Awnings are used to accessorise windows and doors but they are more than a decorative feature on the building’s exterior. Awnings not only add to the beauty of a house or place of business but also offer cover and shade. This is why awnings deserve to be included during the design stage rather than added as an afterthought.

Awnings are not canopies though the two terms are often used interchangeably. While awnings are primarily mounted above a window or patio, their canopy counterparts are usually freestanding structures. Additionally, awnings are designed to be permanent structures providing shade and cover throughout the year, unlike canopies, which can be disassembled and assembled depending on the need for shade.

Here’s why you need an awning:

Entertaining guests

Awnings in your outdoor area help you create a cool, comfortable and protected space for entertaining your friends and family. In addition to impressing your guests, awnings provide additional cover from the sun’s heat, UV rays and rain, allowing you to enjoy more of your outdoor area. Awnings from Ricky Richards can be supplied with accessories such as screens, shielding you against both wind and bugs.


Awnings can be made from a variety of fabrics, allowing you to showcase your unique style and eye for design. Awnings customised to your design and colour requirements could be just the finish you need to make the beauty of your outdoor area match your indoors. Talk to the Ricky Richards team to know more about what design elements can enhance the aesthetics of your home.

Added value

Awnings add value to your property by making it more ‘liveable’ and versatile. Potential buyers envisioning long afternoons on the patio or outdoors under the awnings will relish the idea of awnings, ultimately helping increase your home’s market value.

Temperature control

Retractable awnings allow you to control the temperature at a moment’s notice by allowing exposure to the sun or lessening the exposure.


The cover provided by awnings will protect your outdoor furniture against the elements, preventing deterioration due to exposure and prolonging its lifespan.

Consult with the awning professionals

Awnings deliver a host of benefits to a home’s outdoor space. These benefits can be maximised by consulting with the team of experts at Ricky Richards.

A family owned company with a heritage of being Australia’s number one distributor of industrial and commercial textiles, Ricky Richards (Sales) continues to offer both unrivalled quality and variety. Contact us today to upgrade your home with awnings.