Retractable awnings are designed to protect you and your family from the harsh rays of the sun. But they provide many additional benefits to their owners. A high quality retractable awning will also keep you dry in a light rain, reduce heat gain in your house, reduce annoying glare, stop interior fabric fading and make your deck or patio a cool, comfortable place to relax.
Retractable awnings come in all sizes and varying levels of quality. In general, if you make an investment in a quality retractable awning, you will have made an investment that will last for years to come. Like gas grills you can spend very little on a product that will last for a year or two or you can make an investment that will provide years of reliable and beautiful protection from the elements. Please continue reading as we describe the features you should look for in a quality addition to you home.
retractable awning, yet use inferior thin wall steel or aluminum. At Eclipse we use both steel and aluminum torsion bars, depending on the application. When possible we recommend a steel torsion bar for maximum strength. But alas, not all steel torsion bars are created equal. We use 2-millimeter thick walls in our torsion bar. Don’t settle for less in your investment. In highly corrosive applications we increase the wall thickness to 3mm and use an aluminum torsion bar for added corrosion protection.
focus on the system used to connect the spring to the front part of the arm. Many US manufacturers are using exposed single or double cables and or bicycle-style chains. At Eclipse, we have employed Advanced Belt Technology® or ABT®. The ABT® system is made up of nine steel cables totally sealed in a poly carbon UV resistant PVC coating. This state of the art tensioning system creates more stability at the front bar resulting in a high performance awning. The ABT® system also guarantees a long life for your arm. While cables have been tested to 5000 cycles (a cycle is one time in and out) and chains have been tested to 8,000 cycles, the ABT® system has been tested to an amazing 60,000 cycles. What this means to you is simply the best looking and best performing retractable awning available.
a two-piece cast aluminum shoulder with a “sure lock pitch-adjustment”. The sure lock pitch-adjustment assures your pitch will stay in place, saving the hassle and expense of frequent pitch adjustments.
strength is key in the front bar extrusion. Our front bar has a very large perimeter for added strength. Engineers often refer to this as the “I factor”, similar in concept to an I-beam. Think of roof or floor construction where 2×12 boards are used (not 4×4) because of the strength the 12-inch perimeter lends. This added strength keeps your front bar from bending and combines with a strong roller tube for a great looking and great performing awning.
combined with a straight front bar means a great looking awning, as they maintain the square cut of the fabric.
ensures that they won’t fade significantly over time. Acrylic fabrics are available in hundreds of decorator patterns and easily match your decor. Eclipse features Dickson® and Sunbrella® fabrics, which carry up to an 8-year warranty against fading, rotting, mold and mildew. In addition to their beauty, acrylic fabrics put the block in sun block. Acrylics block up to 98% of the harmful UV rays of the sun, allow you to use your deck or patio, keep your house cool, save you $$ on air-conditioning, reduce glare, stop interior fading and did we mention allows you to use your deck or patio. Acrylic fabrics are used on the upper end retractable awnings for stability, beauty and extensive selection. Don’t settle for less than acrylic fabric for your investment.
either will work just fine. The key to a solid installation application is the distance between the two lag bolts which attach the bracket to the wall into the home’s framework and the installer’s experience. Our installation brackets maximize the distance between the lag bolts while maintaining a compact design. Eclipse also offers uniquely designed soffit and roof mounting brackets, allowing a retractable awning solution for virtually all applications.
your awning reacts to your every command. Eclipse motorized awnings are built with Somfy® motors and are offered with any one of a wide selection of Somfy® automated controls including sun and wind sensors.
made from powder-coated aluminum for strength and durability.
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Torsion or square bars
The torsion bar acts as the shock absorber for the retractable awning. When the awning moves, the system transmits the energy of the movement to the torsion bar. Many refer to the torsion bar as the key stabilizer of the
The retractable (lateral) arms transmit tension from the internal springs to the front bar in order to keep the fabric tight. This arm system allows for an awning that requires no poles or upright supports. In a comparison of arms, many
An arm assembly (or shoulder) is used to connect the arm to the torsion bar. Many companies use a less expensive extruded piece bolted together; while others use a three or four piece cast aluminum arm assembly. The Eclipse™ has
Arm Assembly (or shoudlers)
The front bar is where the fabric is connected to the frame at the front portion of the awning. The valance also connects to the front bar and hangs freely in a decorative manner. As in the previously mentioned components,
The fabric rolls around the roller tube when the awning is retracted and unrolls off the roller tube when the awning is extended. The roller tube flexes and returns to form as the awning moves in the breeze. A straight roller tube
The fabric provides the cool (and beautiful) cover for your retractable awning. Today’s high quality retractable awnings use solution dyed acrylic fabrics. These marine grade fabrics have the color embedded in every fiber. This
Installation Brackets are the connection between the shading system and the mounting structure, typically the exterior wall of your home. Good solid installation brackets can be made from either extruded or die cast aluminum,
Motorization (like an awning) is cool. Cranking your awning in and out gets old over time. Our experience tells us that people use and enjoy their awnings more when they opt to motorize their shading system. Simply touch a button and
The hood protects the awning from the elements when it is retracted and gives the unit a clean, finished look. The hood is recommended whenever the unit is not installed under some form of protection, like an overhang. Our hoods are
Eclipse Awnings in Montrose and Grand Junction and Delta and Cedaredge and Ouray and Telluride and Ridgeway and Glenwood Springs and Aspen and Colorado or awning the retractable screen with patio and window shade with sunbrella somfy with installation of canvas fabric like
sunsetter and sun setter with remote wireless quality like Durasol plus valance drop arm enclosure. wind sensor roof with fascia or soffit and overhang wall plus custom warranty for lifetime and a drop screen projection with power motorized or electric mount service.