Folding arm awnings, being retractable are quite useful. It means that they are not permanent fixtures thus quite convenient. With the addition of columns an awning becomes a canopy, which is able to extend further from a building, as in the case of an entrance to a hotel. Restaurants often use awnings broad enough to cover substantial outdoor area for outdoor dining, parties, or reception. They are not only good as protection to the openings of your windows but at the same time, they can be used to any place you want them like over your pool, extension of your patio and so on. You can even use them just for special occasion if the need will arise since you can easily fold them after the said event.