Three Ways Awnings Can Create an Aesthetically Pleasing Storefront

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jul 25

Awnings have many benefits to businesses that are often overlooked. By creating a custom awning, you could have an aesthetically pleasing storefront that separates you from the competition. Places like Dean Custom Awnings have been helping businesses add characteristics and distinctions to their storefronts to help boost customers and clients. Here are three ways that an awning can help your business.

Draws Customers Regardless of Weather

Weather is always a good reason to have an awning. People tend to dislike the heat, rain, and snow, and having an awning can draw more people to your business as they pass by. In addition to providing shade and shelter, it can also remove glare from the sun or lights so that signs and products are easily seen from the window.

By having an awning, more potential customers and clients will be drawn to the awning regardless of weather conditions. Whether it is sunny, rainy, hot, or snowy, an awning provides shelter and relief to customers.

Distinction From the Competition

An awning provides personality to your storefront that the competition probably doesn’t have. By having a distinguishing feature such as an awning, you have opened yourself a niche that makes you more unique than other businesses. People will recognize your business by the awning.

This means that investing in a custom awning is way better than buying an existing one. Having that brand recognition with a one-of-a-kind awning can contribute to business and customer growth. Dean Custom Awnings prides ourselves with creating unique awnings based off our different selections of fabrics, styles, colors, and patterns. We can help you create something completely original to your business and brand.

Image Is Everything

An awning can create an extremely aesthetically pleasing storefront based on color combinations, material, and design. If you follow guidelines from places such as Dean Custom Awnings that will help you create a unique awning that will make your business distinct from the rest, you will draw a lot more customers.

Dean Custom Awnings also offers digital renderings to help along the way of designing your perfect awning. This will help you decide what awning best fits the brand image you are trying to create for potential customers and clients. If you are trying to decide what design may be best for you, browse through Dean Custom Awnings’ galleries that feature a wide variety.

For more information about Dean Custom Awnings and the different types of awnings we have to offer, contact us today!

Let Someone Else Handle Your Sukkah Preparations This Year

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jul 13

Awnings provide several benefits in terms of image, cost savings, and more. But many people don’t realize that they are a huge part of certain cultures and religions as well. Sukkahs have been around for centuries in Jewish religion and culture. When choosing the right one for your home, it is important to consider certain aspects such as fabrics, patterns, colors, and provider. Here are some things to know about Sukkahs and why using a trusted installer is better.

What is a Sukkah?

A sukkah is a ceremonial Jewish structure and is traditionally used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It is used for the week to symbolize shelter after escaping slavery from Egypt. They have modernized from huts to awnings as they have become more advanced, but sukkahs are still used to celebrate this holiday in Jewish culture.

How do I find one to fit my home?

If you are looking for a Sukkah this year to fit your home perfectly, places like Dean Custom Awnings are able to help. We can create a custom sukkah to fit your home the way you want it, and can install it safely and securely so there is no doubt that it is durable for years and years to come.

By trusting Dean Custom Awnings with your Sukkah preparations this year, you will have nothing to fear about the installation and sturdiness of your sukkah awning. In addition, it will be custom-made to your house so it looks perfect to celebrate.

Why should I trust someone else with my Sukkah preparations?

Installing your own Sukkah does not ensure that it will last a long time or even at all. By trusting an awning company such as Dean Custom Awnings, you know that you will be guaranteed a Sukkah awning that will look great and last for years. Dean Custom Awnings is a leader in Sukkah awning installations and services, which is why many Jewish families turn to us.

Dean custom awnings services the Jewish communities of Brooklyn, Rockland County, Monroe, Monsey, and Lakewood. We take pride in the quality of our products including Sukkahs, as well as our service. We have a gallery that shows past Sukkahs we have created as well as different designs that may suit the Sukkah you are searching for.

If you are interested in a custom sukkah or another awning style, contact us today!

Only the Best: Why You Should Choose Dean Custom Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jun 21

You're constantly looking for more ways to stay safe and comfortable away from the sun. High SPF sunblocks and now, UPF clothing are both great things you can do to stay protected while out and about. 

Millions of homeowners want that same protection without having to reach for a tube of sunblock or special clothing. Awnings might be the answer.

A home awning can keep the sun at bay and allow you to enjoy more of the outdoors during the summer. As an added perk, awnings immediately enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and could even increase your home value long term. 

Residential home awnings can also mean lower energy expenses from month to month. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers found that awnings near patios and windows can reduce indoor temperatures by up to 15 degrees! 

Even the Environmental Protection Agency recommends installing home awnings on south-facing and west-facing windows so that your home is protected from the setting sun. Installing a home awning is a recipe for safe, fun, comfortable summer nights spent outdoors with friends and family. 

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More Reasons Custom Awnings Are the Way to Go 

Custom awnings are the way to go because they optimize all of the things that were discussed above.

When you can select the exact kind of fabric that you want your awning to be, the color of your awning, and the perfect size to complement your home's layout, you'll ultimately reap more energy-saving benefits and make your home look great all the while. 

·       Choose Color and Style 

Dean Custom Awnings offers a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Since Dean Custom Awnings uses eco-friendly dyed acrylic that provides incredibly color retention and protection against fading and weather erosion, you can feel more confident about the long-term return on investment. 

·       Pick the Frame You Like 

Moreover, because each home is different, you'll have the option of mixing and matching different frame styles to go with the custom awning styles and colors that you've selected. 

As examples, a dome style frame would be an excellent addition to a few windows facing your backyard whereas the "traditional" and "traditional patio" frame styles by Dean Custom Awnings could make for an amazing looking awning that protects all of your guests. 

·       Customers Reviews Tell the Story 

One customer from Stanford, Connecticut found the collaborative process really refreshing. He writes: "They...gave me a quote and started the work all on the same day! The awning was they said it would be! So great!" Dean Custom Awnings serves Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

Receive a Consultation and Digital Renderings 

Dean Custom Awnings is a truly modern awning company that can provide digital renderings of your new awning...before it goes up! This allows residential and commercial customers to get a sneak peak and take their awning for a test run, if you will. 

Digital renderings of your new custom awning paint a striking picture of how a home or the exterior of an office building can be vastly improved with the simple installation of a custom awning. 

You still get to select from your favorite awning styles, colors, and frames. The professionals at Dean Custom Awnings can weigh in, if you like, with design suggestions and install your awning that same week in most cases. 

Custom awnings really do improve the functionality of both homes and restaurants. When you install a custom awning in your home, you'll be able to have guests over without worrying about the sun, and a custom awning outside a restaurant can, overnight, mean more seats. 

Get in touch to learn how you can increase the curb appeal of your home and save money on energy while you're at it!

3 Durable Options for Awnings That Require Little Maintenance

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Jun 07

For both home and business owners alike, awnings are a wise investment that pay back dividends in multiple ways for many years to come. 

A few of the most important reasons to invest in a high-quality awning include:

  • Add a stylistic accent to your building.
  • Reduce heat intake through windows and thus lower your energy bill.
  • Awnings that bear text and logos do double-duty as advertising mechanisms.
  • Awnings create sheltered areas near the building where guests or customers can escape from heat, rain, snow, wind and other inclement weather.

But given the benefits of equipping your windows, entryway, patio, or walkway with an awning, how do you cut through the plethora of options for awnings out there and find the awning that best fits your needs?

Here are three of the most important options for awnings that you should consider:

1. Traditional Window Awnings

When all you need is a few feet of shade and weather protection right next to a window or door, you will find there are a wide variety of traditional options for awnings that fit the bill.

Frame styles to consider include: short slope, domed, squared, convex, and more. You can also order a custom-built shape from an experienced awning company

It is possible to get metal, leather, or wood awnings, but the most practical, affordable, and durable material to look for is a high-quality vinyl fabric. Vinyl is also extremely low maintenance.

As to color retention, you will want to look for 100% solution-dyed acrylic colors to ensure you have bright, sharp colors for years to come even in harsh climates. And you can have your company name or logo printed on the awning's sign band (if you choose to include a sign band).

A final option to weigh is whether or not you want to include scallops, which would hand down from the edges of your awning to add a stylistic touch and reduce wind exposure. Scallops come in many styles, including: straight-cut, rolling wave, semi-circle, and half-hexagon.

2. Gabled Awnings

Awnings with gabled centers are ideal when you want to provide a large, shaded area by a main entryway or elsewhere. Gabled awnings also work well when set along a walkway that customers must traverse to reach your business' main entrance.

However, gabled awnings can be freestanding, and thus, they can act as a cover for even a detached area, such as over a bicycle parking zone or as a restaurant smoking shelter in cities where public indoor smoking is illegal.

A final note: you can also get area awnings with a rounded top (called a "marquee" awning), so you are not limited to a gabled style. 

3. Retractable Patio Awnings

Patios, both at home and at restaurants with outdoor, scenic eating areas, can be well protected by installing the right size and shape of awning. It is possible to use a long-sloped, non-retractable awning to cover your patio, but retractable awnings are often a good choice for patios.

It is critical to have a reputable awning provider install retractable patio awnings since they require strong support structures and involve complex mechanics.

By retracting your patio awning on pleasant days and extending it on sunny or rainy days, you help your awning to last as long as possible and yet get the maximum use out of your patio.


Whichever type of awning you choose, be sure to order from high-trust company like Dean Custom Awnings.

Dean Custom Awnings offers full options for awnings and handles both manufacturing and installation. They have provided residential and commercial awnings to the Mid-Atlantic Region for decades.

Commercial Awnings That Help Set the Atmosphere

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25

If you’re a business owner, you know all too well that everything matters – even the little things.

Regardless of demographic, customers pick up on every minute nuance that you were hoping to hide, hoping they’d notice, or something you never even realized to begin with. A calming, comforting, or invigorating aesthetic can just as quickly draw and retain customers as the opposite can repel them.

Fair or not, those very details can make or break your business.

Fortunately, that’s where we come in. At Dean Custom Awnings, we’ve been making the same promise to customers for over three generations: We’re delivering quality, value, and superior service, and anything less than the best is unacceptable.

As far as appearance goes, our awnings are an accessory to your building that make an instant impact.

Adding our awnings highlights both the architecture and style of the building, and it adds a bit of recognizable personality to the façade as well. And thanks to our wide array of fully customizable shapes and sizes, plus a brilliant pallet of colors and patterns, our tailor-made products will be unique to your business and as perfect as you can imagine them to be.

From classy and traditional to flashy and bright, we’ve got what you’re looking for.

Why Awnings Are Great for Business

Aesthetics aren’t the only way your awnings can set the mood. On top of the visual appeal, awnings offer a ton of practicality.

For starters, you can advertise on them, so as they grab attention, they’re also spreading your message:  a phone number, an advertisement, a special deal, or simply your company name and logo. You’ve likely noticed an awning advertisement before, and probably even bought something from a business that had one. It’s a classic, simple advertisement placement that’s bound to get noticed and help increase your revenue.

Plus, with our durable, quality materials, your advertisements will be protected in the harsh weather.

Of course, the typical use for awnings is simply to provide shade and escape the hot sun, which is always a perk for an outside location – whether designated for dining, hanging out, or smoking. 

But that shade provides an extra perk, too: energy efficiency. According to studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and air conditioning Engineers (ASHRE), awnings on windows and patio doors can reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees. That means less air conditioning and more money saved during the hot summer months.

Need more convincing that an awning is right for your business? Click here for a gallery of some of our commercial awning customers >>

If you’re looking for a way to make your business stand out, contact us and get your free estimate today!

Get the Awning Style You Need for the Price You Want

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 11

At Dean Custom Awnings, we pride ourselves on the fact that we promise you quality, value, and superior service. Part of that promise means having exactly the product you need for your unique home or business location.

For three generations, we’ve been doing just that, and we specialize in both residential and commercial awnings. So regardless of your building, we have something just right for you: from small and quaint to large and luxurious homes, to businesses and vacation getaways, we’re here to help improve your property’s appearance and give it both the look and the usefulness you desire.

Plus, we’ll go out of our way to get it to you: Our service area extends up to 180 miles away, and we ship products both nationally and internationally if you live outside our service zones. We even have a winter storage service to assure the safety and integrity of your awnings, so we’ll come take them down, store them for the winter, and reinstall them in the spring.

In our minds, the only acceptable level of customer satisfaction is extraordinary.

As part of that, we have a multitude of styles, colors and designs so that you’ll find everything you want. Our residential awnings add architectural beauty and style while also bringing practical function and protection to your home.

Here’s an overview of what we offer for your home:

Residential Awnings

Window Awnings:

  • Lift Style
  • Stationary
  • Retractable

Door Awnings:

  • Stationary

Patio/Deck Awnings:

  • Stationary
  • Retractable

Rear Basement Stairway Awnings

Style Details

Our attention to detail is unmatched, as we tailor all of our products to your exact needs. Included in this promise, we offer:

  • 10 different scallop designs
  • 15 different frame styles
  • 35 different binding colors

… and more!

For a virtual tour of our Sunbrella Fabrics showroom, click here.

For downloadable brochures of our Serge Ferrari fabric and color samples, click here and here.

And for a gallery of our Sattler Fabrics products, click here.

Curious what an awning might look like on your home or business? Click here to check out our digital renderings.


For more information on our styles and products, click here.

Ready to make the stylish addition you’ve been waiting for? Contact us today for a fre    

Which Awning Is the Best?

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aug 24

When sunny or rainy days call for a solution, you can rest assured that retractable awnings are the answer! But just like umbrella, there are different types of retractable awnings on the market. From the main function to the little extra features, which is the absolute best one for you?

About Retractable Awnings

Most homeowners know the shade that these awnings provide for a deck or patio area, making time spent outdoors more enjoyable. Not only are they functional, but they also retract inwards, which means you don’t have to see it all the time if you don’t want to - call it the best of both worlds!

Retractable Awning Models

1150 Series is a quality awning that has a sleek and modern look. The EZ slope feature allows you to adjust the pitch of your awning up to 50 degrees with a simple twist of the hand crank - easy for any homeowner to do.

1250 Plug Series is ideal for applications where the awning is exposed, such as roof mounted installations.

1350 Series is heavy duty and features a multi spring tension system, ideal for larger projections.

950 Series is a versatile retracting awning system that utilizes a unique arm tension fabric to provide sun protection and reduce heat gain. If you’re looking to save the most energy, protect yourself furnishing from UV rays, and escape extreme sunny conditions, this one’s for you.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we create and install retractable awnings customized to your unique space. We will help you every step of the way, from choosing the right series to installation and maintenance. There’s no project too big or small that we are not ready to take on. To learn more about our residential and commercial retractable awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

Exterior Color Combinations for Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aug 18

Getting ready to reno your home? Paint your home one of these color combinations to make first impressions count:

Gray + Slate Blue - A peaceful, neutral palette best fit for a mid-century modern style home.

Cocoa + Olive - Cocoa brown siding paired with olive brick steps will give your home that rustic, cozy feel.

Gray + Paprika Red - A dark gray and deep red color combination is eye-catching and complimentary. Go with gray siding and red trimming to make things pop.

Salmon + Jade - For an old world theme, choose these exterior colors, and pair them with brown shutters. The tones jade resemble rich jewel-tones and the salmon compliments, but the brown warms things up.

Gray + Cobalt - We love gray so much because it goes with almost anything. If you’re going for gray siding, paint your door a cobalt blue and then add white trim around your windows.

Black + White - A classic color scheme for any home, especially a historic country style. PAint the siding white, give it a black roof, and add charcoal gray accents.

Once you find the perfect color combination for your home, we’ll help you choose a custom awning to compliment. At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide variety of awnings in different colors ,styles, and sizes. To learn more about our awning solutions and installation services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

Choosing the Right Size Retractable Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aug 17

Retractable awnings give you the best of both worlds. They’re there when you need them, and can retract when you don’t. Everyone can benefit from the beauty and function of these awnings, but before you choose one it’s best to set your mind on the proper size. Here are two major tips we suggest you consider:  

Know the purpose

Are you looking to extend your outdoor space? Want a solution that will cool off your home? Whichever the purpose, you’ll want to know the reason behind installing an awning before you actually have one installed. If the purpose is to extend your outdoor space, you’ll want it large enough to cover your patio or deck area. If it’s primary use is to shade your home from the hot sun, the measurements will be different.

Measure deck/patio or storefront

 Whether your awning is for your home or business, your next step is to measure the area around it. By that, we mean know the width and length of your deck, patio, storefront, or restaurant. No awning should be too large or too small and is completely dependent upon the size of the space it covers.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we create and install retractable awnings customized to your unique space. We will help you every step of the way, from the brainstorming process to installation and maintenance. There’s no project too big or small that we are not ready to take on. To learn more about our residential and commercial retractable awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

August Outdoor Maintenance

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aug 16

While summer is still in full bloom, take the opportunity to create a checklist of the ways in which you can care for your home’s exterior. Grab a pen or iPad, because you’ll want to write these down:

1. Check for signs of rot. Examine structural areas of your home, such as your deck, using a flat-blade screwdriver. Check the stairs and railing. Areas of rot that are large (larger than a silver dollar) will need to be replaced.

2. Inspect the ledger. Using a flashlight, inspect underneath your deck as well. Pay close attention to the ledger, which frames and attaches to your home. The ledger should be attached with lag screws and not only nails.

3. Blow the leaves. Don’t let the leaves and other debris pile up in spots around your home. Use a blower to get them away from corners and collect in a garbage bag. This task is especially important after large storms, when leaves become saturated and fall from tree limbs around your home.

4. Clean your awning. Keeping your awning clean from leaves and debris is just as important as any other outdoor maintenance. Start by brushing off loose dirt and hosing down the entire awning. Then use a water and mild soap solution and clean using a soft bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry. If you have a retractable awning, do not retract when wet to avoid mold and mildew.

Have questions about caring for your awning? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer several awning solutions and installations, plus a lifetime frame warranty! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.


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