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How Long Does a Retractable Awning Last?

November 24, 2022

You’ve browsed the internet admiring photos of retractable awnings. You’re just about to call the sales department, but one question remains: How long does a retractable awning last?

Excellent question! The challenge is that there are multiple answers. The lifetime of a retractable awning is a little more nuanced than a single number because it contains various components, each with a unique expected lifespan.

That’s why at SummerSpace®, we devote a lot of research and development toward every piece of our customizable awnings. No matter what style of shade you incorporate into your outdoor sanctuaries, you can count on SummerSpace products lasting for years.

Retractable Awning Longevity 

Think of your awning in the same way you think of your house in general. You never say that a house lasts X number of years. Rather, you look at the sum of its parts. The roof will need to be replaced at some point, the driveway at another point, and so on throughout the structure. 

The same concept applies to a retractable awning. By evaluating each part individually, you get the best idea of when replacements need to be made.

Below, we’ve listed the main components making up a functional SummerSpace awning. Each one has a different replacement timeframe, so read closely and keep a keen eye on your awning as the years go by.

Aluminum Frame

Each of our retractable awnings is built with an aluminum frame coated with our proprietary SummerShieldTM 2604 powder finish. This gives the frame a level of durability that exceeds industry standards. To put that into context, these frames are tested to stand up to 3,000 hours of salt spray.

With a composition like this, your SummerSpace awning frame should last well over 20 years with proper care.

Awning Fabric

The fabric is the essence of a retractable awning. Therefore, you want to implement best practices to keep it clean and usable

You should retract the awning in cases of inclement weather (e.g., high winds, heavy rain, and snowfall).

Then, there’s the cleaning. SummerSpace awnings are made with marine-grade Tempotest® fabric which comes with Hi-Clean® finish that resists water, grease, oil, fungus growth, and rot. Its Teflon® Extreme fabric coating makes maintenance and care super easy. All it takes is a soft brush and warm, soapy water to remove dirt and pollution stains.

When properly maintained, fabric like this lasts about a decade.

Motorized Controls

One of the best features of SummerSpace retractable awnings is that they are motorized. Simply press a few buttons, and your awning will extend and retract according to your preferences. This element plays a vital role in protecting the fabric by rolling it up in adverse weather conditions.

But know that your motor and remote system need their T.L.C., too. If, for instance, you leave your awning extended with snow accumulation on it, that frost may travel toward your motor, increasing the risk of breakage. 

If, on the other hand, you follow the best practices mentioned in the previous section, you won’t have to worry about your motor and remote malfunctioning or breaking before their standard lifetime.


But what if something does break? No worries! Our retractable awnings come with a limited fabric, frame, and motor warranty to cover any defective parts. That way, if the unexpected happens, your repairs can be covered quickly within the warranty timeframe.

Long-lasting Retractable Awnings for Homes and Businesses

Your awning gives you the freedom to enjoy the outdoors more and for a longer period of time. If you want to enhance your outdoor space, get in touch with a SummerSpace dealer today. They will help you decide on a custom retractable awning that will last for many wonderful years to come.

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