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Weather varies depending on where you live. We understand this and we’ve dedicated ourselves to being able to deliver personalized services to any individual, company, organization, business or governmental entity throughout the world. We understand that the differences in weather drastically change the types of products and features you’re going to use. That’s why we offer the different options we do—not every retractable awning, patio cover, pergola or any other product from us is meant for the same type of implementation. If you live in colder northern regions, you’re going to want a different product from those of us in sunny Florida, where we’re looking for protection from sun, wind, rain and bugs year-round.

In this segment, we’re going to explain to you which of our products are great for each situation. We will also offer ideas to the kinds of products you will want to look at, if you want a specific area of protection to accommodate your unique location.

I want protection from rain!

If you’re looking for superior rain protection, we offer several lines that are built just for that. Typically, these products have no exposed rafters, providing extra strength. Specifically, you’ll be looking at our complete line of 19 waterproof retractable patio cover systems. Each of these models is capable of handling heavy rain, making them perfect for those living in rainier areas of the northwest and coastal cities and states like Florida or the Carolinas.

What about wind protection?

When it comes to products like awnings, windows, shutters, siding and other products installed on the exterior of a property, there is a rating scale called the “Beaufort Scale Wind Rating.” We only recommend products for wind protection with above average to superior Beaufort ratings. Several of our models have Beaufort Scale Wind Ratings of 10 (55-63mph), the highest rating available in the awning industry.

Can’s products defend against snow and hail?

We offer a wide variety of products, and we understand them inside and out. Our products with high wind and heavy rain ratings will have sturdier structures as compared to products for low wind and light rain. We strongly suggest that you avoid letting snow build up on your retractable awning or retractable patio cover systems. If you’re looking for hail protection, you should consider one of our 19 retractable patio cover systems or our new Bioclimatique rotating louver system. For snow or hurricane protection our Bioclimatique rotating louver system is the only option.

Which products are the best for bug and pest control?

A lot of people come to us to buy products that specialize in bug and pest protection. In areas like Florida, that’s extremely important. We’re very familiar with mosquitoes and the like, and one product we’d like to recommend for this is our Cagliari line. This product is named after the Mediterranean, where we were inspired to make it.

Our Cagliari is a horizontal side open and close style awning. The product gets installed sideways, and the protective screens can be customized to your exact desires. Once completed, the Cagliari won’t let critters through its tightly woven retractable screen fabrics.

We also think you should check out the Vicenza free-standing retractable patio cover system. The Vicenza can be constructed anywhere on your property and doesn’t need to be mounted to anything except the ground. Originally, we designed this product for people that sit and even dine outside. The product features complete door-style enclosures that seal it away from the outside world. Additionally, our clientele can choose between clear vinyl skylights and different varieties of drop-screens.

How do I get the best in sun and UV protection?

We have some of the best TÜV certified, High Clean Finished, Sanitized, Confidence in Textiles, Sanitized Silver and Teflon coated water resistant fabrics from Para and water proof fabrics from Ferrari Textiles to enhance your retractable awning, patio cover or anything else.

Some of our products are intended for convenient sun protection when you want or need it, and clear skies when it’s convenient. For example, our Turin attached retractable patio cover system combines minimalism with modernism to create an extremely efficient piece of UV and heavy rain protection.

The Turin uses a minimalistic design to have a huge impact on the property it is used around. Talk to an expert at today!

Our Conclusion

We have a lot of products that suit a lot of different wants and needs. If you’ve been struggling with finding the right product for your commercial, residential, industrial, governmental or institutional property, consult with us. Through our proprietary Awning Selector and Choose Your Own Awning features, you can work with us step-by-step to find the right solution for your property. Contact us today for more information or guidance with any questions or concerns.


Typically, the main reason we see people purchasing retractable awnings, retractable folding lateral arm awnings and retractable patio covers is for the shade that they offer. While our clients will call this shade, we always refer to it as “sun protection,” and the various styles and types of awnings and fabrics will offer different levels of sun protection, as well as varying levels of protection from rain, wind, snow, hail and more.

You might be asking “Why should I get retractable awnings or other products for my property?” Maybe you are wondering about the different advantages and benefits that owning retractable awnings and patio cover systems offers. If you need to know why retractable awnings, patio covers and other products are better than their stationary predecessors, then you’ve come to the right place.’s Products Pay for Themselves Over Time

If you were wondering about the cost of retractable awnings and other sun, wind and rain protection products or the price of maintaining them over time, know that they pay for themselves. How is that, you ask? Savings. 

Every time you cover a window of any kind, protect a door or extend some extra shade over your patio, pergola or deck on a very sunny and/or hot day, you are keeping some of that sun out of your property. As you might already know, sun will turn into heat as it’s brought inside. Over time, this heat spreads and adds extra strain and demand to heating and cooling systems in a property. Through effective shade and sun protection, property owners will save on energy bills related to heating and cooling. Keep in the sun when you want it, and get rid of it when you don’t, it’s that simple.

Property owners can also enhance the cooling potential of areas with retractable awnings, patio covers and other systems by taking some simple measures. Installing fans will improve air flow in an area and improve cooling efforts. Clients can also choose fabrics that reflect sunlight, displace heat and offer enhanced shading. 

Awnings Can Be Retracted During Severe Weather

With stand-alone non-retractable awnings and patio covers, it’s a dice-roll every time the bad weather rolls in. Each time the item is damaged by severe winds and other intense weather conditions, costly repairs await. Instead, retractable awnings’ folding lateral arm awnings and patio cover systems can be drawn back during bad weather. This way they stay completely undamaged, and as soon as the weather’s nice again, it can be pulled out to help with some extra shade.

Property owners must be careful with any awning, retractable or not. Each product has specific wind, rain and hail ratings that dictate how well they fare during different types of severe weather. It’s important for a property owner to know when it’s appropriate to have the awning or patio cover out, and when to pull it back in. In other words, it’s important to know the limitations of awnings, and really any other product you’re installing in or on a property.

Retractable Awnings Will Protect Upholstery and Flooring, Indoors and Outdoors

Many people have already gone through the quite-unpleasant experience of having the sun “bleach” something. That is because the sun dries things out and drains the richness of colors over time through solar radiation exposure. This entire process can be extremely frustrating for new property owners. Anyone wondering how to prevent sun bleaching of furniture and flooring inside and outside a property should look into installing retractable awnings and patio covers.

When the sun is more severe, the awning is expanded, and when the sun subsides, it can be retracted so that the great outdoors can be enjoyed once again from the window or door in question. Retractable awnings and other retractable sun protection products can be fitted with sun-resistant fabrics. Some can also be supported with timers, so they retract and expand automatically during the day or evening.’s Products Allow Customization

Whenever you go to a regular store or franchise to get retractable awnings and retractable folding lateral arm systems, you are restricted to their selection, their schedule and their limitations. This is a problem for individuals seeking a more contemporary, artistic and personalized feel to their retractable awnings, folding lateral arm awnings and retractable patio cover system solutions. We have the answer to the question of, “How can I get the exact retractable awning or patio cover that I want for my needs and tastes?” Look no further than  

We offer comprehensive solutions to all of our clientele. First, we determine the location of the retractable awning and/or patio cover; whether it’s over a deck or patio, above a window, over a hot tub or around a pool. Then we determine the correct mount type, whether it’s mounted to a wall, floor, pergola, on exposed rafters, across a ceiling or soffit, etc.  

Our experts at then figure out details including your desired dimensions and what kind of cover style you desire. We analyze the type of weather that your area is exposed to as well, while determining the best product. Then we iron out small yet extremely important details for you. This includes:

-          Method of Powering

-          Motor Style

-          Manual or Remote Control

-          Torque Sensing Motors

-          Cord Pull Systems

-          MP3 Speakers

-          Space Heaters

-          Screen Prints

-          Sensors and Timer Systems – The Answer to Your Awning Questions!

Don’t hesitate for another day—contact us today with any questions or concerns about retractable patio cover and retractable awning systems. If you’ve had a stationary awning collapse or become damaged during a storm, then you know the importance of having one you can retract during bad weather. Through our Awning Selector and the Choose Your Awning system, we offer a wide variety of customizable options to provide practical and affordable solutions to your needs in sun, rain, wind, insect and even snow protection. Contact us today throughout the US and Canada at 1.800.392.1334 or anywhere else throughout the world at 305.330.1925.

Right now, we’re going to explain to you exactly why you should replace your broken or permanent awning with one from, whether it’s already retractable or not. We ship and install retractable awnings and retractable patio covers worldwide. Whether you’re a commercial or residential property owner, has the right product for you.

Benefits for Commercial Property Owners

We offer a wide variety of benefits for commercial property owners seeking retractable awnings, retractable patio cover systems, retractable vertical drop awnings, retractable canopies and much more.

Through giving us an e-mail address along with the amount needed to be financed for your project we can provide you with the financing and monthly payments you need.

We also have a brand new ROI calculator for businesses looking for a return on investment. This could be true for restaurants, hotels, night clubs, wedding event planners, beer gardens, pubs and more. Find this proprietary ROI calculator here.

Awnings Designed Specifically For You

We take all of our clients’ requests and desires seriously, regardless of their size. If you own a small residential property, or multiple commercial properties you can benefit from our services.

We’ll take down the specific dimensions you want, along with your geographic location and the details of your project, combined with your desired budget and weather conditions. All of this information is put together to create a personalized retractable awning or retractable patio cover solution for your commercial or residential property.

Contemporary LEED-Certified Fabrics

We offer a greener product for our customers. Some of our products use LEED- certified fabrics, which have had their materials verified by the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for safe fabric manufacturing and disposal.

Modern Materials Made With the Weather in Mind

Our modern materials are resistant to the sun and the effects of the weather. We are also transparent in the constraints and limitations of our products. If you look in the “Choose Your Awning” tool, we clearly outline each product’s Beaufort Scale Wind Rating, as well as its snow load and hurricane rating. We also detail the amount of rainfall that the awning will be safe in.

If you purchase an awning without careful consideration to the weather, it could potentially be damaged by the elements. We list the limitations for all of our models, so you can buy the model that’s right for you; one that doesn’t need constant repairs from weather and seasonal damage.

Extensive Features – Music, Heating, Control and More!

We also feature products with convenient and stylish contemporary features. Many of our retractable awnings and retractable patio cover systems are compatible with mp3 speakers that work with many different devices (including mp3 players, of course). Some of our other high-end features include sound systems, specialty cover options, enclosed heaters, custom screen printing, open/close timers, and sensors to prevent expanding or retracting into an obstacle.

Control is also an important element of our products. We offer a wide variety of control options for a wide range of commercial and residential properties. Your retractable awning and/or retractable patio cover system can be operated manually, or through a motor-driven system. We have products that open and close with a cord-pull system, and ones that use remote controls or wall-switches. Some of our products can even have their pitch adjusted to allow water to run off easier. We Gladly Ship and Install Worldwide!

Every year we do many projects worldwide, bringing clientele of all sizes exactly what they need. For more information on the benefits of our services, please call us today in the US and Canada at 1.800.392.1334 or outside of the US and Canada at 305.330.1925.