How to Choose the Right Retractable Awning for You

Since the 1960’s Sunbrella has redefined the outdoor space by creating shade options that are both durable and functional.​ Over time, we continue to revolutionize outdoor shade with technology that makes life more comfortable and enjoyable with targeted shading options.​ Stay cool on the deck while you eat breakfast and retract the awning at night to enjoy a movie under the stars.​ 


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Retractable awnings are the perfect addition to an outdoor space for any occasion.


It all starts with Sunbrella shade fabric. With a variety of options, your outdoor space can easily be transformed to fit your style.  


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Create a porch-like retreat with the addition of a retractable awning and Sunbrella fabric!​


Retractable awnings featuring Sunbrella shade fabric offers premium durability and design featuring:​ 

  • UV and fade resistance: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends certain Sunbrella fabrics in shading products as part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen, to aid in preventing sun-induced skin damage. 
  • Mold and mildew resistance: Should exposure to dirt, debris, or other environmental elements cause mold or mildew to occur, simply spot clean with a bleach solution.​ 
  • Stain and water resistance: Sunbrella shade fabrics protect you from more than just the sun. ​ 
  • Low maintenance and easy to care for: Simply hose down monthly and deep clean the fabric every two to three years. Life's messes occur in between deep cleans and they’re easy to clean, even with bleach! 

Plus, other nonpermanent structures such as metal awnings are built in place and color options are limited. But with retractable awnings featuring Sunbrella shade fabric, there is a wide selection of beautiful colors and styles that can bring your vision to life and complement other elements such as outdoor cushions and pillows. You can even design your awning with the Shade Studio tool; just upload a photo and imagine it in your space.​ 
Benefits of Retractable Awnings ​ 

Retractable awnings are a versatile and beneficial addition to any outdoor space, giving you the opportunity to enjoy time in or out of the shade with a simple click of a button, if your awning is automated. ​If your patio is exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, it can be unpleasant sitting in your outdoor space. A retractable awning adds shaded comfort so you can enjoy more time outside. ​ 
Apart from being versatile, retractable awnings also help lower your energy costs year-round. In the warmer months, keep the awning extended to block the sun from coming through your windows and heating up inside the home. In the cold months, retract the awning and allow for the sun to warm your home naturally and avoid using as much central heat.


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Awnings are a great addition to any home; they give your space a beautiful appearance and curb appeal also adds value to your home. ​


Retractable awnings allow for a more diverse use of your outdoor space. Enjoy a cocktail while you take a break from the heat in the afternoon and then close the awning at night, get the bonfire rolling, and spend time under the stars with friends; the possibilities are endless. ​ 
Automated Awnings​ 

Making your awning work for your mood or the weather is easy when you motorize your retractable awning. Motorized awnings powered by Somfy, for example, offer seamless integration of your awning into your broader smart home package – with plenty of automation possibilities available. Somfy even offers sensors that will adjust automatically to weather conditions. When the sun starts to shine, the awning extends. When the wind starts blowing, it retracts automatically.​ Learn more about Somfy’s retractable awning technology
Style Your Awning with Sunbrella ​ 

Versatility, style, and convenience– a Sunbrella retractable shade awning has it all. Find an OEM or a fabricator to start creating a porch-like retreat for everyone to enjoy.​ 


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Retractable awnings allow you to completely customize your outdoor style.


View our entire shade fabric collection on and start reimaging your space with a retractable awning structure.