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The Best Things to Do Beneath the Awning

Awnings are a great addition for the home for a number of reasons, chief among them being that they provide the ultimate protection for your family and the sun’s harmful UV rays. But what else can you do beneath the awning? Without further adieu, here is our list of our favorite things to do beneath the awning! 1. Barbecue. The great American classic: a good old-fashioned barbecue is easily one of our favorite activities to do beneath the awning. Whether you’re flipping burgers and hot dogs or preparing a gourmet meal for your friends and family to enjoy on a […]

The Sun, Skin Care & Awnings

We all know that the sun is a constant source of ultraviolet light that bombards your skin, which your skin either reflects or absorbs. But while some non-harmful parts of ultraviolet light, or UV rays, is reflected by your skin, any rays that are absorbed can cause a reaction in your body that leads to semi-permanent or even permanent damage. So let’s dig a little deeper into how sunlight, shade, and skin care all tie together, starting with the very basics. What is ultraviolet light? UV light is light of a different spectrum than that of the visible spectrum we see every […]

Why Restaurants Choose Red Awnings

Ever noticed how many restaurants in urban areas opt for a red or warm-colored awning to extend their dining areas and attract customers walking down the street? It’s not a mistake — red awnings are some of the most popular choices for restaurants. Why? Well, here’s some psychology behind the choice. A lot of research has been done to study the connection between colors and eating habits. A few of those findings have been relatively universal, such as that blue and purple awnings can result in a loss of appetite as they are not colors psychologically associated with natural food. […]

Choosing the Right Retractable Awning Company

Retractable awnings are great accessories to keep in mind if you’re looking to redecorate. They improve the look and feel of your home, adding style and class to the windows and doorways of your home or business. And more than that, retractable awnings can be a great way to spruce up the windows or doorways to your home or business. But awnings vary greatly in quality and style, so here are a few ideas to help you in your search for a retractable awning company. A GOOD COMPANY SHOULD HAVE STRONG, DURABLE PRODUCTS Materials are one of the first things to consider […]

Retractable Awnings Help You Enjoy the Outside in Any Weather

April showers bring May flowers and sadly, strong rains can ruin your patio furniture, interrupt a barbecue and force you to quickly move your party indoors. Retractable awnings are a great way to take the edge off the weather. Retractable awnings make sure your patio stays dry in the rain and keeps you in the shade during the summer. Even more importantly, retractable awnings can dramatically increase your patio outdoor living space. They even help reduce energy costs by blocking the sun from getting to your windows. And, if it’s too windy, motorized retractable awnings have sensors that tell them to retract to make sure […]

Awnings Create the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

For many of us, our back deck becomes the most popular outdoor living space in our homes during the summertime. To make those backyard barbecues and lazy summer afternoons even more enjoyable there is one addition that will make your patio the ultimate summer space: a retractable awning.  Most retractable awnings can be installed on any wall surface, including wood, brick, stucco, aluminum and vinyl siding.   Best of all, adding an awning to your deck or patio makes the space more usable and therefore can add value for resale. Either way, be sure to consult an expert before starting an awning project. Here […]