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Straight Drop Awnings

Straight Drop Awnings are versatile outdoor blinds that do not require guides; instead, the weighted end rail is secured to railings or floor when lowered. Drop awnings make great alfresco blinds for protecting patios, verandahs and covered balconies from the elements. Choose light-blocking or filtering materials for privacy and shade or a clear PVC cafe blind style to keep rain and wind out without blocking views or natural light.

Fabric Choices

Amaru's custom-made straight drop awnings can be created from various materials that perform different functions depending on the elements you wish to block and the aesthetic you desire.

Acrylic Straight Drop Awning

Acrylic Straight Drop Awning

  • Allows limited light through without sacrificing privacy
  • Protection from the harsh Australian climate
  • Offers an excellent shade factor when closed
  • Range of colours to choose from
Canvas Straight Drop Awning

Canvas Straight Drop Awning

  • Block most light from penetrating through
  • UV, mould and weather resistant
  • Offers an excellent shade factor when closed
  • Traditionally striped
Mesh Straight Drop Awning

Mesh Straight Drop Awning

  • Allows light and airflow to filter through
  • UV, mould and weather resistant
  • Some options are also flame retardant
  • Offers a good shade factor when closed
PVC Straight Drop Awning

PVC Straight Drop Awning

  • Clear option offers protection from the elements whilst maintaining views
  • Tinted option offers protection from the elements and glare
  • UV and water resistant
  • Great for all-weather alfresco dining

Control Options

Our drop down awnings can be operated with the following mechanism:

A straight drop awning can be installed with face fit or top fix mounting brackets into most surfaces above an opening. These blinds feature a weighted bottom rail attached to the fabric that sits parallel with the headbox/roller tube. When lowered, the bottom rail is secured via your choice of a range of clip fastenings or locking bolts to a railing or floor surface; then, the crank handle is used to tension the fabric until the blind is taut.

Crank

Crank

  • Manual operation
  • Turn the handle to raise or lower the awnings
  • Tension the fabric by clipping it into one of the bottom set points
  • Crank handle can be installed either left or right of the awning

Suitable Areas

Straight drop outdoor blinds are incredibly versatile and can turn any covered outdoor structure into a functional all-weather alfresco living and entertaining area. The material you choose for your drop awnings will determine the level of privacy and protection against the elements your blinds will provide. You may even decide to use particular face materials for different aspects. For example, on a high-rise apartment balcony, you might use acrylic side blinds to provide privacy from neighbouring balconies but a clear PVC main blind to enjoy the city views. Drop awnings can also protect windows that don't open outwards.

Alfresco Areas
ALFRESCO AREAS
Balconies
BALCONIES
Windows
WINDOWS
Commercial
COMMERCIAL

Colour Choices

To ensure the best custom straight drop awnings in Melbourne are a perfect complement for your home, Amaru offers an extensive range of colours across our awning shade fabric options. From neutrals through to bold colours and traditional stripes. Need help deciding on the perfect shade for your alfresco shades? Our professional home décor consultants are here to help.

* Actual fabric colours may appear differently due to variations in monitors and browsers. The best way to ensure your colour choices are correct is to view a physical sample by booking a free measure and quote or visiting our showroom to see our patio blinds for sale in Melbourne or Canberra.

Features & Options

There are a number of additional features and options that can be added to your outdoor straight drop awnings to enhance their use. Speak with your consultant to see what is possible with your choice of fabric and application.

UV Protection

UV Protection

Installing alfresco blinds allows you to control when, where and how much direct sunlight you want in your outdoor space. This is not only necessary for delicate patio plants such as ferns and orchids to thrive but will protect you and your furniture from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Even our clear PVC blinds can be UV tinted for sun-smart outdoor living.

Anchoring Options

Anchoring Options

As their name suggests, these outdoor awnings drop straight down, they have no side channels, so if the weighted bottom rail is left unsecured, they will sway in the wind. Amaru offers various options to anchor your blind to suit every application, from webbed strapping to stainless steel saddle brackets.

Head Box

Head Box

Standard drop awning installation includes a headbox, which protects the awning and roller mechanism when not in use. Awning headboxes are colour-matched to your home guttering or custom powder-coated to the colour of your choice.

No Protrusions

No Protrusions

When anchored, drop awnings create a taut vertical surface that does not protrude outward, making them a perfect outdoor blind for windows with limited clearance, such as those close to fences or walkways.

Proven Quality Components

Proven Quality Components

Amaru uses only local industry-tested awning materials, mechanisms and components that have proven durability for the Australian climate.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Drop awnings block wind and rain, allowing you to enjoy your balcony, patio or any other alfresco living area in all-weather year-round.

FAQs about Straight Drop Awnings

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What sort of awning fabric should I choose for privacy and light blockage?

If you plan to use these awnings to improve the privacy of your alfresco area or if you want to block as much of the light as possible when they're closed, we recommend you choose from our extensive acrylic or canvas range.

What are the main benefits of straight drop awnings?

You will receive many benefits by installing drop awnings, including extending the life of your outdoor furniture and furnishings by shading them from UV damage and fading; added privacy; better natural light control; reduced glare; less dust, pollen and insects; more efficiency from patio heaters; all-weather protection from wind and rain; and happier ferns and other delicate undercover plants.

How do I care for my Straight Drop Awning?

Your Amaru awnings have been custom manufactured from the highest quality materials; whether you've selected Sunscreen Mesh, Acrylic, Canvas or PVC fabrics, they will provide many years of outstanding service if cared for properly.

 

Please Note: If you have chosen one of our motorised awning products, always ensure any electrical connections are isolated and switched off before cleaning.

  • Always keep the awning taut when down to avoid pools of water gathering on the fabric. Prolonged water exposure can cause your awning to lose its mould and mildew resistant coating and leave stains or fading.
  • Regularly inspect and clean the awning to keep it free of dirt, dust, grime, leaf-litter and bird droppings as these may cause stains and bacterial growth to develop if left unattended.
  • Clean your awnings with a sponge, warm water and a mild non-abrasive soap. Always rinse thoroughly to remove any remaining suds. Never use scrubbing brushes or scourers on the fabric. We also recommend hosing down your awnings on hot sunny days to remove dirt and dust. Never use sugar soap, concentrated soaps, harsh detergents, industrial cleaning fluids or bleach as these will strip the fabric of any protective coatings and cause damage and discolouration of your awning.
  • Keep insecticides, solvents, fuels and flames away from the awning.
  • Occasionally fully extend, then retract the blind to maintain the awning mechanisms and even out the material, especially if you usually keep your blind in one position.
What areas do you service?

Amaru are a proud custom drop awnings supplier in both Melbourne and Canberra. We have showrooms in both Melbourne and Canberra or you can book an in-home measure and quote for Melbourne Metro & Surrounds - including the Mornington Peninsula and Canberra & Surrounds.

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Showrooms

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Melbourne

1300 362 670

Unit 1, 198 Princes Highway, Dandenong North VIC 3175

Areas We Service - Metro Melbourne & Surrounds, including the Mornington Peninsula
Canberra

1300 362 670

95 Freda Gibson Cct, Theodore ACT 2905

Areas We Service - Canberra & Surrounds
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