While there are many companies that sell Retractable Awnings, few provide the accessories that allow you to make the most of your purchase. Thatcher Retractables offer accessories that make your awning the best it can be in the Chicagoland weather.
Front & Side Solar Screens
Front & Side Solar Screens utilize a mesh fabric that blocks 90% of the sun’s rays while allowing enough transparency for you to enjoy the view and still feel like you are outside. When the sun is lower in the sky, this is your best option to shade your patio. Front Screens roll-up neatly behind the valance of the awning and drop down when you need them. Side Screens can be raised, lowered, and moved from side to side in a matter of minutes. Screens come standard in 90% mesh in Beige, Stucco, Grey, Brown, or Black.
We all know the unpredictable nature of the Chicagoland weather. At any moment a soft breeze can turn into a strong wind gust. Some areas that we serve such as Elgin, Huntley, Mundelein, Plainfield, Aurora, Shorewood, and Crest Hill are known for always having some level of wind. Our Wind Stabilization Poles allow you to use your awning in increased wind conditions and provide an additional layer of security when a quick wind gust comes up. Wind Stabilization Poles are available in White, Ivory, and Mocha to match our frames and can be custom painted for additional colors.
Soft Winter Cover
Our Winter Covers are manufactured from a heavy duty 18oz vinyl fabric that is similar to the material used to manufacture truck tarp material. The heavy duty fabric is meant to wrap around the fabric roll, front bar, valance, and arms of the awning, There are end pieces that are similar to a hunters cap that protect the motor during the winter months. The cover installs in a matter of minutes by connecting the grommets in the front and back with zip ties. We recommend a Soft Cover for our Thatcher Classic and Premium awning models, but do not recommend a cover for Thatcher Premium Plus and any awning with a hood. Soft Winter Covers are available in Grey and Tan, or Black during the summer season.
Metal Hood(Cover) with End Caps
While we strongly recommend our Thatcher Premium Plus for applications where the customer is looking to have a metal cover, we do offer a Metal Hood for certain applications. This metal hood attaches to the square bar of the awning with a metal bracket and has end caps to cover the end. In most cases, the hood does not create a flashing back to the building. The hood has no back and therefore it is not ideal for a roof mount application where the back of the awning will be exposed. When purchasing a hood, we strongly recommend using our Thatcher Premium with our RTA option that includes a special shoulder that tilts the front bar when fully retracted. Before purchasing this option from Thatcher or another company, please discuss with an awning expert.