Patio awnings along with being used for sun protection can also be used to provide shelter from rain showers. To guarantee rainwater runs off and does not pool on the material, patio awnings must be set with a pitch of 14 degrees (or greater), as set out in European Directive EN13561. As an additional benefit, thanks to the exclusive TEXgard nanotech coating impregnated around every fibre of our materials, as the rainwater runs off at this angle or greater, it takes surface dirt and debris with it ensuring the material keeps a clean visual appearance.
The chart below shows the fall of a patio awning over its projection when set with the optimum 14-degree pitch along with the required mounting height on the façade to facilitate this pitch and achieve the typical 2m walk under leadrail height when the awning is extended. The pitch of a patio awning can be varied from as little as 0 degrees up to as much as 45 degrees (dependent on model) to accommodate all property styles, available wall space, required leadrail heights along with use.
|Patio Awning Projection||Awning Drop (fall) at 14 Degree Pitch||Mounting Height based on 14 Degree Pitch & 2m leadrail height when awning is extended|
Patio awnings with a wet fabric (used in rain) should be allowed to dry out first before you retract them away, however, if the fabric is rolled away wet (ie the rain is persistent), the patio awning should be opened up at the next opportunity to allow the fabric to properly dry out and to help minimise any rippling and waviness in the material. Continuous and consistent use of a patio awning in rain showers will affect the look and appearance of the fabric.