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  • Folding Arm Awnings  Folding Canopies

    Folding Arm Awnings & Folding Canopies

    Folding arm canopies and awnings for homes can reduce your cooling costs while protecting your outdoor furniture from harmful UV rays.

  • Retractable Pergola Covers  Awnings

    Retractable Pergola Covers & Awnings

    Retractable pergola covers are best for residents in areas prone to heavy rain and high wind while also adding beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

  • Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable home drop arm awnings provide shelter for windows and doors. They are available in a multitude of color options to complement your personal style.

  • Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable screens fit nicely in the spaces of gazebos and pergolas to provide your backyard with some extra privacy. Vertical screens can also be installed over windows.

  • Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable canopies add a little interest to the exterior of your home. They’re a great option if you want to add some UV protection to windows and doors.

  • Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Provide shelter to your patio or deck with retractable free standing awnings and canopies. They are easy to install and the louver roof option can handle snow load.

  • Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable lateral arm awnings are commonly used for commercial decks and patios to provide protection from UV rays and light rain. They are installed to the wall, fascia, beam, roof, or an eave/soffit/overhang.

  • Retractable Pergola Roof Covers

    Retractable Pergola Roof Covers 

    Retractable pergola roof covers can be free-standing or installed on a building, patio or deck. These durable structures can handle heavy rain, high wind and are chosen for both practical and decorative purposes.

  • Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable side arm / drop arm commercial awnings protect windows and doors from the sun, rain, and other weather conditions. They are easily customizable with a large variety of fabric options.

  • Power Retractable Screens

    Power Retractable Screens

    Retractable vertical drop screens are flexible window awnings that can be retracted and rolled up into a cassette box. For privacy, you can install them inside or outside a rectangular or square opening, such as on the sides of pergolas and gazebos.

  • Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable canopies protect areas from sun, UV rays, light rain, and light wind. They are available in a variety of colors for coordinating with your business’s color scheme or logo.

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Sensors equal efficiency. Sensors tie into the retractable awning motor and trigger an automatic response to extend or close the awning in reaction to ever-changing weather conditions.

Instinctive automation has two distinct advantages:

  • Increased comfort. Sensors allow the retractable awning to naturally respond to and control glare and sunlight and maximize passive cooling.

  • Improved protection and longevity. Some weather events can potentially damage a retractable awning, and sensors can react immediately to protect the awning from damaging weather like rain and wind.

Most sensors relate to exterior events -- sun, rain, wind, and motion. RetractableAwnings.com offers a line of Somfy sensors that allow exterior retractable awnings to respond adaptively to interior conditions (light and temperature) that result in bioclimatic control per Somfy. From cozy living rooms to contemporary office spaces, bioclimactic control increases the comfort and usefulness of any area.



RetractableAwnings.com offers Somfy's Sunis sun sensor. This wireless sensor is solar-powered, so it never runs out of power. You set your own brightness levels to extend and retract the awning.

Wind and Motion

Somfy's wired  Eolis wind sensor automatically retracts the awning when wind speeds hit any predefined level, from 12mph to 31mph. The sensor checks the wind speed every 12 minutes, and when the winds slow down to a safe level, the sensor will re-extend the awning automatically.

The wireless  Eolis 3D motion sensor detects pressure or movement on the retractable awning arms. Any abrupt movement from the wind causes the awning to be closed immediately. This provides added protection for areas that may see sharp, changeable winds.


Somfy's combo wireless sun and rain sensor unit is ideal for situations where an awning cannot be installed with a steep pitch. An adequate pitch (angle) is essential to allow rain to run off the awning. If the angle is too shallow, rain pools on the awning and stretches the fabric. A rain sensor automatically retracts the awning when it begins to rain, which prevents pooling. Another way the rain sensor can be used is when enough pitch is available on the awning. The wires on the sensor can be reversed so that the awning extends when it begins to rain. This is used when one wants to keep furniture dry for example.

The sun sensor will extend the retractable awning upon sunrise (light) and retract the awning upon sunset (darkness).


Somfy's Soliris sensor is a combination sun and wind anemometer sensor. This single accessory can be programmed to respond to both light levels and wind speed. Like the Sunis sun sensor, this sensor is solar-powered.



Indoor sun sensors measure light levels inside a room and automatically extend or retract the awning to maximize protection against interior sun and glare. This battery-operated sensor is installed in a convenient interior location. Interior sun sensors can improve the ambiance and comfort of spaces like offices, storefronts, and commercial properties where a pleasant, productive environment is vital.


Somfy's ThermoSunis sensor combines the interior Sunis sensor with a temperature sensor so that the awning can respond organically to interior heat gain as well as glare and brightness. Along with increasing comfort, this combination sensor improves energy efficiency (and energy savings) along with improving comfort.

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