Retractable Awnings vs. Shade Screens vs. Door Canopies

August 8, 2022

If you’re in need of shade for your home, you’ve come to the right place. SummerSpace® is the industry’s leader in high-quality, long-lasting, and highly effective shade solutions. Choose from our many proven and customer-loved products — from retractable awnings to canopies to screens. But which shade solution is best? The answer to that depends on your space and your preferences. No matter which you choose, you can’t go wrong with a SummerSpace shade solution. Let’s compare our retractable awnings vs. shade screens vs. door canopies. 

Retractable Awnings

For excellent shade and solar protection over your outdoor space, consider a retractable awning. With a large projection and sleek design, retractable awnings are ideal for your patio, deck, courtyard, terrace, and more! SummerSpace retractable awnings give you a comfortable, shaded space for hosting friends for dinner, relaxing near to the pool, or reading a book on your outdoor furniture. Not only does a retractable awning create up to a 20-degree difference in temperature, it also does a great job of blocking the sun’s bothersome glare. Then, when shade or sun protection is not necessary, you can retract your awning in a matter of seconds.

You can customize your retractable awning with our large selection of fabrics. Choose from hundreds of colors, textures, and patterns. Our marine-grade Tempotest® fabrics are exceptional quality and give your outdoor space a fresh, stylish look. Also, select from one of five striking SummerShieldTM frame powder coated finishes. 

SummerSpace retractable awnings are available in three series: the SimpleShade Series, the Pro Series, and the Performance Series. Depending on the series and model, widths can be customized by the inch up to 26-feet wide with projections up to 14.5 feet. They can be installed to the wall of your house, the soffit (eave or overhang), or on the edge of the roof.

Shade Screens

For your covered deck, porch, pergola, gazebo, and other outdoor structure, get solar protection with shade screens — retractable screens that open and close whenever you want. SummerSpace FlexShade® Screens are made of high-quality Phifer® mesh. When lowered, FlexShade Screens allow you to have shaded comfort, reduced solar glare, and add additional privacy, while still enjoying the outward view and light breeze. FlexShade Screens are capable of blocking up 99% of solar heat transmission! When no longer needed, you can retract your shade screens into the headbox via remote control.

In addition to shade and privacy, the Zip Traditional and Zip XL styles provide insect protection as well. These shade screens are designed with a built-in retention channel that seals to the side of your structure when lowered to prevent insects from entering. 

Door Canopies

A SummerSpace Door Canopy is the perfect shade solution to protect your door from the sun and other elements. It also protects your home’s interior from UV damage and unwanted heat gain. Our door canopies are made of exceptionally strong materials to endure and protect against all types of weather all year long. They are also designed with a built-in rain gutter system to protect you from the elements when entering or exiting your home. SummerSpace aluminum door canopies come in 13 beautiful enamel finish colors. 

So, which shade solution is best for you? No matter which you choose, we are confident you will enjoy the added shade and protection! If you’re having trouble deciding or have further questions, contact our wonderful customer service team. Order your retractable awnings, shade screens, or door canopies from your local independent SummerSpace dealer today!

Retractable Awnings Vs Shade Screens Vs Door Canopies

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