Transform Your Home’s Look With a Permanent Awning Installation

Beautiful and practical, awnings add charm to your entryways and windows while sheltering your interior from unwanted attention and providing cooling shade.

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
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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!

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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.

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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!

45 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.

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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.

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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.

Local Expertise

We’re based out of Columbia, SC and have been in business for 45 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.

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