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How Retractable Awnings Work

Retractable awnings for the patio or deck are a convenient solution to protect you and your family from the sun and rain. Whether you are hosting an outdoor party or relaxing in the shade, awnings allow you to enjoy time spent outdoors. Have you ever wondered how awnings work and what they are made of? Among the best things about retractable awnings are their convenience and storability! Retractable awnings can be taken out during the warm months and put away during the winter. When you are not using it, the awning rolls up into a cassette and is protected from the elements.

Versatility is key with retractable awnings as they are available in multiple sizes, styles and colors. Our awnings are made from high quality acrylic fabric, and rely on an aluminum infrastructure, which provides strength and durability. Retractable awnings can operate differently, whether they are manual or motorized, and can come with different types of arms– telescopic and articulated.

For manual awnings, homeowners can operate them with a handle or crank. There are also awning models that have the fabric that winds up around a roller tube and then is pulled out and held in place by articulated arms. Articulated arms open by extending the spring-loaded arms of the awning. Sometimes these arms unfold automatically, and some are manually opened after the awning opens.

Automatic awnings are operated with a motor that allows homeowners to store and take out their retractable awnings with the touch of a button. Most manufacturers include a remote control to go along with the awning. Motorized awnings also come with a manual override, just in case you lose power.

Telescopic arms have gas-filled cylinders and are typically seen in smaller patio awnings. Telescopic arms can cost more in maintenance because the gas can leak and has to be refilled.

For more information about retractable awnings, contact Eclipse Shading Systems today at (845) 692-7070.