RETRACTABLE AWNING & RETRACTABLE PERGOLA REVIEWS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

 

Awnings are an amazing way to spruce up the look of your house or business. They can reduce heat and glare on outdoor areas and help keep inside spaces cool.

The functionality of this product depends on some key features. When choosing patio awnings for your home or company, you need to consider the type or style of the awning, the shade material, and the mechanics of use that best suit your needs. The size of the awning, its shape, and its angle/pitch are other considerations that affect how effective the model will be.

Whether using an awning for weather-related protection, to improve the aesthetics of your home or business, or to advertise, the following information will be helpful (scroll down to the end of the page to read more).

 

Companies are ranked from top to bottom based on the highest and best retractable awning and retractable pergola reviews as submitted by real and verified purchases.

 

RETRACTABLE FOLDING ARM AWNING COMPANY / MODEL REVIEWS

  • Shadetree retractable awnings are offered for a sun but not for a rain exposed deck…

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  • Sunesta

    Sunesta

    Ranked #3

    Sunesta Shade Systems has been in the industry since 1981. Sunesta, a manufacturing company located in Jacksonville,…

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  • It was in the year 1986 when Craft-Bilt, owned by Andy Stone started a new…

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  • Eclipse

    Eclipse

    Ranked #3

    Eclipse Shading Systems provides custom-made solar protection shading solution products including retractable awnings, retractable patio…

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  • It is now over thirty three years when KE Durasol was established and since then…

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  • Nu Image Awnings

    Nu Image Awnings

    Ranked #4

    Nu Image awnings has been in the industry for over 25 years. The manufacturer offers…

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  • Sunair

    Sunair

    Ranked #4

    Sunair in business since 1978 offers, innovative and custom-made retractable awnings and shade systems for…

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  • Sunsetter

    Sunsetter

    Ranked #4

    SunSetter manual and motorized retractable awnings is an assembler of retractable deck and patio awnings. Sunsetter’s…

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  • Nelson A. Taylor, founder of Taylor Made Awnings Custom Products Residential, Commercial and Retractable Awning…

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  • Alutex Awnings

    Alutex Awnings

    Ranked #4

    Alutex awnings are best known for their Italian design shading systems. The company is a…

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  • Alpha Awnings

    Alpha Awnings

    Ranked #4

    Alpha Awnings has been in the awning industry for several decades. The Southern California based…

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  • Awntech Awnings produces different awning solutions for customer’s homes under the Beauty-Mark brand. The customers…

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  • Advaning

    Advaning

    Ranked #6

    Advaning is a US based California company that imports everything from China including frames, motors…

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  • Aleko

    Aleko

    Ranked #7

    Aleko was established in 2005 as a small, family-owned business in Kent, Washington. Products offered…

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  • Best Choice Products or BCP is an e-Commerce company based in California that resells items…

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  • Outsunny

    Outsunny

    Ranked #8

    Outsunny a sub-brand of Aosom located in Wilsonville, Oregon owned by Ningbo MH Import &…

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  • DIY Retractable Awning is a supplier and manufacturer of custom-made retractable awnings, patio awnings, and…

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  • Diensweek

    Diensweek

    Ranked #8

    Chinese manufacturer of standard size retractable awnings with no known US location. Length of time…

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  • Sunjoy

    Sunjoy

    Ranked #8

    Sunjoy Group is a furniture company with its headquarters in Singapore and offers products that…

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  • Eastern Awnings

    Eastern Awnings

    Ranked #9

    Eastern Awnings manufactures retractable awnings in the United States. It is owned by Stephen Lukos…

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  • Castlecreek Awning imports all products from China and only features online sale of products. They…

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  • Toff Awnings

    Toff Awnings

    Ranked #9

    Toff Industries or Toff Awnings has been making awnings and shades since 1980. This makes…

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RETRACTABLE PATIO COVER PERGOLA COMPANY / MODEL REVIEWS

  • RetractableAwnings.com® is a family-owned business and has been family owned and operated for 32 years…

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  • ShadeTree

    ShadeTree

    Ranked #2

    Shadetree pergolas with retractable awning canopies offer a way to shade a deck or patio…

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  • Sunair

    Sunair

    Ranked #3

    Sunair in business since 1978 offers, innovative and custom-made retractable awnings and shade systems for…

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  • KE Durasol established in 1984 has been producing retractable awnings, canopies, exterior screens, roof pergolas…

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  • Corradi Awnings

    Corradi Awnings

    Ranked #4

    Corradi is a European based company that designs and manufactures custom outdoor shading solutions. They…

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  • ShadeFX Awnings

    ShadeFX Awnings

    Ranked #4

    The ShadeFX company was launched in 2007 by Peter Westgarth and Steve Ostrowski. Utilizing a…

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The Most Reviewed Models

These models are reviewed most by the public.

 

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (3)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Palermo Plus

Author:

Allison Marks

I was so surprised by the quality and ratings of this retractable awning model. It has a beautiful Italian design that fits in perfectly with my home and the additions I was looking to make. The Palermo Plus retractable awning had the exact dimensions I needed, and every detail was just right. I also ordered a wind sensor to go along with the awning and altogether the price was v-v-very affordable.

One more thing I really liked about this manufacturer is the wide range of products to choose from..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Palermo

Author:

Marty Aaronsohn

The Palermo retractable awning is perfect. I was looking for a retractable awning that would shade my outdoor patio and reduce the solar gain into my restaurant. The elegant Italian design complimented my business and allowed me to reduce the clutter of umbrellas in front of the main entrance. It also meant I didn’t have to worry about wind or outdoor furniture knocking over umbrella stands every time a table was moved.

My employees really appreciate the Palermo model awning too. A flick of a key..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Roma

Author:

Alberto Iglesias MD

Looking for a retractable awning can be like looking for a needle in a haystack! There are so many choices! I spent hours reading testimonials and checking consumer ratings of products, manufacturers, and installers. I had a color-coded spreadsheet when I finally found what I wanted – the Roma model with a 16-foot projection.

The Roma retractable awning met all my criteria. The quiet operation, a wide selection of custom sizes and options, plus hundreds of fabric colors to choose from were important

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Amsterdam

Author:

Charles McGinnis

When it came time to replace our existing awning and framework, I spent a lot of time searching the web and reading consumer testimonials. Living on the shore of a very large body of water, we experience few days without wind. My last awning, made in China, faded and frayed within a year, and the framework showed rust and flaking before the second season was up. My investment didn’t have much to show for it after less than 2 years.

I was really impressed with the reviews and ratings of the European..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Bioclimatique

Author:

Cathy Shot

The best business investment I believe I’ve made was the Bioclimatique patio cover awning. It expanded my outdoor patio to a year-round addition, with minimal investment! The retractable louvers rotate 165 degrees to offer shade wherever the sun is. Plus, they close tight to form a waterproof roof for my customers and have built-in gutters to allow the water to drain easily from the bottom of the posts instead of it splashing down on the floor.

My amazing staff and customers rave about Bioclimatique..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Ferrara

Author:

Vinnie Benedetto DDS

I was really impressed reading the consumer testimonials and reviews for the Ferrara patio cover awning. The comments about the solid looking powder coated aluminum frame and posts, built in gutter system, retractable waterproof fabric canopy, and all the options and accessories plus the 25-year non-prorated warranty sold me on the product.

I went with the optional hood to protect the awning from bird poop, squirrels, possums’, and rain and snow collecting in the folds of fabric when not extended..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Firenze

Author:

Lee Piloto

If you’re looking for a retractable awning, I highly encourage you to read the online consumer testimonials for the Firenze patio cover awning. The sleek aluminum frame and Italianate grace of the draping folds of the canopy fabric create an aesthetically pleasing ambiance which will delight you and your guests.

I picked the optional hood to protect the retracted fabric from snow, rain and bird feces, and the side curtains for the trellis for privacy and aesthetics. The waterproof fabric..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (2)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Venezia

Author:

Aniss Cherk

I spent a lot of time searching the web for an angled retractable awning that would offer shade and protection from the sun when needed. However, it had to be able to roll up and disappear to protect it from critters and the weather. After reading what felt like 1000 consumer reviews, I finally found what I wanted.

I was really pleased when I came across the venezia retractable awning. It retracts into a cassette which protects it from nesting birds, toads, squirrels and frogs, and other reptiles..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Firenze Plus

Author:

Rebecca Brown

While designing our home my partner and I wanted a retractable awning to extend our outdoor living space. We were both impressed with the softer look of the aluminum frame and the sharp angles of the Firenze Plus model awning which complimented our architecture. The consumer testimonials and reviews, and the quality of the frame and awning workmanship, plus the 25-year warranty, were amazing!

We ordered the Firenze Plus patio cover awning motorized with all the optional wireless sensors, plus..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Retractableawnings.com
Model Review:
Forli

Author:

Haley Thompson

I was very impressed with the pergola Forli patio cover awning. The sleek minimalist Italian design beautifully compliments our view. Its freestanding rectangular pergola with retractable fabric awning is a great addition to the patio. The powder coated aluminum frame is also a beautiful contrast to patio stonework, and the posts are so sleek they don’t intrude on the view. The neutral colored canopy fabric complements any outdoor living furniture too.

The quality of the Forli model awning..

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Shadetree Awnings
Model Review:
Shan

Author:

Shadetree Shan retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (3)
Retractable company: Sunesta
Model Review:
Sunlight

Author:

Sunesta Sunlight retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Eclipse
Model Review:
Eclipse Awnings

Author:

Eclipse

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Aristocrat Awnings
Model Review:
Estate

Author:

Estate

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (3)
Retractable company: Sunesta
Model Review:
Sunesta Awnings

Author:

Sunesta Sunesta retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (3)
Retractable company: KE Durasol / KE Outdoor Awnings
Model Review:
SunShelter

Author:

KE Durasol / KE Outdoor retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Awntech / BeautyMark Awnings
Model Review:
California

Author:

California

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Nu Image Awnings
Model Review:
G150

Author:

G150

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Nu Image Awnings
Model Review:
K300

Author:

K300

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: KE Durasol / KE Outdoor Awnings
Model Review:
SunCassette

Author:

KE Durasol / KE Outdoor SunCassette retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (1)
Retractable company: Alutex Awnings
Model Review:
Antigua

Author:

Antigua

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (7)
Retractable company: Advaning
Model Review:
L Series

Author:

L Series

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (3)
Retractable company: Sunesta
Model Review:
Sunstyle

Author:

Sunesta Sunstyle retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (4)
Retractable company: Taylor Made Awning
Model Review:
Taylor Made Awning

Author:

Taylor Made folding lateral arm retractable awning

AUTHOR RATENUMBER OF REVIEWS (2)
Retractable company: Toff Awnings
Model Review:
Solarshield

Author:

Solarshield folding lateral arm retractable awning

What features you should consider when choosing an awning?

Type or Style

    • Permanent: attached to the building, solid frame, year-round, no storage issues, require less maintenance, less flexible, may require a building permit – for example, a gazebo, trellis or pergola cover.
    • Stationary: stays in one location, usually fixed to a building, usually ready for use, often seasonal and less permanent, the fabric can be removed but time-consuming – for example a fixed frame window or door awning.
    • Retractable: more flexible, only out when needed, less permanent, attached to a building or free-standing, movable parts, no maintenance – a patio sun lateral arm retractable awning for example.
    • Freestanding:  attached to a building but a deck, flexible location, can be permanent or temporary, generally portable, solid framework, can have fixed or retractable fabric  – a retractable pergola is an example.

Material

    • Fabric: awning fabric comes in cotton canvas, acrylic and solution dyed acrylic, polyester, vinyl or blended materials and is durable, easy to clean. Some qualities, such as mildew/fire/water resistant, waterproof and lightweight may vary by fabric. Some fibers have better resistance to dust and dirt.
    • Metal: aluminum or steel louvers or plates, more permanent and less flexible than fabric, waterproof, mildew and fire resistant, durable, easy to clean.
    • Wood: less flexible and more permanent, louvers or roof, more maintenance, durable.
    • Color: complimentary to your home or business, deflect or attract heat, small patterns for small structures, large patterns for larger structures, aesthetically pleasing.
    • UV Protection: reducing UV penetration reduces heat underneath the canopy or inside the buildings creating a more comfortable environment, and prevents fading of furniture, flooring, draperies etc.
    • Solid: reduces light penetration, creates a viewing barrier, easier to waterproof, provides more protection from airborne debris.
    • Permeable: increased light penetration, increased viewing, less susceptible to windy conditions, not waterproof, quicker drying, less obstructive.

Mechanics

    • Manual: requires physical effort to turn the louvers, extend (open) or retract (close) the canopy, move or roll-up the awning.
    • Motorized: use electric motors instead of human power to operate the canopy at the flick of a switch or with a remote control, smartphone or tablet.
    • Automated – sun, wind, motion and rain sensor mechanisms that automatically open or close the awning, so it operates and your outdoor living area or commercial space is protected even when you’re not there.

Other Considerations

What are the types of retractable & patio awnings?

Retractable

Stationary

Freestanding

Who needs a retractable awning?

Homeowners and business can benefit from the best retractable awnings. Whether attached to their building or freestanding, retractable products offer protection when needed, but can disappear when not required. The product protects you or your client from the environment but can be easily stored to protect it from the environment too.

How to find the best retractable awning?

The information above will help you decide what type and style of awning you want. To find the best quality retractable awning though you’ll need to read some retractable awning reviews. Check out the best retractable awning brands online. The best awning company will have the most impressive patio awning reviews.

If there’s a local expert talk to them about who makes the best retractable awnings. Can you install it yourself or do you need a professional? Use the reviews on this website and the experts to find out who offers the best warranty, and what is included with the product; some come with mounting brackets, others don’t. If a company allows you to connect with clients who wrote retractable patio awning reviews, contact them. This all will help you make the right choice and feel happy with the product.

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