Whether you own a business which is focused on hospitality or you simply enjoy spending a lot of time outdoor, in your garden, it is important that you provide an environment that is both comfortable and safe, allowing maximum enjoyment for those outside.
The sun is good for us in small doses, but too much or too high of an intensity can quickly result in injury such as sunburn as well as heat stroke and a whole host of other illnesses. Luckily, there is a simple answer in the form of the retractable roof.
If you own or run a pub, bar or restaurant or have a suitable garden, this guide is for you.
What is a Retractable Roof?
Simply put, a retractable roof is one that can be deployed and retracted at will, providing shade, comfort and protection for all those below. You might have seen larger retractable roof systems fitted to sports stadiums. The type we’re referring to is simply a scaled down version of that which is available in a variety of configurations.
Freestanding or Wall Mounted?
Depending on your outdoor arrangement, you can either decide to make use of a roof system which is supported by its own legs or posts as well as one that is supported in a cantilever fashion by being fixed to the external elevation of a building.
The basis of your decision will depend on just how much space you have available to you, as freestanding retractable roofs require a sufficiently sized floor area to facilitate installation. Wall mounted systems on the other hand are much more suited to those with limited outdoor space as they can be installed in such a way that they are entirely supported by their wall fixings.
Parasols and Umbrellas vs Retractable Roofs
Some people might consider the easy option to be a simple parasol or umbrella that can be placed and relocated at will, and there is nothing inherently wrong with such a solution. What we can say is that floor standing umbrellas have a tendency to get in the way and can be difficult to deploy or relocate at a moment’s notice when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Retractable roofs on the other hand are versatile by design. Most will come fitted with either a hand crank system which allows manual operation or automatic deployment which allows for one touch operation via the use of a remote control. The most advanced systems can even detect rain, deploying automatically when necessary.
Additional Benefits of Retractable Roof Systems
Retractable roofs and awnings come with a host of benefits which include;
- Increased protection against strong wind. Even the sturdiest of parasols will be blown over when the weather takes a turn for the worst whereas most retractable roofs are specifically designed to withstand the strongest of storms.
- The ability to customise how much protection is being provided. There is nothing stopping a user from choosing to open a roof only half way, providing just the right amount of light whilst ensuring comfort.
- Total shelter from the rain. We’ve talked a lot about sun protection but there is often a need to provide respite during periods of rain. Rather than being forced to head indoors when the skies turn grey, you are free to remain outside and continuing enjoying yourself.
The fact is that the versatility and flexibility of outdoor roof systems make traditional methods of weather protection almost obsolete. To experience the benefits for yourself, be sure to pay a visit to the next café or restaurant you pass with its retractable roof deployed.