Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Durasol Retractable Awnings

Durasol retractable awnings have become popular in recent years, mainly due to their elegance, functionality, and the willingness of the manufacturer to stand behind their products with a warranty. What can you expect from a Durasol awning?

Durasol makes both manual and motorized retractable awnings. The difference of course being that manual awnings use a hand crank while motorized awnings are controlled with a button or remote control. Durasol also makes several other solar shading products, such as DuraShade solar screens, as well as window awnings under their SunGuard and SunCatcher series.

Durasol does not sell direct to consumer, so you will have to find a local dealer to buy from if you want a Durasol rather than a Sunsetter awning. The company has for distinct levels for all different budgets.

The premium awning option from Durasol is the SunShelter Elite retractable awning. Described as the ultimate exterior shading system by the company, this model comes in both a manual and motorized version. Durasol backs the Sun shelter Elite with a 12 year warranty.

One step down is the Durasol SunShelter Select retractable awning. This model is fairly close to the Elite, with widths available up to 40 feet instead of 50. The warranty on the hardware on the Sun Shelter Select is 10 years.

The next model offered is the SunShelter Classic. This retractable awning model is more of a mass produced model, with six specific sizes available, ranging from 11 to 20 feet wide to cover your patio or deck. There are 24 set fabric patterns available, while with the Elite and Select models there are more than 200 choices available. The warranty on the Sun Shelter Classic is 5 years.

The final deck and patio awning manufactured by Durasol is the WeatherMaster model. This model is actually a fixed awning, supported by poles at the front. The Weather Master is available in widths up to 24 feet and has up to 200+ colors/patterns. It is also warrantied for 5 years.

So if you are looking for a custom awning outside of the SunSetter collection, a good idea would be to consider a Durasol retractable awning.