Do I need a protective hood for my retractable awning or canopy?
A protective hood, available at an additional cost and is designed to provide adequate protection for your unit when structural protection is not available. Hoods are often purchased when the retractable awning is being fascia mounted and when not located directly under a ledge or overhang.
Why would I want my retractable awning to be motorized?
Nothing can be more convenient than simply flipping a switch and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop automatically. You may also stop the awning in any position with a wall mounted switch. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual unit!
What kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings are primarily intended for sun protection and should not be left out in windy conditions. Wind is a very unpredictable force with a tendency to change direction and speed very quickly. The general rule of thumb is: If you are comfortable sitting outdoors dining or reading a newspaper, then it is probably safe to operate your awning. The concern with wind is the up-lifting effect on the awning rather than the downward force; therefore the greater the pitch, the more wind resistant the unit is. A stationary awning or canopy is designed to withstand fairly high winds and certainly can be used in the rain. If you would like to have your patio or deck be used as an ‘extra room’ in the summer months, a stationary canopy would be a much better choice for you.
If there are no poles, what supports a retractable awning?
Retractable awnings are designed to be self supporting. They rely on secure mounting in conjunction with spring loaded arms. The arm tension is created with internal springs and large radius elbows keep the fabric tight by applying outward force.