Retractable Drop Shades

Retractable Drop Shades

Retractable Drop Shades are the perfect way to maximize the enjoyment of your existing wood, vinyl, or aluma-wood patio cover and increase your outdoor living space or shade a west facing window or patio door that gets blasted by the afternoon sun without losing your view.

The Retractable Drop Shades are primarily for use on patio covers, but is also well suited for applications that require protection from low afternoon sun, such as windows and doors.

The Retractable Drop Shades travel up and down stainless steel cables to provide protection against heat, harmful UV rays, inclement weather. Running up and down on the stainless steel cables, the weight bar is inserted in to a pocket at the bottom of the fabric and thus is prevented from blowing around on a windy day. The Retractable Drop Shades can be mounted onto uneven surfaces such as decorative stone, brick, fascia boards and under eave mounts. Our Retractable Drop Shades are used to significantly reduce the heat, light and harsh UV rays using 90%, 95% and 97% fabrics and come in custom widths from 2’ to 26’ wide and custom heights from 2’ to 16’ high.


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At The Awning Company we primarily use Twitchell’s TEXTILENE ® PVC coated polyester, known worldwide for its durability. It has stood the test of time in widespread applications and today remains a mainstay for consumers looking for a strong, versatile fabric.

It’s a 90+ year commitment that keeps TTP a world leader. 

Designed to reduce heat transfer through windows, this fabric also reduces the glare and harmful rays from the sun. While blocking the sun’s rays, The Awning Company’s Retractable Drop Shades and Retractable Solar Screens will reduce energy cost and provide protection to your indoor furnishings. Flame resistant and fade resistant, Solar Screens are excellent for daytime privacy without blocking the view. This versatile fabric will endure years of outdoor use. TEXTILENE ® is available in 90%, 95%, and 97%.

TTP’s premier brand, TEXTILENE®, PVC coated polyester, is known worldwide for its durability.  It has stood the test of time in widespread applications and today remains a mainstay for companies looking for a strong, versatile fabric.

It’s a 90+ year commitment that keeps TTP a world leader.


Sunbrella – The legendary awning fabric.

Sunbrella has been the most recognizable and trusted name in the awning industry for years, and our standard Sunbrella awning fabrics are still a leading choice for any awning application. Not only is Sunbrella ideal for fixed, retractable and window awnings, but it can also be used for a number of other shade applications such as pergolas, shade sails, and more.

     Our Guarantee to you.

At The Awning Company we GUARANTEE to use only Sunbrella Awning Fabrics, the largest and most recognized outdoor fabric manufacturer in the industry. To ensure you are getting the highest quality fabrics on the market, we sew in a Sunbrella label to each of our awnings. Those labels are only issued by Sunbrella to companies they are 100% only use Sunbrella fabrics and do not bait and switch. Thus ensuring, you only get what you paid for. 

     Design Plus Performance™

Sunbrella is founded on the belief that fabrics should be both beautiful and functional. Sunbrella began in the 1960s with the challenge of creating an awning canvas with a substantially longer lifespan than cotton. Sunbrella has become widely adopted for shade structures, marine canvas and upholstery fabric for both outdoor and indoor applications.

Sunbrella’s textiles are made with close attention to design detail, and engineered with robust performance characteristics that provide resistance to fading and degradation from sunlight and chemical exposure. The fabric is tactile yet durable, has industry-leading environmental characteristics, is easy to care for and offers long life – wherever it’s used.

Each yard of Sunbrella performance fabric is a product of a global support team committed to producing only the most exceptional performance textiles you can buy.

All Sunbrella Awning Fabrics are 100% Solution-Dyed acrylic and available in over 160 colors. All Sunbrella Awning Fabrics carry a manufacturers *10 year limited warranty against excessive fading, rotting or mildew.


GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread

Unaffected by Sunlight

Your Awning Fabrics are only as good as the thread we use to sew them. All our Sunbrella Awning Fabrics are sewn with GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread that’s three times more durable than the industry standard, bonded polyester. Bonded Polyester loses 60% of its original breaking strength within the first three years yet, our thread still has 100% of it’s original breaking strength after 10 years. Now you can be rest assured that your awning seams will last as long as your fabric. GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread maintains its strength even after regular exposure to UV sunlight. UV resistance is built into the thread, and is not a coating or additive that can wear off.


GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread remains flexible and strong in extremes of hot and cold. It won’t absorb water and it resists acid rain, salt water, pollution, snow and freezing.

Using GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread tells our customers that they are buying a premium product built to last with durable seams and a brand that’s backed by more than 25 years of experience from the company that invented it.


At The Awning Company all our motors and electronics are manufactured and supplied by only UL© approved manufacturers, ensuring you the highest quality motors and electronics available in the USA. We offer many options including hand held remote, wind sensors, and sun & wind sensors.


  • Motors – Allows operation at the push of a button.
  • Manual Over – Ride for Awning Motors – Provides for manual operation in the event of a power outage.
  • Remote Control Image result for bluetooth images Operate 1 -4 Awnings individually or up to 50 together all at the push of a button.
  • Wifi Hub. Compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa
  • Wind Sensor – Senses set wind speed and retracts products when it detects the speed the sensor is set to.
  • Sun & Wind Sensor – Senses heat/light and activates products and then is overridden by the wind sensor if the wind speed is detected to reach the set wind speed limit.
  • Motion Sensor – Senses excessive movement and retracts product to help prevent the chance of damage due to the wind.
  • Aluminum Hood / Cover – Protects fabric from the elements when not in use and provides aesthetic appeal.


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