Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are the answers to a number of common questions about SunSetter awnings. If you have a question that's not answered here, please contact us at the phone number above.

Why should I install a SunSetter awning over my deck or patio?

How does a SunSetter deck awning work?

How are SunSetter deck and patio awnings installed?

Do I have to take down my awning over the winter?

How strong is the frame of a SunSetter awning?

How well do SunSetter deck awnings withstand high winds?

What fabrics are used in a SunSetter awning?

What about rain? Will I have problems with leaks?

Can the SunSetter patio awning be installed on any home exterior?

Does a SunSetter keep my home cooler?

Can I retract my motorized awning if there is a power outage?

Can I install my SunSetter myself?

How long will my SunSetter deck awning last?

How long does it take to install a SunSetter deck or patio awning?

I don't have a deck or patio, but still want some shady space for outdoor entertaining. What can I do?

Why do SunSetter awnings cost so much less than competing products?



Why should I install a SunSetter awning over my deck or patio?
A SunSetter awning increases your living space by transforming your deck or patio into a shady retreat on even the hottest days. It makes outdoor entertaining more fun and it protects you and your family from the sun's damaging UV rays.

How does a SunSetter deck awning work?
SunSetter awnings electrically open and retract smoothly at the touch of a button.

How are SunSetter deck and patio awnings installed?
SunSetter Awnings are bolted firmly to the exterior of your home, usually just beneath the soffit or eaves. When completely retracted, it is almost hidden beneath the overhang. In the absence of an overhang, a protective hood is available.

Do I have to take down my awning over the winter?
No. Your SunSetter awning retracts compactly and stores neatly under the eaves of your home, or under a hood.

How strong is the frame of a SunSetter awning?
The struts and supports of a SunSetter awning are crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. This provides maximum strength and durability, without excess weight.


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How well do SunSetter deck awnings withstand high winds?
The struts and supports of a SunSetter awning are crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum. This provides maximum strength and durability, without excess weight.

What fabrics are used in a SunSetter awning?
SunSetter awnings are available in a choice of 2 fabrics: woven acrylic in 16 striped and solid colors - or traditional laminated fabrics in 12 colors.

Both fabrics block out 99% of ultra-violet rays, and are endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. They are also mildew resistant.

What about rain? Will I have problems with leaks?
Enjoy your patio even during passing summer showers. Traditional laminated fabric is 100% waterproof. Sunsetter's woven acrylic fabric is water repellent. Prior to heavy rains or windstorms, Sunsetter advises you to fully retract your awnings.

Can the SunSetter patio awning be installed on any home exterior?
SunSetter awnings can be installed on any home exterior, including wood, brick, stucco, aluminum and vinyl siding.

Does a SunSetter keep my home cooler?
Yes. Independent tests show that SunSetter awnings will keep your deck or patio up to 20 DEG cooler. In addition, your SunSetter will shield your home's interior from direct sunlight, thereby keeping it cooler, saving energy, and cutting air-conditioning costs.


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Can I retract my motorized awning if there is a power outage?
Yes. All SunSetter motorized models come with a manual override as standard equipment.

Can I install my SunSetter myself?
Improperly installed awnings can collapse, twist out of shape, or come loose - causing property damage and personal injury. Only Sunsetter's authorized dealers can guarantee a custom installation that will keep your awning operating smoothly for years to come.

How long will my SunSetter deck awning last?
SunSetter guarantees awnings against defects in materials and workmanship for 5 years. Many SunSetter awnings have been in use for more than 20 years.

How long does it take to install a SunSetter deck or patio awning?
An authorized Sunsetter dealer can usually complete installation in 4 - 5 hours.

I don't have a deck or patio, but still want some shady space for outdoor entertaining. What can I do?
The SunSetter Oasis model is freestanding, and provides a delightful shaded area for relaxing or entertaining.

Why do SunSetter awnings cost so much less than competing products?
As the largest manufacturer of home awnings, Sunsetter buys materials at the lowest possible prices and assembles them at the factory, using low-cost solar energy. Sunsetter passes savings on to the customers.


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