It was also during those early years at Shade One Awnings that a growing number of NJ homeowners were hiring me to install a new DIY retractable awning kit from SunSetter. I was installing one almost every day. The famous SunSetter TV infomercial was pushing sales and homeowners were loving the product. Sunsetter had been selling awning kits for many years but this was a different design. This was a motorized awning and it was free standing without any side legs. As an installer, a few things jumped out at me right away. First, the awning was packaged extremely well for shipment. Next, the awning was heavy and built like a Sherman tank. I knew from my extensive installation work that the awning was quality. They used the best, Somfy brand motors and a thick, laminated fabric canopy that was 100% water proof. At the time, SunSetter did not have authorized dealers but I started calling them anyway to establish a relationship. I made sure SunSetter knew who I was and that I was providing support to their customers by providing professional retractable awning installations all over NJ.