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If you want to cover your deck or patio from the sun and leave 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 in and out of place as needed. Many variables influence the cost of this project, such as the size, style, and material, which creates a range of prices.
The national average cost for this project ranges from $500 to $4,000, with most homeowners paying around $3,110 for an installed 6’ x 8’ motorized retractable awning. This project’s low cost is $350 for an uninstalled 36” manual security roll-up awning. The high cost is $25,000 for a fully installed 12’ x 24’ patio awning enclosure with a motorized awning and side panels.
|Retractable Awning Installation Cost|
|National average cost||$3,110|
There are many types of retractable awnings 1, from manual to motorized. The material, style, and size also impact the price. While costs are not entirely based on the square footage, they are affected by it. Most retractable awnings cost between $10 and $25 a square foot for all costs except fully motorized patio covers, which have custom pricing, and sailcloth or other manual awnings not designed for professional installation. You can get a range of retractable awning costs based on the area you want to cover.
|Size||Average Costs (Installed)|
|8’ x 10’||$800 - $2,000|
|10’ x 10’||$1,000 - $2,500|
|12’ x 10’||$1,200 - $3,000|
|12’ x 12’||$1,440 - $3,600|
|20’ x 12’||$2,400 - $6,000|
|20’ x 20’||$4,000 - $10,000|
The cost of an 8’ x 10’ retractable awning averages $800 to $2,000 installed. Positioning does not factor into the total costs, so a 10’ x 8’ retractable awning has the same costs if all other things are equal. An awning with these measurements is 80 sq.ft. Total costs are determined by how it retracts, its style, and its material. Awnings this size can be used over small bistro-style patios, a portion of a deck or patio, or an entryway awning. They are small enough that being manually retractable is a good option, which keeps costs down.
The cost of an installed 10’ x 10’ retractable awning is $1,000 to $2,500. An awning this size is 100 sq.ft. Costs are influenced by the material and retraction type. This is a good size for covering a portion of a deck or patio or to cover a small patio or outdoor kitchen. At this size, the awning can still be operated manually easily. Opting for a manual retractable option over motorized can reduce costs.
The cost of a 12’ x 10’ retractable awning ranges from $1,200 to $3,000. Costs can be influenced by the material, style, and retracting system. Awnings of this size cover 120 sq.ft. This size can cover many patios and some small decks. They can also cover outdoor kitchens, outdoor seating areas, and portions of larger decks and patios. At this size, the awning can still be manually retracted. However, it may start to become more difficult, making motorized retraction more beneficial.
The cost of a 12’ x 12’ retractable awning averages $1,440 to $3,600. Costs vary depending on the awning material and type. Awnings of this size cover 144 sq.ft. This means it is a good option for covering many small to mid-sized decks and patios. You can also use it to cover an outdoor kitchen and dining area or create a shaded area in a much larger deck or patio. You may want to start considering motorized retraction at this size, but some manual types still work.
A 20’ x 12’ retractable awning costs $2,400 to $6,000. Costs are influenced by the type of awning and material. An awning this size covers 240 sq.ft. This means it can cover many patios and decks. This includes outdoor living rooms and kitchens. Awnings of this size can be manually retracted. However, you may want to opt for a motorized version, making the retraction faster and easier.
The cost of a 20’ x 20’ retractable awning ranges from $4,000 to $10,000. This is an oversized awning that covers many areas. An awning this size covers 400 sq.ft. This means it can cover nearly any patio or deck and adjacent areas like outdoor kitchens and seating areas. At this size, you may want to consider motorized awnings or retractable patio covers. An awning this size could be more difficult and cumbersome to retract manually.
Retractable awnings come in many types and styles, which impacts the project cost. Not every awning is right for each project. Some are best for small areas, while others are better for large decks or patios. Your lifestyle, how you intend to use the awning, and the style dictate which awning is the best fit for your project.
|Awning Type||Average Cost (Installed)|
|Shade Cloth or Sailcloth||$40 - $100|
|Window Awning||$80 - $400|
|Deck Awning||$500 - $6,000|
|Retractable Canopy||$500 - $6,000|
|Retractable Side Arm/Drop Arm||$750 - $6,000|
|Retractable Vertical Drop||$800 - $7,000|
|Retractable Freestanding Awning||$900 - $7,000|
|Retractable Motorized Awning||$1,000 - $8,000|
|Retractable Patio Cover System||$12,000 - $25,000|
The starting costs of shade cloths are around $40, with larger, more durable cloths costing up to $100. This is the simplest form of awning 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 poles. When you want to take it down, it is released from the end farthest from the house, rolled up, and stored.
Window awnings cost around $80 to $400, depending on the type and size. They block some of the sun from entering your home and complement the exterior. Retractable forms come in many shapes and may be manual or motorized. Having a retractable awning in these areas means you can control the amount of light entering your home. You can also retract the awnings during inclement weather, which can help them last longer. They have lower costs because they are small, even when motorized.
Deck awnings cost between $500 and $6,000. They are designed to attach to your home or roof and extend to cover your deck. Deck awnings are manual, operated by a crank, or motorized. They come in several styles, materials, and sizes to cover most decks. You can choose a deck awning that covers the entire deck or only a portion. This way, you can set up your deck for multiple purposes.
Retractable canopies 1 range from $500 to $6,000. This is the most common type of retractable awning, extending horizontally from your house or roof. They may be manual or motorized and come in a few operation styles, cloth materials, and frames. They attach to the home, so there are no frames or poles. You can opt for them to retract by a crank or motor, depending on the size. The larger the canopy, the heavier it becomes, making motorized versions more attractive for larger installations.
Retractable side arms average $750 to $6,000. 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 out 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. You can have this canopy style installed nearly anywhere. The most popular areas for its installation are on decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens.
Retractable vertical drops have starting costs of around $800 but go as high as $7,000. Also known as a screen awning, this 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 also be manual. For this installation to be successful, the area should already have a roof or cover. The awning needs something to extend down from, so it is a good addition to covered patios.
Retractable freestanding awnings cost between $900 and $7,000. If you do not want the awning to attach directly to your home or roof, purchase a retractable freestanding awning. This awning has a frame to stand alone. It may have sides and an overhead roof, and the operation may be manual or motorized. This is a good choice for rentals because it does not become a permanent part of the structure. It is also a good choice for homes where the deck or patio is not directly connected to the home.
Retractable motorized awnings range from $1,000 to $8,000. Motorized awnings allow your awning to come out or retract at the push of a button. They can be operated by remote control and smartphone apps. Many have built-in wind sensors that allow them to retract when wind speeds become dangerous. This is a good choice for very large awnings that may be cumbersome or difficult to retract manually. It is also a good choice for those with disabilities, busy families, or those who entertain frequently.
As there are no national regulations or requirements for the retractable awning industry it is critical to become educated prior to making a purchase. Retractable awning arms should be non-rusting 6063 aluminum, chains in the arms made of non-rusting stainless steel, and you should avoid canvas, vinyl, duck, cotton, or polyester fabrics. Solution dyed acrylic is resistant to rotting, fading and mildew and will last at least 10 years. Excellent warranties and engineering certifications on the frame, fabric, sewing thread, motor and controls are critical.
These are custom systems designed for the space and cost between $12,000 and $25,000. Patio cover systems are the ultimate in shade and climate control. These systems can be made of slats, louvers, or cloth and often have extendable sides. They operate fully motorized and create varying levels of shade and sun for your patio. These systems can be used on any patio - including those that may not be directly attached to the home. They can often be customized, allowing you to create the perfect fit for your home.
Retractable awnings are made of fabric stretched over a retractable frame. This frame can consist of many types of material, including aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. The frame can also bend and move, allowing the awning to retract.
The fabric that stretches over the frame is the part you see and the part that takes most of the wear because it is exposed to the sun, rain, and other elements. This fabric comes in several colors and styles but is generally made of two materials - acrylic or acrylic-coated polyester or a vinyl/polyester composite or blend. Of the two, the vast majority are acrylic. Vinyl was previously only used for portable and stationary awnings and is now more likely to be found as a replacement material for existing awnings or an option you can choose for a custom awning. Costs are similar between the two, with color, size, and type playing more of a role in your final costs.
|Fabric Material||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Vinyl||$150 - $2,500|
|Acrylic||$200 - $2,500|
The cost of a retractable awning with vinyl fabric is $150 to $2,500. Vinyl awnings are not made of 100% vinyl. Instead, it is a blend of vinyl and polyester. This may be called a vinyl awning, a vinyl polyester blend, or a vinyl polyester composite. These awnings are durable and mold and mildew-proof. They can also come in some colors and translucencies that cannot be found in acrylic. However, they are more limited and not as widely available. They also do not have the look of a woven fabric or canvas but appear more like plastic.
Retractable awning with acrylic fabric costs $200 to $2,500. Acrylic can be applied over a polyester fabric, or the entire awning fabric can be acrylic. Both are usually sold as “acrylic,” but the better-quality and more-durable versions are woven acrylic. This has the benefit of being durable, mold and mildew-resistant, and looks like canvas. This can give the fabric a more authentic appearance rather than a plastic one. These fabrics are widely available and come in many colors and patterns.
Many manufacturers sell retractable awnings, some with stock materials, and others offer fully customizable awnings. The following table represents some of the more common brands.
|Brand||Average Costs (Material Only)|
|Aleko||$300 - $1,000|
|KE||$500 - $2,000|
|Sunesta||$700 - $3,000|
|SunSetter||$800 - $2,500|
|Sunair||$2,000 - $5,000|
Aleko retractable awnings cost between $300 and $1,000. Aleko makes several lines of awnings. These include manual retractable awnings with two frames. They also have a standard line of motorized retractable awnings and a luxury line. The luxury line includes features like LED lights and extra-durable frames. All their lines are available in a range of sizes, fabrics, and styles.
KE awnings average $500 to $2,000. KE is the parent company that used to make the awning line Durasol. They still produce a range of retractable awnings under their parent brand name. They have several types of awnings, including manual and motorized. All their products come in different sizes and colors.
The cost of Sunesta awnings is $700 to $3,000. Sunesta makes a wide range of awnings, including different retraction methods and a range of fabrics. While some companies only offer one, Sunesta gives you fabric choices. They also offer installation, which is not always the case with other companies. Their normal products have a 5-year warranty, while their luxury lines offer a 10-year warranty.
The cost of SunSetter retractable awnings ranges from $800 to $2,500. SunSetter is one of the most well-known and recognizable brands in retractable awnings. They have some of the oldest lines available and are one of the product’s pioneers. They make manual retractable awnings in several styles. However, their true claim to fame is with motorized awnings. They have several easy-to-use retractable motorized awnings that fit most homes.
The cost of a Sunair awning averages $2,000 to $5,000. Sunair makes awnings and solar screens for decks and patios. They have a retractable arm system for their awnings, meaning there is no visible frame. The awnings are manual as standard, but any can be motorized on request. They have a wide range of sizes and styles to choose from. You can also pair an awning with a solar shade in one project.
Homeowners can easily install many retractable awnings, but custom awnings and most motorized awnings require professional installation to ensure 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 out of the $3,110 total. Installation for a retractable awning is usually fairly easy and does not take more than a few hours. In most cases, there is an appointment to measure the area to ensure it is suitable. The awning installation happens after the awning has been ordered and arrived. It is generally secured using brackets 2 to the fascia of your home, and your new awning can be operational within an afternoon.
Retractable awnings can be installed nearly anywhere, including decks, patios, balconies, and windows. The location does not affect the project cost. However, differently sized awnings are usually used for different-sized projects and areas. Below are some of the common areas to install an awning on and the average cost based on the typical size for that project.
|Location||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Pergola||$40 - $100|
|Window||$80 - $400|
|Door||$80 - $400|
|Balcony||$100 - $2,000|
|Hot Tub||$100 - $6,000|
|Patio||$100 - $25,000|
|Garage Door||$500 - $6,000|
|Deck||$500 - $6,000|
|Mobile Home||$500 - $6,000|
|Pool||$1,000 - $25,000|
The cost of a retractable awning for a pergola is $40 to $100. Pergolas are designed to have spaces between the louvers or slats. Part of the reason for this is you can create a manually retractable awning for it. This is done with shade cloth or sailcloth. The cloth is threaded through the upper portion of the pergola 3. By pulling it to one side or the other, you can increase or decrease the amount of shade. You can also retract it completely by pulling it free.
The cost of a window awning installation averages $80 to $400. Window awnings are a good idea for controlling the light entering a window without blocking the view. While the vast majority of window awnings are stationary, you can install retractable versions. They are usually manual and take a few forms. They can be manually rolled up, rolled through a pull cord, or retracted with an arm. Their small size means they can be installed DIY or done professionally.
The average cost of a door canopy installation ranges from $80 to $400. These canopies are rarely retractable, but they can be installed in a retractable style. The most common reason for installing these is curb appeal. The next most common reason is to create a small patch of shade or the ability to stand out of the rain on the doorstep. Because these are very small, they can be installed DIY. They come in a few types, but it can be hard to find retractable models.
The average cost of a balcony awning is between $100 and $2,000. Most balcony awnings are not retractable. However, you can have a retractable version installed. They install the same way that a deck or patio awning would and have many of the same features. Because balconies are fairly small, most retractable awnings for this area are manual. They come in a few types, including those that crank and fold.
The cost of a retractable awning over a hot tub ranges from $100 to $6,000. Hot tubs can be placed in a wide range of areas. The awning may attach to the house, or it may need to be freestanding. You can also have simple manual retractable awnings made of sailcloth or large, fully motorized awnings. Options range depending on whether the awning is designed to go over the hot tub or the tub and surrounding area. Style, size, and positioning impact the final costs.
The cost of a retractable patio awning averages $100 to $25,000. This is due to the incredibly wide range of awnings available for use on a patio. There are sailcloth awnings that can be manually retracted, several types of retractable awnings with frames, motorized awnings, and complete patio awning systems. These latter systems are designed to provide shade with retractable screens or side shades. The various awnings come in a very wide range of sizes and styles. Costs vary depending on the size and style.
The cost of a retractable awning over a garage door is $500 to $6,000. Large awnings are not commonly installed in this area. Eyebrow awnings or eyebrow pergolas are more common for adding accent and a small amount of shade. However, if you use your garage for things other than simply parking your car, you may want to have the option for additional shade, particularly when the garage door is open. Several types of retractable awnings would be suitable for this purpose. Depending on the size, they may be manual or motorized.
The average cost of a deck awning ranges from $500 to $6,000. Deck awnings are almost always retractable. This gives you the most versatility for the area, allowing you to decide when you want sun or shade. Awnings installed on a deck come in a wide range of sizes and styles. For smaller decks, manually retractable awnings are often the best fit. For very large decks, you may want to opt for motorized. This is also the case if you choose a deck awning that may have other features.
The cost of a mobile home awning installation averages $500 to $6,000. Mobile homes can use many awning types. They do not need to be retractable, depending on where you install them. For example, you may choose to install one above a door. Or, you can install one along one side of the mobile home, covering multiple windows. You can also create shaded areas in the back for recreation. There is a wide range of costs because mobile homes have many options.
The cost of installing a retractable awning over a pool is between $1,000 and $25,000. While retractable awnings are not as common as other pool cover types, they work well in this area. They provide shade or sun for the pool, depending on the time of day or year. They may also help shield the pool from debris, such as falling leaves. In some cases, you may also be able to get retractable awnings with vertical screen panels. This can enclose the pool more effectively while still allowing you to remove the enclosure. This can be a more versatile solution for homeowners.
Since your awning is very visible and apparent when extended, consider the color. First, decide the look you want. To create a dramatic look, opt for a color that 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 a color similar to your home’s color palette, such as a cream-colored awning with tan siding or an awning that matches your roof color.
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 it is completely dry before retracting it to prevent mildew or fabric damage. Some manual awnings are difficult to crank and become harder to turn. Motorized awnings can be expensive and may require more maintenance because they have more moving parts.
Retractable awnings need to be covered in a flexible material or fabric to work. Awnings were originally made of canvas, but today, they are made of acrylic or acrylic over polyester and a vinyl polyester blend. These are sold as acrylic or vinyl, regardless of the presence of the polyester.
Of the two, acrylic looks more like canvas. It is also the more common of the fabrics - most companies provide acrylic for their awnings unless otherwise requested. Vinyl looks closer to plastic and is mostly available as a replacement.
Both do a good job of resisting things like mildew and mold, and they are also fairly durable, with acrylic being the more durable of the two. However, it comes down to appearance, color, and pattern for most people.
Retractable awnings are not the only type of awning available. Metal awnings are also an attractive and functional option for many installations. The two awning types are different in appearance and function.
Metal awnings are fixed and do not move once installed. They can be flat or rounded and come in several sizes, metals, and shapes. They are considered a permanent part of the installation rather than something that may be removed.
Retractable awnings are fabric. They are designed to be easily removed or rolled up and out of sight when not in use. While a metal awning is always there, a retractable awning is there when you need it. Of the two, metal awnings are more durable and long-lasting, while retractable awnings are more versatile.
|Awning Type||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Metal||$400 - $1,200|
|Retractable||$500 - $4,000|
Side curtains offer privacy and sun protection. They do not work with all types of retractable awnings, however. This means that if you choose this option, you need to specify at the time of installation or choose a compatible awning type. Side curtains cost between $80 and $500 each.
Most retractable awnings are resistant to mildew. However, if you live in an area where this is a problem, you can invest in a more-resistant fabric. This costs between $50 and $100 additional, depending on the fabric size.
You can 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. There is little-to-no cost difference in most instances - adding scallops does not impact the size or amount of fabric, which is the biggest determining cost factor.
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. This does not generally impact the project’s cost and is available as a color choice for many awnings.
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. Adding this feature does not impact the cost.
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, usually on a portion that does not move, fold, or retract, so it is not impacted by the awning’s movement. They have costs starting at around $200.
You can install infrared heaters on your awning to warm the area. These are small heaters that install on the awning arm and warm the area beneath. They have to be positioned carefully so that they are not impacted by the awning moving or retracting. They cannot be installed on all awnings. They have starting costs of about $300 to $500.
Some awnings have built-in sensors that close the awning if wind or rain starts when 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, with some having costs as high as $15,000.
Retractable awning costs average $500 to $4,000, but they can go much higher, depending on the size, style, and options.
Most retractable awnings last around 10 years when properly maintained.
This depends on the fabric type you purchase. Most offer some water resistance but are not designed to be used in the rain.
This depends on the awning type, size, and placement, but 6” to 10” is generally needed.
This depends on the awning type and size, but most extend 10’ or more.
This depends on your personal preference and awning type. You want at least 1’ of clearance above the heads of any users, preferably more.