Retractable awnings can add the perfect ambiance to your deck or patio. With an awning that you can roll up when ever you want, you don’t have to worry about the material ripping in extreme winds or tearing under the weight of the New England snow. With the motorized retractable models, you also have the convenience of being able to roll up the retractable awning with just the touch of a button. You can also set the awning to open at a certain time each day or to close in heavy winds automatically.
Even when you lose the power during a storm, you can still roll up a retractable awning whether it is motorized or not using the included had crank. We always include a manual override so that you can winch in the awning by hand if need be. Another benefit is that most retractable awnings do not use any poles, which probably has you asking yourself; What holds them in place? Our awnings are designed to be self-supporting. Each retractable awning uses a secure mounting bracket with heavy-duty arms for their support. There are internal springs that create tension for the arm while large radius elbows help to keep the awning fabric taut at all times.
When you use a retractable awning over your porch or patio, rolling it up also helps simplify the steps used in storing it for winter. Therefore, there is no reason to disassemble the awning in the fall and reinstall it in the spring. You can remove the fabric from the retractable during the winter, but truthfully most homeowners don’t bother to do anything except retract it. It really all comes down to where you live and the location of the awning. In some locations, it is possible to leave the retractable awnings up all year long.
The main purpose of retractable awnings is to provide shade from the sun and to keep your friends and furniture dry. There will be times when you prefer not to use the retractable awning when you are sitting outside, in this case you can leave it in the rolled up position. Some retractable awning owners worry that they may leave the awning open and have a day with extremely high wind velocity. For this reason, you can choose to add a wind sensor to your retractable. When the wind speed picks up, the sensor automatically activates the switch, retracting the awning for you.
Once you own one you quickly realize that there is nothing more convenient as retractable awnings. Even the manual models only take a couple quick cranks of the hand mechanism to have the awning retracted and out of the way. Not to mention most of the lightweight fabrics used on a retractable awning are guaranteed against mold and mildew. Even though we haven’t seen to many hot days so far this year. Living in Connecticut you can be sure awning season is coming soon!