The retractable awning is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall. It is typically composed of canvas fabric that is stretched tightly over a light structure of aluminium material. The awning is also often constructed of aluminium understructure with aluminium sheeting.
The location of an awning on a building may be above the window, a door, or above the area along a sidewalk. Restaurant or coffee shop often use awnings broad enough to cover the substantial outdoor area. In commercial buildings, an awning is often painted with information as to the name & business, thus acting as a sign or billboard as well as providing shade, breaking strong wind, protecting from rain and sunny day. It is designed and built for those conditions.


Retractable awnings let owners control the weather on their own terms. When the sun gets hot, the home automation system unrolls the awning for near-instant protection and shade. The test measurements show that it can be as much as 70 degrees cooler under awnings because of the awning prevent the sun from shining through windows and sliding glass doors, an awning can keep the temperature inside cooler as well which saves on air-conditioning costs. Awnings also provide a sheltered place for children and pets to play, shielded from direct sun.
Some of today’s awnings also offer accessories that can greatly increase the versatility and usefulness owners get from their decks or patios and let people enjoy their decks evenings and nights.