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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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Here Efficiency in a Simple Awning

Climate control is the essence of energy efficiency. From architectural movements like passive cooling and natural lighting to plans to reduce electricity use, interior climate has to be controlled effectively.

There are several factors for interior climate that tie directly into the outdoor climate:

  • Temperature

  • Heat gain

  • Ambient and direct light

  • Light color

  • UV radiation

  • Glare

One thing that retractable awnings can do is ameliorate the harshest effects of sun light and radiation by simply blocking sunlight before it reaches the structure.

Awnings are more effective than glazing, shades, or other common window treatments because they stop sunlight before it reaches a structure. The key is that, with awnings, there is no heat retention in the walls, which keeps radiating heat even after the sun goes down, because it blocks both direct and diffuse radiation.

And this method is really effective.

A recent study by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, covering 17 major cities across the US in two phases, showed that awnings have a significant impact on heating and cooling in a building. Awnings reduce air conditioning use by as much as 77%, reduce heat gain as much as 15 degrees, and lower electricity bills as much as 26%. That is an astonishing increase in energy efficiency, with a relatively small change to a building exterior. Those findings were echoed in an unrelated study by the Canadian National Research Council.

The Energie Report from the European Commission explicitly explored using awnings and other sun shades as a method to control electricity consumption. Their report noted the efficacy of awnings in lowering indoor temperatures (a design called passive cooling), but they noted three factors that can offset the benefits of temperature reduction:

  • Natural lighting

  • Natural ventilation

  • Passive heating

Basically, sun shades have to able to block sunlight when there is unwanted heat gain, but they have to be flexible enough to allow light (to reduce artificial lighting), allow airflow, and allow indoor heat gain when it is desirable (such as autumn and winter). In fact, the increased costs in artificial lighting for offices buildings and passive heating for both homes and businesses can surpass the savings from cooling.

Unless you use retractable awnings.

Retractable awnings are adjustable. The simple act of closing an awning, even partially, can allow in the right amounts of light and heat to balance the internal environment, especially when combined with indoor sensors. The woven fabric of awnings offers a diffused color (good for gentle natural light) and air circulation.

The environmental responsiveness of retractable awnings make them a stronger, more efficient choice for buildings – and the science backs it up.


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