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Operational Options for Awnings & Drop Shades

Apart from offering durable products, Chico Awnings & Solar Shades in Chico, California, provides different operational options for both awnings and drop shades. We offer motorized awnings with tubular motors from Somfy. Backed by three decades of experience in designing and manufacturing controls, Somfy is the top choice for automation of retractable awnings.

Controlling Awnings & Drop Shades

Our Elite Retractable Patio Awnings, Robusta Retractable Window Awnings, and Drop Shade Systems can be operated manually or electronically. For electronic systems, we offer three choices: switch, remote, or automatic. Somfy, the world's leading manufacturer of tubular motors, manufactures all our operational systems. These motors and electronics come with a 5-year limited warranty. Tubular motors don't require maintenance or lubrication.


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Radio Technology Somfy (RTS)

RTS offers a high performance, convenient, and reliable solution for awning automation. When using RTS, wiring between the motor and controls is not needed. Installation is quick and easy because the radio receiver is integrated within the motor. We offer two types of RTS:

Eolis WireFree™ RTS Wind Sensor
This wind sensor will automatically retract the awning when it detects the awning moving from wind or vibrations. Eolis WireFree™ RTS Wind Sensor is wireless and battery powered.

Sunis Wirefree RTS Sun Sensor
Sunis Wirefree automatically extends the awning based on the sun's intensity. This sun sensor is powered by a solar cell.