Many customers wonder whether or not they should add the optional drop screen to their retractable awning. The drop screen is a see-through mesh that drops vertically from the front bar of the awning. Depending on the model, the drop screen drops anywhere from 3-feet to almost 5-feet. The drop screen definitely adds cost to the awning, but if your deck or patio faces West, then you should seriously consider adding the drop screen. The following photos illustrate why we recommend this.
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As you can see, there is only a few feet of shade under the awning without the drop screen. The angle of the western Sun brings the hot rays right under the awning. As the drop screen is extended, the shade increases. You can see with the drop screen fully extended, the awning provides ample protection from the hot sun when the deck faces West.
And you can also see that the drop screen looks good. You can retract it when not needed, and just drop it down when it is. You can see out and fully enjoy your deck or patio.