What is a Retractable Skylight Awning?

August 9, 2015

So you’ve heard about retractable awnings and patio covers, but what in the world is a retractable skylight awning?

For starters, a retractable skylight awning is basically an awning that encloses an area like a patio or backyard from above; it’s essentially an outdoor living room. (See the below picture). But, keep in mind that a retractable skylight awning isn’t always attached to an enclosed area; it can be part of a restaurant’s lounge or outdoor dining area.
Essentially, the retractable skylight awning acts like a roof. However, the difference between the skylight awning and traditional skylight is that the skylight awning can be retracted or extended whenever you want. This allows control of how much sunlight or shade you get in that area.

Here’s a quick list of how retractable skylight awnings can benefit you:

  • Extend your outdoor living area
  • Provides control over how much light or shade you get in that particular area
  • Cuts out the hassle of using traditional skylights
  • Adds an aesthetic and unique quality to your home or business
  • Protects your guests from rain or the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun

Retractable skylight awnings are an excellent way to create a skylight experience for your guests without having to use glass like in traditional skylights. That’s the beauty of retractable skylight awnings; you don’t have to cut a hole in your roof and worry about installing glass; you just install the awning as an extension of your home or business without the complication of cutting into your roof and worrying about your building’s structural integrity.
To top it off, these retractable skylight awnings are constructed from specialty fabrics that can be made mildew, waterproof, stain, and UV ray resistant. Colors also come in a variety. Retractable skylight awnings are a great way to add value to your home or provide a sense of class and style to a restaurant’s or business’ outdoor dining or lounging area.

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