Retractable awnings were actually invented right here in the USA. Old Main Street shop owners would crank out their awnings every morning when they opened, unless the winds were especially high that day. Back then, retractable awnings were made of steel and used gravity to open the awning, and brute strength to close it.
The Europeans improved the original design by making the awnings out of aluminum and adding spring tension to the arms. This improvement created an awning that was energy efficient, tight, and sleek, and did not weigh as much as a car or more. Today, six out 10 Western European homes have retractable awnings. Due to our (formerly) lower cost of energy, the American market has developed just as quickly, and our customers have learned how much they can truly save on their air conditioning, prevent the fading of their furniture and carpets, and create a cozy patio that is not too hot to enjoy.
Awnings by Bigley and Hogshire has united the top players in the retractable awning industry. Not only are we one of the nationally leading dealers for the Sunair brand of retractable awnings, we are also The Sunsetter Professional Dealer for Virginia. Within these two brands, we have incorporated the strongest, best built, and best value in the industry.
We have more than 12 retractable awning model options, and we guarantee you will find one to fit your needs and budget.
To find out which model will work best for you simply call (757) 246-2893 in Hampton Roads, or 1 (877) ECO-SHADE in the Northern Virginia and Richmond areas.