What are Window Awnings?

By Betta Blinds and Awnings - 12th April 2023

If you're looking for a way to add extra shade to your windows to help keep your home cool, Window Awnings (Auto Lock Arm Awnings) are a great option. Unshaded windows let in heat and light from the sun, and can contribute to your home's temperature. One of the best ways to protect your home from heat is to use Outdoor Awnings for windows

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Why Choose Window Awnings?

If you find that your windows are letting in too much heat or too much light (or both), Awnings can be a great solution. They are also perfect for reducing any glare on your television or other devices for those relaxing afternoons. Another great feature is that they also allow the breeze to flow through your home.


- Affordable price point
- Perfect for windows
- Maintain airflow
- Stylish


- Motorisation is not available
- Not the best for blocking insects
- Maximum width of 3.9m
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What are the Key Features?

Taking a look at the design and features of the Betta 2000 Awnings will help you decide if they are the best option. Betta 2000 Awnings have an easy-to-use design that makes them perfect for covering any window. 

Betta 2000 Awnings feature a spring-tensioned aluminium top tube that allows the fabric to be rolled up or down. The bottom of the fabric is attached to our stylish 5-sided bottom rail that keeps the fabric stable and allows the Awning to be operated. Two lock-arms project from a wall-mounted rail and connect to the bottom rail. The lock-arms allow the Awning to stop at any point along the rail. 

To operate a Betta 2000 Awning you simply push the bottom rail in and down (this will unlock the lock-arms). Then you move the bottom rail to your desired position and the arms will automatically lock into place. 


The Betta 2000 is one of the best-suited options for shading your windows. While other Awnings are also great for this purpose, the Betta 2000 can shade your windows from direct sunlight while still maintaining comfortable airflow. 

Betta 2000 Awnings are also popular for regular shading requirements such as smaller patios and other outdoor areas. 

Arm Sizes

Longer lock arms increase the Awning’s projection from the window which lets in more fresh air to cool your home. Smaller arm sizes are great for areas where space is limited. 

Optional Extras

Semi Cassette

A semi cassette is an aluminium hood that shields the fabric and hardware from the elements. It also helps minimise the accumulation of debris, like leaves and dust, from collecting on your Awning when it's retracted. A semi cassette can add a stylish touch to your outdoor space, enhancing its overall look and feel.

Straight Valance

On straight-drop Awnings, valances often have a functional purpose such as reducing light leaks around the bottom of the Awning. For Betta 2000 Awnings a valance is mostly decorative and is designed to conceal the bottom rail. This makes for a more seamless look that is great for many home styles. 

Stainless Steel Guide Bars and Arms

You can choose to upgrade from the standard steel guide bars and arms to stainless steel for a more attractive finish. Stainless steel also offers better corrosion resistance and will perform better in coastal areas. 

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Limitations to Consider?

One thing to consider with Betta 2000 Awnings is that they are manually operated. This means that you might need to buy a pulldown stick to allow you to easily operate your Awnings. They also have a maximum width of 3.9m and a maximum drop of 2.7m. So they are not suitable for larger applications.

Another thing to consider is that they are designed to allow air to flow through. So they won't offer the same amount of protection against insects as other types of Awnings. 

What Maintenance is Required?

Being able to control your Motorised Blinds from your phone is a convenient alternative to using a remote control. Keeping track of your remote control can be a hassle, so the Somfy Connexoon Window RTS app makes it easy to set up and control multiple Blinds. You can also create different scenarios that will position your blinds in a preset location.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Window Awning and a Folding Arm Awning?
Window Awnings (Auto-lock Arm Awnings) use two small arms that extend straight from a wall-mounted rail. The arms do not fold and are much smaller than the arms of Folding Arm Awnings. With Window Awnings, you get a much smaller projection from the wall or window. 

Folding Arm Awnings are typically much larger than Window Awnings and are designed to create a shaded extension to your home. The arms fold and extend which allows the Awning to project much further than a Window Awning. 

Are window awnings good for ventilation?
Window awnings are a great option to shade your windows while still allowing air to flow through your home. 

Are window awnings worth it?
If your home is becoming too hot during the heat of the day window awnings can be a great investment. 

What is the purpose of window awnings?
Window awnings are designed to shade your windows from the sun to help keep your home cool. 

Are window awnings blockout?
The fabric that you use for your window awnings will determine how much light they blockout. Fabrics with tighter weaves block out more light. 

Do window awnings stop insects?
Window awnings are not a good option to keep out insects. Zipscreen™ and Ziptrak® awnings will perform better at keeping out insects.

The Bottom Line

Outdoor Awnings for windows are a great solution to shade your windows and prevent the heat from entering your home. The Auto Lock Arms project the fabric from the window which provides more airflow than straight drop Awnings. Betta 2000 are a practical solution to keep your home cool and comfortable.

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