Retractable and permanent awnings both have their benefits, and the choice is an entirely personal one. If you want a more flexible awning, then retractable awnings will probably be the right option for you. If you’d prefer the awning to be a permanent feature in your garden, then you should choose a permanent awning or a garden terrace cover.
You will be able to look at examples when you are shopping for your awnings. If you visit a showroom or shop, you have the option to see awnings first hand. The installation professionals will be able to give you advice on operating your awning and will help you decide which kind is right for you. Retractable awnings are often the choice of homeowners, because it will be good to have that kind of flexibility. However, if you want it to be a design feature as well as a practical feature, then a glass veranda or cover could work for you.