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Retractable vs. Fixed Deck Awnings

Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 11:44 am.
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Compare the benefits of retractable and fixed deck awnings before making your decision.

Awnings are incredibly useful home accessories that can reduce glare, protect outdoor furniture, and generally make outdoor living more enjoyable. Awnings are available in many styles, suitable for a number of home designs and personal preferences. Your outdoor awnings can even help shade your interior spaces, even playing a part in reducing your utility costs. But which awning is right for your home? The two most common awning designs are retractable and fixed deck awnings. Read on to compare and contrast these two effective awning installations. 

Retractable Awnings: Popular Versatility 

Retractable awnings extend to provide shelter when needed and retract when you prefer full sunshine. You can find these awnings with manual, electric, or remote-control operation so they can suit your lifestyle. 

Retractable awnings provide significant versatility to any home. You can pull out your awning to protect your deck and deck furniture from weather or sunshine. Alternatively, if you aren’t in the mood for the shade, you can close your awning. In winter, you can retract your awnings to let in more sunlight that warms your home naturally. 

Fixed Deck Awnings: Permanent Protection 

On the other hand, fixed deck awnings provide permanent protection from the elements. These awnings are attached to the side of your home. It requires slightly less maintenance than a retractable awning and continues to stand and cover your deck year-round. 

Fixed deck awnings can be made of various materials and colors to suit your home design. A fixed awning may be the best choice if you want to provide durable protection for your deck, furniture, and other outdoor items.

The Benefits of All Awning Styles 

No matter which type of deck awning you decide to install, you will enjoy several excellent benefits that all awnings have to offer. These benefits include: 

  • Protect your deck from excess sun and rain
  • Reduce your deck temperature by up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit! 
  • Provide a comfortable outdoor space for kids and pets
  • Block harmful UV rays from entering your home
  • Reduce your energy costs by up to 25%

Both retractable and fixed awnings can provide you with those benefits. If you have more questions about which awning is best for your home, contact the professionals at Carroll Architectural Shade today. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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