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  • Folding Arm Awnings  Folding Canopies

    Folding Arm Awnings & Folding Canopies

    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 Covers  Awnings

    Retractable Pergola Covers & Awnings

    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 Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable canopy awnings are designed for sun, UV, glare, heat protection and LIGHT wind and LIGHT rain. The solution-dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. It 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.

  • Awnings

    Awnings

    Welcome to Retractable Awnings! We offer a full array of electric or manual patio & outdoor awnings and covers, commercial or residential awnings. Call 1-866-438-2964 today!

  • Retractable Electric  Motorized Awnings FAQ

    Retractable Electric & Motorized Awnings FAQ

    Electric & motorized retractable awnings with 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 (water-repellent) or waterproof (depending on fabric & model installed).

  • Window Awnings

    Window Awnings

    Window awnings are a great way to provide privacy and protection against the elements, and increase your curb appeal. Read on to learn more about window awnings!

  • Door Awnings

    Door Awnings

    Door awnings are one of the best ways to add shade, beauty, and protection to your home. Find out how to choose the right one for your needs in this guide.

  • Porch and Patio Covers

    Porch and Patio Covers

    Finding the right porch and patio cover for your home can seem pretty daunting. At Retractable Awnings, we’ll help you make the most informed choice!

  • Manual Awnings

    Manual Awnings

    Manual awnings remain one of the top choices among homeowners who want to add a new look to their curb appeal. If you’ve also been thinking about installing a manual awning yourself, this guide will provide you with all the information about it.

  • Retractable Lateral Arm Patio  Deck Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Patio & Deck Awnings

    Retractable commercial 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 commercial 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 commercial buildings including restaurants, hotels, 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. The solution-dyed acrylic fabric used on this product type is water RESISTANT. It 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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Retractable Electric & Motorized Awnings FAQ

RetractableAwnings.com® is an international supplier (manufacturer/distributor) and installer of electric and motorized retractable awnings and canopies. At RetractableAwnings.com®, we have many residential and commercial products assembled from the finest quality 100% European certified components, fabric, and sewing thread. Installing a retractable roof, retractable, or rotating louver roof ensures you have the strength and control to effortlessly adjust your canopy or awning for the perfect shade and/or rain and/or snow coverage and to protect the area from weather damage.

Scroll down to learn more about and read our FAQs about manual, electric, and motorized retractable awnings, retractable pergolas, and other retractable products.

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Retractable awnings, retractable pergolas, and other retractable products frequently asked questions (faqs)

1. What types of electric and motorized retractable awnings are available?

Motorized or electric awnings make up nearly 100% of our product line, the only exception being the Torino model. That being said, most product types and models are available in either motorized/electric or manual operation. If motorized/electric, most are available with backup manual override in case of loss of electricity in the area. Product types available are:

2. Can I partially extend my retractable awning, retractable pergola roof, or retractable louver roof?

All of our retractable awnings, retractable roof pergolas, and retractable louver roof pergolas can be stopped at any point when extending or retracting using our remote, optional indoor or outdoor wall switch, and optional iOS or Android app.

3. Can I leave my retractable awning, retractable pergola, or louver roof open all year?

Your folding lateral arm retractable motorized awning should be retracted for heavy rain and high wind, but can otherwise be used year-round. If you live in a climate with regular heavy rain or snowfall, we recommend one of our motorized retractable pergolas, or bioclimatic louver roof which is designed for these types of weather.

4. Are motorized and electric awnings waterproof or water-resistant?

Motorized and electric awnings can be either waterproof or water-resistant (water-repellent). Folding lateral arm motorized awnings are water-resistant (water-repellent). Most of our motorized retractable electric patio and deck pergolas and our motorized bioclimatic louver roofs are waterproof.  

Water-resistant means the awning is able to resist the penetration of water to some degree but not entirely. Waterproof means it is impervious to water.

5. Can I leave my motorized retractable awning or retractable patio/deck pergola open on a windy day?

An anemometer-type wind sensor or front bar motion sensor can be attached to our motorized and electric awnings so that your awning or retractable patio/deck pergola will automatically be retracted if the sensor records a speed above the threshold you have set. Generally, we recommend this threshold be anywhere between 15  - 20 mph, for folding lateral arm awnings and 30 - 35 mph for retractable patio/deck pergolas, but you can always change this in the future based on local wind conditions.

6. What is the difference between the wind sensor and the motion sensor on a motorized electric retractable awning or retractable patio deck pergola cover?

The wind sensor (also called an anemometer) and the motion sensor are both small devices you mount adjacent to or on your folding lateral arm awning or retractable patio/deck pergola, which will automatically close your awning when they detect the wind speed has reached or surpassed your chosen threshold. For either device, the threshold can be changed at any time, depending on the conditions your awning or retractable patio/deck pergola is regularly exposed to.

The main difference between these two devices is that the anemometer-type wind sensor is mounted to the side of your folding lateral arm awning or retractable patio/deck pergola and is wired, meaning it needs to be plugged into an outlet. The motion sensor is mounted to the front bar of your folding lateral arm awning and is wireless and battery-powered. It detects wind (based on how much the front bar moves) from all directions, whereas the anemometer-type wind sensor only detects wind at whichever side of the awning it is mounted. The motion sensor is not available to be used on a retractable patio/deck pergola since there is no moving front bar.

7. Can I install a motorized or electric awning on the side of my house, RV, or mobile home?

Yes, you can install all our folding lateral arm, motorized and electric retractable awnings to almost any substrate including vinyl or aluminum siding, stucco, and even any kind of masonry (such as brick, concrete, concrete block, granite, travertine, and glass) and to the side or roof of an RV or mobile home. Retractable patio/deck pergola covers can only be mounted to a house, commercial building, or pergola and cannot be mounted to an RV or movable mobile home. The type of surface your awning or patio cover will be installed on will determine which kind/type and size of fastener you need. Retractableawnings.com® does not provide any fasteners for installation since this decision is made on-site by the homeowner or contractor or awning installation professional based on the substrate to which the product is being installed.

8. Can I install my new electric retractable awning myself?

Most of our customers install our products themselves if they are skillful with their hands. For those that are not skilled in-home projects, or don’t have the time to install, Retractableawnings.com® provides a worldwide database of professional awning installers at https://www.awninginstallers.com/

9. Can my electric awning fabric be replaced?

Yes, the fabric on any and all of our products can be replaced when and if needed. Retractableawnings.com® has every order on file since its inception, so it is as easy as making a phone call, sending a quick email, or using our live help to request a quote. Generally, the fabric cost is approximately ⅓ of the cost of the original electric awning purchase.

10. Do motorized and electric awnings cost more than manual retractable awnings and pergolas?

A Somfy or Simu (owned by Somfy) tubular motor for a folding arm awning or retractable patio pergola generally costs $300-$900 depending on the size and torque needed to operate. The larger the product, the more difficult it is to operate without a motor. Some sizes cannot be manually operated and must be motorized.

11. Does the base price of all retractable awning models - Palermo, Palermo Plus, Roma, and Venezia - include a hand crank?

The base price of our retractable awning (all models) includes a detachable crank if a MANUAL awning is ordered. If a MOTORIZED awning is ordered then it does not include a crank since it is not needed. What you see in the configurator or our online price list for $149 is not the cost of the crank. It is the cost of the upgraded manual override motor that allows a customer to close the awning in case of loss of electricity in your home or neighborhood. Almost all RetractableAwnings.com customers buy the manual override motor to prevent damage, from a storm, to the retractable awning since it cannot be closed without a manual override motor. Whether or not you purchase the manual override the retractable awning will ship with one detachable crank that is used for both the manual override and the pitch adjustment (Palermo Plus model only).