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Summertime dining in the shade of a retractable awning

Retractable awnings are great accessories to keep in mind if you’re looking to redecorate. They improve the look and feel of your home, adding style and class to the windows and doorways of your home or business. And more than that, retractable awnings can be a great way to spruce up the windows or doorways to your home or business.

But awnings vary greatly in quality and style, so here are a few ideas to help you in your search for a retractable awning company.

A GOOD COMPANY SHOULD HAVE STRONG, DURABLE PRODUCTS

Materials are one of the first things to consider when purchasing an awning and its a great barometer for determining the quality of the retractable awning company itself. Keep in mind that retractable awnings will be exposed to harsh sunlight, hot summers, frigid winters and rain storms. Making the correct decisions at the beginning of the purchase process can save you time and money down the road.

Simply put, retractable awnings made of quality materials and durable frames have a better chance of lasting for years, while a cheaper awning may last for only a year or two.

The best retractable awnings will have also be made with water-repellant fabric. Popular choices include woven acrylic or laminated fabric. Colors and designs vary according to each company; however, the awning should come with a firm warranty. Consider asking companies for a fabric and color sample.

The product should also have a sturdy, rust-proof frame. It will need to be solid enough to withstand gusts of wind and light enough not to look bulky. Of course, the entire product should complement your home or building’s architecture. Awnings come in a variety of styles. If a company doesn’t have the style you need, look elsewhere.

Also, if you can see examples of awning materials that have been in place for several years, that’s the best way to judge their ability to withstand Mother Nature. See for yourself how much it has faded or frayed.

One of the most popular trends in recent years is the retractable awning. You can extend them at your convenience. They can block the sun on a sweltering day. You can also retract the awning in the winter so snow doesn’t collect on the material. Depending on the models, these awnings can also last longer than fixed versions. Rolling them away when not in use means they stay out of the sun and aren’t whipped around as much by the wind.

Retractable awnings require special care and attention. You must wash them regularly and allow them to dry before retracting.

SERVICE & EXPERIENCE

Finally, you need to make sure you are working with a reputable, experienced retractable awning manufacturer and installer. With hundreds of dealers located throughout the U.S.A. Eclipse Shading System is known for superior service and quality awnings.

Your neighborhood handy person or family member might be able to install your awning, but there is a greater possibility you will not like the results. It is much better to find someone who has installed awnings for a living – preferably with a good track record like Eclipse Shading Systems.

Awnings are a specialized product. They require specific knowledge for the best result. The best awning companies will offer in-depth knowledge about their products. They can also inform you how to best care for your awning.

Reputable retractable awning companies like Eclipse provide excellent service before, during and long after the installation, helping you make the most of your investment.

Contact Eclipse Shading Systems at (800) 501-3850 today!