Custom Motorized Awnings

Motorized awnings are to retractable awnings what power windows are to cars. Only better. No hand cranking. No battling with the elements.

An electric motor extends or retracts the awning with a button press. Some motors have sensors to automatically open or close the awning based on weather conditions, such as wind or sun intensity.

Homeowners, businesses, and educational facilities enjoy the convenience and control of motorized awnings to cover decks, patios, balconies, windows, and doors.

A white awning over the patio of a house.

Motorized Awnings: The Cliff Notes

Motorized awnings have an electric motor and control system to extend and retract the awning.

  1. Electric Motor: This sits near the awning’s roller tube, hidden from sight. It winds and unwinds the awning fabric.
  2. Control System: Here, you have several options:
    • Remote Control: Many motorized awnings include a handheld remote that lets you adjust the canopy with the push of a button. Some remotes may have additional features, like pitch control.
    • Wall Switch: Some installations use a wall-mounted switch to control the awning from inside the home or business.
    • Smart Home Integration: Smartphones, tablets, or voice platforms like Amazon Alexa can control motorized awnings when integrated with smart systems.
    • Sensors: Sun and wind sensors can automatically extend and retract the awning based on changing weather conditions.
  3. Pitch Adjustment (Optional): Some motorized awnings allow for pitch adjustment. This means you can change the canopy’s angle or slope to fine-tune the shade and rain protection it provides.
  4. Power Supply: Motorized awnings can run on standard household electricity or with a battery pack.
  5. Safety Features: Most motorized awnings come with safety features. For instance, if the fabric gets jammed or obstructed, the motor will stop automatically to prevent damage.
  6. High-Quality Fabrics: Motorized awnings use high-quality fabrics that withstand harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, strong winds, and UV rays. These fabrics are also water-resistant, mold and mildew-resistant, and fire-retardant.
A house with motorized awnings in the back yard.

Benefits of Motorized Awnings

  • Convenience: No more manual cranking! With the push of a button, you can extend or retract your awning hassle-free.
  • Protection: Wind and sun sensors enable automatic adjustment to changing weather conditions. This protects your property and the awning.
  • Energy Savings: An awning blocks solar radiation from entering your home or business, reducing heat gain through windows and doors. Plus, a shaded patio can be 60 degrees cooler than one exposed to intense sun.
  • Precise Control: It’s easy to adjust the position of a motorized awning for the right amount of shade or sunlight.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Motorized awnings come in various styles, colors, and materials. When retracted, they blend seamlessly with the building’s facade.
  • Increased Outdoor Living Space: A motorized awning creates a comfortable area to enjoy the outdoors, entertain guests, or relax, even during inclement weather.
  • Property Value: Prospective buyers often appreciate a motorized awning’s functionality and aesthetics, making your property more attractive.
A black retractable patio awning.

Cassette or Non-Cassette Motorized Awnings?

Cassette, half-cassette, and standard are the three types of motorized awnings we carry.

  • A standard awning is exposed to the elements when retracted. It’s the most affordable type of retractable awning.
  • A cassette completely encloses the retracted awning for maximum protection.
  • A half-cassette system is a hybrid; it covers the retracted awning but doesn’t enclose it. It offers partial protection and a sleeker look than a standard awning.
A patio covered by a retractable awning.

Awning Fabrics & Styles

We offer various patterned and solid color fabrics with a straight or scalloped valance option.

Common materials include acrylic, polyester, and vinyl-coated polyester. These fabrics are durable, fading and mildew-resistant, and water-repellant.

At Aero Shade, we recommend woven acrylic or laminated fabric but can make your awning out of almost any suitable material, including canvas.

  • Our woven acrylic fabric has a layer of dyed acrylic cloth with a top and bottom protective coating.
  • Our laminated fabric has a Dacron mesh strengthening center layer with a dyed acrylic weave on either side. It’s finished with a top and bottom protective layer.
An awning on the front porch of a house.

Who Uses Motorized Awnings?

Here are some primary users of motorized retractable awnings:

  • Homeowners with patios, decks, and balconies.
  • Restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating areas.
  • Hotels and resorts with shaded pool areas, balconies, and outdoor dining spaces.
  • Retail stores to create eye-catching displays and protect merchandise from sun damage.
  • Outdoor event venues that host weddings, concerts, and festivals.
  • Homeowners’ Associations install motorized retractable awnings in community centers, pool decks, or picnic areas.
  • Schools and educational institutions use awnings in courtyards, playgrounds, and outdoor learning spaces.
  • Medical facilities often place awnings in outdoor waiting areas over entrances.
  • Sports facilities like tennis courts and golf clubhouses install awnings to shelter and shade players and spectators.
  • Commercial spaces sometimes have awnings over building entrances, outdoor meeting zones, and employee break areas.
An outdoor restaurant with red and black striped awnings.

Why Choose Aero Shade?

  • We specialize in window treatments and can deliver the best possible results for your home or office.
  • We've been in business since 1947.
  • We're family-owned and 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Our window treatments for luxury homes have been featured in lifestyle and design magazines.
  • We've installed blinds and shades for USC, UCLA, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and several Fortune 500 corporations.
  • Our prices are reasonable. All estimates are free.
  • We're an authorized dealer of the high-quality Hunter Douglas and Lutron brands.
  • Our customer relationship continues after the installation. If you ever have a problem with an Aero Shade window treatment, we'll do our best to fix it.