers happy to invest in the knowledgethat they’re doing the right thing.”