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Retractable Awning Parts

Awning wear and tear will inevitably occur at one point or another, especially for those mounted in undesirable locations. Finding high-quality retractable awning parts can save you lots of money that you will otherwise spend on an entirely new awning. 

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That’s why we’ll discuss the importance of retractable awning maintenance, how to find high-quality retractable awning parts, and how much they cost. 

Why is retractable awning maintenance necessary?

Regular retractable awning maintenance is crucial for the awning’s lifespan and for keeping its operation and functions intact. By maintenance, I refer to anything from proper usage to cleaning and repairs.

Follow best practices

Following simple best practices for patio awnings can go a long way in extending their life. Such methods include retracting the canopy back under its hood/cover or into its cassette ( non-extended position) during weather conditions it’s not designed to handle such as heavy rain and high wind.

Regular cleaning

Regular cleaning of the retractable fabric will help you preserve your outdoor awning fabric from rotting, molding and mildewing due to moisture and dew. Fading of the color is almost inevitable very quickly unless you have invested in high-quality solution-dyed acrylic fabric. They typically come with a 10-year warranty period against fading, mildew and rotting.

Timely repairs

If your retractable awning indicates that a part needs to be replaced, it’s best to repair it promptly. Most likely, the longer you wait, the more damage you can expect. That’s why it’s best to repair it as soon as you notice a defect.

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How much do retractable awning parts cost?

Fabric and valance

The fabric and valance are two of the more important components of your outdoor awning and what create the pleasant shade you can enjoy. They are constantly exposed to sun rays, UV light, moisture, wind and outdoor life. 

Depending on the fabric brand, you can get a fabric replacement for anywhere between $250 and $1,000+ without installation costs. That’s if you need to replace the entire fabric. 

The pricing will of course vary based on the type of fabric, fabric manufacturer and width x projection needed. The cost will be much lower if you need to replace only a single 46″, 48″ or 60″ panel and not the entire canvas.

Electrical parts (motor and remote)

Electrical parts of a retractable awning can be more expensive than manual parts. For example, if you need to buy a new automatic motor to replace the old one, it will cost you between $300 and $900 without hiring an installer to mount it.

If you need to replace any additional awning accessories such as weather sensors, heaters and LED lights, typically, you’ll be able to find them for between $300 and $500 each.

Manual parts (crank handle/bolts/chains/brackets/etc.)

Manual parts are typically the same cost as motorized awning parts. There are different types of manual parts, and their price varies depending on the type and the production material.

If your manual arm is damaged, you can buy a new one for anywhere between $200 and $800 depending on the projection size and quality of the arm. Keep in mind that lightweight yet strong aluminum is preferred for retractable lateral arms. You can buy a manual crank handle for less than $25.

Your brackets, assembly bolts, springs and chains in the arms (the best type) should be non-rusting stainless steel. Brackets are generally inexpensive ($20-$50 each) and do vary in cost depending on the type of bracket – wall, soffit/eave, beam or roof brackets. 

Which manufacturer supplies high-quality parts?

If you purchase a retractable awning from a given vendor, there’s no guarantee that the vendor can sell you spare parts separately. Some manufacturers send you some spare parts together with the product, while others have separate sections on their websites where you can purchase the part you need.

However, there are a few things to remember when purchasing different awning parts for repair or replacement:

  • Best fabric brands – Para, Dickson, Sunbrella, Recasens 
  • Best motors – Somfy, Simu
  • Best materials for frames – high-grade 6063 aluminum
  • Best materials for additional and assembly components – non-rusting, marine grade 316 stainless steel

I highly recommend that you don’t purchase complete products from Chinese e-commerce platforms with suspiciously low prices as parts are not stocked and readily available in the US or Canada. 

Remember that the price in the retractable awning and retractable pergola industry (unlike the computer industry for example)  always reflects the quality of a product and put your trust in known suppliers that offer certified engineering and wind load certifications like TÜV product approval, CE certifications and Beaufort wind load testing.

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Is this a DIY project?

While you can purchase some parts from websites or directly from the awning dealer, retractable awning repair usually requires professional installation services. However, if you are skillful with your hands, you must read the manufacturer’s installation instructions and can read the rest of my guides and other online content to replace the part(s) needed or repair your awning by yourself.

Why choose Retractable Awning Reviews?

To my knowledge, is the only independent online source of information explicitly focusing on retractable products, guides and services. The website aims to help anyone who intends to purchase or maintain a retractable awning or retractable pergola find the correct information to maximize the benefits of their purchase.


How to find a retractable awning parts company?

First, contact the manufacturer or dealer of your current awning or visit their website to check if they sell spare parts for your particular model. If they do not, use an e-commerce platform but refrain from suspiciously low-priced Chinese parts, fabric and motors.

How does Retractable Awnings Reviews work?

Retractable Awnings Reviews is an online source of information regarding retractable products. Besides reviews of the products, I research and publish guides and how-to articles and blogs about various retractable-awning-related concerns.

Why should I choose you to find my retractable awning parts company?

I have extensive experience in the retractable awning industry, and I noticed a lot of misinformation spread by some vendors who wish to increase their revenues. However, I believe the client should come first, and honesty is the best way to gain loyal customers.

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