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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 […]

Best Awnings for Summer

Summer has arrived!  Is your yard or eating area ready to protect from the harsh sun?  Temperatures in throughout the country can reach outrageously hot levels, particularly during the summer months. To protect your family from the sun but still enjoy time outside, an awning could be a perfect solution.  But which type of awning is best suited for your needs? Eclipse Awnings can help make that decision for you, so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time worrying about the sunblock. Retractable Awnings If your space doesn’t always need that extra protection, retractable awnings are a way to temporarily […]

Awnings Add Shade & Style to Any Property

An awning can give your home or business a unique look and style. Awnings are both attractive looking and practical. We invite you to consider just a few of the many benefits that you can receive from having an awning installed. Let’s start with living space. During certain seasons, your use of an outdoor patio may be limited by inclement weather. Sometimes this can be rain, but other times it may just be heavy sun that produces uncomfortable conditions on a patio or deck. Retractable awnings give you the flexibility to increase your outdoor living space. You can set up […]

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 […]

Understanding The Utility Of Retractable Awnings for Businesses

Retractable awnings and solar shades are an integral part of any urban home or apartment. With a wide range of hues and patterns available in a multitude of fabric, awnings help bring vibrancy and recognition to businesses and residences throughout the neighborhood. Awnings are instrumental in blocking the direct rays of the sun but allowing air-flow. Restaurants use them to create seating arrangements in the open, giving it a very romantic look, and residential applications allow retractable awnings to extend outdoor living space while also offering a shaded escape from the sun. Moreover, retractable awnings increase energy efficiency and consume little power. Awnings allow you […]