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How to Remove Snow from Your Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, February 08, 2016

Feb 08

We’ve endured a lot of snow in the Northeast region this winter, so it’s safe to assume that your roof tops, patio furniture, and awnings are coated in white. And while it may look beautiful in your yard, snow can actually wreak havoc on your awning.

Although many types of awnings are made to withstand strong weather conditions, there are several drawbacks to not removing snow after a storm:

  • Mold and Mildew
  • Sagging
  • Rips and tears

That being said, it’s important that you get that snow off your awning before something bad happens. But using your shovel is one of the worst mistakes you can make, as awnings need to be handled with care. Try these methods instead:

Sweep - Use a snow broom with soft bristles to remove the heaviest accumulation first.

Leaf Blower - If light flurries are in the forecast, no need to sweep away inches of snow. Instead, grab a leaf blower to blast away those tiny particles of moisture (before they freeze up).

Roof Rake - For metal or steel awnings, use a roof rake to clear away the snow, as this type of awning is strong enough to handle raking.

Hose - Hose down dirt after you’ve cleared away the snow for optimal results. Especially if you experienced a blizzard recently, it’s common for dirt and debris to get blown around. And if you don’t remove as soon as possible, the debris can damage your awning.  

As a safety precaution, always be sure you have a ladder and another person nearby while removing snow from your roof. 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


Choosing the Best Awning Installation Company

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Feb 03

In a sense, an awning is an extension of your home. So when it comes to choosing an awning installation company, there are a few pointers to keep in mind:

Reputation 

Look for online reviews if you are considering a company. This can sway your decision to either stick with them or find another professional. In addition, use these testimonials to find out how they can assist you with small repairs, big repairs, and re-installments.

 References

Another option is to ask your close friends or family members who they might recommend. But be sure to compare your home’s needs to theirs, as not every awning installation company will be right for you. If someone boasts about how great of a job their installers did with their awning, give that company a call and discuss your needs. 

Experience

A well-established business could likely be the right business for hire. The more years of experience the company has under its belt, the more you could benefit from its service.


Portfolio

Look beyond what the company and their loyal customers say. Ask to see past projects and samples from their showroom. Awnings can be a big investment for your home, so seeing projects up and close in person can be a huge help. Also, be sure to ask about the types of fabrics they offer and test out samples if you can.

Advanced Technology

Ask the awning installation company if they offer advanced technology solutions, such as digital renderings. This will allow you to view your customized awning before it’s produced in case you want to make any adjustments to your selection, be it color or fabric.


If you’re in the market for a customized awning at home, turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom awning, tailored to fit your needs, and show you digital renderings to make sure you are nothing short of satisfied. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

Must Know Facts About Retractable Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, February 01, 2016

Feb 01

Do you spy awnings in your neighbor's backyard? Ask the majority of homeowners what type of awning they have on their property and they’ll most likely tell you that a retractable awning is the best financial investment. From functionality to aesthetics, here is why retractable awnings are the ideal addition to your outdoor space:

Lowers energy bills. Retractable awnings provide constant shady retreat for your outdoor space. Not only does this keep you cool during the warmer months of the year, but it also reduces the natural light entering your home, lowering your electricity bills.

Keeps animals away. Retractable awnings such as the 1250 Plus Series is a semi enclosed awning style with a sleek aluminum cover, protecting the fabric from bird nesting.

Prevents deck damage. Because your deck is sensitive to sunlight, it can easily fade if it’s not protected. A retractable awning that covers your entire deck or patio area can keep your deck cool and free of UV ray exposure. This means your deck will last longer, and therefore increase the value of your home.

Includes a lifetime warranty. Retractable awnings are heavy duty and are meant to withstand harsh weather conditions. For example, the 1350 Series contains a stainless steel chain and drop valance to suit larger projections.

Appeals to everyone. We’re talking colors galore! With four frame colors and over four hundred custom fabric colors to choose from, your backyard space can be tailored to fit your unique style.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of retractable awnings that are durable, beautiful, and have a lifetime frame warranty! Learn more about our selections here. If a retractable awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services. 

Why You Need a Patio Canopy

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Jan 19

Looking for outdoor deck or patio protection for the changing seasons? We’ve got the perfect solution! Our patio canopies are designed to keep you and your deck dry and free of extreme heat. Here’s why you need one: 

Year Round Protection - This 30 inch roof rafter has a frame system that offers 365 day protection from rain and shine. Plus, you can customize it with side wings or valance style sides for extra protection.

Retractable - Easily retract your patio canopy when necessary. For example, if you expect heavy winds or snowfalls, keep your canopy in tip top shape by stowing it away and rolling it out again when the weather dries up.  

Durable - Our patio canopies are made with a heavy duty 14 gauge galvanized steel frame and acrylic fabric material from some of our top, best-selling brands. This also means that the patio canopy is weatherproof and resistant to fading and mildew.

Customize - Due to its fabric make up, these patio canopies are available in hundreds of beautiful colors and patterns upon your request. Learn more about our fabrics by visiting our Awning Fabric Showroom.

Lifetime Warranty - At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a lifetime frame warranty on our patio canopies. So any repairs you need, we’ll make it happen!

Does a patio canopy sound like the perfect solution for your home or business? If so, visit Dean Custom Awnings on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193 today! We offer several solutions to help protect you and your property from extreme weather conditions.

The Most Popular Awning Materials

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jan 14

Looking to create a shady outdoor space for your home or business? Custom awnings are an excellent investment, especially if you live in the Northeast region. Whether you’re thinking about having a custom awning installed or replaced, consider these popular awning materials that are made to last:

 

Vinyl

With all the precipitation you experience in New York and Connecticut, you need a waterproof awning. Why? Because not only will you need an awning that can withstand the rain and snow, but you also need one that can resist mold and mildew. That being said, a vinyl awning is a wise choice, as they are designed for humid environments alone.

Acrylic

Acrylic awnings are durable and perhaps the most traditional choice for awnings. On top of that, they can also resist mildew as well as UV ray damage. The other benefit? Acrylic comes in a wide array of colors due to the type of fibers from which they are created. Check out a few of the most popular awning fabrics by clicking here.

Once you choose an awning material, it’s crucial to choose the right frame style that suits your needs. Whether that be dome shaped or traditional, it's important to talk with a professional, high-quality awning service.

Whichever type of awning material you choose, Dean Custom Awnings is here to provide you with top notch services, custom-tailored to your exact needs, whether it be for your home or business. We are pioneers in providing high quality awning services and awning products, and have been for three long generations! To learn more about our commercial and residential awnings, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

The Dos and Don'ts of Awning Care

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, January 07, 2016

Jan 07

Now that winter has arrived, you can expect some extreme weather conditions. That being said, it’s important to take extra good care of your property. While an awning can provide protection to your outdoor space, it’s key to understand the do’s and don’ts of caring for it so that it lasts for years to come:  

Do:

Retract in high winds - If you own a retractable awning, the beauty is that you can put it away when needed. So while they might be made to withstand stronger weather conditions, high winds isn’t one of them.


Brush off rain water - Don’t let your awning get moldy. This can be a health hazard and will likely lessen the lifespan of your awning. So wait until the weather dries up and get rid of any rain that may have accumulated on your awning.

Inspect after a storm - While rain can cause problems for your awning, so can debris. Between falling tree limbs to dirt, be sure your awning is clear by carefully climbing onto a ladder and inspecting the situation. Make sure you do this when the conditions aren’t slippery.


Don't:

Use harsh chemicals to clean - When cleaning your awning, try to shy away from using chemical cleaners on fabric, as this can destroy your awning and the mildew-resistant qualities it might possesses.


Plant trees around it - When a storm hits, you might experience tree damage. And when a tree grows, its limbs can overextend and damage your awning. So be careful when planting new greenery on your property, especially if you have a fabric awning.


Retract in freezing temps - Retractable awnings are meant to withstand snowy conditions and protect your deck, but if your awning suddenly becomes frozen you can expect its condition to change.


Have other questions about caring for your awning this winter and throughout the year? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer high quality awnings, tailored to fit your needs, and are here for any and all of your questions. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Jan 05

New year, new home improvement projects? If buying a custom awning is on your checklist of projects to complete in 2016, then you've made a wise choice! But like many other home projects, you're probably wondering what you need to know before making a purchase. Well, look no further! We've got your FAQ's below:

 

1. Which type of awning will suite my needs?

There are a few questions to consider regarding the type of awning you will need. The two primary questions you should ask before purchasing an awning are: (1) what is the purpose of my awning? and (2) what type of climate do I live in? Once you have the answer to these questions, you can consult with your custom awning company and narrow down your options. For example, retractable awnings are ideal for when the weather gets cold, as you have the option to retract when needed.  


2. Which brands do you recommend?

Purchasing an awning can be tricky enough as it is, but toss a number of brands into the mix and you have an even bigger decision to make. By asking which brands are most popular and why, you can come to an even closer decision. Dean Custom Awnings works with several high-quality manufacturers, such as Sunbrella Fabrics. To view more brand options, click here.


3. Can I see the product before it's manufactured?

Ask your awning service if they offer digital renderings. This allows you to view your customized creation before it’s produced in case you want to make any adjustments to your selection, be it color or fabric. Click here to view a few examples of digital renderings.  


4. Do you have any references?

It’s vital to ask for references before using a service. That way, you can read first hand experiences and determine whether or not a company is right for you. Want a custom awning in time for spring? Read what customers are saying about their experience with Dean Custom Awnings.


If you’re in the market for a customized awning at home, turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom retractable awning, tailored to fit your needs, and show you digital renderings to make sure you are nothing short of satisfied. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

Tips to Protect Your Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, December 28, 2015

Dec 28

Customizing an awning for your home or storefront is a huge investment with many benefits. Why not help your investment live past its lifespan by protecting it as best as you can? By following a regular maintenance checklist, your awning will be more efficient and will look its best for years to come. Not sure what to look for? Here’s where you can start:

 

Inspect for stains and mildew.

Stains and mildew can wreak havoc on your awning, especially when there’s more precipitation in the forecast. So after a storm passes (even a light rainfall), grab a ladder, a pair of shoes with gripping soles, and a backup helper. Then, inspect the surface and clean accordingly.

Don't store while wet.

Make a note for yourself not to store your awning while it’s wet. Instead, wait until both sides are completely dry. If you store too soon, you could risk rotting or mildew stains.

Check for tears.

Notice any wears or tears on your awning? If so, it’s vital to patch it up as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Contact your awning provider and ask how they can help you.

Hose down debris.

It’s a smart idea to hose down debris on a regular basis (or at least after a big storm passes). Between dirt and tree limbs, your awning can get damaged if it's not cleared off.

Need a helping hand protecting your customized awning? If so, contact the experts Dean Custom Awnings. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and offer our customers the latest and most convenient, speedy services available. To learn more about our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

Best Awnings for Winter: Retractable Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dec 15

Choosing outdoor finishing touches that last you for the winter can be tough. Depending on where you live, you might find it tricky to discover an awning that can withstand snow, ice, and cold temperatures. While there aren’t many options out there that can last through freezing winters, there is one you can depend on: a retractable awning.

Aside from its long guaranteed lifespan, there are many reasons why you should choose a retractable awning if you live in a cold climate. Here’s why:

 

Protection - If you’re seeking shelter from the ice and snow, then you’ve met your match! Retractable awnings were built to withstand harsh wintry conditions and keep your back deck or patio free of snow. Plus, you can retract whenever you need to!

Versatility - A perfect example of a time you may want to retract your awning is during a night of heavy winds. Unlike other awnings, you can put away your retractable awning if you’re either leaving for vacation and are expecting questionable weather conditions or want to be safe and protect your awning from blustery winds.

Weight - If you live in the Northeast region, then you know very well how much snow can accumulate quickly. But luckily, if you own a retractable awning, you won’t have to worry about the snow weighing down on the latest addition to your outdoor space. These awnings are strong and can carry the weight of snow. But of course, if you’d rather stay on the safe side, you can retract until the snow melts and weather warms up a bit.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of retractable awnings that are strong, beautiful, and have a lifetime frame warranty! Learn more about our selections here. If a retractable awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services.  

How Retractable Awnings Add Value to Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 10

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, so why not add all of the comforts that will help boost your home’s value? There are plenty of ways you can add value to your home from the inside out. But when it comes to your outdoor space, one of the most effective ways you can increase comfort and value is by adding a retractable awning. Here’s why:

Enhance outdoor space - Maybe you have an outdoor deck, but how often do you use it? If you shy away from using your outdoor space because of excessive heat or a little rain, then you might benefit from a retractable awning. With a beautifully, custom-designed awning you can put that backyard space to use and add an additional area to your home.

Increase energy savings - UV rays are not only harmful to your health, but they can also raise the inside temperature when you’re trying to keep it cool. But did you know that retractable awnings can reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8 to 15 degrees when applied to your windows? And the best part is that you can easily store them in the winter when you want the sunlight to warm up your home.

Add element of design -  There’s not denying that your home looks ten times better when you customize it. So when you choose a customized awning, choose from a wide range of patterns and textures - that way you can create a whole new look that you will receive tons of compliments on when in use but can quickly retract when necessary.

It’s never too early to start thinking about adding value to your home. If a custom awning sounds like the right addition for your home, then turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom retractable awning, tailored to fit your needs. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

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