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We are an international supplier (manufacturer/distributor) and installer of electric and motorized retractable awnings and canopies. At Retractable Awnings, we have a number of residential and commercial products assembled from the finest quality 100% European components and fabric. This 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, or to protect it from weather damage.
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Electric awnings make up nearly 100% of our product line, the only exception being the Torino model.
Your folding lateral arm retractable 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 are designed for these types of weather.
Motorized and electric awnings can be either waterproof or water resistant. Folding lateral arm motorized awnings are water resistant. Most of our 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.
A 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 - 35mph for retractable patio / deck pergolas, but you can always change this in the future based on local wind conditions.
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, this 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.
Yes, you can install all our folding lateral arm, motorized and electric retractable awnings to all types of 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 a 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.comdoes notprovide any fasteners since this decision is made on-site by the homeowner or contractor or awning installation professional.
Mostof our customers install our products themselves if they are “handy”. 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.
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 inception, so it is as easy as making a phone call and speaking with Morris. Generally the fabric cost is approximately ⅓ of the cost of the original purchase.
The 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.