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7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Retractable Awning

August 4, 2022

Do you want or need more shade? It’s an easy “yes” to desiring more shade in your outdoor space. More difficult, however, can be finding the best shade solutions for your space, your needs and your budget. At SummerSpace®, we have several excellent retractable awning options for you to choose from. To help you decide, here are seven things to consider before buying a retractable awning. 

1. Where Would I Install a Retractable Awning?

The short answer is wherever solar protection is needed! Retractable patio awnings are ideal for creating shade over patios, courtyards, poolside spaces, and uncovered decks. They can be installed to the roof, soffit (eaves), or wall. Additionally, Robusta® Retractable Window Awnings are perfect for creating shade and solar protection over your home’s windows. 

2. What Size Awning Would I Need?

With SummerSpace retractable awnings, you can customize the awning to fit your space. Our patio awnings come in three series with sizes varying from 7 ½ feet up to 26 feet. With the Pro Series and Performance Series, you can customize the size to the inch of width and choose from standard projections up to 14′ 6″ out from the wall. The Robusta window awnings are available in widths from four feet up to 26 feet. A SummerSpace dealer in your area can help you with measuring so you get the exact size retractable awning for your space. 

3. What Weather Can It Be Used In?

While SummerSpace retractable awnings are made with the highest-quality components and are extremely durable, you should still be mindful of the weather when they are extended. Our retractable awnings are not intended to be used during inclement weather like high winds and rain and should be retracted to prevent damage if left open unattended. 

4. How Will It Change the Look of My Home?

SummerSpace retractable awnings are available in a large selection of beautiful Tempotest® acrylic fabrics. With hundreds of stunning colors, patterns, and textures, you can find a fabric that matches your design preferences and gives your home a look and feel you’ll love. When not in use, our patio awnings and Robusta window awnings retract into a discreet mounted hood or fully-enclosed cassette,

5. Is it Difficult to Operate a Retractable Awning?

We pride ourselves on the simple operation of our shade solutions. Use the remote control to easily extend and retract the awning at the push of a button. Doing so only takes a matter of seconds. If you’d prefer a manual crank operation, that can be selected as well.

6. Will It Truly Provide Shade?

SummerSpace awnings are the industry’s leading shade solution for a reason! Our awnings are extremely effective at providing shade and UV protection. In fact, our retractable awnings can reduce the temperature under their shade by up to 20 degrees and block up to 99% of harmful UV rays. Even more, Robusta window awnings can significantly reduce unwanted heat gain in your home and protect your home’s interior from UV damage.

7. Will It Last?

Our retractable awnings are manufactured with exceptionally high-grade materials by the most talented craftsmen in the industry. With our dedication to excellence and proven track record, you can have confidence your SummerSpace Retractable Awning is built to last. In addition, all our awnings come with industry-leading frame, fabric, and motor warranties.

If you have any further questions about SummerSpace retractable awnings, reach out to our wonderful customer service team. To order a retractable awning for your outdoor space or windows, contact a SummerSpace dealer near you.

7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Retractable Awning

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