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The awning can enjoy its terrace or balcony while protecting the sun and some of the rain. Zoom on these paintings that unfold from a crank turn or using a motorization.

Buying advice to choose your awning with integral trunk

Typical outdoor equipment, the awning is composed of a solidarity canvas a aluminum frame with articulated or telescopic arms. The characteristics of these various elements determine the quality of operation and the longevity of the whole. The dimensions, standard or custom, and the accessories of comfort proposed are other criteria to be taken into account at the time of the choice, without forgetting the price.

With or without a chest the awning?

Awnings are subject to climatic hazards and all kinds of external aggression: bird droppings, dust, pollution, etc. There are three main types, which each provide a different level of protection: monobloc, semicoffre, trunk integral.

  • For the first level, the canvas and the arms remain exposed to external attacks when the blind is fully retracted. However, some protection can be provided by overhanging an awning (available as a spare part) or by placing it under a roof projection, for example.
  • Regarding the second level of protection, the awning is sheltered from the weather by a half-shell (or cassette) that reveals the lower part of the fabric. This configuration makes adjustments and repairs easier.
  • As for the third level of protection, the canvas and the mechanism are completely wrapped. This solution, which is the subject of our purchasing guide, provides total protection when the load bar (front) is closing the fairing. It is also the most aesthetic, when the blind is folded.

A question of fiber

Outside, a rot-proof awning fabric seems the least of things. But it must also withstand the action of moisture and ultraviolet rays, wear time, be easy to maintain... For this reason, cotton is now abandoned in favor of synthetic textiles.

  • The polypropylene is a cheap fiber, but it is resistant to UV and deteriorates rather quickly. In addition, it is fishing by its appearance "plastic". Polyester is more resistant to breakage, but its resistance over time and UV is of the same order. It is an economic solution that is justified for specific uses.
  • Theacrylic has increased impermeability, resistance to tearing and breaking, water-repellent, anti-fouling, etc. Its technical qualities perfectly meet the requirements of a prolonged exposure in the open air and its coloring in the mass guarantees an excellent stability over time.
  • The micro-perforated fabric is resistant to water, tears and dirt. Very elaborate, it combines synthetic fibers (polyester...) and a two-sided PVC coating. Reference in sun protection, its micro-perforated weave repels most of UV while promoting ventilation under the awning. And cleaning with soapy water is easy.

How to choose your awning fabric?

Choosing your blind fabric

  • Indicated in grams per square meter (g / m2), the weight of the fabric determines its strength and level of sun protection.
  • For intermittent use (second home), we can be content with a canvas weighing 270 to 280 g / m², capable of filtering 95 \% UV.
  • For regular use, a heavier cloth is recommended: between 285 and 300 g / m2 or more, depending on the quality sought.

The arms of the awning with integral trunk

  • Very stressed, the arms are responsible for keeping the canvas taut, by opening or closing the awning, and at the same time carry the load bar fixed at their end. The effort required is proportional to the dimensions of the fabric and the weight to be maneuvered.
  • Maneuvers must be smooth and as quiet as possible in the long run. If the mechanism struggles to work, it may squeak, twist and form the canvas bowl. Which is unattractive and, in rainy weather, problematic.

For optimal comfort under the awning

  • The manual awnings are operated by means of a crank (winch or chain). Many of them are available in motorized version, or motorized afterwards. There are two types of motors: electric or solar. Electric motors called "wired" operate with a switch and "wireless" via a radio remote control (same for solar).
  • We can also add a rain sensor, which goes up the canvas from the first drops.
  • The lambrequin, fixed or unrollable, improves the shading. It also avoids glare when standing in the sun.
  • New trend, leds lights. The top: the possibility of varying the light intensity.
  • Also very appreciable, the atomizer which lowers the temperature under the awning by 5 to 10° C.

A power to check

Mechanism of the arms of an awning

Articulated arm mechanisms are the most common on the market. There are different types that deliver variable power depending on their design, as well as the number and quality of integrated traction springs.

  • Single cable: 60 to 65 kg of thrust. Limited wind resistance, for awnings of small dimensions.
  • Two cables: about 80 kg of thrust. Medium to good resistance, for 2 to 3 m of progress.
  • Four cables: 90 kg of thrust. Very good resistance, up to 3.5 m forward.
  • Carbomer tape: more than 100 kg of thrust. Very good resistance, up to 4 m forward.
  • Stainless steel ribbon: 130 kg of continuous tension thrust. Excellent resistance, up to 4 m forward.
  • The chain mechanisms, which can still be encountered, are less and less used despite a robustness and a quality of operation more than satisfactory.
  • The telescopic arms, with cylinders, deliver up to 170 kg of thrust. Exceptionally stable, they are intended for blinds of very large widths and up to 5 m in advance.

Automatic withdrawal

Smart motorization for awning

  • Pairing the automation with a wind sensor is a useful precaution in exposed areas: at the least risk, the device triggers the automatic folding of the blind.
  • More complete, the wind / sun sensor controls the deployment or the withdrawal depending on the ambient conditions.

Take the measurements before placing your awning

  • Awnings are available in standard widths of 2 to 6 m and 1.5 to 4 m in height. They can also be ordered to measure. There are models to install oneself (in store or online) and others sold by resellers-installers.
  • The laying is most often mural but it can also be done "under ceiling": return of masonry, advanced roof...

At the time of purchase, certain dimensions must be respected:
  • the width of the bay plus at least 20 cm on each side;
  • the advance available;
  • the installation height, taking into account possible obstacles (ornamentation, shutters...);
  • the height of passage at the level of the load bar according to the positions of inclination of the blind (of 0 and 30° on average).

Maintenance of a banne awning

  • Dust the blind regularly and clean the cloth with soapy water.
  • Avoid wrapping it when it is wet.
  • It is good to lubricate the axes of the mechanism once a year.

Leroy Merlin full-body awning with awning - Rio2 (800 € *)

Integral chest awning Leroy Merlin model Rio2

Tilt: 5 to 20°

  • Hand crank model: yes at 500 €
  • Sun chest (H x D): 14 x 24 cm
  • Ceiling installation: no
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: double sheathed cables (see opposite) - Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 200 g / m2 - Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 2 years (canvas and frame)
The +: filtering fabric 80% UV

Primrose Awning Full Awning - Awning (€ 1,000 *)

Roller blind with integral trunk Primrose model Awning

Inclination: 15 to 30°

  • Hand crank model: yes at 900 €
  • Sun chest (H x D): 24 x 14 cm
  • Ceiling installation: no
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: single cables
  • Canvas: polyester
  • Weight canvas: 300 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 5 years (canvas and frame)
The +: detachable valance

Integral chest awning Castorama - Blooma (€ 1,100 **)

Blinds with integral trunk Castorama model Blooma

Inclination: 0 to 80°

  • Hand crank model: no
  • Sun safe (H x D): NC
  • Ceiling installation: no
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm Mechanism: NC
  • Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 270 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 1 year (frame), 5 years (canvas)
The +: led lighting integrated into the arms

Integral chest awning Sunny Inch - Neptune (€ 1,466 *)

Integral chest awning Sunny Inch model Neptune

Inclination: 0 to 75°

  • Hand crank model: yes at € 1,240
  • Sun safe (H x D): 14 x 28 cm
  • Ceiling installation: yes
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: double sheathed cables
  • Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 290 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 2 years (canvas)
The +: withstands force winds 3

Integral chest awning Sunny Inch - Neptune (€ 1,550 *)

Integral chest awning Sunny Inch model Neptune

Inclination: 5 to 45°

  • - Hand crank model: yes at 1 120 €
  • - Sun safe (H x D): 18 x 26 cm Ceiling installation: no
  • - Frame: aluminum
  • - Arm mechanism: double sheathed cables
  • - Canvas: acrylic
  • - Weight canvas: 300 g / m2
  • - Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 5 years (canvas and frame)
The +: optional telescopic end posts

Folding awning with integral chest Lapeyre - 2380240 (€ 1,900 **)

Lapeyre full-body awning awning

Inclination: 5 to 38°

  • Hand crank model: no
  • Sun chest (H x D): 18 x 28 cm
  • Ceiling installation: yes
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: single cables
  • Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 300 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 5 years
The +: remote-controlled motorisation, integrated lighting

Matest full-body awning - Kissimy (2 510 € *)

Integral chest awning awning Matest model Kissimy

Inclination: 11 to 60°

  • Hand crank model: € 2,360
  • Sun safe (H x D): 18 x 24 cm
  • Ceiling installation: yes
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: double sheathed cables
  • Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 290 to 420 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 12 years (frame), 5 years (canvas)
The +: proposed guarantees

Gibus full boot awning - Scrigno 250 (3 900 € *)

Blinds with integral trunk Gibus model Scrigno

Inclination: 0 to 90°

  • Hand crank model: yes at € 3,400
  • Sun chest (H x D): 22 x 24 cm
  • Ceiling installation: yes
  • Frame: aluminum
  • Arm mechanism: chain tension
  • Canvas: acrylic
  • Weight canvas: 300 g / m²
  • Other dimensions: yes
Warranty: 5 years (canvas and frame)
The +: high wind resistance by four arms spread in width from 5.90 m

* The price is indicated for a blind of 4 m of width equipped with a canvas of an advance of 3 m in wall installation with electric maneuver.
** Exclusively offered with motorization


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