RetractableAwnings.com, an internet manufacturer and distributor, has developed Awning Advisor. This proprietary tool asks a series of simple questions to help narrow down awning choices to those that best fit client needs.
The Awning Advisor session starts by asking users to specify the kind of area to be covered. Then users are asked to choose whether the awning is for residential or commercial use, whether it will need to stand up to a snow load, what kind of mounting surface it will be attached to, and what wind strength and amount of rain it will need to withstand.
Users then choose the width of the retractable awning and how far it should extend. Awning Advisor will generate a shortlist of awning styles that meet most or all of the provided criteria. Each awning style comes with a list of its attributes and how well they fit the criteria chosen during the Awning Advisor session.
According to the company, RetractableAwnings.com drew on more than 30 years of experience and survey results as it created the Awning Advisor tool.