5 Questions You Need Answered BEFORE Purchasing ANY Retractable Awning

retractable awning 50322Be a smart buyer do a little research before you sign the dotted line! Find out the 5 key questions to ask yourself when purchasing a retractable awning. Getting the answer to these simple questions will help you make an informed decision about which retractable awning and awning dealer are best for you.

  1. Where will the awning be installed?
    For most of our customers, the awning will be over a deck or a door.  Ask if the location will fit your needs and provide the protection from the shade you’re hoping for.
  2. How will the awning be mounted?
    The awning can be mounted to the exterior wall, to the roof above the gutter, or to the eave under the soffit.  This is an important discussion to have, because this will affect the height of the awning, and thus, the pitch (or, how steep the slope is.) The mount will make a difference when it comes time for the awning to be installed.
  3. What does the retractable awning warranty cover?
    This can be a little confusing because the different components all have different warranties. For many manufacturers, it varies and is highly recommended you understand the details of a warranty before any final purchase. Eclipse Shading Systems warranty includes:

    • If any of the products that you have purchased from our company are defective, in materials and workmanship, we promise to repair or replace them free of charge under the terms of our standard warranty
    • 10 year frame guarantee
    • 5 year powder coated frame finish guarantee
    • 8 year awning fabric guarantee
    • 5 year motor, control & electronics guarantee (if equipped)
  4. What are the differences between a motorized or manual retractable awning?
    We may be a bit biased, but we highly recommend upgrading to a motorized awning! We’ve learned from customer surveys that the customers who have motorized awnings are much happier with their purchases than those who have manual. Motorized awnings are convenient (you can even control your awning with an app on your smartphone) and you won’t have to use your arm muscles.
    However, many customers choose manual operation. Often because they don’t have electricity on their decks and having it installed would be too costly or, in some cases, their home owner’s association would not allow for it.
  5. How long will it take to complete the installation?
    You’ll want to make sure that the awning can be installed at a time that is convenient for you.

We recommend working with a company who uses professional installers – like our skilled team at Specialty Home Solutions! Some of our customers choose to install their retractable awnings themselves, but be aware that this may affect your warranty.

If you have any other questions regarding retractable awnings, be sure to speak with a  Specialty Home Solutions Eclipse Retractable Awning specialist by clicking here or calling (515) 268-9008 or toll-free (888) 365-9008.


Specialty Home Solutions has been providing high-quality, energy saving products to clients since 2005. Local and family-owned, Specialty Home Solutions is an authorized dealer for Eclipse Shading Systems, Equinox Louvered Roof, GutterDome Gutter Guards, Lifestyle Garage Door Screen, and Solar Comfort Heater, the original infrared heater. Specialty Home Solutions offers superior design consultations, shade system sales, installation and ongoing maintenance plans including shade system repair and awning cleaning . Our clients can expect high quality, cost-effective shading system sales and service delivered with professional, caring and personalized touch. For more information you can visit our website at www.SpecialtyHomesSolutions.com or call us at (515) 268-9008 or toll-free (888) 365-9008.


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