More and more Australian homeowners are coming to realise the benefits offered by awnings. However, before you decide to purchase an awning for your home, you should be able to spot the difference between high quality and inferior quality awnings.

If you end up buying an inferior quality awning, you’ll not only miss out on the full benefits of awnings, you’ll also be in the market for a replacement much sooner than you expect.

Rainbow Shade is one of the leading manufacturers of shade fabrics in Australia. We provide high quality fabrics to shade specialists around the country who manufacture awnings, shade sails and shade canopies, to name a few. We are proud to mention that over the years, we’ve had positive feedback about our shade fabrics, especially those used for awnings. In this article, I’d like to share a few of the benefits that these customers commonly mention.

Energy cost reduction

Customers enjoy a significant reduction in energy costs, especially during summer once their awnings have been installed. Awnings prevent solar heat from passing through windows increasing the internal temperature and forcing air conditioning units to work harder and consume more energy. By preventing internal temperature from increasing, air conditioning units don’t use as much energy to keep the home cool.

Also read: Awnings – Save Energy and Enhance Your Home

Awnings prevent property damage

Furniture, carpets and even concrete floors can be damaged if continuously exposed to the elements. An awning will prevent direct sunlight from entering a doorway or window and slowly damaging your possessions. Additionally, awnings will also prevent rain from coming through an open window and causing severe damage to your property.

Awnings add value to your home

Homebuyers have a tendency to favour homes that already have small additions, such as window awnings, shade sails or a shade canopy. They know that these items cost a good amount of money to install, thus homes that already have them become a much more attractive investment, even if they have to pay a little extra.

Extended living area

A lot of most positive feedback comes from homeowners who were able to increase the size of their living area by adding an awning. Outdoor spaces are often wasted, simply because they don’t have the necessary protection. By adding an awning, these happy homeowners were able to make use of otherwise wasted space.

Enhancing a home’s appearance

Awnings come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. Some can even be customised according to the wishes of the buyer. Many homeowners have awnings installed primarily to enhance the appearance of their homes. While there are many other benefits, due to the wide array of design choices available, we find many homeowners seek an awning simply to improve the appearance of their home.

Additional areas to entertain friends and family

One of the major benefits of installing an awning is that the covered area can be converted into an ideal place to entertain guests. By setting up a table, a few chairs and some drinks, you have an instant entertainment area that will be enjoyed for years to come.


There are countless benefits to awnings and I have no doubt that you’ll be able to discover some that might be unique to your situation. However, it is important to remember that awnings are exposed to the intense heat of the sun, strong winds, dirt, debris and rain. All of these elements can wreak havoc on an inferior quality awning fabric.

If you want an awning that’s tough enough to withstand punishment, then make sure that Rainbow Shade manufactured the fabric. Our shade fabrics that are ideal for awnings are DRiZ and Serge Ferrari. Both fabrics are highly durable and they also provide maximum protection from harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. For example, DRiZ provides 100% protection.

For more information about our products, view our product range or call any of our offices. Rainbow Shade fabrics are available all throughout Australia, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a high quality awning for your home.