One of the best ways to extend the living area of your home is to add a retractable awning to your deck or patio. Attached to the outside of your home, they open when you want shade, and retract when you don’t. And even when you’re not outdoors, the large canopy of shade they create provides additional cooling sun protection inside of your home. Retractable awning frames come in a variety of colors, and fabric choices are many, so you have numerous options to choose the best look for your place. You can also add features like remote control, or even a wind sensor that will automatically retract the residential awning when it gets too windy.