Awnings Provide Elegance, Privacy, & Shade
- By framing out your windows and entryways, awnings provide a timeless grace
- Window and patio awnings are a great way to boost interior privacy
- Awnings block harsh direct sunlight, keeping your house comfortable
Our Showroom Comes To You
We understand it’s hard to visualize how something might look without seeing it at your house and so we bring our showroom to you! No need to imagine, you’ll be able to see for yourself!
Decades of Experience
We opened shop way back in 1980 and know a thing or two about awning installations. Our installers have 75 years of combined experience and are pros at fitting and installing awnings.
Comfort and Beauty
Adding an awning to your windows or porch is an attractive way to make your house more comfortable. A permanent awning adds a layer of separation between your private space and prying eyes while cutting down on the harsh gaze of the Carolina sun.
Our In-Home Showroom Eliminates the Guesswork
Forget about taking dozens of fiddly measurements before heading out to a distant showroom. We come to you, take onsite measurements, and let you see exactly how our awnings will look over your porch or windows. There’s no need to simply imagine how it’ll look when you can know instead!
42 Years Of Honing Our Craft
Sun Shades has been in business for more than 4 decades now, helping people take back their living spaces from the tyranny of the sun and really start enjoying their homes. Over the years we’ve mastered our craft and you can expect our in-house installers to demonstrate time-won expertise when they measure, fit, and install your awnings.
Enduring Charm and Practical Benefits
Installing awnings over your entryways and windows is a great way to personalize the exterior of your home. They can transform drab exteriors and create a completely new aesthetic. Sunesta awnings are available in 134 different fabric designs and they offer frame colors to match every palette. Even better, permanent awnings are functional! Awnings increase interior privacy and cut down on harsh direct sunlight.
How long do retractable awnings last?
The frame part of a retractable awning can last over twenty years, as long as it is taken care of, while the fabric being more sensitive to inclement weather conditions should be replaced every ten years.
How does a retractable awning work?
Retractable awnings work by using a motor attached to the wall. The motor winds up (or unwinds) the awning at the push of a button. This is very similar to electric garage doors.
Do I need permits to get an awning installed?
No, you do not need a permit to get an awning installed in any of the cities around the Midlands of South Carolina.
Are awnings good for rain?
Your retractable awning will do a great job protecting you from rainy weather. In extreme conditions, you will typically want to retract the awning fully in order to protect it from damage.
See What People Have to Say About Us
We’ve been in business for 42 years. Read what people are saying to find out why.
“Jeff and his installers were absolutely amazing! Professional consultation and listened to what my wife and I were wanting to achieve. Never pressured us. I can not say enough praises to the installers Josiah and (I’m sorry I can’t remember the other guy…) were so polite and quality workmanship. Our home already feels cooler. I’m looking forward to lower monthly energy costs! Thank you again Sun Shades and Graphics!”
– Kevin G.
Pleasant & Professional
“I have had great service from this company since having a retractable awning installed a couple of years ago. Jeff is easy to work with and Joshua and Josiah did a great job with replacing window tint on my French doors. They were pleasant and professional!”
– Elizabeth C.
“We are very happy with the service from Jeff and the installation teams. They were all friendly and helpful. We are amazed at how much heat the tinting is blocking from the residence. We have a lot of windows and anticipate that this will make a nice difference in our power bill.”
– Julie J.
“Very quick process. Received a quote Monday afternoon & by Tuesday morning the tint was installed. Very helpful, knowledgeable guys that were able to install exactly what I was wanting for heat control.”
– Maddie S.
“We were remodeling our house and new codes required tempered glass windows in the bathroom. After researching and looking at several companies we went with them for their prompt and honest response to our needs. The owner even offered advice on how to properly prepare for tempering our windows. On the day of the service they were friendly, fast and cleaned up afterwards. They even gave us a certificate to verify the windows had been tempered. Excellent company to work with!”
– J Garris
Why Choose Sun Shades & Graphics
Our Showroom Is Easy To Get To From Anywhere
When you work with Sun Shades, going to the showroom is something you can do wearing your house slippers! We come to you with samples of our complete catalog – letting you see exactly how each option will look over your entryways or windows. No need to guess how your new awning will look, see for yourself.
We’re based out of Columbia, SC and have been in business for 42 years. Over the decades we’ve worked with happy customers all across the state, and have made hundreds of thousands of measurements. We take the guesswork out of measurements and all of our installations are performed by our own expert craftsman – not sub-contracted out!
We Only Use Top Quality Brands
Low quality products deliver low quality results, and that just isn’t something we’re OK with. We install Sunesta awnings because we know that they make a great product at a fair price and will provide results you’ll be happy with.
Ready to upgrade your home’s exterior? We can help with that!