Solar shading

Which solar shading should I choose: a screen or an awning?

It is not always easy to make a choice. Both options have their own, unique benefits and the right type of solar shading often depends on various factors, including the specific needs of your home and lifestyle. To make an informed decision, it is essential to make a clear distinction between these two types of pergola and their corresponding features.


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Why choose a screen?

A screen, as a form of outdoor sun shading, functions as an effective barrier against the sun and keeps the heat out. It is installed in front of the window. When the sun shines on the window, the screen comes down, blocking the heat from the sun before it can reach the glass. This stops the glass heating up and allows the temperature indoors to be regulated in a natural and energy-efficient manner, maintaining a cooler indoor climate as a result.

What are the advantages of screens?

Screens are an efficient way to repel heat and can help to reduce the need for air conditioning which, in turn, delivers energy savings. Screens even protect against irritating mosquitoes and offer the privacy you need by blocking curious glances from passers-by.

You also maintain a great view of the outside as screens block sunlight and heat but still allow diffuse light to enter. This means that you can control light penetration and enjoy natural light in your home without any glare or excessive heat. The amount of light that passes through a screen depends on the fabric you choose; full blackout is also an option. These are useful for bedrooms.

Finally, screens also protect the interior as direct sunlight on furniture or floors is a real no-go if you want to prevent discolouration or fading due to the sun.

The benefits of screens

  • Energy-efficient heat protection
  • Manage light penetration
  • Maintain view outdoors
  • Protect your privacy
  • Combat UV light (protect your skin and interior)
  • Keep insects out
Which types of screens are there?

Why choose a folding arm awning?

A sun screen, sun canopy or awning is a type of extendible awning with fabric that is installed on the outside of a house or building, above windows, doors, patios or terraces. It can be fixed to a wall, roofing edge or free-standing supports, depending on the design and installation options.


Fabric is stored in style

When the awning is not being used, it is usually rolled/folded up against the building, and protected by a box. When you need a little shade, the sun canopy can be unfolded easily by the simple press of a button or automatically thanks to sensors.

What are the advantages of an awning?

A sun canopy ensures that you can always enjoy a cool terrace or outdoor space. It offers effective protection against the hot sun too because the UV-resistant acrylic fabrics filter more than 90% of the hazardous UV rays, which compares to a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50. Furthermore, a sun canopy or awning provides pleasant cooling on hot days and also improves privacy. So you can enjoy your terrace without worrying about snoopers.

Sun canopies also use very little energy and can even save you money. By blocking the sunlight, a canopy can help to reduce the temperature of your home, making you much less dependent on your air conditioning system. They also enlarge your living space. After all, by creating shade on your terrace or the windows, a sun canopy effectively expands your living space to the outdoors. As a result, you will feel more comfortable outdoors and spend more time in the healthy outdoor air, even on the hottest days.

The advantages of an awning

  • Shade and cooling
  • Protection against UV light
  • Expansion of living space
  • Energy-saving
  • Combat UV light (protect your skin and interior)
Which types of awnings are there?


Both screens and sun canopies are very low-maintenance; the fabrics are treated with a special, dirt-repellent coating so that they can be cleaned easily and will not rot or go mouldy. The box can also be cleaned easily with mild, soapy water. Would you like more information? You can consult the Harol Specialists. They will be happy to help with any questions.

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