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Characteristics of balcony awnings

Balcony awnings can be associated primarily with holidays in the south of Europe. Virtually every balcony there is provided with such a cover - a smooth or striped material, lowered at an angle. In southern countries, from late morning to early evening, mainly during siesta, staying in the apartment (especially without air conditioning) would be extremely tedious without this kind of protection. In Poland, we have been dealing with very hot summer for several years. Installing a balcony awning is an ideal way to protect the balcony and the interior of the room against the sun and heat.

A balcony awning is similar to a terrace awning, it consists of a structure of side arms mounted to a wall or a railing, and a cover material, which we slide apart/slide together as needed. The difference is that the balcony has a lower depth than the terrace, therefore the balcony awning has a shorter overhang and is tilted (usually at an angle of 45 °). In the case of balcony covers, it is a much better solution than a typical terrace awning. However, it does not differ from it in terms of the quality of both the accessories and materials.

The role of a balcony awning is to effectively protect the sun and reduce the temperature in the apartment. At the same time, it does not disturb the aesthetics of the building. The balcony in the apartment usually has a utility function, it is a place that expands the apartment with additional space. We like to be there, especially when it's warm. However, when it is unbearably hot outside or it is raining lightly, it becomes impossible. In addition, high outside temperatures also mean an unpleasant temperature in the home. The awning will effectively protect the balcony from the sun, and the apartment from heating.

Advantages of balcony awnings

The history of the outer marquises goes back to ancient Rome; at that time they were used to protect the stands of the Colosseum from the sun. Today they perform the same function; mounted on the outside are primarily intended to provide respite from the heat during hot summer.

The main advantage of balcony awnings is, of course, the protection against the sun. The spread material is set at an angle, thanks to which it covers the entire surface of the balcony, regardless of the position of the sun. In this way, the apartment is enlarged by a space outside, where you can comfortably rest even at noon. Summer is the time when we like to be outside, but in hot weather it becomes tiring and even dangerous when the temperatures are very high. In addition, it is difficult to rest even at home in hot weather. 80% of the heat penetrates into the interior through the window panes. External shields are effective in protecting against heat because they do not allow sunlight to come into contact with the glass. In this way, the balcony awning cools the apartment effectively, which is especially important if its windows face south.

Another advantage of balcony awnings is the favorable price. Due to climate change, more and more people are choosing this type of solution, gaining an effective and durable cover at a reasonable price. Moreover, not everyone wants and can use air conditioners. Set up in one room, they may not evenly distribute the temperature in the apartment - in one room it will be cool, and in the other - hot. Then it is not difficult to catch a cold. Air conditioning also means additional costs related to energy. The balcony awning is a good compromise here; we protect the apartment against heat, but without generating additional fixed costs.

When buying balcony awnings, their resistance to weather conditions and dirt is also important. The solid structure supporting the material is made of extruded aluminum characterized by high quality and durability. The material is covered with an impregnation which prevents deterioration by factors such as sun or rain. The awning retains its aesthetic qualities for a long time.

Balcony awnings in Knall

Balcony awnings in the Knall store are offered in four product groups:

  • Italia without a cassette. The awning blind has a simple structure, not equipped with a cassette, into which the material can be hidden after rolling up. Includes universal brackets for mounting to the wall and ceiling (balcony above). Possibility of electric control - motors protected by IP 44 casing, which means protection against water splashes on the casing from various directions (driving rain). Equipped with automatics with wind and shock sensors.
  • Italia in cassette. Awning of a simple structure, equipped with universal brackets ensuring easy mounting to a wall or ceiling (balcony above). Electrically controllable, the motor of which is protected by an IP 44 rainproof housing. Equipped with automatics with wind and shock sensors.
  • Railing Italia. Characteristic for this model are the arms fixed to the balcony railing; the design allows for the appropriate tilt angle. Electric drive cannot be used here.
  • BORA. The BORA awning is installed vertically in relation to the window plane. Equipped with a spring drive, without the possibility of using an electric drive.

The material of the balcony awning is covered with a special impregnation that prevents dirt and dust from settling on the fabric while the awning is open. The color palette includes smooth materials and covered with stripes in various colors, characteristic for awnings. Thus, the product can be easily adapted to the character of the building and the color of the facade. At the end of the awning there is a decorative frill.