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So you would like a retractable awning but you are concerned about the Calgary wind? Scared that you will come home in a wind storm and find a limp fabric jumble entwined in a metal montage in your neighbour's backyard? Well, a retractable awning with a motion sensor is for you!

Fact - According to the "Living in Canada" website at

"Calgary has a windy climate which it owes to its prairie location – there are few natural barriers to the wind. At times the wind in Calgary takes the form of a Chinook, a hot, dry, Foehn type wind that blasts down from the Rockies. In winter, the Chinook can raise the temperature in Calgary by 30 degrees Centigrade in the space of a few hours, providing welcome relief from the often bitter cold."

In any season, Calgary is prone to wind gusts, windy days and warming Chinook winds. There is a theme here, it can be windy here in our fair city of Calgary!

So how can you still enjoy a retractable awning in your Calgary backyard? There are a few things to discuss here to help solve this dilemma. First, you can choose a retractable awning that is durable and manufactured with quality materials. Solaris, a retractable awning company right here in Calgary, sells an excellent line of retractable awnings. The Sunesta line of retractable awnings are superior in construction and durability and sport an exceptional warranty. This is all GREAT news! But, do you want to know the BEST way to ensure your retractable awning remains on your Calgary house during a severe wind storm? Solution: Include the option of a wind sensor, when purchasing your retractable awning.

Take a look at the ‘Somfy Eolis Wind Sensor’ (photo and information from the Somfy Website -

Benefits:Description The Eolis 3D WireFree™ RTS Wind Sensor is a wireless, battery powered wind sensor that will automatically retract an awning based on wind generated movements.

  1. Comfort & Convenience. Automatically protects your awning when wind is detected, even while you are away. Battery powered with an indicator to alert you when they need to be replaced.
  2. Peace of Mind. Worry-free operation designed to protect your awning in windy conditions. Built-in alert to warn you when the battery needs to be replaced.

Who wouldn’t love to feel the peace of mind that your Calgary awning investment is being protected by a wind sensor device? Think about this….. You make a quick trip to a Calgary grocery store to pick up more ice while entertaining your Calgary friends and family…. when all of a sudden one of those infamous Alberta wind storms roll in. (Yes, in Calgary, this type of occurrence happens!) Wouldn’t it be great to know that when that notorious Calgary wind comes up and your retractable awning starts moving in the wind, that the sensor will tell the retractable awning motor to retract? I know we are a friendly bunch here in Calgary, but there are certain things we don’t want to share with our neighbours and a jumbled mess of fabric and metal is one of them!

Want to know the best part? This sensor is an absolutely free ‘add on’ when you order and purchase your new power retractable awning before March 31st, 2015 from Solaris right here in Calgary. This deal was given to our customers during the ‘Calgary Home and Garden Show’ and we are extending this offer to the Calgary community until March 31st, 2015! So what are you waiting for? Give our Solaris Calgary office a call (403-275-8456) soon, so you can take advantage of this really great offer. Calgary winds shouldn’t get in the way of your backyard enjoyment! Solaris is the best place in Calgary for quality retractable awnings and accessories!