The frame or the body of our Awning Systems are constructed from the highest-grade 6061-T6 aluminium extrusion. Grade 6061-T6 Aluminium is the highest-grade aluminium available on the NZ market.


Grade 6061-T6 aluminium is 2.5 times stronger than regular aluminium generally available off the shelf, from aluminium merchants. The strength of aluminium is all to do with the tempering or heating of the extrusion. The aluminium we use is tempered to the highest level T6.


Grade 6061-T6 aluminium is the same grade aluminium used in the marine industry for boat building, and in the construction industry because of its minimal corrosive and high strength properties.

The same grade 6061-T6 aluminium extrusion is used in the framing or the body of our Awning Systems. It is the highest grade, and highest tempered available on the NZ market.

Shades Direct sources this aluminium direct from the aluminium mill to our specifications, especially for our Outsider Awnings Systems.

The stainless used as fixtures in the frame construction is Marine Grade 316 and once again this was selected because of its strength and minimal corrosive properties.

You can rest assured Shades Direct is sourcing the best materials available on the NZ market for the Awning Systems giving you years of problem free ownership.
Shades Direct does not compromise the quality and strength of our Awning Systems for the saving of a few dollars.

Our local agent can advise on the size, style and design that will best suit your situation or for a FREE no obligation design, measure and quote.