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Weather Protection

Ultimate Outdoor Protection from Whatever Nature Has in Store

The En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning is the perfect synthesis of beauty and brawn. Owing to its exclusive tensile architectural design and engineering, En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning outclasses its nearest competitor in every weather-related performance category.

Best awnings for windy areas

Wind - En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning can safely remain fully deployed in winds up to 90 mph (115 mph ultimate wind speed in accordance with the 2015 IBC). Higher wind speeds can also be accommodated if necessary.

Best awnings for windy areas
Best awnings for snowy areas
Best awnings for snowy areas

Snow - En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning can support roof design snow loads of 30 psf (pounds per square foot).  En-Fold® retractable awning can also be designed to accommodate larger snow loads if necessary.

Best awnings for sunny areas

Sun - En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning create a beautiful experience of diffused museum-quality lighting, while blocking up to 100% of damaging UV rays.

Best awnings for sunny areas
Best awnings for rainy areas
Best awnings for rainy areas

Rain - From light drizzles to tropical downpours, no amount of rain is too much for En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning to handle.

 

Engineered To Last

Uni-Systems designers and engineers applied the depth of their retractable roof experience when they created the world’s first and only pre-engineered stadium-grade retractable awning.

The directive: Employ proven methods and materials gained from decades of kinetic architecture experience. Never skimp on quality. Accept nothing but the best.

The result: The pinnacle of elegance, protection, prestige, durability, and longevity in a retractable awning product.

                                   

 En-Fold Components   Configuration Parameters

 

Configurations & Sizes

Flat, sloped, or peaked, En-Fold® comes in a variety of configurations to match your outdoor space and aesthetic preference. And no space is too big for En-Fold. The system’s intelligent modular design, means it can scale as large as you require — from 1,000 square feet and up. The sky’s truly the limit with En-Fold®.

Coverage for a single En-Fold® unit can range from 20' x 20' (400 sq. ft.) up to 90' x 234' (21,060 sq. ft.); however, other sizes are also possible. The maximum extension (span) for an En-Fold® awning is 90' (with spliced drive beams) and maximum fabric length (system width) is 234'. Drive beams may be spaced from 20' to 25' apart.

Retractable standard mono-slope awning Retractable standard mono-slope awning

Standard Mono-slope

The standard configuration with a minimum of ½” per foot of slope and a maximum of vertical slope in the direction of the drive beams

Retractable transverse mono-slope awning Retractable transverse mono-slope awning

Transverse Mono-slope

Alternate mono-slope configuration with a minimum of 3/8” per foot slope in the direction of the fabric support beams.

Retractable gable awning Retractable gable awning

Gable

Back to back mono-slope En-Fold units with fabric bundled either at the eaves and extending upward towards the peak, or at the peak and extending downward towards the eaves.

Retractable saw tooth awning Retractable saw tooth awning

Saw-tooth

Front to back mono-slope En-Fold units with fabric bundled at the valley and extending upward towards the peak, bundled at the peak and extending downward towards the valley.

Retractable flat awning system Retractable flat awning system

Flat

A gentle radius can be rolled into the center of the fabric support beams with the tails angled at 3/8 inch per foot to allow for drive beams that are horizontal while ensuring proper drainage.

  New configurations are always being developed. Contact Uni-Systems to talk about your vision today.

Custom and Standard Configuration Options

En-Fold® offers optimal customer solutions through our customized designs and more affordable Standard Unit Configuration options.
All of our options offer En-Fold’s industry-leading weather protection, durability, long life-span, and technology. The designers and engineers at En-Fold and Uni-Systems are always pushing the envelope of possibilities to create new configurations, finish options, fabric choices, and control system features to meet clients' needs.

Custom Configurations

We create Customized Configurations for shading systems for even the most complex spaces such as an irregular shaped historic courtyard or a location with many levels and entries.

Standard Unit Configuration System

En-Fold’s cost-saving Standard Unit Configuration System offers an array of modular standard sizes and configurations at great savings in base cost and installation when compared to more custom applications.

The Standard Unit System makes En-Fold’s quality available for small and medium size businesses to improve their customers' experience with the same premium product found in our design for high-end hotels, restaurants, and outdoor venues around the world.

Standard Unit Configuration System Size and Extension Options

With the Standard Unit System, the extension options range from 20’ - 40’ with 5’ increments and the width choices range from 20’ – 80’ in 10’ increments. We offer design guidance and great flexibility to meet your programmatic needs. As shown below, the Standard Unit System offers over 35 most popular configuration options +/- 2’ in extension and +/- 5’ in width.

Standard Unit Configuration System Fabrics and Finishes

With the modular standard unit configurations seen in the matrix below, the finish option is clear anodized. Fabric choices are the standard grade PVC/PVDF.

Standard Unit Configuration System Controls and Security

The control system options are our standard push button remote, auto-retract on signal from the fire panel, and mGuard secure Cloud connectivity.

Options for Standard Unit Configuration System Installations

 

Area of Coverage

 

WIDTH (FT)

   

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

Drive Beam Length (FT)

20

400

600

800

1000

1200

1400

1600

25

500

750

1000

1250

1500

1750

2000

30

600

900

1200

1500

1800

2100

2400

35

700

1050

1400

1750

2100

2450

2800

40

800

1200

1600

2000

2400

2800

3200

 

Comparing Standard Unit Configuration System and Customized Application-Specific Unit Options

Features

Modular Standard Units

Application Specific Units

Infinite Sizes (within system limitations)

 

Limited Sizes (see size matrix)

 

Complete set of stamped and signed application specific Shop Drawings

 

Limited set of stamped and signed standard Shop Drawings with application specific cover sheet

 

Complete set of stamped and signed application specific calculations

 

Limited set of stamped and signed standard calculations

 

Clear anodized aluminum finish

Bronze series anodize finish

 

Standard En-Fold white marine grade paint finish

 

Custom color marine grade paint finish

 

Sefar Tenara ePTFE fabrics

 

Serge Ferrari Precontraint PVC fabrics

Seamans PVC fabrics

 

Other fabric alternatives (must meet system capabilities)

 

Standard wall mount connection brackets

Standard column mount connection brackets

Custom connection brackets

 

Custom steel support structure

 

Standard steel support columns

Standard thickness aluminum top plate

HSS steel strong backs

 

Custom strong backs

 

En-Fold aluminum side channels for spans up to 60’

 

Application specific edge overhang

 

Edge overhang specified in “Edge Overhang” matrix

 

Biaxial tension Dynema® edge ropes

Standard En-Fold fabric beam end caps

En-Fold Multi-Position system

 

En-Fold Curved End extension

 

1:12 pitch

1:24 pitch

Custom pitch

 

Standard Mono-Slope Configuration

Transverse Mono-Slope Configuration

 

Gable Multi-slope configuration

 

Saw Tooth Multi-Slope configuration

 

“Flat” configuration

 

Auto-retract on signal from Anemometer

 

Auto-retract on signal from Fire panel

Auto-extend on signal from rain sensor

 

Building management system tie-in

 

Standard 4-button remote

Extended 6 – 10 button remote

 

mGuard Secure Cloud remote connectivity

Commercial Gutters & Flashing

 

Weather seals

 

En-Fold fabric garage

 

Side walls/curtains

 

 

Return On Investment

For bar, restaurant, and event providers, having usable, elegant, comfortable, and reliable outdoor space can be a big money maker. En-Fold® generates positive cash flow savings and frequently has a documented payback period as short as just 24 months. And in the long run, it is not uncommon to realize a ROI in excess of 1,000% over the expected life of the system.

To determine the returns, Uni-Systems employs a sophisticated ROI calculator that takes into consideration the expected revenue generated from your space, as well as the historical weather conditions where your facility is located. Contact Uni-Systems today to learn just how fast En-Fold® can pay for itself. We are readily available to assist you and your building team to develop creative solutions for your En-Fold® application that can influence those returns.

Floor Area Ratio

Did you know that some building authorities categorize En-Fold® as a temporary structure because of its retractable nature? This means it may not contribute you your facility’s Floor Area Ratio (FAR) calculation. With En-Fold®, you can dramatically increase available square footage and provide the optimal experience for building occupants or patrons.

Leasing & Financing Options

Uni-Systems is pleased to offer a variety of leasing and financing options for your En-Fold® system through KLC Financial.

Program Features:

  • 100% Financing
  • Leasing & Financing Options
  • Up to 60 month term
  • Optional Seasonal Payments
  • Options for all credits
  • All Equipment + Soft Costs

Rates will vary due to dollar size of transaction, time in business and credit history.

KLC Financial, Inc. and Uni-Systems Partnership

KLC Financial has successfully funded equipment purchases for the restaurant and retail industries for more than 30 years. KLC understands the industry: its cash flow, historical success and growth potential, benefits, and lifespan of the equipment. KLC pays according to Uni-Systems’ terms to do its part in making sure customers receive their equipment within the agreed upon timeframe. This is why KLC is a great fit for financing the En-Fold® system.

Advantages of leasing equipment include a lower initial expense out-of-pocket, tax-deductible monthly lease payments, more flexible terms than a bank loan, and each monthly payment is considered to be an operating expense, rather than a debt.

  Contact Spencer Thomas, President, KLC Financial via email at spencer@klcfinancial.com or phone at 952.224.4303.
Visit www.klcfinancial.com for more information.

 

Fabric Membrane Options

These are not your ordinary awning fabrics.

With En-Fold® you get top-grade, precision-woven architectural fabric membrane – the very same used on the world’s premiere stadiums. En-Fold fabrics are engineered to endure decade after decade, remain brilliantly pristine, block UV, and beautifully diffuse light. En-Fold gives you options to perfectly match your aesthetic and performance preferences and project budget.

Premium Grade
T20
T40

T40

Fabric Material - ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) Coating Material - 100% fluoropolymer

  • A technologically superior precision-woven fabric architectural fabric membrane
  • 25+ year life expectancy
  • Full 15 year manufacturer warranty
  • 38% light transmission with very high diffusion
  • Blocks nearly 100% UV
  • Fold and unfold unlimited times and for decades without creasing or cracking
  • Class A fire rating
  • High weather resistance
  • Dirt and water repellent
  • Zero moisture absorption
  • Plasticizer free

T20

Fabric Material - ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) Coating Material - 100% fluoropolymer

  • A technologically superior precision-woven fabric architectural fabric membrane
  • 25+ year life expectancy
  • Full 15 year manufacturer warranty
  • 19% light transmission with very high diffusion
  • Blocks nearly 100% UV
  • Fold and unfold unlimited times and for decades without creasing or cracking
  • Class A fire rating
  • High weather resistance
  • Dirt and water repellent
  • Zero moisture absorption
  • Plasticizer free
Advanced Grade
FPS2
FPS2-T

FPS2-T

Polyester with flexible PVC composite coating of the latest generation

  •  
  • Long life expectancy
  • Pro-rated 12 year warranty
  • 16% light transmission
  • Blocks 100% UV
  • Folds beautifully
  • Class B1 fire rating
  • High weather resistance
  • Dirt and water repellent
  • Zero moisture absorption
  •  

FPS2

Polyester with flexible PVC composite coating of the latest generation

  •  
  • Long life expectancy
  • Pro-rated 15 year warranty
  • 4% light transmission
  • Blocks 100% UV
  • Folds beautifully
  • Class B1 Fire Rating
  • High weather resistance
  • Dirt and water repellent
  • Zero moisture absorption
  •  

   Any fabric that has the proper strength requirements and the ability to fold can be used with En-Fold.Contact Uni-Systems for other options.

 

Finishes

Choose a color or finish for the aluminum or high-strength steel structural elements of your En-Fold® stadium-grade retractable awning.

En-Fold's standard offering is a plain mill finish that's protected with Sherwin-Williams marine-grade acrylic polyurethane paint in Extra White (SW7006). But you also have options for virtually any color under the sun*. Or, choose from eight durable and beautiful anodized finishes, perfect for coastal applications.

Select a Finish

 

Awning colorClear Anodized

 

Awning colorChampagne Anodized

 

Awning colorGolden Bronze Anodized

 

Awning colorLight Bronze Anodized

 

Awning colorMedium Bronze Anodized

 

Awning colorDeep Bronze Anodized

 

Awning colorDark Bronze Anodized

 

Awning colorElectrolytic Black Anodized

 

Awning colorSherwin Williams Extra White

 

Special mix paint colors
available upon request

* Prices may vary per finish/color

 

Operation & Automation

En-Fold® is simply the world’s smartest retractable awning. With the intelligent En-Fold® command center and optional convenience sensors, En-Fold® anticipates when it's needed and when it should be safely retracted.

Command Center

The En-Fold® command center is the brains of the operation. It features an intuitive touch screen monitor for one-touch operation. It receives commands from convenient weather sensors and provides real-time diagnostics. Plus, the En-Fold® command center is easy tied to virtually any building automation system, such as fire, lighting, and security. Through secure cloud technology, Uni-Systems technicians can access your command center for diagnostics and any technical support you may require.

Convenience Options

En-Fold® Remote

En-Fold Remote Controller

Wirelessly control control your En-Fold® via a 4, 6, or 10 button remote. Ergonomically designed and rugged to last.

Anemometer Sensor

En-Fold Anemometer Sensor

Set a wind speed at which your En-Fold® will safely retract. With the En-Fold® anemometer sensor, your En-Fold® safely retracts before reaching wind speeds of 90 mph.

Rain Sensor

En-Fold Rain Sensor

When the rain, sleet, or snow begins to fall, the En-Fold® rain sensor tells your En-Fold® to deploy to keep your outdoor space dry and comfortable.