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How Retractable Awnings Work

Retractable awnings for the patio or deck are a convenient solution to protect you and your family from the sun and rain. Whether you are hosting an outdoor party or relaxing in the shade, awnings allow you to enjoy time spent outdoors. Have you ever wondered how awnings work and what they are made of? Among the best things about retractable awnings are their convenience and storability! Retractable awnings can be taken out during the warm months and put away during the winter. When you are not using it, the awning rolls up into a cassette and is protected from […]

Motorized v. Manual Retractable Awnings

You know the benefits of owning an awning for your commercial or residential property, but now you have to choose between a motorized or manual retractable awning for your beautiful new installation. Retractable awnings are great for businesses and homes, as they can be taken down and stored when they aren’t actively in use. Whether your awning is prominently placed on Main Street proudly displaying your business’s name or framing your patio and providing much-needed shade, there are different pros and cons to both awning types. Motorized Retractable Awnings Motorized retractable awnings have numerous advantages for your home or business. […]

How An Awning Can Make Your Business Stand Out

Making your business stand out more than the rests is a goal for many, yet it can be a difficult one. Whether it be a restaurant, shop or some form of service provider, being noticed by people passing or recognized by people passing by can benefit you greatly. Of course there are numerous ways of obtaining attention from by passers, but making an addition to the exterior of your business that looks professional and appealing is key. Having existed for centuries, awnings have provided a significant form of advertisement and high level of appeal to businesses throughout the world. With […]

Tips for Keeping Your Retractable Awning Looking Awesome

If you own a retractable awning, you want to keep it in the best shape possible. After all, it is outdoors, and exposed to the elements constantly: from rain to dirt to storms to outdoor animals like birds and squirrels. Check out these tips for maintaining your retractable awning and keeping it looking great and in tip-top shape. Use Commercial Awning Cleaners When you find that you have a stain on your awning or there is mildew on it, use a commercial cleaner that is created for awning fabrics. Spraying the inside and outside with the cleaner, rolling it, and […]

Retractable Awnings Can Save You Money

During summer your house can easily become overheated. This phenomenon is caused because the sunbeams pass through your house windows, warming the air inside and therefore causing a heat buildup. Under such conditions, the temperature within your house is higher than it should be. Preventing this from happening is as easy as installing new awnings to your property to deflect solar radiation, which will save you loads of money in cooling. Saving Money by Preventing Overheating The most effective and economic way to prevent overheating is implementing sun protection measures such as awnings, which will allow you to reach the […]

Entertainment Under the Awning

A retractable awning provides shade when you need it keeping you cool and protected from the sun’s harmful rays.  But what about barbequing under it or having your retractable awning out in the rain? You can barbeque under your awning provided it is installed at the proper height and your grill is maintained.  Always clean your grill before barbequing to avoid excess grease and flames.  When having it installed, let your professional designer know that you’d like to place your grill under the awning for cooking.  They will be sure to measure for the proper height for installation. When it […]