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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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Retractable Patio Cover Fabric Manufacturer Comparison

Retractable Patio Cover 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. Retractable patio, deck pergola cover systems have especially demanding expectations; they are frequently used to expand available spaces in a way that is more flexible and adaptable than conventional construction. This means that they need to be able to offer protection in a much broader spectrum of weather (including hail, heavy rain, and heavy winds) and to be able to accommodate things like exterior heaters, lighting, fans, fire pits and other potential risks.

RetractableAwnings.com offers several different fabric lines with very different types of fabric. This allows you to choose the fabric that is best suited to your specific and unique retractable patio, deck pergola cover system and environment:

  • Serge Ferrari, a French company that specializes in textiles and flexible materials for structural engineering and construction

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

The crucial factor for retractable patio, deck pergola system fabric is its performance in different scenarios, and there are three categories that we use to compare that performance

  • Material type

  • Warranty

  • Overall performance (fire resistance, water resistance, light management, tensile strength)

Material comparison

Serge-Ferrari uses a patented PVC called Precontraint. Precontraint fabrics are structural fabrics; they are designed to maintain their shape and tensile strength even under heavy loads (meaning no tear, sagging, or distortion). Additional polymers are added during the manufacturing process to enhance its UV resistance and the vibrancy of its color.

Para fabrics are 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 resistant to fading, mold and mildew and can be made fire resistant.

Warranty comparison

Check out the specific terms for each manufacturer for details on what is covered under the warranty.

Manufacturer Warranty Term Prorated
Serge Ferrari 10 years No
Para 10 years Yes

Overall performance summary comparison

For patio, deck pergola cover systems, for sun protection, we offer one Para fabric line - Tempotest, but we offer three different Serge-Ferrari fabric lines for sun/heavy rain/hail/high wind. For clarity, the Ferrari lines are separated here to show how they perform individually.

Manufacturer / Line Light Management / Visibility Fire Resistance (Certifications) WaterPROOF
Tensile Strength
Ferrari 302 Light filtering / Opaque
  • M2

  • NFP 92-503

Yes. For heavy rain even hail
  • Warp: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

  • Weft: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

Ferrari 502 Satin Light filtering / Opaque
  • Method 1, NFPA 701

  • CSFM T19

  • Class A, ASTM E84

Yes. For heavy rain even hail
  • Warp: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

  • Weft: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

Ferrari 602

Blackout / Opaque

  • M2

  • BS 7837

  • FP 92-507

Yes. For heavy rain even hail
  • Warp: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

  • Weft: 0.8% at 200 daN/m, 0.4% residual

Para Tempotest

Light filtering / Opaque

  • None
No. For sun protection only
  • Warp: 140 daN/ 5cm

  • Weft: 95 daN/ 5cm