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Olga Abourezk

I picked up my 8-foot Awntech/BeautyMark California awning at the local big box store. I needed something to cover the south deck and window and internet reviews sound +/- just ok. The sun was baking us outdoors and in. The California is a manual crank retractable model. The wall brackets and parts were included, but I had to buy additional lag screws to mount it to the wall studs. The install was like the testimonials I reviewed stated – difficult due to instructions in Chinese. It has a removable valance strip, not sure why it’s removable. The fabric is acrylic and is supposed to resist mildew, be water resistant, and hold its color for up to 1 year. But here I guess only time will tell.