As the Summer season creeps closer, last year's memories of hot, unusable decks come back. A nice, quality, well made awning completes the deck and makes it a magnate for fun. So what are the factors in choosing one? First, limit your investment to retractables made and serviced by a financially solid company that will be around to service the unit. Another consideration should include the sales and installation team you work with. Are they knowledgeable, professional and ethical? Lastly, the specific model you choose, the fabric, frame color, motorization and accessories, should be selected to reflect the taste of the home owner, with the counsel of the awning professional. Big box stores and internet sales often produce buyer's remorse.