What to consider when purchasing a retractable awning

Is your outdoor space too hot to handle and in need of a retractable awning? Then you might want to offer up some shade to you and your family. While there are permanent structures like pergolas and patio covers that can certainly do the trick – you might be hesitant to go that far to provide some relief. 

For those who want to still enjoy the stars when the sun goes down, a retractable awning might be your answer. They can cool your patio up to 15 degrees and give you a little extra versatility you might not get with the other two options. 

Here are some of the things you should consider when purchasing a retractable awning. 

Size will matter

How big do you want your awning to be? Do you want it to cover a portion of your deck or the whole thing? Awnings come in a variety of sizes – but that size is going to dictate cost. Even better though – is that awnings are fully customizable, so you can get something that precisely meets your needs and budget if need be. 

Choosing the right materials

You’ll need to be precise about what materials you use for both the frame and the fabric of your awning. Frames can vary widely – but the one you’ll probably want to go with is the stainless steel option – which will last you for many summers to come. Also be wary of what kind of fabric you use. You’ll want something that’s resistant to mold and mildew. 


Like we said above – awnings come in a wide range of designs and colors and because of that – they’re guaranteed to look great so long as you participate in the process and do your homework. But be sure to take your time. The right design and materials can add significant value to your home’s curb appeal. 

Automated or not?

The last big decision you’ll have to make is whether you want a motorized awning or a manual one. Manual options will require you to set it up yourself, crank some handles and the like. Automized and motorized versions will just require the push of a button. Again – both have their pluses and minuses and what you choose entirely depends on your situation. 

Retractable awnings are a perfect solution to try to beat the heat and do it in an affordable, versatile way. If you’re interested in what retractable awnings can do for you, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Good luck!