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We believe in honesty, quality, and integrity. These values are the foundation of our work

Mile High Shade is a family-owned, locally operated business built by 4th generation Colorado natives with decades of knowledge and experience in the shading industry. We are proud to be the #1 Eclipse Shading Solutions provider in Colorado, specializing in installing and servicing retractable awningsexterior solar screensinterior shades, and louvered roofs.

Our central mission is to add beauty, comfort, and usability to your living spaces with creative and functional shading solutions. There is no job too large or small for us to handle with the upmost care and precision.
We prioritize clear communication and quality relationships with all of our clients. Whether it be timely project completion or treating your home with respect, we go the extra mile to make sure you have an exceptional experience.

The Mile High Team

Mile High Shade | Nicholas DiBenedetto

Nicholas DiBenedetto


Originally hailing from the Northern Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, I found my home here in Colorado a little over 10 years ago. I fell into the awning world purely by luck and stayed because I found a passion for creating beautiful spaces that people can enjoy year round. I began as an awning installer, which gives me a unique perspective about which product will not only look beautiful but function perfectly for each and every space. When I’m not shading Colorado, I can be found enjoying time with my family, catching a show at Red Rocks or tossing the frisbee for my dog while my kids play at the park. My greatest accomplishment is being a husband and father. My family is what drives me to provide spaces in which our customers can spend time with their loved ones and enjoy life to the fullest, just like we do at Mile High Shade.

Mile High Shade | Zach Pretekin

Zach Pretekin


I am born and raised in Denver and began cleaning awnings at age 14. I fell in love with the business and plan to work in this industry into retirement. Having worked with local companies and national manufacturers, I have seen all sides of the business, and I really enjoy being an owner of Mile High Shade. Helping our kind customers maximize use of their hot and sunny spaces is a joy, and I am grateful to be able to do so!

In my off time, I enjoy world travel, playing golf, and spending time with my family and friends.

Mariasha DiBenedetto


Raised on the shores of Sloan’s Lake, I’m a 4th generation North Denverite! I love my home state of Colorado, and am beyond grateful to both do business and raise my children here. After starting Mile High Shade with Nicholas I’ve gained a new appreciation for just how much a good shade can change your life. We are lucky to spend hours outside under our own awning watching our kids play and enjoying each other’s company.

When I’m not scheduling estimates and answering emails, I like to curl up with a good book or spend the day finding a new adventure to share with my family. Behind being a wife and a mother of course, owning Mile High Shade has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Mile high shade | Merril


Installation Manager

Born in Oklahoma and raised here in Colorado, I have been incredibly lucky to experience a unique perspective of the beauty the West can offer! I’ve always loved working with my hands, and have had extensive experience with a variety of home improvement jobs over the years. I settled in and began my career installing shade products 7 years ago and haven’t looked back. I feel incredibly lucky that I get to spend every day outside in beautiful places creating shady spaces for our customers to enjoy. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family going camping or fishing, and above all watching my kids grow!

Mile high shade | Scott

Scott lord

Sales Manager

Born and raised in TN, made my way out to Colorado in 2017 to work in the awning & shade industry. I had never even heard of a retractable awning before I moved out here and became enamored with the luxury outdoor lifestyle products. Fell in love with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains and decided to call Denver home. Crossed paths with Nicholas and Zach, hit it off, and wanted to join the team. I have a passion for mountain sports and providing thoughtful solutions that truly elevate people’s outdoor spaces. I feel very grateful to do something for a living that I genuinely enjoy. I have an awesome wheaten terrier pup named Disco, and we’re always looking forward to the next mountain adventure when we get some time away from work.


Office Manager

As a native of Boulder, Colorado, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been raised in such a beautiful and awe-inspiring environment. The breathtaking landscapes and outdoor adventures that Colorado has to offer have always been a source of inspiration for me. Joining Mile High Shade has been an incredible journey so far – working alongside talented individuals who share a common passion for excellence has been nothing short of amazing. It's been such an honor bringing shade and comfort to Colorado's residents. Seeing the impact we make on people's lives has been awesome. Welcome aboard the Mile High Shade family

Mile High Shade | Carson


Install Team

I grew up in Chicago, where I knew Nicholas through a mutual family friend! At 26 years old, I found home here in beautiful Colorado! I currently live in the North Denver neighborhood, but have been working on finding and building my own dream home in the Rockies. When I’m not working I love seeing a show at Red Rocks, meeting new friends and exploring all that Colorado has to offer! I enjoy working for Mile High Shade because it is exactly what a family owned business should be. Everyone has each others back, we get to work in new places with beautiful new views everyday, and we always enjoy taking pride in a job well done. Thanks for letting us serve you!

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Why Clients Choose Mile High Shade

Ben Rubin
Ben Rubin
We love our new patio shade from Mile High Shade. These guys (Zach and Nick) are so professional and efficient. The process is seamless from design to install and the finished product stands for itself. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!
Janet Kritzer
Janet Kritzer
Zach and his team at Mile High Shade did a fantastic job on our large retractable awning and installation. We had additional reinforcement work that needed to be done which was arranged in advance and the installation was terrific. We have a 32 foot wide retractable awning on remotes that now provides us with an entirely new outdoor room and cools down our interior entirely. We were able to take away 6 umbrellas that we used trying to create enough shade in the hot months and now we have great unobstructed space for entertaining. I Can't say enough good things about our choice. Janet and Stuart Kritzer
Sharon Lance
Sharon Lance
Nicholas and his crew are the best! I had another company put up an awning prior to Mile High Shade and I had to remove it do to poor workmanship and terrible product.
Kevin K
Kevin K
Had a great experience with Mile High Shade, from the quote all the way through to install. They helped make recommendations for the materials, colors and placement of my shades and they turned out amazing.
Mark Andersen
Mark Andersen
Absolutely awesome! We had such a FANTASTIC experience with Mile High Shade, I'd recommend them to anyone looking to install a shade in/at their house. They were able to get my order in, and installed it BEFORE their stated install date. The install team was great, they left me a functioning and awesome shade that we'll enjoy for years to come. We're so thankful we found the right company to do our shade in our backyard, wouldn't have wanted to go with anyone else. Top notch team from initial call to the install, A++
Jim Greenwood
Jim Greenwood
Living here in Evergreen, with a deck facing west, making afternoons often too hot to use our deck we finally, too many years later, thought awning. After a little research we came across Mile High Shade. Contacted them and from that point on had a terrific experience. Scott came first to assess the deck and what would work best. He gave us a lot of his time and did a very nice job of explaining options and what would be reasonable expectations for a retractable awning. He was very responsive to questions we had post his site visit and we did end up purchasing the Eclipse retractable awning. Delivery was well within the time promised. Nick, owner, and his colleague, Merrill, performed the installation. Again a great experience. The installation went smoothly and they took their time to answer all our questions including some post installation. While the install was only completed a few days ago we look forward to years of finally having shade on our deck. Couldn’t ask for more. Highly recommend Mile High Shade.
Joe Knopinski
Joe Knopinski
Mile High Shade provided excellent service when I had to have my awning removed and reinstalled during a roof replacement project at my home. They efficiently provided an estimate that I needed for insurance purposes, then seamlessly worked around my roofer's schedule. They always arrived on schedule including for the reinstallation of the awning. When reinstalling, they also performed maintenance work including replacing the batteries on the wind sensor. I highly recommend Mike High Shade.
Ellen Pepper
Ellen Pepper
I bought an awning for my back patio last summer. It has been the best purchase, adding a whole new room to my home basically. I spend so much more time outside because it is shaded and lovely. Zach and his team at Mile High were amazing to work with, from beginning to end. Knowledgeable, professional and thoughtful. The product and team are excellent. Thank you!
Mindy Kaemingk
Mindy Kaemingk
We were so impressed with our neighbor’s solar shades from Mile High Shade that we gave them a call. Nicholas, Scott and crew were very professional, informative and friendly throughout the process from start to finish! They were very knowledgeable about the products, and we appreciated their low-pressure approach. We love our shades, they keep our patio and home cool and shaded, yet we still have very good visibility through the shades to enjoy the view. We highly recommend Mile High Shade!
Craig Rose
Craig Rose
Just had Mile High Shade replace a 15 year old awning. Literally waited 4 months on Sunsetter's subcontractor and Sunsetter who were backordered and engaging in what I would call unethical business practices. Finally through a google search found Mile High and had my awning ordered and replaced in a span of two weeks. Got a much better fabric than Sunsetter offered at a better price. I'm so disappointed I waisted a whole summer waiting for Sunsetter and putting up with their customer abuse and games. The installers and company at Mile High were professional and confident and knowledgeable. Did a great job installing and adjusting the the entire awning and fine tuning. Had them hard-wire the system as well. Do yourself a favor and go through this local and reliable awning company that puts integrity and customer concerns first!

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