Change The Look Of Your Patio With Patio Awnings

January 21, 2021


Want to change up the look of your patio? Patio awnings are one way to easily change the look of the entire patio. They come in different shapes, colors, and designs. 

What is a Patio Awning?

A patio awning is a shade covering for the patio. It protects the patio furniture and people from the harsh rays of sun. Some patio awnings are extremely easy to install while others will require professional help. 

How Much Are Patio Awnings?

The cheapest patio awnings you can find are going to range between $100-$300. For premium materials and features you can expect the price to go up to $1,000-$3,000. Expect to pay extra if you need help with installation. 


There are even patio awnings with weather sensors, remote controls, and premium water-proof materials. These will cost more than average awnings. Lighting and temperature control are also add-on features that will cost extra, but make the patio even more enjoyable. 

Different Types of Awnings

Here are a few ideas of the different types of patio awnings to inspire you. 


Different Types of Awning Designs


Retractable awnings are the post popular design. You can retract the awning for when you don’t need or want it. On certain days or times you may prefer to not have the awning covering the patio, which is why a lot of people like retractable awnings. 

Most retractable awnings have a manual system where you pump a crank lever of some kind to reel the awning into its cover. There are also automatic retractable awnings which can sense inclement weather conditions and will retract automatically to protect the awning from storm damage. 


Fixed awnings stay in place throughout all weather conditions. If they have a fabric cover, the fabric cover will need to be washed or replaced periodically because it will fade in color, stain, and become worn down. Other types of fixed awnings are made out of plastic, wood, or metal. Metal fixed awnings may become hot easily and transfer that heat to the patio. 

  • Metal 
  • Cloth
  • Wood
  • Plastic


For those who want a patio awning on a tight budget, a portable awning may be the most cost-effective solution. This includes umbrellas and canopies which stand-alone and aren’t connected to the house or patio. When it comes time to move to a new property you can take the portable patio awning with you. Renters can opt for a portable patio awning if they need extra shade on their property. 

Different Types of Patio Awning Materials 


Typically used for retractable patio awnings, fabric is a popular type of awning. The type of fabric used will have an effect on how capable the awning is of protecting from the sun and resisting weather damage. Sun rays may make the color fade and certain fabrics are susceptible to becoming dirty or stained, so opt for UV protected fabric with a water-proof coating. 

  • Cotton
  • Canvas
  • Polyester


Metal awnings are more long lasting than fabric patio awnings. That is the main benefit of metal awnings because they are more durable, but there are some downsides as well. Metal can rust with water exposure. It can also be hard to fix if it becomes dented, such as from a large branch falling on it during a storm. Some metal awnings will get hot easily, but you can find some which are more resistant to the sun to stay cooler longer. 

  • Aluminum
  • Polycarbonate
  • Galvanized metals  

Final Thoughts

Patio awnings come in a variety of materials, colors, shapes, and sizes. They also come in a wide range of prices with various features. If you want to switch up the look of your patio, consider installing a metal, fabric, wooden, or plastic awning. They can be both functional and beautiful.