Betterliving™ Retractable Canopies

Retractable Canopies are a unique alternative to the traditional pergola or patio cover!


Retractable Canopy

Retractable Canopies are versatile shading structures that retract manually, with a host of fabric choices that match your home décor to create a comfortable outdoor space! These unique structures can be installed free-standing or mounted to a home, pool house or other outdoor structure. They can also be mounted under your existing pergola.

Ideal to cover verandas, terraces and roof gardens – retractable canopies can provide shade around your pool and provide the atmosphere you need for entertaining in all kinds of weather.

Many commercial applications! Perfect shelter for outdoor cafes and sidewalk seating. Units can be joined to cover larger spaces.

Canopies can be custom sized and mounted directly to the rafters of any size pergola to provide added comfort!


Free Standing Canopy

  • Custom sized Free Standing Canopy to fit your backyard, pool or patio
  • Side curtains available


Wall Mounted

  • Front curtains only on this model
  • Wall mounted with 2 legs or installed directly to the walls of an alcove with no legs required


Pergola Canopy (Canopy shade under existing pergolas)

  • Side curtains available to attach directly to the pergola structure where applicable
  • Custom sized to fit the pergola


Pergola Rafters

  • Craft-Bilt’s latest innovation for our Betterliving™ Canopy system.  Now you can have it all, the ultimate maintenance-free pergola with built in retractable canopy.

Betterliving Retractable Canopies are easy to install on any residential and commercial properties.


Retractable Canopy Specs

  • Choose acrylic awning fabric, waterproof polyester,
    PVC coated polyester or fiberglass mesh screen.
    Hundreds of colors, fabrics or patterns.
  • Versatile! Mix or match top cover and side curtains
  • Canopy has a wind-proof latch
  • Open sides or retractable side curtains with built-in side tracks
  • Aluminum Frame Colours: White and Earth-stone.  Special Order Frame Colours: Sand-stone, Desert-Sand and Quaker Bronze
  • Standard height: 8’6”
  • Manual or motorized operation

Canopy Fabrics

Betterliving™ canopies by Craft-Bilt have a huge selection of durable fabrics to choose from. Please visit our Awning and Canopy Fabric page to view available fabric colours & patterns.

Attention to detail and not cutting corners is what sets our Northport fabric apart from the competition:

  • Ultrasonically cut fabric – the fabric is actually cut with sound, which makes for a perfect factory edge and the threads are automatically welded so they don’t fray
  • Symmetrical sewing – we sew full width panels to the inside, and split the narrow panels to the outside, resulting in matched patterns and the best appearance
  • 100% solution-dyed acrylic (the best raw material and dyeing process known) based on Leacril Outdoor HM ECO fiber. Water impermeability of 1500mm where as other fabrics can have water impermeability  as low as 200mm – 300mm
  • Gore™ Tenara® thread – a long lasting thread that does NOT deteriorate from exposure to the elements and lasts the life of the fabric – no worries about seams coming loose for the life of the fabric
  • Double lock-stitched, uber strong seams
  • Northport is treated with genuine Dupont® Teflon® to protect and extend the life of the fabric