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Zip / Channel Awnings

Zip channel awnings allow you to fully enclose an alfresco area, keeping insects and the elements out for all-weather, year-round outdoor entertaining. The sleek, modern design of our channel awning uses zip locking technology to add tension to the fabric. As the blind lowers, it locks neatly into a zip mechanism between two side channels on either side of the awning.

Zip Awnings

Fabric Choices

Amaru's custom-made zip channel 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 Channel 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 Channel Awning

Canvas Channel Awning

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

Mesh Channel 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 Channel Awning

PVC Channel 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 custom zip channel awnings can be operated in a choice of three opening combinations:

Spring Channel Awning

Spring Channel Awning

  • Manual operation
  • Lower or raise the awning by hand
  • Bottom rail locks into set positions.
Crank Channel Awning

Crank Channel Awning

  • Manual operation
  • Effortlessly turn the handle to lower or raise the awnings
  • Crank handle installed to either left or right of awning
Motorised Channel Awning

Motorised Channel Awning

  • Choose from remote control or switch systems
  • Control multiple awnings with one remote control
  • Power from mains or solar
Solar Powered Channel Awning

Solar Powered Channel Awning

  • Energy efficient and eco-friendly option
  • Solar panel system collects UV light and stores power
  • Batteries charge without direct sunlight

Suitable Areas

Side-channel awnings are perfect for alfresco living and entertaining areas, including balconies, decks, patios and verandahs. They can be mounted in the spaces between posts and can sit on top of balustrading or pass in front of it to ensure complete protection. Zip awnings can also be installed on the wall over windows, doors and other openings, allowing them to pass down over the top of them.

Alfresco Areas
Second Storey

Colour Choices

To ensure the best custom zip channel 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 channel blinds? 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 channel awnings for sale in Melbourne or Canberra.

Features & Options

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

Pelmet Head Box

Pelmet Head Box

Standard zip channel awning installation includes a colour coordinated pelmet head box, 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.

Wind Resistant

Wind Resistant

The secure zip fastening and durable design of Amaru’s channel awnings allow them to withstand wind-pressure of up to 80km/hr, making them suitable for use in windy and coastal areas.

Australian Made

Australian Made

Our custom zip awnings are made right here in Australia in our Melbourne based facility using high-quality, durable materials to ensure they protect your home from our harsh weather conditions and scorching summer sun.

Full Protection

Full Protection

Zip channel awnings not only offer protection from the sun and wind but by allowing you to fully enclose your outdoor spaces, they keep out insects, frost, dust and rain.

Energy Efficient

Energy Efficient

Installing zip channel awnings on windows helps improve home energy efficiency by keeping sun and heat off your windows during the summer and blocking frost in winter. When used as alfresco blinds, they improve the effectiveness of patio heaters.

Commercial Use

Commercial Use

Commercial zip channel awnings are a popular choice for screening off alfresco dining areas in cafes and restaurants and improving office comfort by reducing heat and glare.

FAQs about Zip Channel Awnings

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Are zip awnings suitable for light control?

The great thing about these window awnings is that the zip mechanism lets you stop the blind wherever you want between the top and bottom of the opening, providing maximum light and privacy control.

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.

How do I care for my Zip Channel 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.

  • 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 channel 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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Book an appointment for an onsite quote. Showroom visits are by appointment only.

1300 362 670

Unit 1, 198 Princes Highway, Dandenong North VIC 3175

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

1300 362 670

95 Freda Gibson Cct, Theodore ACT 2905

Areas We Service - Canberra & Surrounds
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