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Imagine you are seated quite comfortably outside and your lovely retractable awning has protected you all afternoon from the intense sunshine and heat. Suddenly, late afternoon the sun drops low and below your awning. Now you are blinded by the light. Solution? Simply push another button on your remote handset and a fabric blind lowers to shade you once more from this intense light.

We offer various folding arm awnings with the fantastic option of a vertical fabric blind built into the front profile – either manual or electric operated, this superb and very popular option gives you protection from low lying sun, but also provides privacy and protection from the cooler breezes of the late afternoon and evening time.

This ‘drop down valance’ system uses the same fabric choice as your main awning cover, or you can choose from one of many very clever perforated fabrics. These thicker fabrics offer the protection, but they enable partial vision too, so you don’t feel too enclosed if you choose the full length blind.


It is quite amazing how much warmth and cosiness is felt underneath a large awning and the drop down valance only adds to this effect, especially in the late afternoon and evening.

  • Low lying sun shade – perfect for South West and West facing patios
  • Provides extra privacy when lowered
  • Simple operation by winding handle or electric motor drive
  • Weighted bottom profile to minimise movement when lowered
  • Perfect for preventing cooling breezes
  • Create a comfortable and pleasant place to spend the evenings
  • Combine with a side mounted pull out awning and create further protection

Markilux green retractable awningWeinor semina life with drop down valance


Combine the drop down valance with one or two of the superb side screens available, such as the Markilux 790 or Weinor Paravento, and you can protect yourself on all three exposed sides underneath your awning. This helps to make the cooler months of the year less of a problem when sitting outside and shelter you from wind or rain, allowing you to make more use of your outside space.

Quality and Durability

Choosing an awning for your home can be daunting, we can assure you that our carefully selected manufacturers only offer the best in quality and durability.

Shading and UV protection

Our drop down valances offer additional shading for low laying sun but still offer visibility! Benefit from reduced UV rays while under your awning with drop valance.

Customisable Options

When choosing your outdoor shading solution we have thousands of options
to choose from, ensuring your choice is unique to your style and home!

Added Privacy

If you are looking for an easy way to add privacy to your outdoor area that you plan to spend lots of time in, a drop down valance on your awning is the perfect choice.

Samson Awnings sell several fully retractable awnings with the capability to have retractable valances added to them. For more information, please click below.


Markilux 5010
Markilux 6000
Weinor Opal Design
Weinior Semina Life
Samson 7000



Whilst we can offer you almost any size awning and certainly claim to be able to cover all the sizes possible in a self supporting awning many people simply want a more robust solution for the rain and wind as well as sun shading. The next step up from a self supporting retractable awning is the Retractable Pergola. Developed in about 2012, it is a natural step up to offer greater wind resistance, greater rain protection, with the usual caveats, and also greater projections of up to 6000mm in the standard systems available. All the retractable pergolas are electrically operated simply because of their size and the mechanics of offering greater fabric tension overall. Manual operation would be too hard to operate.

The concept is simple in a retractable fabric cover coming in and out from a wall mounted cassette for protection, supported side channels for the fabric to slide in and out, but also providing fabric tension from the side as well as front to back.
Generally the fabrics are the same as a normal awning and there is plenty of choice but the systems can also incorporate lights and drop down valances too.

Contact us Today to Discuss Your Options, Request a Quote, or Simply Chat About Creating Your Perfect Awning
01933 448 844

How can I order? Our approach

For many years we’ve helped our domestic and commercial awning and canopy customers.

How can I order? Our approach

1. Take several pictures of the area where you are looking to create an outdoor space.
2. Send your images with your details.
3. Tell us a little about what you want to achieve e.g. sun protection, rain protection, all year round use of space and so on.
4. If you have any preferences already, things such as retractable, fixed or both in one system. Don’t worry if you haven’t as we can advise and guide you later if needed. Read more

Email us today or call us on 01933 448 844 to discuss your requirements.