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Retractable Awning Installation Cost

Retractable Awning Installation Cost

National average
(motorized, retractable canopy awning for a patio)
Low: $180

(sailcloth patio awning with a manual roller)

High: $25,000

(patio cover system made of motorized slats with retractable walls)

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Retractable Awning Installation Cost

National average
(motorized, retractable canopy awning for a patio)
Low: $180

(sailcloth patio awning with a manual roller)

High: $25,000

(patio cover system made of motorized slats with retractable walls)

Cost to install a retractable awning varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from awning specialists in your city.

The average cost to install a retractable awning is $2,500.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Retractable Awning?

If you want the option to cover your deck or patio from the sun while leaving it open at other times, a retractable awning can be a great solution. Retractable awnings come in many forms, sizes, and materials. They can be manual or motorized and are designed to move out into place as needed, and then move back up against the house when not in use. Many variables influence the cost of this project, such as the size, style, and material, which creates a broad range of prices. Average costs for this project range from $500 to $4,000, with most homeowners paying around $2,500 for a motorized, retractable awning large enough to cover their deck.

Retractable Awning Price

Retractable Awning Installation Costs
National average cost$2,500
Average range$500-$4,000
Minimum cost$180
Maximum cost$25,000

Retractable Awning Prices by Type

Retractable awnings come in a wide variety of types and styles, which impacts the cost of the project:

Retractable Awning Prices

Retractable Awning Prices

Awning typeAverage cost
Shade Cloth or Sailcloth$40 - $100
Window Awning$80 - $400
Deck Awning$500 - $2,000
Retractable Canopy$500 - $2,000
Retractable Side Arm/Drop Arm$750 - $2,000
Retractable Vertical Drop$800 - $4,000
Retractable Freestanding Awning$900 - $4,000
Retractable Motorized Awning$1,000 - $5,000
Retractable Patio Cover System$12,000 - $25,000

Shade Cloths Cost

This is the simplest form of awning that is designed to be put up and taken down as needed. It is a completely manual operation that involves tying the ends of the cloth to the house and to the poles that it stretches to. When you want to take it down, it is released from the end furthest from the house, rolled up, and stored. Their starting costs are around $40, with larger, more durable cloths costing up to $100.

Window Awning Cost

Window awnings block some of the sun from entering your home, while also complementing the exterior. Retractable forms come in many shapes and may be manual or motorized. They cost around $80 to $400, depending on the type and size.

Window awning

Deck Awning Cost

Deck awnings are designed to attach to your home or roof and extend out to cover your deck. They can be manual, operated by a crank, or motorized, extending at the push of a button. They come in several styles and materials, as well as sizes to cover most decks. They cost between $500 and $2,000 on average.

Retractable Canopy Cost

This is the most common type of retractable awning, extending out horizontally from your house or roof. They may be manual or motorized and come in a few different operation styles, cloth materials, and frames. They attach to the home, so there are no frames or poles. They range in cost from $500 to $2,000.

Retractable Side Arm/drop Arm Cost

This is one of the more common types of operation for most canopy and deck-style awnings. The fabric is attached to an arm that cranks outward from the attached casing, stretching and supporting it as it extends, and folding it back in as it retracts. They can be manual or motorized and come in a wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles. They cost between $750 and $2,000 on average.

Retractable Vertical Drop Cost

Also known as a screen awning, this type of retractable awning comes down vertically across a sunroom or patio opening, providing shade from a different angle than traditional overhead awnings. These are usually motorized, allowing the screen to roll up when not in use, but they can be manual as well. They have starting costs of around $800 but can go as high as $4,000.

Retractable Freestanding Awning Cost

If you do not want the awning to attach directly to your home or roof, purchase a retractable freestanding awning. This type of awning has a frame that allows it to stand on its own. It may have sides as well as an overhead roof, and the operation may be manual or motorized. They cost between $900 and $4,000.

Retractable Motorized Awning Cost

Motorized awnings allow you to have your awning come out or retract back at the push of a button. They can be operated by remote control as well as from smartphone apps. Many have built-in wind sensors that allow them to retract when wind speeds become too dangerous for the awning to be extended. Their costs range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Retractable motorized awning

Retractable Patio Cover Systems Cost

Patio cover systems are the ultimate in shade and climate control. These systems can be made of slats, louvers, or cloth, and they often have extendable sides as well. They operate fully motorized and can create varying levels of shade and sun for your patio. These are custom systems designed for the space and cost between $12,000 and $25,000 on average.

Labor Costs to Install Retractable Awnings

Homeowners can easily install many retractable awnings, but custom awnings and most motorized awnings require professional installation to ensure that they fit and operate properly. The labor cost for the installation varies depending on the area and awning type, but most cost between $200 and $400 in labor, out of the $2,500 total.

Retractable Awning Prices by Brand

There are many manufacturers of retractable awnings, some with basic, stock materials and others that offer fully customizable awnings. The following brands represent some of the more common awning brands available:

Awning brandAverage price range
Perugia$200 - $500
Taranto$300 - $1,000
Trieste$500 - $2,500
Colosseo$900 - $2,000
Sunsetter$1,500 - $4,000
Torino$1,600 - $2,500
Palermo$2,000 - $4,000
Venezia$2,000 - $4,000
Firenze$3,000 - $5,000

Awning Colors

When your awning is extended, it is very visible and apparent, so it is important to consider the awning color. First, consider the look you want. To create a dramatic look, opt for a color that either contrasts your home’s siding or is a bright, bold color like red, orange, or turquoise blue. To create a more subtle look, consider matching the trim of your home, or choose a color that is similar to your home’s color palette, such as a cream-colored awning with tan siding or an awning that matches your roof color.

Pros and Cons of Installing Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings have a lot to offer homeowners who want to spend time on their deck or patio but do not want to be directly in the sun. Retractable awnings are positionable and allow you to choose when you want sun and when you do not. They can last up to 10 years with the proper care and make areas more usable.

Retractable awnings are not meant to be out in the wind and rain, so pay attention to the weather and retract them as needed. If your awning gets wet, ensure that it is completely dry before retracting it to prevent mildew or damage to the fabric. Some manual awnings can be difficult to crank and become harder to turn over time. Motorized awnings, however, can be expensive, and since they have more moving parts, they may require more maintenance so that they last longer.

Retractable awning

Enhancements and Improvement Costs

Side Curtains

Having side curtains for your awning offers more privacy and sun protection. They do not work with all types of retractable awnings, however, so consider this before making a purchase. They can add $80 to $200 to the project cost.

Mildew Resistant Treatment

If you are worried about mildew on your awning, invest in either materials that are coated in acrylic or have had a mildew-resistant treatment to help prevent its growth. Not all fabrics can be treated, and most people opt for either polyester or acrylic to help prevent this issue. This can increase costs by about $50 - $100 in most cases.


It is possible to purchase awnings with a scalloped edge or an edge that ends in a series of curves. This is strictly for appearance and does not impact the use of the awning. There is little to no cost difference in most instances.

Contrasting Trim

Some awnings have a contrasting trim color to boost their appearance. This is more common on custom awnings but can be found on some readymade versions as well. There may be a slight cost increase for this style but not always.

Keyhole Valance

A keyhole edge is another type of awning style that gives it a different appearance. This is typically a wide fringe or a series of cuts in the valence edge of the awning. There is little to no cost difference in most cases.

Mp3 Speakers

Awning speakers allow you to play music on your deck or patio, connecting to your smartphone, tablet, or smart assistant via Bluetooth. They attach directly to the awning and have costs starting at around $200.


It is possible to install infrared heaters on your awning to warm up the area beneath them on cool days or evenings. These are small heaters that install on the arm of the awning and warm the area directly beneath. They have starting costs of about $300.


Some awnings have built-in sensors that close the awning if wind or rain starts while the awning is open. This offers peace of mind if you typically forget and leave your awning open. Sensors are usually equipped on high-end motorized awnings, which have starting costs of around $2,000.

Additional Costs and Considerations

  • While most awnings do not require permits, there may be some instances where planning permission is required. Always check with your local authorities before you begin for more information.
  • While many homeowners believe they can measure for their awning themselves, many clearance requirements and hanging details can change the overall size. For this reason, it is generally recommended that you have professional assistance when measuring and selecting an awning.
  • Acrylic and acrylic-coated polyester and cotton fabrics provide a historic appearance for your awning. While these new fabrics look like traditional canvas, they offer more strength, durability, and lower maintenance. They let light through while blocking UV rays and heat, and they also reduce mildew growth by drying faster.
  • Other options, including gazebos, pergolas, and arbors, provide shade to decks and patios if you find awnings are not right for you.
  • Awnings can add curb appeal to homes but do not typically raise the property value. They may improve energy savings by blocking some of the sun from entering the house.


  • How much does a retractable awning cost?

Retractable awning costs typically start at around $500 and can go much higher, depending on the size, style, and options.

  • How long do retractable awnings last?

Most retractable awnings last around 10 years when properly maintained.

  • Are retractable awnings waterproof?

This depends on the fabric type you purchase. Most offer some water resistance but are not designed to be used in the rain.

  • How much clearance is needed for a retractable awning?

This depends on the awning, its size, and placement, but generally, 6 to 10 inches is needed.

  • How far can a retractable awning extend?

This depends on the awning type and size, but most can extend 10 feet or more.

  • How high do you mount a retractable awning?

This depends on your personal preference and type of awning. You want at least 1 foot of clearance above the heads of any users, preferably more.​​

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