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Tension Shade Systems

Unique Retractable Shade System with Style
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Limited Lifetime WarrantyLifetime limited manufacturer's warranty on components


Fabrics Warranty12 Year Fabric warranty on Craft-Bilt Northport Fabrics


5 Year Motor Warranty

Sturdy Sun and Shade Protection

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 offers two models of tension shades:

Tension Shade Model 1

Tension Shade Model 1

Tension Shade Model 1 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

Tension Shade Model 2 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.

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

Our Solar Shade Fabrics

View our collection of solar shade fabrics below. Our solar shade fabrics come in a variety of color options and several openness factors.

The Openness factor refers to how much light travels through the fabric. A higher openness factor allows in more natural light and preserves your view to the outside. A lower openness factor creates more privacy and shade.

Awning Fabrics, Patterns and Colors

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Why Choose Betterliving Sunrooms and Awnings?

Betterliving Sunroom Warranty

Industry Leading Warranties

Covered by a fully transferable, non-prorated, 50-year manufacturer’s warranty on all components. Seal failure in insulated glass units is fully covered for 15 years.

Made in the USA

Manufactured in The USA

Our sunroom materials are manufactured by Craft-Bilt Manufacturing. A sunroom, awning, shade and canopy manufacturer, and a leading American manufacturer since 1946.

Clarke Certifications


We provide the highest industry standards to our customers, Betterliving belongs to a number of industry associations. We are also an Energy Star Partner and Gold Label Certified by the American Architecture Manufacturers Association (AAMA).

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For over 70 years, homeowners throughout the United States and Canada have been discovering a better way of living with Betterliving products. Utilizing the latest advancements in technology, electronics and engineering, Betterliving produces beautifully crafted shade structures that are top quality, durable and built to last.

“It’s now enjoyable to sit at the table without the sun shining in our faces!”

Betterliving shade products are available in a variety of models, sizes and applications. We feature over 100 beautiful designer fabric options in our exclusive Craft-Bilt fabric collection. From outdoor dining to additional privacy and relaxing outdoors without insects, we have a shading solution to satisfy your needs.

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