The awning as a rain cover

The main use of awnings is privacy and sun protection. But of course it is understandable that many awning owners think about whether the awning could also act as a rain cover. However, not every awning is suitable as a rain cover. Afterwards we explain the peculiarities of a supplementary rain protection awning.

Awnings should actually protect against the sun

Awnings are really practical. They "cover" very large areas and protect effectively against prying eyes and the hot sun. Especially in catering establishments, but also at private barbecue afternoon awnings then play all their advantages. But a patio party or the garden area of ​​a restaurant can literally fall into the water when rain suddenly comes.

The rain protection, however, also offers

Therefore, it would almost be necessary to use an awning as a rain cover. This is not possible with a conventional awning - at least as far as the manufacturer's recommendations are concerned. In order for an awning also to be used as a rain cover, general requirements must be met:

  • waterproof awning cover
  • Heavy Duty Dowel with which the awning is sufficiently attached to the wall or ceiling
  • The angle of inclination must be at least 5 degrees for the water to drain

Why conventional awnings are unsuitable for rain protection

However, the angle of inclination is the real problem for most awnings as a rain cover. The surface is just too large, so that the overall fabric is too heavy. Then it expands down and the water collects in front of the front hem bar. It can not drain for the most part and can severely damage the entire awning. When sitting under it is even the highest risk of injury.

Designs for awnings as rain protection

However, the manufacturers of awnings have responded that awnings are also often used as rain protection. The problem is solved by additional components. This can be one of the following solutions:

  • one or two purlins (crossbars)
  • a gable (a longitudinal bar)

Rain protection and sun awnings with purlins

Depending on the system used, these rods are automatically extended. The rain awning with purlins would be without this at a very steep angle of inclination. By the two purlins, the inclination is increased gradually, so that the steepening gradient is not noticeable. Nevertheless, the water runs off, as just more than 5 degrees angle of inclination are guaranteed.

An awning gable as a rain cover

The gable awning works on the same principle. Only here remains the angle of inclination forward to the hem bar exist. Instead, a longitudinal bar in the middle with unfolded, so that practically a gable with two laterally inclined "roof areas" result, which can now also have a sufficiently strong angle of inclination.

Tips & Tricks

Some manufacturers specialize in sun and rain awnings. Depending on the application, it may be useful if the awning remains almost all year round and thus permanently extended. But this also requires a high strength. So there are awnings that can remain unrolled until wind force 9 (storm).

In principle, if the covering is waterproof, you can also form purlins or a gable. For this, however, you must be relatively steep when setting the inclination angle of the awning. However, this "construction" is not recommended, since conventional awnings are not designed for these loads.

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