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Retractable Awnings for Architects

Retractable Patio Awning

It may seem that retractable awnings are just now becoming very popular in the United States, but in reality is the oldest design of awnings.

Retractable awnings can trace their roots back to pocket awnings which utilized rigid framework that rotated on a hinge and could be used in either the retracted or deployed position. Although contemporary retractable awnings are highly developed pieces of engineering, many still operate much like their forerunners.

Lateral Arm Retractable Awnings

Retractable Patio Awning

Lateral Arm Patio Awning, Purchase, NY


Retractable Arms are basically, tension arms and a roller tube are supported by a torsion bar. The torsion bar fits into brackets which are mounted to a wall or soffit or with specially designed brackets, roof mounted. Hand-cranked awnings are still available, but motorized awnings most common. Somfy Remote Control


The awning motor is housed inside a tube, called a roller tube, on which the fabric is rolled. Many motors have a built-in receiver and are operated by remote control, home automation or a 3 way switch.

Retractable patio awnings typically utilize a solution dyed acrylic base fabric.

 In the extended position, a retractable patio awning is most often only engineered to withstand (depending on the size) 20-35 mph winds.

Drop Arm Retractable Awning

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Drop, or side, arm retractable awnings are commonly used to shade a window or doorway. The main components can be expressed as a roller tube at the top, spring-loaded side arms, and a drive which can be in the form of a motor, crank or tape-pull.

Drop arm retractable awnings allow for adjustable pitch at the touch of a button or turn of a crank and are ideal for covering small areas.

Ribbed Retractable Awning

A ribbed retractable awning is also an excellent canopy to cover small areas like windows or doors. Unlike a drop arm retractable awning, these awnings have sides and can not be designed to utilize a motor. Like the other retractable, ribbed retractable awnings also perform best utilizing a solution dyed acrylic fabric.

Specialty Retractable Awning  Products

Waterproof Retractable Pergola - The Gennius

Expanded Outdoor Dining Area

The Gennius to improve and expand your outdoor dining space.

Complete with rain management features, this retractable fabric shade structure combines the beauty of a pergola with the flexibility of a retractable awning; yet is durable enough to withstand inclement weather.

Retractable Pergola Awing - The Pinnacle

Pinnacle 2 entrance

The Pinnacle is perfect for windy areas where a lateral arm retractable awning just may not be suitable.  Or a Pinnacle can be fit into or on top of an existing pergola type structure to keep activities beneath safe from the effects of the weather.

Retractable Roof - The Gallery

Retractable Resturant Roof

Expand your outdoor dining space. Complete with rain management features, this freestanding retractable enclosure offers the very best of Al fresco dining or complete shelter from the elements. This retractable roof canopy is capable of covering expansive areas by joining multiple modules.


Glass Wind Panel - Height Adjustable

Adjustable Glass Screens

Perfect for decks, patios, terraces and balconies, our Glass Screen is a height-adjustable partition that can both protect and define a seating area. The shatter proof, tempered safety glass buffers the wind and external noise.


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