Folding Arm Awnings

Folding Arm Awnings by Ozsun


Folding Arm Awnings are ideal as a roll-away cover for a patio, deck, balcony or commercial applications such as restaurants.

With a folding arm awning you can create an outdoor room that protects against the sun or light rain.

In folding arm awnings the arms fold horizontally instead of vertically as in other awnings. Folding Arm Awnings need no posts or vertical supports and therefore the area can remain clear and unobstructed with no intrusive posts. When the awning is retracted the space is free of any structure.

Ozsun outdoor roll up blinds and awnings are designed for heat control and can be either manually rolled up or automated according to the angle of the sun.

Ozsun offers a large range of folding arm awnings. We are based in Sydney but the awnings can be shipped anywhere in Australia.

Here are the key differences between folding arm awning models.


Helioshade Range

Ozsun’s premium Helioshade range of retractable folding arm awnings are the only folding arm awnings engineered to withstand winds of up to category six (48km/hr) on the Beaufort wind scale. The Helioshade folding arms are made in Austria and incorporate four cables in each arm for superior performance.

Helioshade Folding Arm Awnings

Helioshade Full Cassette

Helioshade Full Cassette folding arm awnings are the ultimate in design and functionality when it comes to folding arm awnings. Totally enclosed when retracted it gives you the utmost protection against the elements.

Helioshade Fabric Cassette

Helioshade Fabric Cassette folding arm awnings are the ultimate in strength and versatility when it comes to folding arm awnings. The elegant and compact semi-cassette awning effectively protects the awning fabric from moisture and dust.

Helioshade Classic

Helioshade Classic folding arm awning is an open folding arm awning of premium quality. Strong and versatile, the Helioshade classic awning is simple and quick to install.

Helioshade Cocoon

When modern architecture calls for slim and compact the Helioshade Cocoon Cassette awning offers the ideal shading solution.

Helioshade Rubix

The Helioshade Rubix folding arm awning is a full cassette awning made by the Haas Group in Austria. Sleek lines and contemporary design of the Helioshade Rubix cassette conceals not only the fabric and arms but also the mounting brackets are fully concealed when retracted.

Helioshade Neo

The Helioshade Neo is a stand out folding arm awning that combines quality and strength with an optional flexible tilt control.

Ozsun Range



Cologne is a compact full cassette folding arm awning with a neat contemporary design.


Folding Arm Awning Information

Folding Arm Awning Installation

Folding arm awnings can be mounted onto the face of a building. On a brick wall seven courses of bricks are necessary above the awning.

With the addition of fascia or eave brackets, a folding arm awning can be installed from the rafters of the roof where there are insufficient courses of bricks in the wall to support the awning. The fascia brackets are installed by cutting a slot in the fascia just below the gutter. The bracket is pushed in through the slot and bolted to the adjacent rafter. The folding arm awning is then attached to these brackets. This effectively ‘ties’ the folding arm awning to the roof structure. In addition to being a very secure way to fit the folding arm awning, it allows the awning to be mounted up high near the gutter.

In the Sydney region we offer a complete installation service.

Folding Arm Awning Operation

The maximum width of a folding arm awning is 25 metres and the maximum projection is 4.0 metres. The width of the awning must be 500mm wider than the arm projection to allow the arms to fold, with the exception of the unique Stratos 1 oversquare folding arm awning.

A folding arm awning can be operated either by a crank handle or electric motor but electric motors are recommended where the awning has more than two arms (greater than 6 metres in width). The tubular awning motor is concealed within the tube that the fabric rolls onto. When motorised the awning is operated with a remote control which can be handheld or wall-mounted.

A folding arm awning should be rolled away whenever the wind seems to be moving the awning too much and it should never be left extended whilst the house is unattended. An automatic wind sensor can provide a degree of protection. It will roll the awning away when the wind exceeds a preset level. While the wind sensor provides protection in most conditions, a sudden extreme gust of wind could damage an awning before it can retract. This is particularly the case for an awning with a large projection or drop which takes some time to retract.

Folding Arm Awning Pitch

The slope (pitch) of the folding arm awning can be adjusted with an allen key. Customer adjustable pitch control via a crank handle is available as an extra option on the Helio Classic folding arm awning and the Neo folding arm awning.

If sufficient slope can be obtained, a folding arm awning will withstand light showers but it should be considered as a sunscreen rather than as a retractable roof due to wind restrictions. Ideally, the awning requires a minimum pitch of 15 degrees to ensure that rainwater will not pool on the fabric.

Projection of the awning arms (m) 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0
Fall required to achieve a 15-degree pitch on the awning (cm) 40 54 67 80 94 107
Folding Arm Awning Experience

We have gained a great deal of experience installing folding arm awnings in Sydney for over 20 years in both domestic and commercial applications.

Folding arm awnings are our main business, although we also offer a range of other awning types – if you go to the awnings page you can see some of the other styles of awnings listed.

If you live in Sydney we offer a free home consultation to assess whether a folding arm awning or another type of awning is going to best suit your requirements and budget.

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Discover the finest folding arm awnings in Sydney at Ozsun

Step into the shade in style with Ozsun’s range of folding arm awnings in Sydney. Our selection of retractable outdoor awnings not only adds beauty to your space but offers reliable protection from Australia’s ever-changing climate. And with our industry-leading product and workmanship warranty, you can feel confident in your investment for years to come.

Get a quick estimate today, or browse our gallery for some inspiration. Let Ozsun help you transform your outdoor space into the ultimate oasis.


What are the features of a folding arm retractable awning?

Folding arm awnings are a type of retractable awning most commonly used in commercial & residential settings. They are composed of a metal frame attached to the building and a fabric canopy that can be extended or retracted as needed. Folding arm awnings are ideal for conserving space and avoiding permanent structures.

Retractable folding arm awnings are operated manually, using a crank handle, or automatically, using a motor. When extended, they provide shading and protection from the sun and weather. When retracted, they allow sunlight to enter the space. 

Folding arm awnings are available in various colours and styles to match the aesthetic of any building. They are also durable and easy to maintain, making them an ideal solution for businesses that want to provide their customers with comfort and protection.

What are the benefits of installing a folding arm awning?

There are many benefits to installing a folding arm awning, including:

  • Retractable folding arm awnings provide shade from the sun, helping to keep your home cooler in summer.
  • They protect your furnishings from fading and reduce glare on TV screens and computer monitors.
  • Folding arm awnings can be used to create an outdoor dining or entertaining area, which is perfect for summer gatherings.
  • They are easy to use and require very little maintenance, making them an excellent choice for busy families.
  • Folding arm retractable awnings are available in many styles and colours, so you can find the perfect one to suit your home.

If you are looking for an easy way to improve your home’s appearance and increase your outdoor living space, a folding arm awning from Ozsun is the perfect solution.

Can you only partially extend a folding arm awning?

Yes, it is possible. The partial extension is a great way to get the right coverage without fully extending the awning. This can be especially helpful when avoiding too much sun or wind.

At Ozsun, we have a wide variety of folding arm awnings in Sydney for you to choose from. No matter your budget or style, we have an option that will suit your needs. And if you’re wondering how it will be done and how much it’ll cost, you can get an estimate via our online tool or check our gallery of past outdoor shading projects.

So why wait? Add a folding arm awning to your outdoor space today!

How do folding arm awnings work?

Folding arm awnings, or retractable outdoor awnings, work by using a system of arms that fold and unfold to extend and retract the shade. The arms are usually made of aluminium or steel and are connected to a motor or a manual crank, allowing the user to control the deployment and retraction.

When extended, the arms hold the fabric taut, providing shade and protection from the sun. When retracted, the awning is compact and undetectable, preserving the aesthetic of your space. Folding arm awnings in Sydney are a versatile and practical option for adding shade and comfort to any outdoor space.

How do you adjust a folding arm awning?

Adjusting a folding arm awning will depend on the type of mechanism used. There are typically two types of mechanisms: motorised and manual.

  • Motorised — Motorised folding arm awnings are controlled by a remote or switch, making it easy to adjust the angle and height of the awning. Some models even have automatic sun and wind sensors that adjust the awning accordingly.
  • Manual — Manual folding arm awnings are controlled by a crank. To change the angle, simply turn the crank to the desired position.
How far do retractable awnings extend?

The extent to which retractable awnings span will vary depending on the model and size of the awning. The standard range for most retractable awnings is between 2.5 to 3.5 metres. Some larger models can extend up to 4.5 metres or more, depending on the space’s size and the desired coverage level.

You can determine the extent of the awning at the time of purchase and installation, considering the specific requirements of the space you want to cover. It’s important to note that the maximum extension will also depend on the structural support available. Contact Ozsun today for professional advice on this matter.

Do retractable outdoor awnings protect from rain?

Most retractable awnings are made of waterproof or water-resistant fabric that can withstand light to moderate rain. However, heavy rain or strong winds may cause water to penetrate the material and damage the awning or the area below.

How often do folding arm awnings need to be replaced?

Folding arm awnings have the potential to last for many years when properly maintained, with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years or more. However, the longevity of an awning is highly dependent on factors such as the quality of the product, the materials used and the level of exposure to the elements. Regular maintenance and cleaning can help extend the life of an awning, as can proper storage during inclement weather.

At Ozsun, we understand the importance of having a long-lasting retractable outdoor awning, which is why we are proud to offer some of the most durable and well-crafted designs on the market.