Chicago’s Awning Expert

The Chicago’s Awning Expert Blog is designed to provide information about Retractable Awnings for Decks or Patios, Retractable Screens, Canvas Window & Door Awnings and Canopies as well as services such as maintenance, wash, and annual services for canvas awnings.  While most of the information provided on this site is meant to specifically discuss how these products perform in the Chicagoland Area, much of this information is relevant throughout the US and beyond.  We hope that you will find our blog entertaining as well as informative.   If you are looking to purchase products or services discussed in this blog, click the “Visit Our Full Site” to be re-directed to  Thank you in advance for checking us out!

Custom Awning Manufacturing in Burr Ridge, IL

At Thatcher Retractables, it feels great to say, "We make awnings and we are really good at it!" In a day where everyone is talking about the virtues of outsourcing, we are proud to "in-source" as much work as possible. What are the benefits? When you make the...

What Does it Mean to be an “Expert” in Your Industry?

Residential fabric awnings and canopies are custom manufactured for each home and the needs of each customer. As such, awning manufacturers need to approach each job individually. This approach is far different than the world of products that are produced in high...

Care of Your Retractable Awning

A retractable awning for your deck or patio is a large investment. Like any large investment, you want to make sure that you are getting the most for your money. Maintaining your retractable awning correctly will help ensure you do just that. The following are the...

Why Buy “A Retractable Awning in a Box”?

For years, customers have been inundated with the commercials on cable TV for Sunsetter Retractable Awnings. “Tell ‘em about the discount Harry!” Sunsetter is the best marketing company in the Retractable Awning Industry. By throwing out a price point of $600 and...

Performance of Retractable Awnings in the Wind

By far, this is the most common concern that consumers have about lateral arm retractable awnings—the type that extends with bent arms (see photo). It is intuitive, right? If it extends from the structure without any support on one side, isn't the product prone to...

Chicago’s Awning Expert is Rodney Allott, Owner and All Around Good Guy of Thatcher Retractable Awnings, Pergolas, & Patio.

Thatcher Retractable Awnings, Pergolas, & Patio is located at:

650 Willowbrook Center Parkway Suite 200
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 529-6464