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What Makes an Awning?

Did you know that the tradition of relaxing under an awning started in Ancient Rome? Nowadays, awnings are used to block the sun and rain, to make our homes more inviting, and to make businesses stand out. There’s a lot that goes into the process of creating an awning. Many awnings, especially one’s made for businesses, are custom designed and tailored to fit the clients’ needs. Here’s what’s involved behind-the-scenes before your awning is delivered and installed. Fabric The whole process begins with the fabric. The colors have to be eye-catching as well as pleasing, and sometimes a business-owner will […]

Choosing the Right Awning Material

Adding an awning to a home or business can add style and function to outdoor areas. There are many considerations when choosing an awning, and among the most important is the type of material that the awning will be made from. Different materials may better serve different purposes and may affect the lifespan of the awning. Canvas Awnings Canvas awnings are common, and can be made from different materials such as polyester or cotton. Canvas awnings were once very popular and can still be purchased today, but these awnings have a number of disadvantages. Canvas awnings are susceptible to mold […]

Save Costs with a Commercial Awning for Your Business

Commercial awnings are a great way for businesses to advertise their wares and really enhance the outdoor aesthetics of their brick-and-mortar storefronts. Awnings are fully customizable in terms of color scheme and design and allow business owners the chance to bring in more customers without sacrificing either curb appeal or energy efficiency.  What’s actually remarkable is that commercial awnings can block the amount of glare and sunlight that permeates your store, which in turn reduces your energy, electricity and cooling costs since you’ve effectively reduced the heat gain. While heat gain in commercial buildings is a complex topic in its own […]

Retractable Patio Awnings Add Shade, Save Money

During those hot summer months of the year, do you ever wish that you could get a little bit of reprieve from the heat and the sun? Perhaps your backyard doesn’t have any trees, so you can’t sit in the shade anywhere. If this is the case, then it’s time to consider residential retractable awnings. But which option is the right one for you? At Eclipse Shading Systems, we offer different options for you to choose from. Below are several benefits of retractable patio awnings for your yard. Protection from the Sun Residential retractable awnings offer protection from the sunlight when […]

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 […]

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 […]