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The weather can be unpredictable in the UK so days when you have to deal with both the sun and the rain aren’t unusual. One minute you’re basking under the sun and another you’re scrambling for cover to keep yourself from getting drenched, and vice versa. That’s not at all how someone would want their weekend to go, right? You can always prepare for one or the other but somehow not both at the same time. Well, it wouldn’t have to be that way if you had garden awnings.

Patio awnings

Patio awnings offer excellent shade

Nationwide verandas do superior work in keeping the elements at bay so you can do more outdoors. It’s hard to believe then that our verandas can get better, but they can, with the help of awnings. Where a veranda provides you a solid structure to help you deal better with the weather, awnings come in as a supplement and a complement by blocking out the heat of the sun. Verandas do offer some shade but they don’t completely block out the sun to keep heat away from you. That’s what Nationwide awnings are here for.

What can garden verandas with awnings do for you?
There’s the matter of blocking out the sun for you but did you know that awnings don’t just protect you? They also protect your outdoor furniture, so you can expect your garden set to last through whatever kind of weather the UK will have. UV protection is essential for you and the same goes for your outdoor furniture. They may be made to weather beautifully but it surely can’t hurt to provide them with garden shelter that will lengthen their years. If you’ve got cushions outdoors, the added shade will be perfect for them as well.

Glass veranda as garden shelter

Glass verandas offer better sun protection with awnings

It always pays to be a good neighbour but this doesn’t mean that you should make yourself available for all prying eyes to see. Everyone needs their privacy and that includes you, no matter how neighbourly you might be. Set up garden awnings and you instantly get a privacy screen to block out anyone’s view of your garden. Now you can lounge about in your garden (even in your birthday suit) and you’d have nothing to worry about. You want a peaceful weekend? You got it.

garden awnings

Spending more time outdoors is possible with awnings

It’s not so much that you should avoid sunshine but that you’d benefit from more shade, most especially when you’re actively trying to cut down on your energy bill. How do awnings help you rake in those savings? Portions of your home may be shaded by garden canopies, which cuts back on the heat within your property. Without so much heat to get rid off, your HVAC system won’t have to work extra hard to keep your home in a comfortable temperature, meaning it won’t be chugging down as much energy and this will reflect on your energy bill.

Don’t have a veranda?

It’s true that awnings work in tandem with verandas but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of them on their own. There are two ways you can do this: as sun canopies for windows and as freestanding awnings.

In the same way that an awning extends from a structure, a sun canopy provides protection by extending over your window. Take note though that the canopy simply extends over your window and doesn’t cover it so you can still enjoy views outside while keeping the sun out of your room. In the case of freestanding awnings, up to 56 square metres of protection from the sun can be enjoyed when the awning is spread out. Ideal for residential areas, a freestanding awning is a great solution if you’re looking for sun protection but don’t have enough wall on your property for mounting patio awnings, like in conservatories, summer houses, and mobile homes. When you’re done with it, a freestanding awning retracts neatly into the structure to both protect the awning and to clear up space for you.

Window awnigs

Sun protection without compromising the view

What to expect from awnings by Nationwide
Nationwide has been in the business of home improvements for more than 25 years now and all that experience translates to top-notch quality you can trust for the next 25 years in your outdoor garden shelters. For starters, all awnings from Nationwide are bespoke so yours will be made exactly how you want it. There are hundreds of fabric designs and colours to choose from so there’s sure to be one that will be perfect for you. Averse to taking care of things around the house? Nationwide understands that you have better things to do than worry about an awning’s upkeep, so awning frames are made from aluminium to keep away rust and fabrics employ self-cleaning technology so you’re looking at very little maintenance if any at all is required. We’ll also guarantee that all your concerns are addressed promptly before, during, and after awning installation by assigning you a dedicated customer service manager from our head office.

Freestanding awnings

Freestanding awnings offer great flexibility for outdoor spaces

Moving beyond sun protection
Verandas by Nationwide are perfect with awnings because this gives you everything you could ask for in sun shelters. By offering functionality and aesthetic appeal, verandas and awnings make great additions to every home, moving beyond just mere sun protection to give you excellent value. It’s not just a matter of saving on costs; it’s about ensuring you get what you deserve. And what do you deserve? Top-rate craftsmanship that addresses your every need! Nationwide has garden sun shelters in a myriad of sizes, colours, and designs. Let us help you find yours today.

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Norman Luhr Jun 5 at 12:32 pm

A thoroughly professional job – our carport not only looks great but keeps our car and front door clean. We could not be more pleased with Nationwide who we have used previously when they installed a security blind for us.


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