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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

    Retractable patio covers and pergola covers are designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, HEAVY rain & HIGH winds up to 100+ mph/160+ km/hr. System & Ferrari fabric are waterPROOF meaning no water enters. For residential, commercial, institutional & government patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs & open entertainment areas.

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    Retractable Window 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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    Free Standing Retractable Awnings

    Free standing retractable awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat, LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain protection. The solution-dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Free standing awnings can be floor mounted in almost any residential, commercial, institutional or government location.

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    Electric & Motorized Awnings

    Electric & motorized retractable awnings with 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 water proof (depending on fabric & model used).

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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. Patio 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 snow, hail, rain, and heavy winds) and to be able to accommodate things like exterior heaters, candles or 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 patio cover system and environment:

  • Serge Ferrari, a blended French-Italian company which specialized in textiles and flexible materials for structural engineering and construction

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

The crucial factor for patio 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

Serge-Ferrari uses a patented PVC mesh 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 inherently fire-resistant and resistant to mold and mildew (though additional treatments can enhance these properties).

Warranty

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

For patio cover systems, we offer one Para fabric line, but we offer three different Serge-Ferrari fabric lines, designed for different structural applications. For clarity, the Ferrari lines are separated here to show how they perform individually.

To see the entire comparison scroll left to right and top to bottom

Manufacturer / Line Light Management Fire Resistance (Certification) Waterproof Tensile Strength
Ferrari 302 Light filtering
  • M2

  • NFP 92-503

Yes
  • 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
  • Method 1, NFPA 701

  • CSFM T19

  • Class A, ASTM E84

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

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

Para

Standard shade

None No
  • Warp: 140 daN/ 5cm

  • Weft: 95 daN/ 5cm