Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions

Why should i get a Retractable Awning?

  • Retractable awnings create a comfortable outdoor environment the whole family can enjoy.
  • Provide you and your family with 99% UV protection.
  • Protects your entryways from rain, snow and ice.
  • Reduce annual energy costs required to cool your home.
  • Reduce heat gain inside your home by as much as 77%.
  • Add an attractive finishing touch to your home exterior.
  • Increase the value of your home.
  • Great for Outdoor Cafes/Brand Exposure

How will an Retractable Awning hold up in the wind? Can i leave my awning open all the time?

Our awnings are sturdy and do very well in the wind. In tests by an independent laboratory, our SunSetter retractable awnings withstood wind gusts of 55-75 mph. However, we do recommend that you retract them during strong, gusty winds. Our optional Wireless Wind Sensor for motorized models gives you additional peace of mind by closing your awning automatically on very windy days.

How long will the installation take?

Professional installation usually takes between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the size of the awning and the complexity of the installation. As a part of the installation process, the installers will make sure that your expectations have been met, and demonstrate how to operate and care for the awning.

Can an retractable awning help keep the inside of my home cooler?

Yes. In addition to keeping your deck or patio up to 20 degrees cooler, by blocking the sun from shining in a patio door or window, you can keep the inside of your house cooler, save on air conditioning bills and prevent your carpets from fading! An awning helps cut energy use, and lowers your carbon footprint.

I have a Ranch house with low eaves. Will an Retractable Awning fit on my home?

Yes we have options for everyone. If there is not enough clearance to install the awning on the siding our professional staff can install the awning on your roof with special roof brackets. Our awnings come in a variety of lengths and projections to meet your needs.

What do i do with the Retractable Awning in the Winter Season?

Even in the case that an awning is under an eave, or the awning was installed with an optional protective hood, it is always advisable to remove the valance for the winter. We offer an awning removal and storage service for the winter months at an affordable price.
If your awning’s fabric cover is exposed when retracted for the winter, a Winter Cover can be purchased that protects the fabric and valance. Our Winter Covers are manufactured from high-quality vinyl, and custom fit to slide easily over your awning. These measures are done to extend the life and beauty of the fabric, and are not truly necessary for the awning to operate correctly. The powder-coated aluminum frame will withstand years of exposure to the elements.

Can an Retractable Awning be installed on vinyl siding, aluminum siding, brick, stucco, and more?

Yes, awnings can be installed on any siding surface. Each installation requires different specifications; your installation will be explained by one of our experts.

What types of fabric choices are available for my Retractable Awning System?

Depending on the model you choose you will have a variety of awning colors and patterns to choose from. Two different types of fabrics are available on our awnings, woven acrylic fabric and traditional laminated fabric. No matter which type you choose you can’t go wrong. Both are fade and water resistant holding their color beautifully, and offer 99% UVA and UVB protection.

  • Sunbrella Awning
  • Tempotest Fabric