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  • Folding Arm Awnings  Folding Canopies

    Folding Arm Awnings & Folding Canopies

    Folding arm canopies and awnings for homes can reduce your cooling costs while protecting your outdoor furniture from harmful UV rays.

  • Retractable Pergola Covers  Awnings

    Retractable Pergola Covers & Awnings

    Retractable pergola covers are best for residents in areas prone to heavy rain and high wind while also adding beauty and interest to your outdoor space.

  • Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable home drop arm awnings provide shelter for windows and doors. They are available in a multitude of color options to complement your personal style.

  • Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable Patio Screens and Vertical Drop Awnings

    Retractable screens fit nicely in the spaces of gazebos and pergolas to provide your backyard with some extra privacy. Vertical screens can also be installed over windows.

  • Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable Window Awnings

    Retractable canopies add a little interest to the exterior of your home. They’re a great option if you want to add some UV protection to windows and doors.

  • Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Retractable Free Standing Awnings and Canopies

    Provide shelter to your patio or deck with retractable free standing awnings and canopies. They are easy to install and the louver roof option can handle snow load.

  • Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable Lateral Arm Awnings

    Retractable lateral arm awnings are commonly used for commercial decks and patios to provide protection from UV rays and light rain. They are installed to the wall, fascia, beam, roof, or an eave/soffit/overhang.

  • Retractable Pergola Roof Covers

    Retractable Pergola Roof Covers 

    Retractable pergola roof covers can be free-standing or installed on a building, patio or deck. These durable structures can handle heavy rain, high wind and are chosen for both practical and decorative purposes.

  • Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable Side Arm | Drop Arm Awnings

    Retractable side arm / drop arm commercial awnings protect windows and doors from the sun, rain, and other weather conditions. They are easily customizable with a large variety of fabric options.

  • Power Retractable Screens

    Power Retractable Screens

    Retractable vertical drop screens are flexible window awnings that can be retracted and rolled up into a cassette box. For privacy, you can install them inside or outside a rectangular or square opening, such as on the sides of pergolas and gazebos.

  • Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable Canopies for Commercial Buildings

    Retractable canopies protect areas from sun, UV rays, light rain, and light wind. They are available in a variety of colors for coordinating with your business’s color scheme or logo.

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Manual Awnings

Adding a manual retractable awning to your patio or deck is one of the best ideas you can have. Awnings are a practical investment and make your property more attractive. Manual awnings for patios are stylish and functional, and can even increase the value of your property.

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Attractive and Functional

Products from RetractableAwnings.com are attractive and available in dozens of styles and colors. They look great, and every model is functional and efficient. They add comfort and will attract foot traffic by increasing the curb appeal of your business.

Award-Winning Industry Experience

RetractableAwnings.com is a family-owned company, in business for 37 years with over 125 years of combined employee industry experience. Our manual retractable awnings and other products have won many industry awards, including two ATA International Achievement awards. We also make sure our products are all CE-certified and TÜV product approved. You’ll find examples of our installations all over the world. 

Benefits of a Retractable Awning

The obvious purpose of a retractable awning is sun protection. However, it comes with many more benefits than that. Indeed, installing an awning is one of the best choices you can make when upgrading your home or business. Some of the many advantages of manual retractable awnings include the following:


And the best thing is that you can reap all the benefits of retractable awnings without investing a fortune into building a permanent or separate outdoor structure and, in most residential and some commercial cases, not having to obtain a permit. Awnings are incredibly straightforward to install, maintain, and repair if necessary.

How to Choose The Perfect Retractable Awning

Retractable awnings come in a multitude of shapes and sizes, so you can easily find the right fit for your patio or deck. When you are designing an awning, there are several factors you need to consider. Do you need something water-resistant or waterproof? Does your awning need to be motorized, or can you use a manual retractable awning instead? Here’s a breakdown of the most common choices you’ll need to make for your awning. 


Most manual retractable awnings use one of four fabrics. They all block UV light in different amounts, and are not all water-resistant. These materials include:


Frame Material

The frame on any electric or manually retractable awning is part of its basic construction and is usually composed of steel or aluminum.


Today, almost all frames for motorized or manually operated awnings are made from aluminum.

Extending Mechanism

Most manual retractable designs use a simple, detachable hand crank that is attached below the awning or canopy fabric and opens and closes the arms. It only takes a few seconds to extend or retract manually retractable awnings. The time it takes to extend and retract a manual retractable awning varies by the projection. RetractableAwnings.com offers our proprietary spring assist option to reduce the effort needed to open and close a manual retractable awning. 


Most manual awnings are easy to install. Do it yourself, or rely on a professional.


You should be able to install this kind of product on just about any exterior wall, soffit, or roof. However, it’s vital to check whether your exterior substrate (wood, brick, concrete block, marble, etc.) is suitable for awning installation. There’s a chance you might need to add an anchoring method or shim/add a wedge to your exterior substrate.


Installing a manual awning for a porch is usually straightforward, but DIY installation isn’t for everyone. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our structural engineer/professional engineer (SE/PE) licensed in all 50 States, Washington DC and most of Canada is here to help. 


Solid red retractable manual awning

Why Trust Us?

Our automatic and manual retractable awnings are made of top-quality 100% European materials with components warrantied for 25 years. Our installers can advise you through an installation, or we can handle the installation ourselves or use one of the installers here. You can choose between different fabrics, materials, sizes, etc.


With decades of experience, RetractableAwnings.com has built a reputation as one of the most reliable awning providers in the industry. Don’t take our word for it. See what our clients have to say. 

Contact us or call today to learn more. Use our toll-free line, (866) 516-4989, if you live in the US or Canada, or (786) 751-3796, for international callers. We’d love to discuss our manual retractable awnings and other products with you!

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