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    Retractable Patio & Deck Awnings

    Designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, LIGHT rain & wind up to +-20 mph (when extended) and no higher. The product type is water RESISTANT, not WATERPROOF. For residential & commercial patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs & open entertainment areas.

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    Retractable Patio & Pergola Covers

    Designed for sun, UV, glare & heat protection, HEAVY rain & HIGH winds up to over 100 mph/160 km/hr. System & Ferrari fabric are waterPROOF meaning no water enters. For residential, commercial, institutional and government patios, decks, courtyards, restaurants, hotels, wedding events, nightclubs, pubs, swimming pools, hot tubs & open entertainment areas.

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    Retractable Window 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.

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    Retractable Screens

    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.

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    Retractable Canopies

    Retractable canopy awnings 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.

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    Free Standing Retractable Awnings

    Free standing awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat, LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain protection. Solution dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. Retractable free standing awnings can be floor mounted in almost any residential, commercial, institutional or government location.

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It’s no secret that retractable awnings are all the rage for both homeowners and commercial building owners across the globe. From beautiful oceanfront properties to the hottest new restaurants and many other buildings in between, one would be hard-pressed to find any of these structures without an awning. For starters, newly released data points to the fact that retractable fabric awnings and retractable exterior shades are responsible for saving homeowners major money – around $200 a year to be exact. In fact, retractable awnings and other retractable sun protection systems can reduce cooling costs by more than 50 percent, making them the ultimate energy and money savers. 

The value of retractable awnings extends that of eco-friendly, money-saving advantages. How about protecting your loved ones from weather elements like sun, wind, rain, and snow? Installing retractable awnings and retractable patio covers will block harmful UV rays, thus helping to prevent skin cancer and avoid excessive heat. In addition, enhancing a property’s outdoor living space is a wonderful way to relax or entertain in any season. Finally, custom retractable awnings do wonders to highlight and enrich a building’s exterior appearance. Anyone looking for a little extra curb appeal must look no further than a beautiful patio cover. 

So, it’s pretty clear that retractable awnings are a must-have. But finding the perfect awning for your home or business is no easy task. When it comes to selecting a retractable awning that is right for you, the challenge lies in determining the major differences between each protection system. Look no further because we’ve ironed out the major comparison factors and how RetractableAwnings.com stacks up against the competition:



  • Built to last through the years and in all kinds of weather

  • Heavy duty commercial grade cycle testing – 80,000 open/close cycles to ensure durability over time

  • Resistance to wind, rust, and corrosion

The Competition

  • Does not specify what materials they use or if they perform cycle testing

  • No Beaufort wind load testing

  • Susceptible to rust



  • Awnings have maximum width and projection

  • Outperform our competition on width and projection sizes with one piece of fabric and one motor

  • With a wide variety of retractable awning models, retractable patio and deck cover pergola system models, and a rotating louver roof model, we can fit almost any size needs

The Competition

  • Awnings have half of our width and projection maximums

  • Limitations in retractable awning model sizes

Color Choices


  • Over 400 solution-dyed acrylic fabrics to choose from

  • Four frame colors to choose from: white, ivory, sand, and brown

The Competition

  • Farless colors to choose from, usually ranging from 15-20 fabric colors

  • Typically come in one frame color option



  • Solution-dyed acrylic fabrics from only the most reputable big brand names like Para, Dickson, Recasens, and Sunbrella

  • Unmatched quality using UV-resistant, cleaning products and salt water damage resistant fabrics that can handle extreme weather

  • Lifetime warranty against seam separation

  • Flame retardant fabric available

The Competition

  • Don’t specify what threads are used in the fabrics

  • Fabric manufacturers unnamed on website

Frame & Materials


  • Primarily constructed from 6063 aluminum and 316li marine grade stainless steel

  • Most extensive options for frame types and sizes

  • Frames resistant to rust, corrosion, and pitting

  • Our hardware is made from marine-grade stainless steel

  • Powder-coated with Qualicoat® brand powder coating

The Competition

  • Inferior quality hardware

  • Low grade springs

  • Lack of information regarding materials used in frames

  • Susceptible to rain damage and rust



  • Telescopic poles for extra wind support

  • Patented center support to protect the fabric from fraying

  • All models (except Genova) use a patented roller design that prevents fabric from bunching

  • High-tech options such as timer/digital keypad and key switch, smartphone/tablet apps to control awning

The Competition

  • Lacks patented design elements that are critical to safety and convenience of use

  • Fails to feature package of design elements for state-of-the-art awning technology



  • 25-year non-prorated warranty on our frames

  • 10-year warranty on our brand name fabrics

The Competition

  • No other retractable awnings company offers longer, non-prorated warranties on frames


Exceeding expectations lives at the heart of everything that we do at RetractableAwnings.com. Designed and manufactured exclusively in Europe, our value proposition is clear: we do it better than our competition in every way. From durability to size, from color choices to fabric materials, and from value-added features to warranty, the retractable awnings and retractable patio cover systems that we offer are second to none. Clearly, the advantage lies in the details. Our team of awning experts ships and installs worldwide, expanding our ability to provide top-quality motorized awnings throughout the world.

Still not convinced? With over 31 years of experience, the team at RetractableAwnings.com is ready to help answer your questions. Not to boast, but we’ve won the IAA International Installation Award 4 of the last 5 years, so we know what we’re doing. We pride ourselves on providing world-class customer service, which pairs perfectly with the world-class quality of our custom awnings. Do not hesitate to call our awning 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 to get started on your perfect awning today!