If you’re looking for a retractable lateral arm awning (RLAA) to enhance your home and handle the sun and light showers we have here in Hawaii look no further. A retractable typically installs in a day and will change your functional home space forever. RLAAs are NOT designed for heavy rains, heavy winds, or to be a product that you deploy and leave out all day. If you are looking for all day/all weather coverage please explore another option like an umbrella or a fixed or retractable canopy.
RLAA arms are made in set projections so depending the model you will have different options for maximum projections. A RLAA is strongly recommended to have at least a 20 degree pitch which means about 1 foot of drop for every 3 feet of projection.
RLAAs can be manufactured to custom widths with accuracy to the 1/8″. The DELUXE and the EVO SC can go up to 40’ wide. The SHAN can only go to 23′ wide.
RLAA arms are made in set projections and are unique to the model. A projection is the maximum that the awning can go out. An awning can also be stopped at any point on its way out to max projection.
Depending on the installation location a hood may or may not be necessary. The hood protects the fabric when the awning is closed and keep birds from perching atop. If the awning is exposed to rain, then we recommend a hood. If the awning is exposed to rain and is motorized, then we have to include a hood or we cannot warranty the motor.
Control is typically via a manual crank gear or motorized operation, and for motors we use Somfy RTS technology.
The Shan is a heavy duty, completely enclosed cassette awning. This means that when the awning is closed it looks like an architectural detail to your home. Because of this it is only available in a motorized option and can go up to 23’ wide. It is only available in wall mount. Fabric selections are from the Para Tempotest catalog, with Sunbrella options available at an upcharge.
The EVO SC
The Evo semi cassette is a heavy duty has the underside still partially exposed when closed. It can be operated manually or with a motorized option ans is available up to 40’ wide. It can be mounted to a wall, a ceiling or to a roof with additional roof mounted brackets. If roof mounted, the unit usually needs to be motorized. Fabric selections are from the Para Tempotest catalog, with Sunbrella options available at an upcharge.
The ABC Deluxe
The Deluxe is a medium duty awning with optional hood. When the awning is closed you can see all the components. It can be operated manually or with a motorized option and is available up to 40’ wide. It can be mounted to a wall, a ceiling or to a roof with additional roof mounted brackets. If roof mounted, the unit usually needs to be motorized. Fabric selections are from the Sunbrella Marine Grade catalog.
Other cheaper awnings use lighter extrusions for the frame, non stainless springs for the arms or fabrics with less warranty. This leads to premature frame failure, or decreased frame performance over time. When the fabric wears out on these types of systems, the entire system usually needs to be replaced (if it has even made it that far to begin with).
Our installations and systems have been working great in Hawaii for over 20 years and because we are local, we can service your product or parts if it needs repair. It is also not uncommon for us to replace the fabric on one of our awnings when the fabric reaches the end of its life.
RLAAs need great structural attachment because they will cantilever out and create lever forces. RLAAs under 20′ in width typically only need 3-5 brackets and each bracket needs to carry large loads. There are three attachment types. The DELUXE and EVO SC can be installed in any of the three mounting configurations. The SHAN is a wall mount only installation.
If we’re going into concrete, filled concrete block or a solid wooden beam then that is the best. If we’re going into studs, we may need to install a header so that we can attach the header to every stud and then attach the few brackets to the header. This spreads the load of the entire awning to the entire wall, instead of isolating forces to a single stud. If there are metal studs we always need a header.
If we have a concrete ceiling then that is best as we do not need additional elements to install the ceiling brackets. But in a roof rafter scenario, we can install 2x6s in between roof rafters and then install ceiling brackets to that 2×6.
With the use of stainless steel roof brackets we can install a RLAA on top of the roof. In this scenario the closed awning can be out of sight out of mind when not in use. However the location of the control in this configuration usually means we have to motorize the awning. The roof brackets are through bolted through the roof into angle iron that is through bolted to the roof rafters.