Free-standing shade system creates shade on demand
Specialty Fabrics Review | October 2010
For centuries, people have used awnings to keep indoor and outdoor spaces cool and shielded from the damaging affects of the sun. It’s no surprise that today’s energy-conscious consumers are rediscovering the benefits of awnings for countless applications, including decks, porches, terraces, windows and window expanses.
But what if you don’t have a wall or roof to mount a traditional retractable? Eclipse Awning Systems®’ introduction of the Eclipse Butterfly awning offers one answer: the free-standing, self-supporting shading system mounts directly on a solid base surface and is motorized for convenience. The Eclipse Butterfly is an attractive option for poolsides, outdoor eating areas and any other place without a traditional structure for mounting. Designed for durability and longevity, featuring Eclipse arms with Advanced Belt Technology, the Butterfly is available with the full array of Sunbrella® fabrics, in two standard widths: 16 and 20 feet, with either 8.5- or 10-foot arms on either side, allowing for up to 20 feet of total projection. It can also be accessorized to include Eclipse’s Lunar Lighting, Solar Beam infrared heaters and a wireless motion sensor for added protection.
Retractable awnings are an elegant, comfortable and practical way to increase living space and add to the value of a home or business. The splash of color and enduring style allows consumers to control just how much sun is desired on any given day.