If you're a Cape Town homeowner considering an outdoor patio cover, ask these important questions to ensure you get a high-quality, functional, and beautifully-designed space. Find out about materials, warranty, process, and more.

Are you a Cape Town homeowner ready to transform your outdoor patio space into an exceptional living space? Before embarking on this exciting project, it’s essential to ask yourself and the company you’re working with a few important questions. By doing so, you can ensure that you’ll have a high-quality, functional, and beautifully-designed patio cover that will make your home the envy of the neighbourhood. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the crucial questions to consider when choosing an outdoor patio cover in Cape Town.

  1. How will you be using the patio?

To create the ideal outdoor living experience, it’s crucial to determine how you’ll be using your patio. Consider the time of day you’ll spend the most time on your patio and what activities you’ll engage in. Are you planning to entertain guests, host braais, or simply enjoy a quiet relaxing space? By sharing your preferences with a Lifestyle Awning consultant, they can recommend the best shade structure and design options to suit your needs.

  1. What is the process like?

Understanding the process of designing and installing your patio cover is important for a smooth and satisfactory experience. 

  • Inquire about how the company handles the design process.
  • Whether they provide renderings.
  • How changes can be accommodated throughout the project. 
  • Additionally, ask about the project timeline and installation process.
  • Considering any upcoming events or other projects you have planned.

Lifestyle Awning Solutions follows a comprehensive process, starting from a quote request and site visit to discuss requirements, explore design options, and provide a quotation. Once accepted, a deposit is required to confirm your booking, and installation is scheduled for approximately 35 working days later.

  1. What materials are used?

Understanding the materials used for your patio cover is crucial for durability, weather resistance, and aesthetics. Inquire about the materials used and their advantages over others. For example, Lifestyle Awning Solutions uses aluminium for its patio covers, ensuring they can withstand high winds, rain, and other outdoor elements. Consider how the patio cover can be adapted to your patio or deck and whether it complements your home’s appearance.

  1. Does the cover have a warranty?

Ensuring your investment is protected is vital when choosing an outdoor patio cover. Inquire about the warranty offered by the company. 

Lifestyle Awning Solutions stands by the quality of their work, providing a one-year workmanship guarantee (By offering a 1-year workmanship warranty, we’re making a promise that we’re confident we can keep. We believe that any installation-related issues are likely to become apparent within the first year as your awning faces various weather conditions and usage scenarios. This warranty period reflects our dedication to immediate and effective solutions.) a 10-year factory guarantee on all aluminium components, and a 3 -year factory guarantee on all Zincalum products. This gives you peace of mind, knowing that your patio cover is built to last.

  1. Who’s doing the work?

Experience matters when it comes to choosing a company for your patio cover installation. Inquire about the company’s experience and expertise in the field. Lifestyle Awnings has been serving the Cape Town area for 15 years, with a team of full-time employed staff boasting over 100 years of combined awning installation experience. Their track record includes thousands of satisfied homeowners enjoying their covered patios.

  1. Are plans required?

Before starting your patio roof/awning project, it’s crucial to obtain an approved plan. Familiarise yourself with the building regulations and requirements set by the City of Cape Town. Lifestyle Awning Solutions collaborates with your architect to supply all the necessary information for plan approval, ensuring your patio cover complies with local guidelines and building codes.


Transforming your outdoor patio into a stunning and functional living space requires careful consideration and the right information. By asking these essential questions before choosing an outdoor patio cover in Cape Town, you’ll be equipped to make an informed decision. Lifestyle Awning Solutions offers high-quality, innovative designs, and a transparent, customer-focused approach. Book your free design consultation and quote with Lifestyle Awning Solutions today to elevate your outdoor living experience to new heights.