I’ve got to say that while I like how my Awntech retractable awning looked initially, the color of the fabric has started to fade pretty quickly and it has only been four months! I don’t really retract it that much because I like the look it adds to the front of the house but if it really gets windy, we close it although the crank closer is hard to rotate. I am worried that the frame seems a bit cheap and may not have a long life but all in all it has worked pretty well for what I needed. When I called Awntech, the lady I spoke with said “asian products are not designed to last forever”. Hopefully, sooner than later we will know if it will last or not.