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Awnings Vs. Umbrellas

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jul 28

Let’s face it: umbrellas are inexpensive and easy to put up at your local home furnishing store. But what happens when a windy storm rolls through? What about the hassle of finding a place to store for the winter? We might be a little biased, but we can guarantee that awnings are the better way to go. Here’s why:  


More durable

Rain, shine, snow showers - you name it! Awnings will be there to protect your home investment as well as your deck or patio space. Not only do awnings come in a wider variety of strong materials, but they are also bolted to the exterior of your home, unlike umbrellas. And what’s even better is that you can opt for a retractable awning, designed to easily tuck away when you think the winds might be a bit too strong (especially during hurricane or blizzard season).


UV protection & indoor temps

Most full-functioning handheld umbrellas can block three-quarters of UV light on a sunny day, so we can assume umbrellas can get the job done as well. But can they block out the majority of UV rays and reduce indoor temps by as much as 8-15 degrees? Talk about saving energy!


If you have a pool or patio, a custom built cabana style awning, retractable awning or a custom built stationary awning will make a great addition and extension of living space! If you have a screened porch that requires sun shade or privacy, automated shades can be an excellent solution! At Dean Custom Awnings, we can protect you and your home for UV rays more than your typical umbrella can. To learn more about our residential and commercial awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

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:

 

Function

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.

How Awnings Can Increase the Value of Your Home

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

Apr 06

Image you’re house hunting. Every home you visit looks the same except for one. This house features a backyard awning, which has you thinking about all the outdoor parties you can have in summer (rain or shine). This is just one of the many reasons your backyard awning can increase the value of your home. Here are three others:   

Boost your curb appeal

Dress up your windows by adding decorative value. Choose an awning color and style that compliments your home’s exterior paint colors and frames your home perfectly. There are many different types of awning shapes, such as dome, traditional, gable, and more.

Lower energy bills

Keeping your home cool in the summer can be costly. That is, unless you install a custom awning. Awnings can cool off temperatures by 8-15 degrees during the warmer months by blocking out the sun.

Expand your living space

Keep your backyard shady, as if you’re retreating to another room in your home (except your actually outdoors). A custom built cabana style awning, retractable awning or a custom built stationary awning above your outdoor furniture makes for a beautiful addition of living space on your property. 

At Dean Custom Awnings, there is no idea that is too small or too large - we will take on your project and show you just how beneficial an awning can be when it comes to the value of your home. We offer some of the best top selling residential awnings and can offer you professional advice on your home’s needs. To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.  

How to Prepare Your Business for Spring

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mar 15

This weekend, we finally leap into spring! Is your business prepared for the changing seasons? From seasonal sales to energy savings, there are a few things you can do to get your business ready for the warmer months: 




New Sign
Spring is the time of year when new products are introduced and season specials occur. Attract more customers by creating a new and enticing sign to promote your new products and your sales. Remember: visuals are significantly more effective than text, so if you’re going to use text, do so wisely without giving away too much. 

Window Tinting
The sun will soon be shining bright. Wouldn’t it be smart to invest in window tinting? Not only will it block out a glare for your customers, but it will also conceal what’s inside your business, creating a bigger mystery and attracting more potential customers. 

Awnings
Whether you own a restaurant or a retail store, there are many benefits to investing in an outdoor awning for your business. Did you know that awnings can protect your customers from April showers as well as reduce indoor temperatures by 8 to 15 degrees?  Regardless of the type of business you manage, creating a customized awning is essential to your business for the warmer months (and all year round). 

If you’re in the market for a customized commercial awning, turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom awning, tailored to fit your spring and summertime 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.    

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. 

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