Awnings + Canopies

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 What is an Awning?

An awning is a sheet of canvas or other material stretched on a frame and used to keep the sun or rain off a storefront, window, doorway, or deck.

 What is a Canopy?

A Canopy is an ornamental cloth covering hung or held up over something

What is Betterliving™ Shade?

A Betterliving™ shade is engineered to provide superior benefits with less maintenence to perform and last.

Why a Canopy or Awning? - A Few Benifits

  • 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

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Awnings • Canopies • Tension Shade • Solar Shades • Horizontal Shades

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 We don’t believe in the “one-size-fits-all” ideology for these important room additions.
— Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of KC

Types of Awnings/Canopies



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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!

Choose the best Betterliving 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 Betterliving 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 Craft-Bilt 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.

Our Awning Fabrics

The Craft-Bilt Fabric Collection includes a selection of popular outdoor fabrics from world class mills.  Browse through the selection below to find a great fabric to complement your home or business. 

Color Options

Awnings Gallery

Awnings | Window Awnings



Retractable Canopy, Pergola Canopy & Under Pergola Canopy System

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Ideal to cover verandas, terraces and roof gardens, retractable canopies can provide shade around your pool and provide the atmosphere you need for outdoor entertaining. These unique systems can be installed free standing or mounted to a home, pool house or other outdoor structure.

With the addition of rafters, you can turn your Betterliving Canopy into a pergola canopy. Both are versatile shading structures that retract manually or with motorized operation and feature a host of fabric choices that match your home decor to create a comfortable outdoor space!

If you already own a pergola, get more from it with a canopy system from Betterliving. Adding an under-pergola canopy greatly increases shade underneath the pergola. Add side curtains for your privacy, to block a light breeze, and to prevent the glare of a low sun.

All Betterliving Canopies feature:

  • Acrylic awning fabric, water resistant polyester, PVC-coated polyester or fiberglass mesh screen

  • Versatility - Mix or match top cover and side curtains

  • Manual operation with a wind-proof latch

  • Open sides or retractable side curtains with built in side tracks – motorized or manual

  • Residential and commercial applications

The perfect solution to shade the lounging area near your pool! Keep a healthy control on your tan. When the sun is too harsh for safe sunbathing, just close the canopy and enjoy cool shade!

A new sensation from Europe - and an improvement for open pergolas. Use for sun shelter; free standing or attached to adjacent structures. Ideal by the pool or for any outdoor patio or deck. Check out the retractable canopy photos below  or click the button to view pictures of our Under-Pergola Canopy Systems. 

Canopy Gallery

Canopy Under Pergola Canopy


Tension Shade

Tension Shade


Ultimate Retractable Shade

Bring more comfort to your large deck, patio, conservatory, or pergola by adding cool, retractable shade with Betterliving® Tension Shade Systems.  They are unique shade solutions that can be mounted above or below existing structures, or mounted to a wall and supported with legs.  With the push of a button, you can create total shade for your outdoor living space.  For conservatories or glass roofs, Tension Shades will lower the temperature of your living area and keep your furnishings from being damaged by the sun's harsh rays. For pergolas or large decks and patios, they will provide sturdy shade and sun protection.  

Betterliving Tension Shade Systems offer:

  • up to twice the amount of shade as a traditional awning

  • a great shading solution for sloped glass roofs

  • Solution-dyed acrylic fabric housed inside a protective cassette when not in use

  • Variety of fabric colors available in both solid and striped patterns 

  • Strong warranty backed by the manufacturer

Betterliving offers two models of tension shades:

Tension Shade Model 1

Tension Shade Model 1

This Model can be installed above or below an existing glass roof or pergola, and the fabric glides along rails that are at the edge of the fabric. It is ideal for adding shade to glass roofs, conservatories, or pergolas.

Tension Shade Model 2

Tension Shade Model 2

This model can be installed above an existing structure or mounted to a wall and supported with sturdy aluminum framework. The fabric glides on rails that are inset from the edge of the fabric, and it is ideal for shading large decks or patios, as well as pergolas, conservatories, or glass roofs.

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Tension Shade Systems offer up to twice as much shade as a standard awning, making them ideal for large porches and patios as well as installation over or under glass roofs or pergolas.

Solar Shades


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.

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.

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Drastically reduce energy costs by blocking the sun before it has a chance to heat up the window glass. Both of our Solar Shade Series I and Series II reduce solar heat gain and help to prevent costly window treatments and furnishings from fading.

Series 1 Series 2

Horizontal Shades

Horizontal Shades

Privacy shades & light wind screens for your deck, porch, patio, balcony or terrace

Horizontal Shade by Betterliving of Kansas City

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. They'll also block a slight breeze. 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

Horizontal Shades add shade and privacy to any outdoor living space. Check out the pictures below to see how homeowners throughout the country added sun and wind protection to their decks and patios.

Horizontal Shade Gallery