Sunesta Retractable Awnings by Meredith Tompkins


With All Due Respect to Mother Nature, We’ve Engineered the Perfect Day.

Our products add to your quality of life in many ways. The advantages of a Sunesta Retractable Awning, Screen, or Shelter go beyond custom-made shade – we offer multiple benefits to enhance the enjoyment of your home.

Shade when you need it, sun when you want it

With a Sunesta Retractable Awning, you control the shade. Enjoy your outdoor living area more than ever with the convenience of total shade control. Extend and retract your Sunesta Awning with the turn of a handle or push of a button – it’s that simple. Your awning can be extended fully, partially, or retracted depending on the amount of shade you need or how much sun you want.

Block the sun, keep your view

Our strong, streamlined designs eliminate the need for support poles, so our awnings block only the sun or light rain, and not your view. Maximize your usable shaded outdoor living space and your view with the addition of a Sunesta Retractable Awning to your home.

Beautify your home

Your home is one-of-a-kind and your awning should be too. That’s why we offer total customization so that each Sunesta is made to the distinct needs and style of each homeowner. And Sunesta Retractable Awnings don’t just add beauty and space to your home, they also add equity – your covered outdoor space increases living area and value.

Expand your space

Without protection, you can’t fully enjoy your outdoor living area. A Sunesta Retractable Awning allows you to expand your home’s livable area, effectively adding a customized outdoor room.

Control room brightness

Unlike permanent patio awnings, roofs, and enclosures, Sunesta Awnings can be retracted during darker times of the day, or on cloudy days, to brighten the interior of your home naturally.

Protect your indoor furnishings

The sun’s UV rays can severely damage and fade furniture, carpet, upholstery, drapes and flooring. You can protect your valuable interior furnishings and prolong their life with a retractable awning from Sunesta.

Save on your utility costs

Our awnings help lower energy costs year-round. On warm days, extend your awning to block the sun from entering your home. Shading your interior will naturally cool your home and reduce air conditioning costs up to 25%. On cold days, you can retract your awning, allowing the sun to help heat your home. In snowy and stormy climates, your Sunesta Awning can be retracted, eliminating the need for expensive awning removal and reinstallation which are necessary for permanent-frame awnings.

Historical Awnings by Meredith Tompkins

According to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Heritage Preservation Service, historic photographs from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries offer ample precedent for the use of awnings on windows, above storefronts and at entrances. Decisions on particular projects must be based on the circumstances of each building, but as a general rule, in restoration projects, awnings are acceptable when the physical evidence or documented research clearly shows they were once on the building and the historic appearance is being accurately restored. In rehabilitation projects, awnings may be acceptable when they do not negatively affect the historic character of the building.

As "Interpreting the Standards Bulletin" No. 86-079 makes clear, awnings can in some cases so impair the historic character of a structure that denial of certification may result. However, historic photographs of streetscapes document a great profusion of awnings. Awnings of many sizes, shapes, patterns and colors ranged from one building to the next. Sometime more than one appeared on the same building. While careful scrutiny of awnings is justifiably part of the National Park Service review of tax act projects, care must be exercised in this area not to substitute strictly personal preferences for professional evaluations of historic character.

Shade. by Meredith Tompkins

What is Shade?



  1. comparative darkness and coolness caused by shelter from direct sunlight.

    "sitting in the shade"

    synonyms:shadow(s), shadiness, shelter, cover; 


    "they sat in the shade"

  2. a color, especially with regard to how light or dark it is or as distinguished from one nearly like it.

    "various shades of blue"

    synonyms:color, hue, tone, tint, tinge

    "shades of blue"


  1. screen from direct light.

    "she shaded her eyes against the sun"

    synonyms:cast a shadow over, shadow, shelter, cover, screen;  darken

    "vines shaded the garden"

  2. darken or color (an illustration or diagram) with parallel pencil lines or a block of color.

    "she shaded in the outline of a chimney"

    synonyms:darken, color in, pencil in, block in, fill in; 


    "she shaded in the picture"

5 Benefits of Awnings by Meredith Tompkins

5 Benefits of Awnings

1. Add another space for entertainment.

Awnings allow more time for outdoor entertainment. Design your space to your desires. You can have guests over without the worry of them getting burned from sun exposure or wet from rainfall. Enjoy your backyard area with friends and family or create your own private sanctuary.

2. Awnings not only add beauty, but can add value to your home's market value.

Placing an awning over a patio area creates more livable space- and consequently equity in your home's value. They bring more appeal to homeowners that want an outdoor space to relax and enjoy the weather, without the worry of the sun.  

3. Retractable Awnings give you control of your patio space.

Retractable awnings give you the convenience of controlling whether you want the shade, or not. Retract and extend your awning depending on how much sun or shade you desire. 

4. Awnings can reduce energy costs.

Awnings reduce direct solar heat that is observed through windows and can save you up to 23% on your annual cooling energy costs in the summer. If you choose the retractable awnings, your savings go even further. Retracting awnings during the winter allows the sun to assist in warming your home -throughout the year!

5. Protect your home from the Sun's UV rays, rain, or snow.

Installing awnings can protect your outdoor space from the weather, prolonging the longevity of your outdoor furniture by preventing exposure to direct sun, snow and rainfall that can cause deterioration and discoloration. Awnings can also help prevent the UV rays from damaging your indoor furniture or flooring that may be getting exposure.