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

Outdoor awnings and blinds in Adelaide are frequently cited as a growth area in the market, with many homeowners in the beautiful South Australian capital – renowned for being ‘The Garden City’ – are investing in ways to optimise the outdoor potential of their abodes. Adelaide’s inhabitants are typically fiercely house proud and happy to invest significantly in-home improvements, particularly in shading solutions. 

In terms of outdoor awnings and blinds in Adelaide, prices are proportionate to those in most major Australian cities, with a wide range of options including folding arm awnings and retractable awnings to suit a wide range of budgets. According to one market expert, “When it comes to a major investment such as an outdoor blind or awning, Adelaide customers aren’t afraid to make significant outlays in order to attain quality and durability.” 

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

Add to this the fact that Adelaide’s tranquil suburbs and cruise-controlled lifestyle are perfectly complemented by its dry, almost Mediterranean summer climate, and the result is that outdoor living is the default setting for many Adelaide households. Outdoor lounges complete with barbeques, exterior seating areas and even in some cases kitchens and bars, are a growing trend in Adelaide’s suburbs, with homeowners relishing the chance to enjoy long summers and even the 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 outdoor awnings, Adelaide has some of the best examples. If you’re hoping to find great outdoor living complete 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 awnings, Adelaide is a really burgeoning market,” says our expert. “And it doesn’t stop there; in terms of outdoor pool areas, the sleekest lounges and furnishings complete with outdoor cushions. Adelaide homeowners are really maxing out their investments in this area.” 

Types of Outdoor Blinds in Adelaide 

“Adelaide clients are pretty savvy about their needs and the number and range of shading solutions 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 also typically do a lot of online research before they even consider approaching a supplier, so their level of knowledge about everything from cassette styles, to fabrics, to the style of awning that might be best suited to their needs, is pretty extensive.” 

The Adelaide market for outdoor awnings has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, meaning the city’s home owners proudly display a wide range of outdoor blinds in their properties, from retractable folding arm awnings in cassette, semi-cassette open or stretch awning options, to pergolas, free standing awnings and more. In addition, tastes can vary within the 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 safe guard them against the effects of salty ocean air, while those in wind prone area will look for awnings or blinds designed specifically to withstand high winds. And of course, Adelaide customers are increasingly also adding value to their awnings with the addition of lifestyle accessories such as lighting, sound systems and heaters. 

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

In addition, heritage homes in Adelaide as well as those with modern extensions, are also making the most of glassed-in areas with an investment in conservatory awnings. In fact, if you want to see the best examples of conservatories, Adelaide is the place to do so. As avid homeowners, 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 increasingly looking at ways to regulate the temperature inside them, while also protecting furnishings and other items from solar glare. As conservatory awnings are typically located fairly high off the ground, an investment in automated operation at the touch of a button is also fairly typical for Adelaide 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’re increasingly noticing that many homeowners, even those not located near the beach, are opting for this finish. They’re also investing extras like bonded seams for added awning strength to the nano self-cleaning effect that is available on awning frames and fabrics. Adelaide homeowners tend to view their property as a long-haul investment, so they’re happy to optimise its value this way.” 

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