Retractable Awnings

In Out, Up Down

Whichever way you need shade, we have the awning for you - in Nelson, Marlborough & the West Coast - in fact all over New Zealand!

It has been worth its weight in gold." Judy B, Nelson

Lateral Arm Awnings

Lateral Arm Awning Nelson
Lateral Arm Awning Nelson

These awnings retract and extend via a spring-loaded system which ensures a smooth, taut finish to your awning. They can be manually operated with a removeable handle or electronically.  Wind and sun sensors are also available to ensure the awning is there when you need it but retracts when winds reach sufficient strength whereby the awning could be damaged.


We can supply rechargeable motors, solar powered motors & hard-wired motors. Remote control or hard wired switches.


We supply French made, commercial quality, all aluminium lateral arm awnings, Horizon by Franciaflex.


Horizon by Franciaflex

Horizon Awning

The Horizon by Franciaflex is a premier folding arm system, providing complete protection from the elements.  Horizon awnings are custom-made using high quality components with European technology & styling.


They can be motorised or with a gearbox & crank handle.  When motorised, wireless sun & wind sensors & motion sensors can be added to extend or retract the awning as conditions change.


Your Horizon awning can be covered using acrylic canvas or PVC sunscreen mesh for light shading.  There are a wide variety of colours available in both.


Franciaflex has a long history of producing high quality components for the European shade & window furnishing markets.  All Horizon components are aluminium or stainless steel making it the perfect system to stand the test of time in the harsh New Zealand environment.  Horizon awnings have a five year warranty & are built tough.


  • Commercial quality
  • Easy to operate
  • Suitable for windy conditions
  • Modular up to 15m wide
  • Awning slope up to 45 degrees
  • Can be remote operated with electric motors, rechargeable motors or solar motors
  • Available with an optional hood kit


Available in the following sizes:


3.0m wide x 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5m projection

4.0m wide x 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m or 3.0m projection

4.5m wide x 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m or 3.5m projection

5.0m wide x 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m or 3.5m projection

5.5m wide x 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m or 3.5m projection

6.0m wide x 1.5m, 2.0m, 2.5m, 3.0m or 3.5m projection


They are modular up to 15m wide.


We have a motorised Horizon awning in the showroom if you would like to come in & see it in action.

Drop Arm Awnings

Vertigo by Franciaflex

The Vertigo drop arm awning is a great solution for window shading & interior privacy, having been designed with interior climate control & solar protection in mind. Sunscreen mesh allows natural filtered light & acrylic canvas provides a private finish.


Increased Privacy

Vertigo awnings can be lowered to give your windows privacy from neighbouring properties & main thoroughfares.


Solar Protection

Vertigo awnings are an excellent way to protect your carpet & furniture from harmful UV rays. Using window awnings in the warmer seasons can significantly reduce cooling costs by blocking sunlight from entering through the window.



Width x Extension

2 Arms

Minimum (mm): 500 x 750

Maximum (mm): 5850 x 1500

3 Arms

Minimum (mm): 5850 x 750

Maximum (mm): 10640 x 1500



Manual Crank Operation



Automation Options

Sun & Wind Sensor

Motion Sensor


Frame Colours

Warm White Pearl or Silver Pearl

Awning Tips

Awnings are ideal for blocking harsh sunlight without obstructing the view.  Choosing an awning is as easy as contacting us & we will provide advice on fabric, style and valance design.


Selecting Fabric

Whether it’s a bold accent or a neutral color that blends, the fabric used on awnings should complement the home’s interior and exterior décor.


If you love bold colors, choose an awning fabric that pulls an accent color from the interior design outside or consider matching the fabric to your home’s trim color. Another option is to use a lighter or darker version of your home’s paint color or a striped fabric that features the home’s trim color on a neutral background.


Awning Style

Retractable awnings give homeowners the maximum versatility in shading because they can open to practically any angle – even past 90-degrees, if desired – to block the sun as it traverses the sky. They even neatly retract out of sight when they aren’t needed.


Extendable awnings have a clean, simple appearance because they don’t have fabric on the sides of the awning.


Valance Style

The valance on an awning is the piece of fabric that hangs off the front bar. It provides additional shade protection, as well as an element of design, and valance shapes vary greatly from scallops and waves, to slits and arches. They can also have contrasting trim or no trim at all.




Talk to us now about how we can make a difference for you.

Franciaflex Horizon Awning Brochure
Franciaflex Horizon Brochure.pdf
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Sauleda Plain Acrylic Canvas Swatches
Sauleda Plain Acrylic Canvas Swatches.pd
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Docril Acrylic Canvas
Docril Swatches.pdf
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