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How do RetractableAwnings.com’s high quality retractable awnings match up to our competitor Sunesta’s model? In most areas of comparison, our awnings come out ahead.
For starters, our frames are primarily constructed from 6063 aluminum -- a high quality alloy -- and are resistant to rust, corrosion and pitting; Sunesta’s website does not state the material used for their frames. Our hardware is likewise high quality, made from marine-grade stainless steel that is also resistant to damage from the elements; Sunesta’s is stainless steel but the quality is not indicated on their website. Finally, our frames are powder-coated with Qualicoat® brand powder coating. Sunesta’s frames are electrostatically powder coated, but their website doesn’t state which brand is used.
Sunesta offers a maximum awning width of 40’ with a maximum projection of 14’8”. RetractableAwnings.com easily tops that with a maximum length width of 52’6” (using one motor and a single piece of fabric) and a maximum projection of 16 feet. Plus, we offer a variety of different retractable awning models to fit your needs in terms of appearance as well as size.
We offer brand-name acrylic fabrics from around the world with over 500 solution dyed fabric options available, while Sunesta offers 190 solid and striped fabric options -- none of which are name brand. Even the Goretex brand Tenara thread we use with our fabrics is UV-resistant, resists damage from saltwater, bleach, extreme temperatures and the elements, and has a lifetime warranty against seam separation.
RetractableAwnings.com offers more features that add to the ease of use of our products, such as a hand crank on our Palermo Plus model that allows you to adjust the angle and pitch -- but on the Sunesta retractable awning, this is done by manually loosening bolts. We also offer features such as optional non-rusting aluminum telescopic poles and non-rusting aluminum roof brackets for added wind support on all of our models. except the Genova.
Our retractable awnings are available with value-added features that increase their safety and ease of use. For instance, all of our awnings except the Genova model use a patented roller design that prevents the fabric from bunching, optional telescopic poles for extra wind support, and a patented center support to protect the fabric from fraying. rubbing against the center support (a/k/a the intermediate tube support) causing friction and damage to the fabric.
And In addition, we have high-tech options you won’t find from Sunesta that make our awnings easier and more convenient to use, such as a rain and sun sensor/timer/digital keypad, or a smartphone/tablet app / module that allows you to schedule your awning’s opening and closing times and more.
Unlike Sunesta’s, our retractable awning products come to you direct from the factory with no middleman, and have a longer warranty: 25-year non-prorated on our frames and a 10-year warranty on our name-brand fabrics, vs. Sunesta’s 15-year warranty on both frames and fabric. Sunesta’s website does not state if their warranty is prorated or not.
The verdict: At RetractableAwnings.com, our products are made with the highest quality materials and designed to weather the elements beautifully and have been wind load tested in Europe. That’s a claim many of our competitors, including Sunesta, can’t make.
For a more complete side-by-side comparison of RetractableAwnings.com and Sunesta products, see the matrix below.