Increase the energy efficiency of your home and add a distinctive look with Betterliving awnings.


Solar Shades

Protect your home from the sun with Betterliving's motorized exterior solar shades!

Horizontal Shades

Add retractable privacy and sun protection from the side with Horizontal Shades from Betterliving.

Commercial Shade Products

For your home or for your business…Restaurant awnings, covered patios, outdoor dining areas

Easy Awnings

Cover your windows and doors beautifully with aluminum awnings that you can install yourself!


Awning Accessories

Additional options available to enhance your outdoor experience.


Benefits of Awnings and Shade Products:

  • Block harmful UV rays of the sun
  • Protect your family from sunburn
  • Protect your furnishings from fading
  • Lower your air conditioning costs
  • Enhance the appearance of your home or business

Why choose Betterliving?

  • Betterliving dealers are outdoor living experts
  • Betterliving awnings, shades and canopies are custom manufactured to your specifications
  • Betterliving shade products manufacturer's warranty is backed by Craft–Bilt, an industry leader since 1946
  • Betterliving awnings, canopies and shades use top quality components - and our canopies are American made!
  • How to design an awning for your home or business:
  • Ask your Betterliving dealer for a free, no obligation design consultation
  • Visit the technical pages on this website for more information
  • Browse the gallery of photos and videos
  • Observe the sun throughout the day to determine your shading needs
  • Shade products are an energy saving investment!


Find a Betterliving Dealer in your area to see how our shade products can help you!

Solar Shades for Windows and Doors, Porches and Sunrooms

The most efficient way to block the heat of the sun is from the outside - before it has a chance to heat the glass windows and doors! Exterior solar shades can block the sun's heat while still providing visibility to the outside. Betterliving Solar Shades pay for themselves year after year by reducing energy costs and protecting your furnishings from harmful UV rays that may cause fading. They also add privacy to your outdoor living space. Fabric is available in a wide variety of colors, weaves, and styles.

Motorized options for joined solar shade units include common operators which control all joined shades with one push of a button, or separate operators to give you flexibility to adjust each shade independently. 

Solar Shade SERIES I – The fabric travels down a track. 

Solar Shade SERIES II – The fabric travels down a track with a zipper design to completely close off your porch or patio from insects.

Shades can be made with acrylic exterior awning fabric, PVC coated polyester or fiberglass screen. Polyester and fiberglass screen is available in 5% to 40% openness to control how much light you want to enter your home.

For more information about Betterliving Exterior Solar Shades, contact today!

Privacy screens for your deck, porch, patio, balcony or terrace

Horizontal Shades are unique shading solutions that are pulled from the side to create retractable privacy and sun protection. They’re ideal for east or west facing exposures, where the morning or evening sun casts glare onto your outdoor living area. While most shade products protect from the overhead sun, these side shades block the harsh rays of the angled morning or evening sun. When combined with an awning or canopy, they can be used to create ultimate shade and privacy.

Horizontal shades are also a great solution for terraces and balconies with close neighbors. They can create a fabric wall when you both want to enjoy the outdoors. To create instant privacy and shade, simply pull the fabric from its side cassette and hook it onto either a wall or floor-mounted post. The fabric glides along a bottom caster for easy operation.  

Betterliving’s Horizontal Shades feature:

  • A secure-lock braking systems for safe and convenient operation
  • Available heights from 46 to 96 inches and available projections up to 13 feet
  • A strong manufacturer’s warranty
  • Hundreds of color options between our acrylic and solar shade fabrics

For more information about Betterliving Horizontal Shades, contact today.

Retractable Awnings & Window Awnings

Fabric Retractable Awnings and Window Awnings by Betterliving are built to perform and last! Our retractable awning system is engineered with the finest features of any retractable awnings worldwide!

View our collection of awning fabric here

Choose the best DeckSunrooms Awning model for your home.

The Betterliving Awning is our most popular option to give you the most shade possible.The Narrow Fit Awning provides shade in any tight space.For those extra-large spaces, the Extra-Long Projection Awning gives you the shade that you need!Window and Door Awnings are built to last and save energy by helping to keep the interior cooler.

Not only do DeckSunrooms Awnings add a finished look to your home, but they feature:

  • Manual or motorized with wireless remote control and the option for automatic weather detection system controls
  • Custom designed in a wide array of sizes – beginning at 5'1" width and projections in six sizes ranging from 4'11" to 16'5"
  • Lifetime limited manufacturer's warranty on components
  • 12 Year Fabric warranty on Northport Fabrics
  • 5 Year Motor Warranty
  • White, Sandstone and Earthstone frames available
  • All aluminum baked-on enamel and powder coated finishes
  • Completely covered stainless steel fasteners for no maintenance
  • Exclusively sewn with translucent Gore® Tenara sewing thread. This thread is 100% expanded PTFE, one of the most chemically resistant substances known! It is backed up by a manufacturer's guarantee to produce seams that last a lifetime
  • Teflon® coated bushings for smooth, quiet operation
  • Fabulous fabrics! Unlike old fashioned canvas awnings, Betterliving Awnings feature 100% solution dyed acrylic fabric from the world's leading mills. Choose from hundreds of fabric patterns and colors to create a totally unique look for your retractable awning. All Betterliving Awning fabrics are backed with a guarantee against rot, mildew and variations in dimensional stability and color.

For more information about Betterliving Awnings, contact your local dealer today!

Better by Design – DeckSunrooms Commercial Awnings, Canopies & Solar Shades

Create the perfect space to relax in cool shade – comfortable for your customers; effortless for you. Provide your customers with sun protection while they patronize your place of business, and save energy on cooling costs.

  • A full line of retractable fabric awnings, window awnings, basket awnings and door canopies – custom made and professionally installed
  • Aluminum awnings and door hoods
  • Restaurant awnings
  • Walkway covers
  • Pergolas and canopies
  • Hundreds of fabric choices
  • Custom signage
  • Motorized or manual operation
  • Manufacturer's warranty on frame, fabric, and motors

Control the sun from the outside with solar shades!

  • The most efficient way to block the sun's heat is from the outside – before it has a chance to heat the window's glass.
  • Betterliving exterior solar shades block the sun's heat while maintaining visibility to the outside
  • Reduce fading of furniture and carpets
  • Solar shades can pay for themselves year after year in reduced cooling costs
  • Can be printed with your lettering or logo

For more information about Betterliving Commercial Shade Products, contact DeckSunrooms today!

Aluminum Window Awnings and Aluminum Door Hoods

Do It Yourself Aluminum Door and Window Awnings

Easy Awnings are door and window awnings complete in a box with professionally written instructions for you to install yourself. These aluminum awnings are available in standard and custom sizes.

From door hoods that keep you dry as you unlock your front door to window awnings that block the sun, these awnings are shipped boxed and ready to install.

Easy Awnings are an affordable way for handy homeowners to increase the attractiveness and usability of their homes.

Ask Your for information about DIY Aluminum Awnings

Accessorize Your Shade Products!

1. Motors

A variety of motor options are available for your shade products. Motorized awnings, canopies and shades are easy to operate with remote control or wall switch. Systems that sense sun and wind will extend or retract your awning automatically.

The motorized options vary depending on the size and style of the product you select. Some options incur additional cost.

2. Awning Lights

  • Under awning light bar option for outdoor ambiance day and night
  • Ideal for your pool, deck, porch or balcony
  • Lighting fixture runs along the front bar profile under your awning, providing subtle, warm mood lighting
  • Choose white or sandstone frame
  • Uses standard T5 fluorescent lights
  • Color-matched electric raceways pre-built into the awning to conceal the wiring
  • Draw attention to your business day and night! Illuminate your entryway and your company name or logo
  • Fits awnings with a maximum width of 14'7" and maximum projection of 11'6

3. Vario Valance

Add a vario valance to the front of your patio awning for additional privacy and sun protection – ideal to shade you from sun glare when the sun is low in the sky.

  • Hand operated or motorized
  • Choose opaque acrylic awning fabric or open weave vinyl coated polyester mesh
  • 52" drop of fabric from front bar

4. Winter Storage Bags

Protect the fabric of your awning or canopy when not in use for extended periods of time with a custom made storage bag. Without removing the fabric, this bag will help protect it while your awning is not in use. Available from your Betterliving dealer.

6. Side Curtains


Add optional side curtains on retractable canopies and pergola canopies on any or all sides – in a variety of fabrics and color choices. You may choose to put them on just one side of your canopy or pergola to help block the sun when it's lower in the sky, or maybe you want them on every side to better enclose the area and protect your privacy.