Why Your Restaurant Needs a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, December 07, 2015

Dec 07

The food industry can be a competitive market. If you own a cafe, no doubt your coffee and baked goods are mouth-watering. Own a restaurant? Your horderves might look magazine-worthy. But if you don’t have the proper curb appeal, you could in fact be drawing customers away.

We know it can be a tough business, but we also know you can make a huge impact with customized awnings. A custom awning serves several purposes for restaurants including the following:

Protect customers - Awnings are important for your business, but they are even more crucial for your customers. One of the primary functions of an awning is to protect your customers from rain and shine, whether it be at the main entryway or above the outdoor patio The best part is that when you choose a custom awning, you can select the color, size, and fabric that works best for your restaurant.

Up your curb appeal - As we mentioned earlier, custom awnings have a way of attracting new customers on even the most subconscious level. Why? For one, colors play a primal factor, as certain colors generate one’s appetite. In addition, when you create a custom awning, you can display all the goods of your business, such as the company logo. This way, people will have a lasting impression of your restaurant’s name and brand image.

Define your location - Aside from making a lasting impression, custom awnings can also define the location of your restaurant (or cafe, etc.). You want to include your telephone number and address so that customers can jot down the information or embed in in their minds. That way, if they don’t have time to stop by on a whim, at least they know how to find you for next Friday's night out on the town.

Are you in the market for a custom awning for your local restaurant or corner cafe? If so, turn to Dean Custom Awnings. 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. 

Awnings Can Help Your Small Business

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Dec 01

Among the many decisions you must make when launching a new business, you will have to decide on the desired appearance of your storefront. The color and shape of your building, as well as your signage are all critical to the success of your business. But one of the aesthetic features is commonly overlooked more often than not is the awning.

Creating a custom awning for your business has many functions and advantages. For example, they can provide weather protection and additional color to your storefront, which in turn can attract more customers. When choosing a customized awning for your small business, consider the following elements:  .

Color and style - There are more awning options than you might realize. From different fabrics and colors, and even types of awnings, it’s important to carefully consider which will look best against your storefront. Bonus tip: consider what brand colors you’re advertising and choose accordingly.

Awning functionality - Not only do custom awnings provide aesthetic needs for your small business, but they also provide a number of functions. For example, awnings can protect your customers and entryway from rain, snow, and extremely sunny conditions. So think about the size you will need and how often people might be standing outside.

Advertise business - When articulated creatively, custom awnings can additionally be a source of advertising for your small business. Let’s say you don’t have much room in your budget for other marketing strategies - create an affordable, yet creative awning that will attract customers who walk or drive by. Your goal is to have heads turn, and that’s exactly what an awning can do for you!

At Dean Custom Awnings, we know the importance of awnings for businesses, no matter how big or small. If you’re getting ready to launch a business and are in the market for a customized awning, look no further than our experts! Visit our commercial awnings photo gallery for inspiration and give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services. 

Choosing a Weather Resistant Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23

The right type of awning will keep your exterior living space comfortable all year round, especially when it rains and snows. Because the winters bring a lot of precipitation and summers bring extra sunshine, it’s important to choose an awning that can withstand mother nature’s unexpected conditions. Below are a few pointers to consider before making your selection:


Material - If you want a waterproof and fireproof awning, you might want to steer away plastic and other highly flammable materials. Instead, check out these alternatives.

Color - When the temperatures are hotter than average, you may want to consider the right color awning for your outdoor space. For example, a dark colored awning can heat your space more and attract more sunlight. In this case, it might be wise to stick with a lighter shade instead.

Stability - Strong winds and heavy rainfalls are are common, especially in the Northeast Region. That being said, it’s essential to purchase an awning that can withstand such conditions. Or better yet, go for a retractable awning that you can easily retract when you need to. At Dean Custom Awnings, we provide retractable awnings with quiet operation and unmatched performance for any home!

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awnings for your outdoor space. Our experts will help you through every step of the process, from designing to installation. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region. To learn more about our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

How to Pick the Perfect Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16

If you’re going to make investments for your business, you’ll want to consider an awning. Awnings contribute to the overall appearance and function of your storefront and can add value. There are a many factors to consider when picking the perfect awning. Do you have questions regarding which one to choose? We’ve got your answers:

What is the purpose of an awning?

The style awning you choose will largely affect your brand. Do you wish to provide shade and comfort for your customers, or do you prefer one that compliments your brand? When you know why you want to create a custom awning, you’re one step closer to choosing the right option.  

What kind of style do I want?

Your awning will be a key highlight to your store’s aesthetics, so decide whether you want it to be distinct or subtle, colorful or simple. Choosing an awning that complements your company’s style and message is a good place to start. Then, consider your surroundings and what other businesses are doing in your community.

Are there local restrictions?

Some areas have restrictions and building codes that you must accommodate. So before you make any selections, check with your local zoning restrictions to learn what you can and cannot do in regards to a new awning design.  

 How much should I spend?

The cost of awnings varies depending on size, shape, and fabric. That being said, it’s best to set a budget and stick to it. Some awning design companies will work with you to make sure you are happy with the product whiles staying under your budget. To learn more about how you can customize a quality awning within budget, click here.

What size should I choose?

Consider the size of your storefront. You might not want a large awning if your building is on the smaller size, and vise versa. To choose the perfect awning, take measurements and think about which size will best compliment your building’s exteriors from every angle.  

A custom awning is an aesthetic addition for any business, no matter how big or small. At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer superior awning services that are custom-tailored to your needs, and we would love to help you with your next project! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

Winterize Your Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Nov 10

With winter on the horizon, you’re probably already making preparations around the home. You might have chopped some firewood, cleaned your gutters, and inspected your furnace. But have you prepared your awnings?

Most awnings can withstand the harsh winter weather, but you will first need to get them in top shape. Below are a few tips to help you winterize your awning:

Brush off leaves. If any leaves fall on your awnings, brush them off from the top edge, down towards the bottom.

Hose off dirt. Once you’ve cleared off the leaves, hose down your awnings to remove any dirt or debris. This method can also tackle stains.

Bring out the brush. If the hose doesn’t clean off those tough stains, use a soft-bristled brush instead.

Wash it. Wash your awnings with a little mild soap and warm water to get them looking spotless. Let them air dry all the way (especially if you have a retractable awning, as rolling up a damp awning can promote mold growth).

Retract your awning. Do you have a retractable awning? If so, retract it completely. If there’s any loose fabric hanging, there’s a likely chance that it can get damaged during winter.

Call for winter storage. To best preserve your awnings, ask about winter storage services to protect them all winter long until spring blooms again.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we take hundreds of awnings down in the fall, store them for the winter, and re-install when the weather warms up. To learn more about our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 425-1193.

How to Prep Your Outdoor Space for Cooler Weather

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, November 06, 2015

Nov 06

If you live in the northeast, you know just how brutal the winter can be. ending to your outdoor living space before the temperatures drop is crucial for protecting your home from all the snow, ice, and blustery winds.

Here are a few ways you can be proactive and prep your outdoor space before the winter arrives:


1. Store furniture. Outdoor swings and rocking chairs can get the wrath of heavy snowfalls and strong winds, so carrying important pieces of furniture indoors should be your first step. Many facilities offer storage for your outdoor furniture, but storing them in a shed or a large garage is your best bet.  

2. Apply waterproof finish to deck for snow. When snow accumulates, it doesn’t usually evaporate overnight. In fact, it can stay there for weeks or even months before completely melting away. That being said, make sure you apply a waterproof finish to your deck to keep it from weathering.  

3. Cover pool & BBQ. If you have a pool or BBQ in the backyard, don’t let debris ruin it! Covering up your pool can keep falling branches out of harm’s way and protect your BBQ from getting banged up.

4. Retract your awning. Do you have an awning over your back patio? If so, don’t forget to retract it before the thick of winter arrives.

Retractable awnings are the most convenient for those who live in a climate with four seasons. Why? Because they can protect your home from sun and rain in the spring, but are easy to retract in the winter when you need to keep them from getting damaged.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer retractable awnings at an affordable cost! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will help you through every step of the process!

Awning Design Ideas for Business Owners

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Oct 28

When it comes to business, the look and purpose of your awning says a lot about the message you’re sending to your customers. A great awning is not only decorative but it’s functional as well. So if you’re just jumping into the design process, here are a few ideas to consider for your business’ awning:

Logo. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which couldn’t be any more true when it comes to business. Logos are one of the best ways to market your business because in a sense they represent your company’s name. In fact, any visuals you use for branding can help boost brand identity and sales. 

Slogan. Aside from the basic information, why not add a slogan? After all, your slogan does help people to remember what your business is all about. This catch phrase of yours is a smart addition to your awning design because it's what makes you stand apart from the competition, offering your business more potential success. 

Contact Info. Provide all the text needed to advertise your business - the name of your company, the phone number, the hours of operation. Do you also plan on highlighting specific personnel in your business? Lay it all out for your customers to see at first glance, that way your brand image will be clear.

Are you ready to get started on a new awning for your business? If so, please contact Dean Custom Awnings to schedule your appointment. We will meet with you and discuss your design ideas, no matter how big or small they are! And once that’s completed, we will bring your awning to life! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

Frame Styles for Your Outdoor Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct 23

If you’re getting ready to create a customized awning for your home or business, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there. The style that you choose for your new awning greatly depends on the functionality for which you will need. Once you know the purpose for your awning, use the following list of awning shapes to help you choose the best style:


Traditional. Traditional frames are typically used for sun protection, which can be ideal for installing over large areas like your back deck, patio, or porch.

Dome. Dome awnings are popular for small entryways in front of storefronts and offices. This is one of the best options for weather protection because of its sphere-like shape, which can not only shield you from the sun, but also from heavy rainfalls.

Gable. Gable awnings are perfect for rain due to their steep sloped shape. Whether you have an outdoor restaurant or a large backyard, these can protect a large crowd from bad weather (and sun of course).

Convex. Convex frames are a smart choice if the purpose of your awning is to provide protection and promote your business at the same time. They are long enough for you to create a custom graphic design and cover the entirety of your storefront or office building.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awning frame styles for your outdoor awning. Our experts will help you through every step of the process, from designing to installation. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region. To learn more about our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

How to Choose the Perfect Color Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Oct 20

Picking the perfect color for any home or business design element can be stressful. When it comes to a personalized awning, the color that you choose directly impacts the look of your home or business, so it’s important to select wisely. Luckily, there’s a lot of leeway with color, but asking yourself these three questions can help you make an informative decision:

1. What is the purpose of your awning?

Is this awning for your business or home? Commercial awnings are fairly different than residential awnings. An awning designed specifically for branding is designed with the intention of advertising a business and keeping customers protected. On the other hand, an awning created for the home is intended to help lower energy bills and provide safety from sun, rain, and other unexpected weather conditions.

2. What emotion do you want to convey?

Colors are an important part of the awning creation process, especially when it comes to branding because they directly affect your customers. Choosing the right color for your awning is one of the most essential parts of making your business successful, as not every color is the same. Below are a few colors to consider for your business and how they attract consumers.

  • Red - The color of excitement
  • Blue - A calming and cool color that represents trust
  • Yellow - A fun and confident color that often evokes hyper-specific emotions
  • Green - Used for a calming effect or an eco-friendly idea

3. What color are your exteriors?

Take a look at your building’s exterior. What color is it? When choosing a color for your awning, you want to compliment what you’re already working with. For example, if your building is white, you might want to choose a shade other than white, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.

Are you ready for a customized awning fit for your home or business? At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer many styles and colors to help you create the perfect awning. We proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will help you through every step of the awning creation process! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

Why You Need a Commercial Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oct 14

When it comes to business, commercial awnings serve several purposes and are a key element to success. This is true for clothing stores, restaurants, and everything in between. If you're looking for a way to optimize your business, here are three reasons why commercial awnings are a smart option:


 1. Market your business - If you’re looking for a way to market your business, then consider a custom-made awning. Typically, awnings are the first thing you see when you walk or drive up to a store. And when executed properly, customers will be so drawn to your storefront that your clientele will begin to grow. 

2. Highlight your storefront architecture - Commercial awnings are an effective tool for drawing in new customers, especially when they’re customized. By taking a custom design and bringing it to life, you can significantly enhance the overall look of your storefront and send a clear message to your buyers. At Dean Custom Awnings, we will help you design the best custom awning for your unique business.  

3. Safety and protection - Not only do awnings affect the visual appeal of your storefront, but they also provide weather protection for your customers. Depending on the size and shape you choose, you can help your customers to stay safe upon entering and exiting the building, which tells them that you care.

 Need a new custom commercial awning for your business? At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awning styles and shapes from which to choose. We also offer drawings and digital photographic depictions to help you visualize what a custom awning will do for your business! For more information on our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.



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