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Before You Buy a Retractable Awning

Although a retractable awning is a great investment for many homeowners, you should still consider a couple different factors before you buy.  After all, there are many awning dealers in Maryland—and even more online.  Apart from offering various products, they also have varying levels of service.  To make your purchase and installation that much easier, think about:

Where Will You Buy Your Awning?

More specifically, Who will you buy it from?  Retractable awnings aren’t the most expensive home improvement project, but they can still range from about $2,000 to more than $10,000 for custom solutions.  Keep in mind, you’re not just purchasing the awning itself either.  Installation is key to the value and practicality of a good retractable awning. Before spending any money, you’ll want to make sure you’re working with a reputable local business. 

Have you checked their reviews?  Or spoken to references in your area?  Many dealers can order whatever style(s) you like, but not all of them stand behind their installations.  You may want to ask if the company you’re considering actually handles the awning installation themselves.  Or if they’re willing to guarantee the finished product If a subcontractor does the work. For example, at KCCS Construction, we do all of the installation ourselves.  So we stand behind the work of our experienced team.

How Will It Work?

Although the answer seems obvious when we’re talking about retractable awnings, your day-to-day use can vary depending on what you choose.  A motorized awning is a bigger investment upfront, but it takes a fraction of the time to extend.  Many models come with a hand crank, but do you really want to use that every time you need your awning up or down?  Research has shown that you’ll use your retractable awning up to ten times more when you can operate it with a simple switch or handheld remote. 

Don’t be afraid to ask more questions!  If you’re worried about the weight of your awning and equipment, ask about the fasteners your installers intend to use.  When you’re not sure exactly where/how it should attach to your home, talk to us about your concerns.  If a company isn’t willing to discuss the particular of your project upfront, then perhaps you should go with someone else.

Is It Weatherproof?

Always a good question, this answer will depend on what type of retractable awning you choose.  Since awnings are meant to go outside, you might assume every option is equally durable.  However, products that are manufactured in different climates may not be enough to withstand your particular location.  In Maryland, we have exposure to virtually all the elements. We get high winds, blistering cold, and a lot of moisture recently.  Therefore, you may want to pay a little more for something manufactured here on the East Coast, rather than something made in China.  Not only will it look better, but it should last longer too!

Try to pay attention to your fabric materials while you’re at it.  Although most awnings use water-resistant fabrics, natural materials—like linen or canvas—simply won’t hold up as well.  Vinyl and acrylic awnings tend to be more UV resistant, allowing you to preserve the colors, patterns, and logo(s) printed on this outdoor feature.  They’re also better at avoiding rot and mildew down the line, with less maintenance.  For more information about the materials you have to choose from, as well as their pros and cons, please contact us today!


We could certainly keep this thread going, but we’d rather having this discussion in person.  If you’re considering buying a retractable awning, KCCS Construction is ready to help.  Not only will we work with you to find the perfect awning for your residential and commercial properties.  But we’ll also handle every step of the installation process.  We’ve been serving Carroll County, Howard County, Frederick County, and Baltimore County for more than a decade.  Let us be a part of your next home improvement project! 

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