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    Retractable Patio & Deck Awnings

     

    Retractable patio awnings and deck awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, LIGHT rain & wind up to +-20 mph (when extended) and no higher. This product type is water RESISTANT, not WATERPROOF. For residential & commercial patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs & open entertainment areas.

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    Retractable Patio Pergola Covers & Louver Roofs

    Most retractable patio covers and pergola covers are designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, HEAVY rain & HIGH winds up to 175+ mph/281+ km/hr. Systems & fabric are waterPROOF meaning no water enters. Used for residential, commercial, institutional & government patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs.

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    Retractable Side Arm / Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable canopy awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat protection and LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Can be wall mounted outside any commercial, governmental, institutional or residential window or door opening.

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    Retractable Screens

    Retractable screens are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat protection & LIGHT to MODERATE wind (depending on fabric & model used) and HEAVY rain (depending on fabric & model used). For residential, commercial, governmental and institutional applications, wall mounted OR mounted on to posts around the outside of a pavilion, pergola or gazebo. Fabric can be water RESISTANT.

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    Retractable Canopies

    Retractable canopies are designed for sun, UV, glare and heat protection, LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Can be wall mounted outside any commercial, governmental, institutional or residential window or door opening.

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    Retractable Free Standing Awnings

    Most free standing retractable awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, HEAVY rain & HIGH winds up to 175+ mph/281+ km/hr. Systems & fabric are waterPROOF meaning no water enters. Free standing awnings are floor mounted and used for residential, commercial, institutional & government patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools & hot tubs.

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    Retractable Electric & Motorized Awnings

    Electric & motorized retractable awnings with an optional wind, rain, sun and motion sensors are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat protection & for light to heavy wind (depending on fabric & model used) and light to heavy rain (depending on fabric & model used). Electric & motorized retractable awnings are used for residential, commercial, governmental and institutional applications. Fabric can be water resistant or waterproof (depending on fabric & model used).

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Lateral Arm Awning Fabric Manufacturer Comparison

Part of what we do at RetractableAwnings.com is research quality manufacturers to find components that combine creative designs with durable, resilient engineering. This is especially true for the fabrics of retractable awnings, which are most susceptible to exposure to UV damage and repetitive motions from opening and closing.

RetractableAwnings.com offers three different fabric manufacturers for our models of lateral arm awnings:

  • Sunbrella , an American textile company that has specialized in marine fabrics for decades and has a reputation for quality and preppy styles

  • Dickson, a German textile manufacturer that focuses on superior quality and minimalist design with bold colors

  • Para, an Italian textile design company known for its vibrant colors and trendy patterns

All three manufacturers offer outstanding quality for longevity even in extreme weather conditions and a variety of colors and patterns to coordinate with any interior or exterior design. The differences between the manufacturers mainly come down to two areas:

  • Finishes, which could make some fabrics more desirable in certain situations

  • Certifications, which could be required or beneficial for building code compliance, LEED certification, or other environmental or regulatory requirements

Material

Sunbrella, Dickson, and Para all offer fabric lines in solution-dyed acrylic. Solution-dyed acrylic is resistant to UV radiation and sun damage, as well as chemicals such as bleach. The pigments are included in the acrylic as it is manufactured (rather than dyed as a natural fiber), so the pigment is literally part of the fiber. The acrylic fiber is also inherently fire-resistant and resistant to mold and mildew (though additional treatments can enhance these properties).

Warranty

Sunbrella, Dickson, and Para all offer similar warranties, though the specific terms may different slightly, so check out the individual manufacturer warranties for details.

  • 10-year total warranty

  • Complete refund or replacement through 8 years

  • 30% discount for replacement at 9 years

  • 15% discount on replacement at 10 years

Finishes

Finishes are treatments or coatings that add protection to the acrylic fabric, apart from what is inherent in the acrylic itself. All manufacturers use slightly different finishes, some patented and unique to the manufacturer itself.

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Manufacturer Treatment Purpose
Para Extreme Teflon
  • Self-cleaning

  • Water repellent

  • Oil repellent

  • Dirt repellent

  • Reduces scuffing or damage to the fabric

  • Micrometric emulsion added to acrylic solution during polymerization process

  • Invented by Para

Para

Sanitized Actifresh

  • Antimicrobial (bacteria, mold, mildew)

  • Tested for human and environmental safety

Para Sanitized Silver
  • Anti-bacterial

  • Additional dust / pollen protection

  • Ideal for people with allergies

Para Hi Clean
  • Water repellent

  • Surface coating

Dickson CleanGuard Outdoor Treatment
  • Stain resistant

  • Water resistant

  • Grease resistant

Sunbrella N/a N/a

Certifications

Manufacturers achieve certification through third party laboratory testing or by verifying that they meet certification criteria. This provides assurance of environmental or safety standards.

Manufacturer Certification / Agency Description
Para OEKO-TEXT Standard 100 / Confidence in Textiles  

Tests raw materials, intermediate process, and finished products for harmful substances at every stage and component including:

  • Illegal chemicals

  • Regulated chemicals

  • Known harmful chemicals

  • Health-related substances

Para ISO 9001 / TUV

Complete ISO manufacturing assessment, including:

  • Project approval

  • Materials inspections

  • Process verification

  • Staff qualifications

  • Plant supervision and policies

  • Risk assessment

  • Reliability

Dickson ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 / Bureau Veritas

Complete ISO manufacturing assessment, including:

  • Project approval

  • Materials inspections

  • Process verification

  • Staff qualifications

  • Plant supervision and policies

  • Risk assessment

  • Reliability

Sunbrella GreenGuard
  • Low chemical emissions

  • Affect on indoor air quality

Sunbrella Seal of Recommendation / The Skin Cancer Foundation

Documentation is submitted to the Skin Cancer Foundation, which independently verifies it according to:

  • Criteria by the Photobiology Committee

  • Testing data that shows product aids in prevention of skin damage from UV / solar radiation