Folding arm awnings

Folding Arm Awnings
Fetuna Folding Arm Awning in Takapuna

Retractable Awnings

Easy to control sunshade

Up to 7 m wide

Up to 4 m in projection

Light rain protection

Manual and automated, wind/rain sensors

Wide range of fabrics – 10 years warranty!

Rust free – made of aluminium

No supporting poles required

European engineering, NZ made

Retractable awnings benefits

Are you keen to get an aesthetically pleasing and versatile retractable awning for your Auckland house? Looking for a retractable sun cover that can withstand harsh NZ sun and elements?

Look no further – check out our outdoor sunshades range! Our team has hand picked some of the best retractable awnings that are currently available on the NZ market. These folding arm awnings have been designed and engineered in Europe, famous for its retractable sunshade culture. All types of awnings you can think of are available at SunGuard: open type, awnings with a protective hood, fully enclosed cassette awnings. We measure and install our awnings in all of Auckland suburbs and regions, including (but not limited to) North Shore, Albany, Browns Bay, Campbells Bay, Castor Bay, Glenfield, Long Bay, Milford, Takapuna, Torbay, Hibiscus Coast, Gulf Harbour, Manly, Silverdale, Whangaparaoa, Auckland Central, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Kohimarama, Mission Bay, Parnell, , Ponsonby, Remuera, St Heliers, Mt Eden.

Our canvas awnings will perfectly fit any NZ property that can be fitted with an awning – houses, units, apartments, penthouses. We also offer a wide range of commercially applicable retractable canvas awnings – cafes, restaurants, that coffee place of yours…

All our awnings are made of rust-resistant aluminium, powder coated using highest quality Dulux coatings and boast a generous 5 years warranty. We also use a wide range of acrylic fabrics, from the world renown industry leaders such as Docril, Planosol, etc. All our fabrics have 10 years warranty, are solution dyed and are water resistant. Please keep in mind that the canvas awnings are primarily designed to be used as sun covers, meaning that it is not recommended to have the awnings open during the rain.

Our retractable sunshades are made to measure, ensuring that they will perfectly fit your deck. Our friendly team of experts will happily come to your place in Auckland (other locations available on request) and will seek the best suitable outdoor sunshade solution for you and with you!

Choose from our huge selection of the fabrics: both plain, textured and striped. From white to black, from yellow to red – any colour is in there!

Our main fold out awnings models are:

Ellipse Monobloc awning – Our simple yet stylish Ellipse Monobloc provides a generous area of shade – a width of up to six metres makes it ideal for covering outdoor areas of any size. The Ellipse Monobloc is made with quality components and a solid structure to ensure long-lasting functional sun protection. Comes in 3 hardware colours – warm white, silver pearl and matt black. Has optional adjustable pitch. Can be fitted with a half pelmet.

Horizon Monobloc awning – a sturdy open type folding arm awning designed in France and made in Auckland. It has 3 standard hardware colours available – warm white, silver pearl and matt charcoal. Can be fitted with a protective half pelmet. Suitable for bigger areas (up to 6 m x 4 m).

Fetuna Cassette awning –  a fully enclosed retractable awning designed if France and made in NZ. The fabric and all the components stay inside the cassette when the awning is retracted, protecting them from the UV, rain, dust etc. It is our biggest awning and can be manufactured up to 7 m wide and 3.5 m in projection or 6 m wide by 4.0 m out. Also available in 3 hardware colours available – warm white, silver pearl and matt charcoal.

All our fold out awnings can be custom powder coated to any colour in the Dulux range!

All our canvas retractable awnings can be manual (crank operated) or automated. Our company uses motorisation products from two well known manufacturers: Alpha (China) with 7 years warranty and Somfy (France) with 5 years warranty.

Both Alpha and Somfy motors come with built-in electronic transmitters that enable remote operation using hand-held remotes or wireless wall switches. Optionally, motors can be controlled using hard-wired wall switches or even BMS (building managament systems). Alpha motors can also be optionally fitted with manual override function – this allows to manually (using a supplied crank handle) retract the awning in an unlikely case of a power cut.

Motors with built-in radio receivers (RTS) can be paired with a range of additional sensors. These sensors include wind, rain, motion and sun and can retract or open the awning depending on the weather.

As a final touch, you can fit you awning with a Wi-Fi hub, that allows operating your awning via your cell phone from anywhere in the world! Ain’t that something to make your neighbours a bit jealous? 🙂

Call us today to find out more about our folding arm awnings range and get a free measurements and consultation session in Auckland!

Fetuna Cassette in Maraetai
Fetuna Cassette - custom soffit brackets
Horizon monobloc - soffit undermount
Horizon monobloc - soffit undermount
Fetuna Cassette - wall face fix
Fetuna Cassette - wall face fix

Folding arm awnings can be fitted in three different  ways: wall face fix, soffit undermount and in front of the gutter using custom made soffit brackets. These allow to save the space under the soffit and provide better coverage as the awning will be able to have bigger projection.

Are you keen to secure a great deal on our Folding Arm Awnings range?

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Our range:

Folding arm Ellipse Monobloc

Our most affordable retractable awning. Lightweight and easy to install. 6000*4000 mm maximum size. Can be motorised. Adjustable pitch, half pelmet available.

Horizon Monobloc Retractable Awning

A solid folding arm awning. Great value for money. 3 standard hardware colours. Can be fitted with a half-pelmet. Manual and automated options available.

Fetuna Cassette Retractable Awning

A classy retractable awning. Comes with a top-of-the-range fully enclosed cassette protecting the components and the fabric from the elements.

What retractable awning is right for me?

Ellipse Monobloc awning in Manurewa

Most affordable option

3 standard hardware colours

Half pelmet option available

Up to 6 m wide

Folding arm awnings Auckland

Heavy-duty components

3 standard hardware colours

Can be fitted with a half-pelmet

Up to 6 m wide

Folding Arm Awnings

Fully enclosed

3 standard hardware colours

Sleek look, fabric protected from elements

Up to 7 m wide

Fetuna Cassette Awning in Dannemora

Why choose our folding arm awnings?

We offer some of the best prices on the market!

Fantastic lead time – from 10 working days!

Heavy-duty aluminium componentry! 5 year warranty!

High-quality acrylic and mesh fabrics!

Crank, wall switch and remote operated options!

Start creating the outdoor area you’ve always dreamed about

Get a free no-obligation in-home measurement & quote from our sunshade experts

Worth 150$ – free of charge 

Friendly team of experts ready to help and give professional advice

At your preferred date and time 

No hidden costs

Careful attention to details

Awnings NZ – technical characteristics and features:

What material is used for retractable awning components?

We use only high quality components from world renowned suppliers to make your outdoor folding arm awnings sturdy and durable. Arm components and profiles are manufactured from solid corrosion resistant aluminium. Heavy-duty springs ensure the optimal fabric tension at all times to ensure efficient water drainage when it rains.

What colours are folding arm awning components available in?

Awning hardware is available in three standard colours: Warm White Pearl, Silver Pearl and Matt Charcoal. If you wish to have your awning components in other colours, you can order Dulux® custom powder coating. We can do any colour you like for an additional cost.

More details on custom powder coating here (pdf)

What fabric do we use for our retractable awnings?

Here, at SunGuard, we offer a fantastic range of colours and textures, both plains and stripes for your Auckland awnings. Our awning fabrics collection includes 25 colours of Shadeview Mesh and stunning 132 colours of Docril Acrylic Canvas.

Docril awning fabrics naturally create a cool and comfortable environment by reducing solar heat gain by up to 90%. These fabrics have been tested for harmful substances or chemicals and certified by a global system Oeko-TexR Standard 100. Dupont Teflon coating makes Docril exceptionally resistant to water, high temperatures, chemical reaction, corrosion and stress-cracking.

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How do retractable awnings work?

Retractable awnings mean that you can move them in and out. There are two main ways of operation: manual (crank operated) and automated (motorised).

Manually operated awnings in Auckland

With these classic awnings you simply need to rotate the handle to open and close the cover. Manual operation is not reliant on electricity, which is great for deck and patio awnings that aren’t anywhere close to an electricity supply.

How to use a manually operated folding arm awning from SunGuard?

Turn the crank handle to retract or wind out your awnings. Make sure you keep the handle on the same angle as the gearbox position.

When extending the awning try and reach the best position. To do so, you may need to wind the handle forwards and backwards. Check whether the folding arms are in place and the awning canvas is stretched taut nicely.

When retracting your outdoor awning ensure that you do not jam the fall bar against the roller as this can indent the fabric. The fabric must always roll off the top of the roller tube.

Motorised retractable awnings in Auckland

An electric awning is a preferred type of folding arm awnings for the most New Zealanders as it makes operating absolutely effortless. Our exterior awnings can extend or retract with a push of a button.  Motor is easily installed inside the awning tube and is then connected to your power supply. Our automated folding arm awnings can be operated via a wall switch or remote control handset.

How to use an automated awning from SunGuard?

Motorised retractable awnings are easy to use, as we carefully set inner and outer limits during installation. Simply push the button (up/down) to extend or retract your awning. If you wish to stop your folding arm awning in some position, push the central button on the remote or a wall switch.

Our motors have a 3-4 minute run time, after this time they can stop operation so that the motor won’t be damaged by a thermal overload. Don’t worry if this happens, just let the motor cool down for about 10 minutes in summer or less in winter. Things will return to normal.

Please note that remotes use batteries, which you will have to change occasionally.

Ellipse Monobloc Awning on Herald Island
Ellipse Monobloc Awning on Herald Island
Horizon Monobloc Awning in Unsworth Heights
Horizon Monobloc Awning in Unsworth Heights
Integral Cassette Awning in Westhaven
Integral Cassette Awning in Westhaven

Can I get sun & wind sensors for my motorised retractable awnings?

Improve your experience even more with our sun and wind sensors for folding arm awnings. They will automatically close the awning when the wind reaches the programmed safety level or can extend when the sun comes out. By doing so, they will prevent your deck or patio awnings from getting damaged. Weather sensors can run on batteries, be solar powered, or simply wired into your electricity supply. 

How to install a retractable awning?

Awnings can be both wall and soffit mounted with a bracket footprint of 170-250 mm. We can craft brackets of a particular size and shape, so that an awning can be easily installed in any challenging location.

How much do retractable awnings cost?

The cost of retractable awnings depends on various factors, such as size, controls, colour of the components, installation type etc. Please click here to see some of the prices for the most popular awning models. Give us a call or request a free quote to get an exact cost of an awning in Auckland.

How much does folding arm awning cost to install?

If you order retractable awnings from SunGuard, installation cost is already included in the price.

Topline awning in Hillsborough
Topline awning in Hillsborough
Ellipse Monobloc awning in Manurewa
Ellipse Monobloc awning in Manurewa
Integral Cassette Awning in Westhaven
Integral Cassette Awning in Westhaven

How to take care of a retractable awning? Dos & Don’ts

Retract your outdoor awnings in periods of extreme weather: high winds and heavy rain. If the awning pitch is less than 15°, you risk collecting water in the fabric which can easily damage your awning.

Do not roll your awning away when the fabric is wet.

Do not attempt to adjust or remove any awning component, as you may get injured or simply cause the product malfunction.

The awning canvas requires seams along the width, so a slight wavy effect or small wrinkles are completely normal.

Do not use BBQs or any other cooking or heating equipment under your patio or deck awning, as this can damage the fabric and cause mould/mildew.

Do not spray water at the motor head of an automated awning.

Check all fasteners annually.

How often should I clean my folding arm awning?

Clean your awning components every 6 months. If your awning is installed at the beach front, geothermal or industrial areas, you need to clean the hardware more often, every 1-3 months, depending on pollution.

How to clean a retractable awning?


Carefully remove any loose surface deposits from the components with a wet sponge.

Use a soft brush (non abrasive ) and a mild household detergent (do not use solvents) in warm water, remove dust, salt and other deposits.

Rinse off with clean fresh water.


Clean your fabric with a soft-bristled brush and rinse with water.

If there are any stains, clean them with a neutral detergent mixed in lukewarm water and rinse.

Always allow fabric to dry completely before rolling it.

Is there a warranty for retractable awnings? How long does it last?

We provide a five-year limited warranty on all hardware components of the system. Our fabrics come with 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Please note that this warranty will be void if the damage was caused by vandalism, extreme weather conditions, water ingress to the motor caused by insufficient flashing, incorrect operation or improper cleaning.

Mesh Fabric Ziptrak Auckland

Elegant and space efficient, our drop down screens can be both manual and automatic. Use highest quality clear PVC or one of our finest mesh fabrics to create an unrivaled outdoor experience.

Roller blinds in Auckland

Sleek, attractive and modern – the rollershades from SunGuard are your first choice when it comes to UV and sun protection.

Choose from our range of sunscreen, light filtering and blackout fabrics.

Provence Timber Shutters in Parnell

SunGuard timber shutters look and feel superb: they’re stylish and smooth. They are very practical too, boasting their remarkable durability.

The timber through its individual charm and style gives the shutters the unique, elegant character.


NZ manufactured sunshade
NZ wide delivery
NZ made components
Competitive prices
Fast delivery awnings
NZ made fabrics

Auckland – Hamilton – Mangawhai – Rotorua – Tairua – Taupo – Tauranga – Thames – Warkworth – Whangarei – Whitianga