What are Pivot Arm Awnings?

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By Betta Blinds and Awnings - 30th June 2023

If you are looking for an attractive and functional way to provide shade and protection from the elements, then Pivot Arm Awnings might be the perfect solution. Leaving your windows or outdoor spaces exposed to the sun can create an uncomfortable environment for you and your family. 

Adding a
Pivot Arm Awning can be an excellent solution for homeowners who want to remain comfortable year-round.

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Why Choose Pivot Arm Awnings?

Pivot Arm Awnings are a popular and stylish option for shading outdoor spaces. Their unique design helps to shade your home while maintaining a comfortable air flow through your space.


- High-quality construction
- Improved airflow
- Creates an open look in your space
- Offers good wind performance


- Not suitable for protection against insects
- May not be suitable for all areas

- Only three extrusion colours available 




Maximum Width: 5000mm
Maximum Drop: 3000mm




Compatible with Rollease Acmeda Semi Cassette

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What are the Key Features?

Pivot Arm Awnings are designed to extend outwards from a building. Like all of our Betta Awnings, they feature an aluminium top tube that the fabric wraps around as the Awning is retracted.

These Awnings are supported by two arms that pivot from a fixed point, allowing the Awning to achieve different angles and provide the desired amount of shade.


There are two options for operating your Pivot Arm Awning. Crank operation allows you to easily extend and retract the Awning with the use of a hand crank.

Alternatively, you can opt to motorise your Awning for the easiest way to control your shade solution.


Pivot Arm Awnings are a popular choice for shading balconies and deck areas. The projection of the arms creates a unique look and helps make your outdoor area feel more spacious.

These awnings are also often used in standard outdoor areas with their maximum 5m spans making them suitable for many outdoor spaces.

Optional Extras

Semi Cassette

The addition of a semi cassette helps to keep your awning fabric protected while in the retracted position. A semi cassette is recommended if you have a motorised Pivot Arm Awning. They are also popular for applications over windows where there is no eave to protect the roller and components.


A valance is a decorative fabric that hangs from the bottom rail of your awning. A straight valance can be used with Pivot Arm Awnings for added style.

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Limitations to Consider?

One key limitation of Pivot Arm Awnings is that they are not recommended if you need to enclose your outdoor space and keep insects out. Due to their pivot design, some gaps exist between the awning and the mounting point. This gap will allow light and insects to enter. If you're looking to enclose your outdoor area, consider an awning with side retention such as Zipscreen™ or Ziptrak®.

They are also not the best at reducing wind. While they will undoubtedly reduce the wind, they will not do so as effectively as straight-drop awnings.

Another limitation is that they don't have the full range of colours that are used on our other Betta Awnings. Our Pivot Arm Awnings are available in black, white and classic cream.

What Maintenance is Required?

Applying the correct maintenance to your products is important to keep them looking and performing their best for years to come. Fortunately, maintenance is a simple process and can be completed in a few minutes. 

Regular cleaning is recommended to remove dirt or dust from surfaces. Simply use a soft brush to clean off dirt and dust. Once the large particles are removed you can use soapy water to remove the remaining contaminants. 

Finish the maintenance by rinsing the Blind with a hose to remove the cleaning products. Ensure your Blind is completely dry before you roll it up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pivot arm awnings block out?

The fabric fitted to your pivot arm awning will determine how much light is blocked out. Tighter weave fabrics in dark colours will help block out more light. They are not completely block out.

Are pivot arm awnings worth it?

Pivot arm awnings can be a fantastic investment for your home. They are made from durable materials and high-quality fabrics. They are a great option for shading windows and patios. 

Are pivot arm awnings better than straight drop awnings?

While they are often used in similar applications, pivot arm awnings and straight drop awnings offer different benefits. Pivot arm awnings are great for use over windows to add shade. 

The projection of pivot arm awnings means that they will also provide a little extra room for air flow if they are installed in an outdoor area. Straight drop awnings have a slimmer look and some may prefer this aesthetic. 

Additionally, most straight-drop awnings will perform better at keeping insects out and reducing wind. 

Are pivot arm awnings and drop arm awnings the same?

Pivot arm awnings and drop arm awnings are the same awning. The terms are used interchangeably and refer to the same product. We use the term drop arm awnings for our product.

What is the difference between a pivot arm awning and auto lock arm awning?

While they may have a similar look, pivot arm awnings are actually quite different from auto lock arm awnings. Pivot arm awnings pivot from a fixed point. This means the angle of the arm changes as you extend and retract the awning. The arm length is also longer on pivot arm awnings which means they project further from the window.

In contrast, auto lock arm awnings have arms that move up and down guide bars that are fixed to the wall. Auto lock arm awnings feature shorter arms that don't extend as far from the wall.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Pivot Arm Awnings are a practical and stylish solution for anyone looking to enhance the functionality and appearance of their property. The unique Pivot Arm Design helps to create a more roomy feeling outdoor space and the strong springs provide improved performance in windy conditions.

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