Awnings were first used by the ancient Egyptian and Syrian civilizations. They are described as "woven mats" that shaded market stalls and homes. A Roman poet Lucretius, in 50 BC, said "Linen-awning, stretched, over mighty theatres, gives forth at times, a cracking roar, when much 'tis beaten about, betwixt the poles and cross-beams."
With the touch of a button, you could be relaxing under an awning made with legendary Sunbrella fabric and remote controlled Somfy motor. Sunbrella fabrics provide important protection from the sun and are more water-repellent than ever. Available in a wide variety of rich solids, sophisticated textures and stunning stripes.
Retractable Awnings are now becoming very popular with homeowners in the United States. They have been popular in Europe for many years, due to higher energy costs and lack of air conditioning. Retractable Awnings can include the following types. Lateral Arm Awnings are a modern version of the old storefront crank-up awnings of the last century.
Retractable awnings let owners control the weather on their own terms. When passing showers threaten, or when the sun gets hot, they or the home automation system unroll the awning for near-instant protection and shade. Lab test measurements show that it can be as much as 20 degrees cooler under an awning's canopy.