• Retractable Lateral Arm Patio  Deck Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Patio & Deck Awnings

     

    Retractable residential 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 patios, decks, courtyards, hot tubs and all types of open entertainment and outdoor living areas.

  • Retractable Pergola Canopy Covers - Awnings, Roofs  Shades

    Retractable Pergola Canopy Covers - Awnings, Roofs & Shades

    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 homes, outdoor living and entertainment areas, swimming pools, hot tubs and more.

  • Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    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.

  • Retractable Screens

    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.

  • Retractable Canopies

    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.

  • Retractable Free Standing Awnings | Canopies For Deck  Patio

    Retractable Free Standing Awnings | Canopies For Deck & Patio

    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.

  • Retractable Electric  Motorized Awnings

    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).

  • Retractable Lateral Arm Patio  Deck Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Patio & Deck Awnings

    Retractable residential 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 patios, decks, courtyards, hot tubs and all types of open entertainment and outdoor living areas

  • Retractable Pergola Roof Covers

    Retractable Pergola Roof Covers

     

    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 homes, outdoor living and entertainment areas, swimming pools, hot tubs and more.

  • Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    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.

  • Retractable Screens

    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.

  • Retractable Canopies

    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.

  • Retractable Free Standing Awnings

    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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10 Things to Consider Before Buying a Retractable Awning or Retractable Pergola

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The popularity of outdoor living spaces in residential and commercial properties across the globe has directly correlated with an impressive increase in retractable awning and retractable pergola interest. From expanding a space to protecting buildings from weather elements and from saving on energy bills to enhancing a property’s curb appeal, the benefits linked to installing a retractable awning or retractable pergola are virtually endless.

Unfortunately, the quick growth in retractable awning and retractable pergola interest has also led to some poor decision making by homeowners and commercial property owners alike. Buying a retractable awning or retractable pergola is truly an investment and, like any investment, it is important to conduct ample research and gather adequate product knowledge before making the purchase.

Today, we will discuss some of the most essential factors to consider prior to moving forward with the purchase of a retractable awning or retractable pergola.

Retractable Awning and Retractable Pergola Considerations for You or Your Client

Considering things like customization, fabrics, frame extrusion types, size, aesthetics, engineering certifications, Beaufort wind load numbers and price is imperative for a homeowner, a commercial property owner, an Interior or Exterior Designer, Architect, or a Landscape Architect. In many cases, this means asking yourself or your client tough questions that require much deliberation. As with any big purchase, making an intelligent decision is essential to ensuring that you or your client are getting the most bang for the buck.

Understanding that not all retractable awnings and retractable pergolas were created equally is the first step to facilitating the buying process. From there, it is important to consider the following before buying a retractable awning or retractable pergola:

  1. What functionalities will be required? For instance, do you need to control the awning or pergola cover with a remote, wall switch, smartphone, tablet, timer or key switch?

  2. What is your price range or budget for the project?

  3. How large does the retractable awning or retractable pergola need to be? What size will cover your outdoor space?

  4. Does the company offer different product types for sun/light rain, sun/heavy rain/hail, and sun/heavy rain/hail and snow load?

  5. Is there a warranty on the product including frame, fabric, motor, and controls and if so, how long are they and are they prorated?

  6. What fabrics are available? Are they and stain resistant, resistant to mold, water resistant or water repellent or waterproof?

  7. How much UV protection comes with the retractable awning or retractable pergola? What about other types of weather protection like wind, rain, heat, glare, snow, and bugs?

  8. Is the retractable awning or retractable pergola company trustworthy? How long have they been in business? Do they have an A+ rating at the Better Business Bureau and an A rating on Anglieslist (best available rating on both websites)?

  9. What are the customization options for the retractable awning or retractable pergola? Do they have enough fabric options to coordinate with the structure’s aesthetic?

  10. Does the company ship and install worldwide?

Taking these questions into account will paint a thorough picture into what product you are buying, the company you are buying from, and what to expect once the purchase has been made.

Choosing the Right Retractable Awning or Retractable Pergola for You or Your Client

From professionalism to reliability and from customization options to materials used, retractable awnings and retractable pergolas are no simple purchases. With all of our framework and components sourced from Europe and nothing from China, RetractableAwings.com is proud to have been in business for over 32 years, providing unmatched retractable patio and deck products for clients of all kinds.

Are you or your client interested in purchasing or learning more about our retractable awnings or retractable pergola products and materials? Contact our residential or commercial awning and pergola experts in the USA or Canada toll-free at 866-438-2964 or outside the USA or Canada at (305) 628-2424 or use the live help chat tool for more information or for help in selecting a retractable awning or retractable pergola that is perfect for you or your client!