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Getting Your Eclipse Awning

Awnings are everywhere we look from store fronts to backyard patios. Awnings provide shelter from the rain and sun as well as create a welcoming and visually appealing addition to any home or business.  The Design Process At Eclipse Shading Systems, we offer guidance and input throughout the entire design process while still giving you the best realized version of your dream. Every customer receives a thorough consultation with one of our experienced designers and is allowed multiple iterations of drafts to make sure that everything fits with your needs and expectations. The typical design process usually takes the customer […]

How to Keep Your Awning Looking Brand New

Awnings are an investment in your home and exterior look and style of your home, so it’s always good to keep them looking brand new. But after hours of exposure to the sun and elements, what are the best methods for keeping an awning in great shape? Generally speaking, to keep awnings in their best shape, regular maintenance typically includes a thorough once-a-year cleaning. To keep the fabric looking fresh, the fabric should first be hosed down to remove any loose debris.  Using a soft brush with a mild natural soap like Ivory Flakes or Woolite in lukewarm water, no […]

A Great Way to Enjoy Your Summer Outdoors Comfortably & Safely

You’ve already planted your garden, completed the landscaping, bought your lawn furniture and have truly spent time enjoying the outdoors. You step outside on your deck, sit down with your beverage of choice, on your new outdoor furniture and it hits you. Oh no, the sun! It’s out in full force and it’s beaming down on you making you want a little shade. Fortunately, there is an easy solution that can enhance your home and allow you to enjoy your beautiful outdoors more than ever.  The solution is simply the addition of a retractable awning. There are a variety of awnings to […]

Throw Shade All Summer Long

Eclipse Shading Systems is a leading manufacturer of awnings in the United States. With hundreds of certified Eclipse dealers located across the country, Eclipse is your local provider for shading systems including retractable awnings, solar screens, and more. Generally speaking, the denser the material used in outdoor awnings, umbrellas or other protective structures, the greater the percentage of UV rays they’ll block. For example, the Skin Cancer Foundation says materials such as tile, metal or timber can block up to 100 percent of the sun’s rays, while other materials may block less. Some manufacturers may provide their products’ ratings, so […]

Sun Safety 101: Enjoy the Outdoors Without Getting Burned

The weather is warming up, the days are longer and there’s more time to be outside doing all kinds of fun things! But if you’re going to be out in the sun, especially on a hot day, you need to stay safe. Let’s find out how. Don’t Get Burned Even though the sun is hot, it does cool things. It keeps us warm. It makes flowers and plants grow. It even gives us vitamin D so we can better absorb calcium into our bodies for strong bones. It does all these things by sending down light, which includes invisible ultravioletrays. These are […]

10 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

If you’re worried about rising energy bills as we head into summer, don’t overlook alternatives to air conditioner and fans for staying cool. You may be able to save some money this upcoming season with a few tweaks to your diet and some simple lifestyle changes. Whether you need instant relief from the scorching heat or have the patience to complete a DIY project, here are eight refreshing – and unconventional – ways to keep your cool all summer long. 1. Learn a Yogic Breathing Technique You may not need to do anything more than breathe differently if you want […]