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Retractable Awnings Offer Many Solutions

A retractable awning from Eclipse Shading Systems is a good solution for a lot of questions about improving your home. It doesn’t make a difference whether a homeowner lives in a luxury beach house or a ranch-style in the suburban Midwest. We hear the same kinds of situations from them. They have created a backyard paradise that they want to enjoy more. They would love to have a covered patio but either can’t afford a brick-and-mortar investment, or building codes or HMA covenants prevent construction of one. They have beautiful scenery at their property and want to create more space […]

How to Clean Your Awning Fabric

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric, and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years. For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow […]

Common Awning Installation Issues & Troubleshooting

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors with family or friends under a retractable awning, this is the perfect time! During nice, warm, and sunny weather, many homeowners choose to sit under an awning or shade to enjoy their outdoor living areas. Yet, after many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions. Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting. Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is […]

How Retractable Awnings Work

Let Eclipse Shading Systems show you how retractable awnings work and how they can enhance your home. As wonderful as the outdoors can be, the sun can make it a challenge to spend a day outside. Even on wonderfully cool autumn afternoons or satisfying spring mornings, the sun’s UV rays can quickly bombard you and potentially cause discomfort. This problem isn’t only for beach states. Everything from lake home retreats to tightly packed historic neighborhoods can have a backyard paradise ruined by harsh sunlight. Fortunately, there’s a way to transform your patio or deck easily and affordably into an outdoor […]

Most Common Problems with Awnings

Let Eclipse Shading Systems help you prepare to protect your investment into a new retractable awning. As a homeowner, you are well aware of household maintenance and the importance of staying on top of it. From simple chores, such as mowing the lawn or sweeping a walk, to more complicated projects such as cleaning gutters or inspecting HVAC systems, a little maintenance goes a long way toward saving you money. Our patio awnings are no different. While they are made with premium materials for long life and durability, taking care of them will help extend their life even more. Awnings […]

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 […]