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RETRACTABLE OUTDOOR AWNINGS ARE AMAZING.
What other product easily and inexpensively expands a home’s living Highest-quality components are used, including rust and corrosion proof
space by ten feet; provides sun protection for family, furniture and aircraft-grade aluminum arms with baked-on cream-colored enamel finish
pets; lowers the ambient temperature by 20 degrees; and noticeably and world-renowned Somfy motors.
decreases summer air-conditioning costs? Chris notes, “Other retailers and e-tailers charge up to $500 extra for such
Of course, the trick is buying smart. I vote for an electric-powered, a substantial motor. Not us. It is included in the price, as are shipping and
remote-controlled awning whose motor plugs into any outdoor-rated handling fees, sturdy winter cover, and a remarkable five-year all-weather,
outlet. No expensive electrician required. (A manual-crank override for limited warranty that covers any type of storm damage…even hurricanes.
power failures is also a must.) And get this: If a color switch is desired within the warranty’s time frame,
Star performing fabric is essential. Most brands offer water-repellent fabric replacement cost is just $149.”
material, but I want a 100% waterproof, easy-cleaning, fade-, mildew- SunSetter awnings come pre-assembled directly from the company’s
and flame-resistant product with UV protection and no needle-holed Massachusetts factory. Installation requires just a few hours of do-it-seams for rain seepage. The manufacturer must also exude confidence yourself time. A “how to” DVD is included, as well as stud a finder.
by offering a comprehensive warranty for years, not just a season. Best of all, the awnings are permanently attached, which means no
Such a product is SunSetter’s motorized awning. SunSetter, with a cumbersome winter storage concerns. Just roll them up.
UVA and UVB sun protection rating of SPF 50+, is the only awning SunSetter’s motorized awning is offered
awarded the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It is also February 26, 2007 through March 4, 2007
one of the best performers in both product quality and member service in Costco’s Wallet Promo. When asked for
at Costco warehouse Special Events shows. Now SunSetter products are an example of savings, Chris details,
available on costco.com. “ Costco.com’s everyday low price for the
Costco.com’s Chris Taylor reports, “The SunSetter electric-powered 18-footer is $1,569.99, for a savings of more
awning is as close as you can get to a customized awning without the than $400 as compared to other retailers and
hefty customized price. The motor is offered on either side of the e-tailers. During Wallet Week it will sell for
frame and is hidden from view. Fabric color choices include 25 percent less at $1,177.49.”
understated Taupe, elegant solid linen and rich Evergreen. Sizes run Awning-inspiring, don’t you think?
10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 feet wide, with the 18-footer being our most
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