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10 Things You Need To Know Before You Purchase a Retractable Awning

A retractable awning is a major investment for most homeowners – typically running between $4,000 & $10,000+ for a fully custom made, professionally installed unit. Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, consider these 10 key factors. Doing your homework can save you time and money and help to avoid more of life’s headaches. 1. Who are you purchasing from? With this size investment, you want to check out your local dealer(s) with the Better Business Bureau and request references from your area. No matter how good the product is, the dealer selection is almost as important. You can also […]

Retractable Awnings Offer Many Solutions

Great for Any Purpose Retractable awnings can be both flexible and versatile, making them ideal for nearly any kind of residence or business. You can choose from a variety of colors made from high-quality fabric that blocks out different amounts of light  Choosing a retractable awning will complement your personal taste and the style of your home.  It’s a natural extension, and not an awkward add on. You can also choose the length of the awning, so that it does not extend beyond your area or leave out parts you want to protect. Cost-effective Typically, these awnings only have attachments […]

How to Clean Your Awning Fabric

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years. For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow […]

Common Awning Installation Issues & Troubleshooting

If you are looking to spend time outdoors with family under a retractable awning, this is the perfect time! During nice, warm and sunny weather many homeowners choose to sit under an awning or shade to enjoy their outdoor living areas. Yet, after many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions. Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is completely […]

Reduce Energy Cost, Add Value!

As a society we’ve seen a shift to become “greener” with energy efficiency at the top of the lists. Go green by reducing energy & cost all while adding value to your home with retractable awnings. According to the Professional Awning Manufactures Association, awnings can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25%. Here’s how it works, it keeps your house cooler by deflecting hot sun rays, thus saving you money on cooling your home. You can save big on energy bills by spending less time indoors utilizing lights and air conditioning. By filtering the amount of incoming light, […]

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 […]