Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Jul 06

There’s a difference between being the biggest house on the block and being the one that appeals to homeowners. Whether you’re looking to sell your house tomorrow or years from now, boosting your curb appeal has many obvious benefits. But where do you start?

We’ve got you covered with these five tips:

boost curb appeal

Paint the door - Start where the eye gets drawn the most: your front door. A fresh coat of paint that compliments your home’s siding can make a strong impact on your house from first sight! Whether it be a bold blue or a neutral grey.

Powerwash - This simple step can wash away the dirt that masks the natural beauty of your home. Sometimes it’s the easy and cost-effective methods that can boost your curb appeal in a matter of minutes!

Light it up - Lighting means everything when it comes to home decor. When you have the right kind of lighting in all the right places, you accentuate what you want to stand out and conceal what you don’t. For instance, if your house is a luxurious three story design, then choosing lighting angled upwards to the top of your home can say, “Look at all this height!” If you have a luscious garden, then adding landscape lighting can help as well.

Replace gutters - When function meets aesthetics, one thing that comes to mind is your  gutter system. Having cracked gutters and crooked downspouts is bad for many reasons. So replace the old with the new and choose one that conveys high quality and pretty curb appeal.

Awnings - Another functional and beautiful addition to the home is a customized awning. Installing a custom awning in your backyard shows you know the benefits of protecting your home from heating up too quickly or keeping your deck safe from UV rays. Not to mention, it shows you’re ready for an outdoor gathering rain or shine!

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer nothing but the highest quality residential awnings to help boost your curb appeal. To learn more and schedule your consultation, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

Your Guide to Choosing Storefront Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30

Looking for a way to attract more customers to your storefront? Maybe you want to add more protection to your property. Whichever the reason, we recommend you take advantage of awnings. Storefront awnings are where function meets beauty and are the most cost-effective solutions we can think of. But before you go a make a purchase, here are the two essentials you need to know:



Functionally speaking, commercial awnings can save your business money and make you even more money. Why? Awnings are capable of protecting your property and customers from extreme weather conditions, including rain and heat. They can also reduce indoor temperature by as much as 8 to 5 degrees, depending on the exposure of the window, the fabric you choose, and the style of your awning.


Curb appeal

Creating a custom commercial storefront awning can also help your customers to identify your business at first glance. Awnings will highlight the style of architecture of almost any building, including yours. With such a variety of shapes, colors, and fabrics, there’s a commercial awning forever business!

If you’re still in the early stages of deciding on an awning for your storefront, turn to Dean Custom Awnings. We can offer shop drawings and digital photographic renderings to help you visualize what awnings will do for your business. To learn more and schedule your consultation, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

Deck Furniture You Need

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30

Whether your deck is old or new, adding new furniture can serve both functional and aesthetic needs. Turn your empty deck into an outdoor extension of your home with these six furniture pieces you must purchase:

Love Seat - Set up two love seats perpendicular to each other to create a cozy spot for relaxation and conversation. This is an especially great outdoor seating solution if you entertain often.  

Table Set - A table set (with an umbrella) is a staple for any homeowner. For all those cookouts and summer parties, this is the one piece of furniture you’ll get the most use out of.  

Swing - Swing life away this summer on a peaceful outdoor swing set - feel the gentle breeze on your face and doze off on a warm afternoon. If you don’t have one, you’re missing out!

Ottoman - For your love seats and chairs, you might want to purchase an ottoman for reclining purposes. An ottoman is a versatile piece you can easily stow away and will allow you to kick your feet up with a cool glass of lemonade!  

Hammock - Who doesn’t love a hammock? If you have large trees in your yard, take advantage of this cozy seating option. Whether you’re looking for some shade or sun, set up your hammock in a sweet spot.

Awning - To protect your deck and other furniture, invest in an awning. Awnings can protect your outdoor space from rain and shine - it’s the perfect combination of function and beauty.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer nothing but the highest quality residential awnings to add to your deck. To learn more and schedule your consultation, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

Escape the Summer Heat

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, June 02, 2016

Jun 02

How are you escaping the summer heat? We’re going to take a guess and say you reach for your air conditioner and portable fans. While these methods are most convenient, they can also be costly. Below are a few more energy efficient ways to keep cool:


Umbrella & Canopy

Going outside might seem counterintuitive, but resting in a shady area can allow you to catch a cool, relaxing breeze. Setting up an umbrella above your outdoor table or a canopy over your deck area is a smart way to block out the sun and allow you to enjoy the summer breeze without suffering in the summer sun!


The most natural way to escape the summer heat is to relax under a tree. If you don’t have much plant life in your yard, you can benefit from a little landscaping. Not only can trees keep you cool outside, but they can also protect your home from excess sunlight, such tends to heat up your home rapidly. Trees such as oak, maple, and birch are fast growing greens that act as a large canopy of leaves.


An excellent way to stay cool and add architectural beauty to your home’s exterior is to install a custom awning. Awnings protect windows, entrances, and furnishings from harmful UV rays. They can also reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 8 to 15 degrees.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer many types of residential designs, including windows, doors, patios and decks, as well as rear basement stairways. If an awning sounds like the perfect solution to help you escape the summer heat, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Skin

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Jun 01

Today marks the first day of June, which means we’re given more time for some fun in the sun! But as we know, a little too much sun can be damaging to our skin and our health. So how can we protect ourselves? Here are three essential tips for blocking out the summer sun:


Wearing sunblock is an obvious solution for skin protection, but sometimes we think we only need it when we’re headed to the beach. Truth is that you’re susceptible to sunburn even from sitting outside on your deck or prepping for a cookout.  

Cover up

While you’re lounging outside or having a cookout, be sure to also cover up. This means wearing a brimmed hat and UV sunglasses - any article of clothing that will protect your skin from burning during peak times for sun exposure.  

Stay in the shade

The best way to protect your skin from excess sun exposure is to find a shady area in your backyard. One of the most effective ways to create shade is to install a custom residential awning. Retractable awnings are great for homeowners who want shade and UV protection but don’t want to cover up the beautiful exterior of their home all the time.   

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer nothing but the highest quality residential awnings to help you create a shady oasis for your backyard. To learn more and schedule your consultation, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

How to Protect Outdoor Furniture

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20

So you want to use your outdoor furniture this summer, but it’s looking messy. Chances are you’re not taking care of your chairs and tables properly, and as a result, it doesn’t look as beautiful as it once did. No worries! We’ve got you covered with these tips for protecting your outdoor furniture (whether new or old):

Read Instruction Labels

Familiarize yourself with the instruction labels for all your outdoor furniture. Be it wood, marble, or fabric, reading the manufacturer’s instructions can help you prevent damaging your items.

Sweep Surfaces

 You can also protect your outdoor furniture by sweeping (or vacuuming) fabric and table tops. Repeat anytime you see dust, pollen, leaves, or buds.

Avoid Harsh Treatments

You’ll be best to avoid power washing or cleaning with bleach cleaners unless the instruction labels instruct you to). Be sure to test new solutions in a small, unnoticeable spot before using it on the entire surface. This especially goes for your patio cushions.

Use Covers

Keep your outdoor furniture clean by purchasing furniture protectors like tablecloths and cushion covers. Also, remove the foot caps on table and chairs to allow accumulated water to drain.

You can also benefit from installing a custom awning above your patio or deck - to protect your furniture from rain and sun damage. At Dean Custom awnings, we can provide you with a versatile, customized awning to help protect your home and outdoor furniture! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

Prep Your Backyard Ready for Memorial Day Weekend

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11

T-minus two weeks until Memorial Day weekend! We can’t think of a more perfect way to kick off the start to summer than throwing a backyard BBQ with your closest family and friends! Once you’ve gotten the word out about your gathering, you’ll need to get your outdoor space ready:

Take out furniture - Create a space where your guests can mingle by arranging your furniture appropriately. This includes your backyard table, swings, loveseats, and wicker chairs. Turn the furniture inwards to make a good conversation easier.

Garden - Once your furniture is in place, add some color to your space. From tulips to sunflowers, there are many types flowers that can spruce up your garden plus make it smell nice. Before you start planting, learn which blooms best thrive in your climate and what kind of care they need.

Add pops of color - Say “Hello, Summer!” by incorporating decorative accents to your yard. Whether this means adding an arrangement of pillows to your loveseat or a floral centerpiece to your table, bringing color to your space can take your exterior decorating to the next level.

Dust off awnings - Don’t let it rain on your Memorial Day gathering! Prepare your awning by brushing off dust, pollen, and any other debris. Make sure it’s ready for when you need it - even if the sun is extra strong that day. Your guests will feel much more comfortable!

If you’re still in need of a custom awning to protect your deck or patio, contact Dean Custom Awnings! Our residential awnings are an excellent way to add architectural beauty and style while providing practical function by protecting your home from the elements. For more information, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.   

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, May 05, 2016

May 05

Summer Parties are approaching! Is your outdoor space dressed to impress? Before you send out invitations to your upcoming graduation or Memorial Day party, follow these tips to transform your backyard into a summer oasis:

Arranged Furniture

Create a cozy space for casual conversation by moving furniture around. Whether it be folding chairs or a loveseat and lounge chair, arrange a parallel or L-shaped seating area so your guests can socialize all day long!

Shrubs and Blooms

Make a centerpiece for your yard and set up an elegant table top floral design, whether it be daisies, tulips, or ferns arranged in jars. Flowers brighten up your space, smell fresh, and make you say, “Hello, summer!”

Outdoor Kitchen

Make hosting even more easy by investing in an outdoor kitchen - BBQ, countertop, wine bar, and all! You’ll be able to cook while you socialize without missing a beat during your big outdoor event!

Custom Awning

Don’t let your summer party get rained on! Buy a custom awning to keep you dry from showers and cool from the hot summer sun. They can also help keep your home cool, so guests can also enjoy socializing indoors. Retractable awnings are the perfect solution for those who don’t want to cover up the beautiful exterior of their home but love the idea of added protection.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and allow you to host your outdoor summer parties without extreme weather ruining a good time! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

Advertise Your Business With a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, May 02, 2016

May 02

Without storefront aesthetics, your business can appear bland and unforgettable. With a custom awning, you can provide significant information about your business and add protection all while advertising your business. But before you choose an awning, here are four elements to consider:  


Form design to style, there are many different shapes and sizes from which to choose. And while the right style awning should fit your storefront, it will also provide a certain amount of protection for your business and your customers.  


The fabric you choose for your business will depend on the climate in your location as well as the type of protection you need. For example, a woven fabric such as acrylic can protect your business from UV rays, which can keep your storefront cooler during summer months.


What’s better than a simple awning? An awning that send a message! Whether it be a tagline or telephone number, anything can be displayed on your custom awning.


Custom awnings not only provide your business with the right colors, but they can also help you advertise your brand image. Ask your awning company to customize your awning with an image that represents your business best.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can turn your ideas into reality to make your business stand apart from the rest! We will visit your business location to meet with you and discuss your design ideas, no matter how big or small! For more information on how we can provide you with top notch custom awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

Why You Need a Patio Awning This Summer

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Apr 20

Enjoying the summer weather after a cold winter is one of the most relaxing feelings. Most days are pleasant, but then you have a few days when it’s either too hot or rainy to bare sitting outside. And that’s when you need to be protected! So to maximize the comfort of your outdoor space, we recommend an outdoor awning. Here’s why:

UV rays

We all know that the sun is strongest during summer months, and not many people want to sit on their back patio when it’s over 90 degrees outside. But with the push of a button, you can have a retractable awning that not only protects you, but also saves your patio (or deck) and home from heating up.

Rain storms

Don’t let Mother Nature rain on your outdoor gathering! Install an awning to protect you from stormy weather so you don’t have to take the party inside on a warm, summer’s day. Not to mention, it will also protect your patio furniture from getting soaked or damaged.  

Save money on energy

Studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and air conditioning Engineers (ASHRE) have proven that when the proper style and fabrics are used, awnings on patio doors can reduce indoor temperatures by 8 to 15 degrees! That means you don’t need to switch your AC to full blast all summer long, which inevitably leads to higher energy costs.

If an awning sounds like the perfect solution for your outdoor space this summer, contact Dean Custom Awnings! We can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and allow you to host your outdoor parties without extreme weather interfering! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.



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