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11 Steps for Picking the Best Retractable Awning For Your Home | RetractableAwnings.com

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Springtime is here and that means you’ve probably seen dozens of advertisements pushing the newest style trends and modernizations in outdoor design. From seasonal home shows to outdoor design blogs and magazines, the trend is clear: beautifying the outside space of your home or business is the best way to transform your outdoor lifestyle just in time for spring and summer. With design options seemingly limitless, figuring out how to revamp your backyard and patio or deck area can be tricky for any homeowner or a business owner. But, what if there was a way to increase your outdoor living space and improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your home or commercial establishment? The answer is in a custom high-quality retractable awning, retractable pergola, retractable or rotating louver roof pergola, retractable screen or retractable canopy.

Picking the perfect retractable product for your home requires vision. What does your dream outdoor living space look like? What are you trying to achieve with the addition of an awning, pergola, etc. on your deck or patio? These questions can be difficult to answer without some professional guidance. Fear not, however, because we’ve got a step-by-step guide for you! The following 11 steps will help you to pick the perfect retractable awning or retractable roof pergola for your home or business:

Awning Finder tool

Head over to RetractableAwnings.com, click on our state-of-the-art, proprietary Find Awning tool and follow the simple steps. By quickly answering 8 simple questions, our state of the art awning chooser will do just that - help you narrow down the choice of product types and models to those that make the most sense based on the area to be covered, the type of building to which the product will attach weather elements and dimensions.

Area type to be covered

Choose the type of area you would like to cover and protect. For most, it will be a deck, patio, or another open area

Choose your awning

Product usage

Choose if the product is for residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial use

Residential or commercial or institutional or industrial use

Attached or free standing

Will the product be attached to a home, building, or another type of structure, or will it be free-standing and attached to the floor only?

Attached or free standing

Mount type: Take a look outside your home or building and then choose the correct type of mounting surface that the retractable awning, pergola or screen will be attached to

Here are the mounting surfaces that you can expect to find for your residential home or commercial building

Type of mounting surface

Wind load: Choose the level of wind strength that the retractable awning, pergola or screen must withstand when fully extended

For retractable purposes, high or heavy wind is considered a wind speed greater than 20 mph (32 km/hr)

Wind load


Choose the amount of rain that the product must withstand when partially or fully extended

Rain level

Snow load

Depending on the location of your home or building, choose whether or not the product needs to handle/support snow

Snow load


Choose the product width as measured for your outdoor living space

Select width

Projection / Extension / Drop

Choose the projection/extension or drop requirements as measured. The product will be either angled or flat in the case of a retractable awning or retractable pergola or vertical in the case of a retractable screen

Projection extension drop


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 From sun shade to rain protection, retractable awnings offer the perfect way to extend the outdoor living space in your home all while dramatically improving the aesthetic of your deck or patio. Taking a look at products like the folding lateral arm retractable awnings, retractable patio and deck pergola cover systems, rotating louver roof systems, retractable vertical drop awning screens or retractable side arm awnings will reveal the endless options in customization for beautiful patio covers. Things like easy installation, options for fabric colors, and quick production and delivery time make this a simple decision. Make the most out of the sunny seasons with a custom retractable awning that’s perfect for you and your family’s needs.

Is your home ready for the outdoor seasons of spring and summer? Are you looking for a simple way to add style and function to your home’s deck or patio? Well, get ready to make your neighbors jealous! Contact our residential retractable awning and retractable patio cover 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 professional guidance on finding the perfect retractable awning or retractable patio cover for you!

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Eric M. Scop

Eric M. Scop is considered a RETRACTABLE awning industry expert hired by architects, landscape architects, exterior/interior designers, contractors and builders worldwide on a consulting basis

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