We invest a lot of time and money in our decks, patios, and outdoor furniture. By adding a retractable awning you’ll be able to take advantage of your outside space on those hot days as well as give your skin a break while enjoying the outdoors. The Sunsetter 900XT is perfect for a small porch or patio and can be ordered in lengths of 7 to 20 feet and it extends 9 feet out from your home. You can install it yourself in 2-3 hours and it’s fully manual. Sunsetter also has motorized versions that open and close with push of a button.
If you choose to go the motorized route then check out the SunShelter Elite from Durasol which offers weather-proof fabric that also provides UV protection. The Elite even has a drop valance that will keep that late afternoon sun out of your eyes.
Other features to consider when choosing a retractable awning are extruded steel (stronger) or aluminum; waterproof or canvas (breathable) fabric, motorized or non (get one with both). The top of the line awnings even offer sun, wind, and rain sensors that will open and close your awning according to the weather.