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Carport Awnings: A Covered Parking for Your Vehicle

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Exposure to the sun, rain, and snow can deteriorate your car’s finish, and even damage the interior. Without a garage, getting into and out of your car in stormy weather can be uncomfortable. You may also want to protect other things like boats, motorcycles and RVs. If you do not have a garage or you don’t have something large enough for your boat, motorcycle or RV, the next best thing for you is a retractable driveway awning.

Awning Or Canopy?

Awnings and canopies differ and are used for different purposes.


Canopies (AKA pop up shelters) can be lightweight and portable and most are designed to be temporary structures for sun protection only. They can be affected by the wind and are subject to damage during severe weather. This makes portable canopies good for temporary protection in mild weather and for sheltered areas like inside arenas or stadiums.


An awning or freestanding pergola are more durable and come in many designs that can suit private homes as well as commercial locations like restaurants or hotels. Most retractable awning models have electric motors that retract or open the roof. Awnings are more affordable than building a garage, and they can offer a high level of convenience, comfort, and sun/glare/UV ray protection.

Driveway Awning Advantages

Parking your car under a retractable awning when it’s raining is convenient and comfortable. Drivers and passengers appreciate entering and exiting vehicles that are in a controlled environment. But a carport awning can do more than provide simple comfort.

Sun Protection

High heat and UV rays in sunlight can be harmful to your health and degrade many synthetic materials. Heat and UV rays can make dashboards warp and upholstery age prematurely. Plastic knobs and switches may crack. Rips in the seats and mysterious broken parts may start to appear.


With a retractable awning for your driveway, you can protect your car from the sun on hot days and stop UV rays from punishing the interior. You can retract the awning to get more sunlight or ventilation. In cooler weather, for example, you can open the roof to let the sun warm your car before you get inside. After rainy weather, you might retract the awning to help the area dry. Programmable controls and optional sensors can do this automatically.

Wind Protection

The wind carries dust, sand, and fine debris. Blowing this material across a polished surface, like the paint on a car, for example, will degrade the finish in time. The wind can force moisture into crevices and cracks. A retractable driveway awning that blocks the wind may reduce this damage. All awnings and pergolas sold by RetractableAwnings.com are Beaufort wind load tested.


For additional protection, enclosures like retractable vertical screens may be added to some free standing awning/pergola models.

Rain Protection

Awnings can prevent a substantial amount of rain from striking your vehicle and the area around it. Some carport awnings have a gutter and water drainage. Some have innovative design technology and use an invisible gutter and downspouts. This makes accessing your car more comfortable since water will not splash on the floor and helps prevent corrosion from attacking the metal parts of your vehicle. Optional side enclosures like vertical screens can increase this protection.

Physical Protection

Awnings can help stop windblown litter and debris from hitting your car and harming the finish. An awning can help keep falling leaves and tree sap stay off your vehicle, and they offer some protection from errant balls and frisbees. A sturdy retractable awning for your driveway can help stop falling limbs from damaging your car, depending on the model and the size of the limb.

Excellent Choices of Carport Awnings

Here are a couple of excellent awnings that are custom-made for your business or home. Every carport awning comes in custom sizes, and all are only available retractable due to the advantages of a retractable over a fixed awning.


Malatya pergola over tables and chairs

Malatya awning can shade vehicles, an outdoor patio, or an eating area, thanks to its curved roof. You can easily control the awning with a remote control and install optional HDD LED lights for night time arrivals and departures. The structure makes a highly  durable driveway awning and can shield you and your vehicles from hail, heavy rain and of course sun/UV rays/glare/heat.


Mersin retractable roof cover with optional aerofoil louvers

Mersin is another great choice for a driveway awning. This awning can be customized to the size of your driveway up to 32 feet 9 inches projection, and it can be installed either attached or free standing. It has a lot of options that can be purchased additionally to enhance its usability and design.


Several tables and chairs under a large awning

Izmit is a multifunctional awning for both people and vehicles, and it can only be installed as a retractable freestanding structure. The retractable roof is double-sided, angled and waterproof, and the membrane fabric is resistant to heat, heavy rain, hail and moisture. A proprietary feature is the invisible gutters, downspouts, and drainage. The awning AKA pergola has an innovative design for a driveway awning that is both extremely durable and easy to clean.


pool area under an Adana awning

The aluminum framed Adana awning features a flat, sloped, or classic cover for your retractable driveway awning cover and is designed only to be attached to an existing pergola, trellis or any other square or rectangular structure. It is the most chic-looking of all and offers the same protection from sun, heavy rain, and hail. As with any awning, this one can be custom made to your exact dimensions, requirements  and purchased with additional features that will make the awning look sleek in your yard or cover a dining area in your restaurant, a swimming pool in your hotel, your driveway and more.

Awnings For Every Home

Purchasing new carport awnings will greatly improve the overall look of your property and increase its value. Your customers will also appreciate the protection when parking or entering your establishment. Homeowners can use the added covered space to make a summer patio, and restaurant owners can open and close the pergola awnings to cover the tables from rain/hail or let the warm sun in.


RetractableAwnings.com specializes in providing premium caliber outdoor protection and shade solutions for all kinds of property owners. We also have several European-designed, engineered and manufactured  retractable awnings that can take high heat and heavy loads of ice and snow. The sooner you can protect your car(s), the better. Contact us today for a free quote, and we’ll help you find the perfect driveway awning for your home or business.

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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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