Our wonderful Woodland neighbors are sharing their collective knowledge regarding retractable awnings:
We had an awning. It was color matched to our home by Marygrove Awning. We paid extra for all the features like electric motor, tilting left or right from the sun, inside the house mounted electric button. It was nice but we are South facing and it did not give us much protection. When tilted it looked like a junk yard shade. We sold it on the computer after 1 summer for 700.00 which was a loss to us. We hired a company to build us a porch with blinds in the windows to keep the sun out. That is the only thing that works. Southern exposure is terrible.
We had our awning done by Marygrove Awning in Livonia. Everything is built RIGHT HERE in Michigan with a great staff, and great payment plans also…I’d look no further! Installed in about 2 hours with zero hassles, and they’re always available if you have questions. We took advantage of a deal they had 2 summers ago w/ 12 months free financing. I’m not sure of what they have going on right now, but just give them a call. First class company!
About 6 years ago we purchased one from Marygrove Awnings. They installed it, it has a motor, and a remote control that makes it very convenient. We have the Ranch, so it is probably a little smaller than the one for the Cape. When I walked in their showroom in Livonia on Merriman Road, they immediately knew what we would need being in a Condo setting. The color is taupe, but as mentioned previously, we had them write it all up prior to purchase and had it approved by Association Rules. I just got a coupon from them in the Valpak coupon pack, it is for $500 OFF, plus Free Motor and Free Remote Control… Offer good thru 5/30/15. The one thing I regret not purchasing was a Wind security, not sure what you would call it; but for $300 more, if the wind would pick up, it would automatically roll up. Without that feature, you really have to be careful on windy days, or remember to pull it back in when you leave the house! I have heard of people who forgot and had it severely damaged!