Shaded Cube FAQs

How much do your awnings cost?

All of our products are made-to-measure for your home, specified by experts and installed by trained professionals, with the peace of mind of the Manufacturer’s Five-Year Guarantee.

We have such a large range each with options and accessories, that there is always something to fit reasonable budgets. But we are aware that some people have no idea what the costs might be. This list is just to give you a starting point, but for exact costings please book a home consultation.

All prices include 20% VAT and fitting.

  1. Retractable arm awning – useful for shade on patios during the summer months. Start from £4,000.
  2. Pergola awnings – retractable roofs and side screens. The frame spreads the weight and allows the awning to be used in most weathers spring to summer – start from £7,000.
  3. Outdoor pods – two or four leg pergola with tilting louvred roof and optional side screens – start from £15,000.
  4. Verandas – uninsulated garden veranda or room with optional roof and side shades – start from £20,000
  5. Window Shades – external roller blinds for light and temperature control – start from £1,900

To get an estimate for your choice of external shading, call us on 01959585088

I can buy an awning online for much less. Why?

You can buy awnings and pods online for less than we offer. Like most things, you are paying for both service and a different quality of product.

Online sites will not provide personal advice face-to-face. Our homes are rarely square boxes – we have downpipes and hanging tiles and bifold doors and hanging baskets etc. This isn’t a purchase you make every week – talking to someone who has seen hundreds of installations will raise solutions that you may not know about.

You can only buy stock sizes online. We make everything according to your specific requirements so it fits your space like a glove.

They will not be the same quality. You will buy something which will probably only last you a couple of years. We install products to last 15-20 years.

These awnings are offered on a supply only basis. You might be OK at DIY, but awnings can require specialist knowledge about weight bearing and torque. You could get a builder or handyman to fit it for you, but be careful. We have seen awnings installed on hanging basket brackets or planks of wood which have then damaged the brickwork and the structural integrity of the building. Our team are trained and experienced installers with the right specialist tools and fixings.

Remember – you are installing the equivalent of a yacht sail on the side of your house. If the wind blows you do not want it to try to send part of your house down the garden!

Why don’t you sell manual awnings?

In our experience, buying a manual awning always results in regret. The winders take time and effort to use, when pushing a button is so simple. The cost  difference is so small it is immediately irrelevant once you appreciate the convenience.

We also learnt that more damage can be done by customers rolling the awning fabric the wrong way or over extending. Awning motors are so reliable and when combined with wind sensors provide security from damage.

What size should I have?

As all our products are made to measure, it depends on your home and garden.

Folding arm awnings have to be wider than they project so the arms can fold away. Pergola awnings can project more than the width – just one of their benefits.

Our top tip is to go slightly bigger than you think – the sun moves across the sky (from East to West and at different heights depending on the season) and you need shade from the sun
in different directions.

Do I need planning permission?

You should not require planning permission unless your building is listed or a conservation area. Then you may need to talk to the local planning officer.

Are your Roof Awnings suitable for skylights?

For heat control, it is always better to shade externally. By preventing the heat entering the building in the first place, temperature control is much easier. Once your room is too hot it takes time to equalise to the outside temperature. Air conditioning can be used, but we do not encourage this as it is a huge contributor to climate change.

The suitability of your roof depends on the roof structure. They are designed for the arms to run along roof beams of lean-to verandas and conservatories. They may also be used over rectangular roof lanterns, but this often requires bespoke steel structures and fixing onto the building.

Remember, these awnings are to control light and heat gain. They should be open when raining or in high winds – so are not suitable to reduce noise onto glass.

Why would I have a Veranda rather than an awning?

An awning, either folding arm or pergola style, are designed to be enjoyed in warm weather. If the sun is shining and you are getting too hot sitting without shade then these are the right products.

A glass veranda allows you to enjoy outside space in a wider range of weather scenarios. For the days when the wind is really chilly but the sun is shining. For when evening is drawing in and the temperature starts dropping rapidly. For the warm days when the English weather is changeable and light rain falls. A veranda is perfect for these.

You can remain in the space, relaxing or entertaining.

Why would I have a Veranda rather than an extension?

An extension is an expensive project with long timeframes. It usually requires planning
permission, definitely building regulation approval, foundations, electrics, walls, floors etc! It
can be designed by an architect to match any aesthetics and shapes or sizes.
A veranda by comparison is usually installed in 2-4 days and significantly cheaper. The
base is simple – often we use existing patios or decking. The thermal break into the house
has to be retained – the existing doors and windows are retained for insulation and security.
A veranda is an outside room. The glazing is single glazed and not sealed. It will not be
totally usable all year round without outdoor clothing on and maybe some heaters. But with a
coat on and infra-red heat, even in cold weather you can have a quiet reading corner, or a
cocktail bar with a disco ball to dance under. You should furnish it with outdoor furniture and
fabrics to avoid fading and mould.
So if you are looking to use your garden or outside space more, if you love entertaining and
need more space, if you have an outdoor kitchen and a penchant for barbequing then a
veranda is perfect for you.

Why would I have a Veranda rather than a conservatory?

uPVC conservatories were popular up until about 2008. Then we all realised that they are usually too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. They are not practical extensions to the home, and so often became dumping grounds or utility rooms.

A veranda gives you usable outdoor space. In the summer it is much easier to regulate the temperature. Just slide the doors back and the temperature will reach an equilibrium quickly. Roof blinds (inside or out) will reduce glare so you aren’t squinting.

If you need another room, you need to have an extension. This will cost you a lot more and take a lot more time to build.