It’s true that most retractible awnings don’t come in metal and on some of the other pages of this website we’ve supported and provided information about permanent metal covers that directly oppose fabric awnings in theory and design. However, we here at MetalPatioCovers.net believe in offering consumers the widest range of useful and valuable information on all their options so they can make an informed decision on what is right for them. We believe that this is the most important thing, and there’s no point in trying to make someone buy something that they neither want nor need.
Providing information on retractible awnings provides a whole new angle to this website and the information it provides, as well as supporting a different facet of the home improvement community. Like we said, helping people and connecting them with the information they need is our number one goal. In contract to the other patio products we’ve reviewed, retractible awnings have a different –though no less wide–array of applications, and may be perfect for those buyers who are looking for:
- A less permanent fixture
- An inexpensive solution
- A more functional alternative
Retractible awnings are much less costly than a permanent structure, they’re much less, well, permanent, and can be removed, resituated or relocated at a moment’s notice. Retractible awnings come in a much wider selection of colors and styles, are typically completely self-supported with horizontal supports and therefore no vertical supports or poles around the edges or corners (many people prefer them for this reason alone.) They are easily stowed out of sight with a standard cranking or at the push of a button (in the case of the electrical motorized models) in a slim, streamlined, low-profile storage cassette which can mount on just about any surface, any construction material and in any location. Did we mention they’re functional?
Retractible awnings are also very easy to install. They can be purchased in kits or to custom specifications, but either way the mounting and installation process is simple, quick and considered a do it yourself task. This means no expensive construction costs, a minimal investment of time, no worries of a final product that looks “stuck on” or is otherwise unsightly (and can even potentially devalue your home) and instead a simple, versatile, attractive awning that fulfills all your needs just as well.
One of the biggest arguments against retractible awnings and any other fabric awning in general is that it is much less durable than a metal patio cover, which is a completely subjective statement. Durable to what? When we think of a freestanding metal structure, we tend to associate it with longevity, and by contrast when we think of fabric we think of fading, weathering, tearing and otherwise being insubstantial. The truth of retractible awnings is that they retract, therefore they are not subject to much of damage from sun and weather that non-retractible models are. When you want shading from the sun, simple press a button and extend your awning. When you’ve enjoyed the outdoors enough for one day, press that button again and retract. It’s that simple!
When the canvas is retracted, it is stored underneath a solid, weather-proof hood that keeps the sun and rain off of the material. It’s virtually impervious to any and all effects of weathering when it’s within this hood. Retractible awnings are also constructed out of similar materials to metal deck and patio covers, including extruded aluminum for the framework and retractable arms. Treated with a little care and some common sense, they are every bit as durable as their all-metal contemporaries.