Folding arm retractable awnings are a versatile and reliable option for home owners and businesses wanting to add style and functionality to their outdoor space. With Spring officially here and the weather warming up, home owners and small businesses are capitalising on Australians’ love of the outdoors by making upgrades to their properties. A great way for homes and businesses to make the most of the outdoors is with Issey’s range of folding arm retractable awnings. With these smart solutions, you can increase the functionality and appeal of the outdoor spaces at your home or business. Awnings today do far more than provide additional shade to your door or window. You can specify retractable awnings capable of covering an entire pool area or carport, and use them to create an outdoor dining and entertaining space, or to extend the roof of your existing patio.

Types of Folding Arm Retractable Awnings

There are three types of retractable awnings that you should be aware of: Full Cassette: An awning that is fully enclosed by its headbox and bottom bar when it is completely retracted. Semi-Cassette: An awning protected by a 3/4 cassette housing, which contains the fabric and awning. Standard: An awning that uses a basic folding arm design without a cassette headbox attached to it. Standard retractable awnings leave the fabric and components exposed to the elements.

Advantages of Retractable Awnings


Not only do folding arm retractable awnings look good in an outdoor space, they are also very cost effective, versatile and easy to maintain. Home owners and businesses who choose good quality awnings benefit in the long term from lowered maintenance: they only need to be cleaned occasionally to keep them looking their best. This is especially true for Issey’s range of retractable awnings, which use specially designed fabrics and components that are built to suit the harsh Australian climate and all weather conditions, making them durable and long-lasting.

Flexibility to Suit Your Needs

Folding arm retractable awnings can be custom built to suit your needs. They can be fitted on everything from the typical household window to openings spanning more than five metres wide The wide range of finishes and fabrics give you a great deal of control over the look of your awning. Besides solid colours, you can specify semi-transparent fabrics, patterns, or even business logos on the awnings.

Ease of Use

Folding arm retractable awnings are very easy to use. You can deploy or retract the shade manually by using a conveniently located crank handle or winder. You can also choose to motorise the awning, allowing you to simply push a button to raise or lower it. With a motorised awning, you can even fit rain and wind sensors, which will detect the weather conditions and automatically lower or raise the awning.

Add Functionality to Your Home Or Business

Folding arm awnings can create a shaded space for your home or business, completely unobstructed by permanent posts or beams. Home owners can use these retractable awnings to create great entertainment spaces that give their family and guests access to the fresh air of the outdoors, while protecting them from the harsh sun and inclement weather. For businesses like restaurants and retail chains, this shaded outdoor space is perfect for adding more functional space for merchandise display, tables and chairs that increase patronage and boost profits.