Somfy Remote-Controlled Motors
How would you like to be able to extend or retract your awning with a touch of a button? A motor can be pre-installed at our factory and operated with a 3 way switch or transmitter. The body of the motor is placed inside the roller tube, therefore no additional space is required. With our RTS family of motors, the transmitter can be activated from 90 feet, leaving you with more time to spend with those close to you.
Sun and wind sensors
The sun sensor automatically extends the awning when it becomes sunny; the wind sensor automatically retracts the awning when the wind get strong (please note: a wind sensor is to be used under supervision and should not be used en lieu of lack of attentiveness). Both sun and wind sensors are available wireless and run on batteries, or with a cord and require an outlet.
Power outages happen. Not being able to use your motorized awning because your power is out is inconvenient. Having a manual override allows you extend and retract your motorized awning with the use of a conventional crank.
Outdoor plug-in system
This system allows you to have a conventional motor without the help of an electrician to hardwire it. The outdoor plug in system is equipped with a switch and conventional plug, therefore no hardwiring is required.
This optional hood is suggested for installations where there is no overhang to protect the awning (a hood cannot be used in conjunction with ceiling or rafter brackets). By protecting the roll of fabric from the elements, a protective hood helps in keeping your awning looking new for longer. A specially designed weather strip at the back closes the gap between the hood and the wall, eliminating the need for caulking.
Roof, Rafter, and Extra Brackets
The ideal mounting surface for a retractable awning is a flat brick wall. The number of brackets that come with the awning is determined by the width and projection of the awning. If you install an awning on a weak surface you will need to reinforce the surface and distribute the weight evenly. Additional brackets might be required and are available upon request.
In other cases, where an awning cannot be installed on a wall, it can be installed either on the roof or under the overhang. When installing on the roof, use the stainless steel adjustable angle roof brackets. When installing under the overhang, use the appropriate rafter bracket (in conjunction with a ceiling bracket) to connect the awning to the roof truss.
Retractable awnings have powerful springs in the folding arms to keep the fabric taut at all times. As a consequence, the first turn or two when retracting a fully extended awning requires a certain amount of physical force when using a crank. For larger awnings this could be a problem, therefore a spring-assist mechanism is suggested to aid you in retracting your awning. The spring assist option can be added to any size awning upon request.
Retractable awnings allow you to expand your living space. You can jazz up your new awning by using screens, extended valances, and side curtains. They are removable or retractable, and offer both lateral sun protection (especially for western exposures in the late afternoon) and added privacy. The use of screens instead of acrylic fabric slightly reduces sun protection, but allows you to see through the screen
Fabric side curtains are custom fit to your awning, and extended valances come in lengths of 31", 45" and 64". They can be quickly added to the awning using hooks or velcro. Screens can only be added to the front of an awning. For more information on these products, please contact us.