14
Jan
2016
Here is a Question from one of our visitors:

“Maybe you can help me. It’s hard to find a straight answer in this industry. Here my situation. I have an unmarked awning that appears to be of fair quality. Unfortunately, at some time in the past, a wind gust caught it and destroyed one arm. other than a few stitches in the cloth everything else is AOK. I was at least able to track down the installer who gave me the run around and said that the unit is no longer made. Bottom line is everyone wants to sell me a new 3k awning instead of fixing the damage. can you help me out?
– Phil”

 

Dear Phil,

There are a few Awning Parts dealers out there that sell to consumers directly. One I know of is DIY Retractable Awning. If you send them a photo of the old arm, they may be able to match it with some of the universal Awning parts they sell. Some companies, like SunSetter, sell their Awnings through Home Depot and directly, but we have found getting replacement parts for them to be very difficult. If your awning is custom built, or made by a manufacturer that does not use standard parts and practices, you may be out of luck unless you can find a used one on Craigslist or EBay and use it for parts.

23
May
2011

This is the time of year when people are using their retractable awnings for the first time. It’s now that you realize that your valance, which is exposed to the sun, wind, and weather all year round, is aging faster than the rest of your awning fabric. There are places online that will be able to match your valance and replace only your valance to give your awning a fresh look for the summer.Check out more reviews here.

11
May
2011

Welcome to Retractable Awning Review. Where I plan on sharing all my oodles of years of experience installing retractable awnings of every make and model on every type of structure you can imagine. From sheds to decks, patios to docks, houses to buildings, on first floors and 80th floors. You name it, I probably have done it when it comes to retractable awnings. I have had Awning Manufacturers approach me in helping them design the frames for generations of awnings. With all the experience I have had seeing what goes wrong, I have been instrumental in recommending major changes in chain and belt technologies to awning motor modifications, to fabric sewing strategies to prevent fraying. I have worked with over 20 different awning manufacturers over the years and am happy now in my retirement to dispense this information freely to all who come to visit and ask me questions. I hope I can help make your awning choices great ones!