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Most houses and storefronts, from the early abode houses to modern designer buildings, make use of awnings to improve cooling, add aesthetics, and complete a house or building’s overall personality. A foldable awning creates more options for shading and canopy solutions.
Simply put, a folding arm awning is an improvement upon the ordinary canopy or shade. This is done by placing the retractable canvas fabric into a full cassette container or under an optional hood/cover and replacing the frames with foldable lateral arms. The awning and the frame can then be mounted against a wall, to a soffit/eave/overhang, fascia or roof-mounted, as well as fastened over windows and doorways. This folding canopy can then be opened or retracted either by turning a manual crank handle or by an electric motor.
Folding canopies have many advantages over permanent roofing solutions or standard shades, making them great options for homes with patios and business establishments with outdoor facilities like coffee shops.
Foldable awnings are great additions to any home or business establishment because of their adaptability to weather conditions. During summer days, you can fully extend the awning to block harmful UV rays, glare, and heat. When it’s a little chilly you can retract the canopy to let in some sunlight, thus reducing the cost of heating a house, business, institutional, or government building. During windy days, heavy rain, and bad weather, you can retract awnings to save them from wear and tear. You can also use wind and motion sensors to trigger the awning’s tubular motor to retract the folding lateral arm awning automatically. This is especially useful when it’s raining or no one is at home to turn the crank manually. A sun sensor can be used to extend the canopy awning at sunrise and close it at sunset. You can use a rain sensor to close the folding arm awning in cases where not enough pitch can be placed on the arms for light rain runoff. It is also possible to extend the canopy awning when enough pitch is available on the arms for front rainwater runoff to protect furniture and tables from the rain.
A bland window, sliding door, or set of french windows or doors can instantly be transformed into a canopied beauty by installing a folding arm window awning. With a variety of fabric to choose from, you can pick a color that complements your home, giving it an eye-catching accent. For businesses, placing a bright window awning with their logo emblazoned on the fabric will add brand recognition. Owners of properties with open patios and courts can install folding arm outdoor awnings as an alternative to permanent concrete or metal roofings. Aside from being more modern, a folding arm awning can add a stylistic finish to an otherwise bare outdoor area.
Since awnings are available as a complete set, the entire folding canopy has all the materials needed for a successful installation. Depending on the application, these awnings can either be attached to a flat wall, soffit/eave/overhang, fascia, roof, or pillars using specific types of fasteners. Our awnings come with instructions for a do-it-yourself project or you can have a professional handyman come in for a few hours work. In both cases, installing a foldable awning is a much easier endeavor than constructing an outdoor roof and in almost all residential installations no permit is required.
Customization is another strength of foldable awnings as you can choose the precise width and projection of your awning. Aside from getting a perfect fit, you can also choose the colors of the fabric which can form an outstanding accent for your home or business area. You can also change the angle of the awning’s pitch to suit your taste and for better early morning or late afternoon sun protection. You can make it almost flat with a slight angle to shade the largest area possible or you can angle it sharply to provide the best cover from the sun or eavesdropping neighbors.
Excited to get your very own foldable arm awning? To help you with your folding arm awnings review, here are the two most important considerations when choosing the best folding arm awning for your requirements.
Folding arm awning prices can depend on factors such as quality of materials, craftsmanship, and design. You can buy a simple and small foldable awning at around $2,000, bigger lateral arm awnings can cost around $6,000, and a very large foldable awning can cost up to $12,000. Motorized versions can increase the awning’s overall cost by about $800 to $1,000. Be careful with cheap folding arm awnings that you buy online just to save on cost. The number of repairs and the possible danger to people due to falling components or the entire awning can prove more costly in the long run.
The best folding arm awnings can last for years so it is very important to choose a trusted awning supplier known for providing high-quality products. As an awning supplier and manufacturer, we take pride that we only sell the very best products that passed the strictest European TÜV Product Approval requirements and underwent the European CE certification to conform with health, safety, and environmental protection standards. Our retractable awnings arms also go through 80,000 cycles of operation to test the durability of their construction.
If you need more information about our best folding arm awnings or if you need help in choosing what suits your needs, please visit our description section on the “choose your awning” page to order your awning online. You can also call (866) 438-2964 toll-free from within the US or Canada or (305) 628-2424 worldwide or use live help. We are eager to help you and we provide professional installation services for the convenience of our customers all over the world.