How Do Retractable Awnings Work?

Retractable awnings are the perfect addition to your home. When extended, they provide shade and help define your outdoor space. When retracted, awnings blend into the background of your home and allow for an open environment. And, the best part is, you can control them with the touch of a button.

Awnings can have an impact on the inside of your home, as well. An extended awning can block the sun and reduce energy consumption by lowering the temperatures inside your home.

So, how exactly do retractable awnings work?

To start, there are about 8 essential parts of an awning:

  • Front bar attachment – This piece allows for flexibility during windy conditions.
  • Elbow – Offers strength and flexibility to keep the fabric tight for the life of the awning.
  • Shoulder – This is a pivotal point allowing adjustment of the awning’s slope all while providing strength.
  • Protective hood – This protects the awning when it’s in the retracted position and offers a finished look.
  • Motor – Offers motorized use of the awning at the touch of a button.
  • Remote control – Allows control of the position of the awning remotely.
  • Fabric – Solair awnings are made with Sunbrella fabrics. These fabrics have hundreds of styles to choose from, meaning you are sure to find the right look for your home.
  • Wind sensor – This provides protection for the awning by signaling the motor to retract your awning in high winds.

Can retractable awnings make my patio cooler?

Retractable awnings can make your patio up to 20 degrees cooler. They can also lower the indoor temperature of your home by as much as 15 degrees (which could save you up to 60% on the cooling portion of your energy bill!).

Why choose a retractable awning over a traditional awning?

Retractable awnings are ideal for those who are looking to extend their outdoor living area and maintain the versatility of the space. With retractable awnings, you can extend or retract them at the touch of a button, allowing you to enjoy the space however you desire.

How long do retractable awnings take to install?

This of course depends on how many there are to install, but most installations are typically completed in less than a day.

Can I leave a retractable awning out in inclement weather?

Light rain will not affect an awning’s performance, but it’s best to retract your awning if possible. If water starts to pool on the top of the fabric, it can cause damage to the awning. If the fabric does get wet, we recommend letting it dry before retracting or storing for a period of time.

An awning may bounce or sway in light wind, but a light breeze should be no concern. If you live in an area where sustained winds of 20 MPH or higher are common, you may want to get a wind sensor. It can be paired with the awning’s motor and automatically retract the awning when it detects potentially damaging winds.

How does a retractable awning mount onto my home?

The appropriate mounting option may depend on the architecture of your home, but there are three ways to do it:

  • Wall mount
  • Roof mount
  • Soffit mount

How long do retractable awnings last?

Solair retractable awnings are constructed with high-quality components, so you can expect to enjoy them for many years to come. However, if an issue were to arise, Solair has a 5-10 year warranty on all of their products.

How do I get started?

The knowledgeable sales team at Bassemier’s can help you find the ideal retractable awning for your home. Contact us today to get started on your search for the perfect awning!