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How Custom Retractable Awnings Improve Your Quality of Life

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Aug 08

From a stylish addition, to a savvy, cost-saving renovation, to simply allowing you to better enjoy the comfort of your own home, custom retractable awnings are a quick way to improve your quality of life at home.

What if we told you there was one simple step you could take as a homeowner that had the ability to put you more at ease and improve your quality of life?

Of course, that’s the type of trick we’d wish upon a magic genie should we ever get the chance. Fortunately, Dean Custom Awnings is the genie you don’t need to wish for.

At Dean, our custom retractable awnings are the solution to several of your woes, and are a practical way to beat the heat, improve the resale value of your home, upgrade your style, provide comfort and protection, and more. As a result, this simple solution is a great way to improve your quality of life.

Custom retractable awnings have personal, aesthetic, and economic benefits for you and your family, and are quickly becoming one of the most popular home renovation products people turn to. With an awning from Dean, you can enjoy the lifestyle that you deserve while improving your home's value, curb appeal, and usability.

Here’s a closer look at how:

Extend Your Living Space and Enjoy More of Life 

Adding a custom retractable awning to your home even made HGTV's "10 Ways to Add Value to Homes" list, which discusses how adding an awning to your backyard increases your home's total living space. 

The idea is that by adding a retractable awning to your family's sunroom or outdoor deck, you increase the amount of usable space that your home offers. This, in turn, allows you to enjoy more of your home — and very well could end up increasing your home's resale value if you ever plan to sell. 

Retractable awnings at Dean Custom Awnings are tailored to your family's style and needs. To ensure that you continue to enjoy your awning, we offer a lifetime warranty on your retractable awning's frame and a ten-year warranty on the motor and fabric. 

That kind of extended warranty makes sure you get the greatest benefits your awning has to offer.


Convenience at the Push of a Button 

Consumer Affairs found those benefits pretty impressive, highlighting, like HGTV, that retractable awnings allow you extend your home's usable space, as well as other benefits like safely enjoying the afternoon sun, and improving your home's aesthetics. And you can do all that with the push of a button. 

You have the option to power your custom retractable awning with a motor that unfurls its unique fabric. That fabric itself comes in many varieties and colors that you can hand pick and efficiently have installed in your home.

Many homeowners who already have home retractable awnings say that their backyard feels like a private oasis. You’ll also feel more comfortable opening that oasis to others, should you choose to do so, knowing that you have the comfort and style a custom retractable awning from Dean brings with it. 

Block the Sun, Not the View

Owning a retractable awning gives you more options. Whether the sun's too bright, the rain decides to make an appearance, or you're getting a bit of late-fall snow, you can simply unfurl your retractable awning and create your own sanctuary.

Stay Cool and Protected

Retractable awnings block out some of the nastier elements that Mother Nature can throw your way — awnings can block harmful UV-A and UV-B (ultraviolet) rays to help keep your family safe throughout the sunny spring and summer months.

Because awnings can block the sun's damaging UV rays, the Skin Cancer Foundation has started recommending that people buy awnings to stay protected. This means your awning can help protect your skin and eye health while enjoying the weather. Awnings are among the products that have received the Foundation's seal of recommendation

To be sure you receive that benefit, our awnings come with fabric that's UV-ray resistant. UV ray-resistant fabric has three properties that differentiate it from lower quality awnings: protection against fading, damage, and sunlight incursion. 

This means that your colors won't fade, the sun's UV rays won't degrade your awning's fabric and cause damage, and that sunlight won't penetrate through the fabric and harm your family. It's all about staying cool and protected.

Prevent Furniture From Fading Prematurely 

Blocking UV rays also helps to ensure that your outdoor furniture doesn't get too much sun. Furniture left out on your deck or in your sunroom can actually get the brunt of the sun's harmful rays and start to fade over time. This can lead to premature deterioration of outdoor chairs, couches, and other kinds of furniture.

Even furniture in your sunroom could be unprotected since many older windows didn't come with UV protection. Fortunately, an awning can block the sun's most damaging rays and prevent your furniture from fading prematurely. 

Awnings Recommended by U.S. Department of Energy 

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that homeowners consider awnings. Why? Because home awnings help reduce heat gain—the transfer of heat into your home from the sun (i.e., solar radiation). Doing so helps to keep your energy expenses down. 

Our custom retractable awnings can help reduce solar heat gain by up to 77 percent for your back patio or west-facing window, which often take the brunt of the sun’s intensity as the days grows older the and the sun sets in the west.

The beautiful thing about retractable awnings is that when you actually want the sun to heat your home in the winter, you can roll up the awning's fabric and get a little extra heat the natural way.

Ready to learn more about how awnings can help improve your quality of life? Get in touch with a representative at Dean Custom Awnings today!

How to Identify the Best Custom Retractable Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Aug 01

No porch or patio is complete without its own custom retractable awnings, and the benefits of having one greatly outweigh the alternative. Here’s a look at how to identify your perfect match.

The best custom retractable awnings can make a big difference in your home life. From the look and style you crave to other perks like energy management and savings, having the perfect custom retractable awning is a must for every homeowner.

But how can you know which options are the right ones?

We’ll take a closer look at how to identify great custom retractable awnings in this post, but here’s an overview of some of the things we’ll talk about:

      The best custom retractable awnings are going to be tailored to your needs and provide years of reliable service and convenience.

      They’ll also come with a generous warranty on both the motor and fabrics. You shouldn't have to sacrifice affordability or friendly customer service in your search for the best retractable awning for your home or business.

      The benefits that Dean Custom Awnings offers, and a look at our entire gallery, including the extremely popular 1150 Series retractable awning  -- which comes with a lifetime warranty on the awning's frame and a ten-year warranty on the custom fabrics and motor.

Let’s dive in to figure out how to identify the best custom retractable awnings.


Pick Custom Retractable Awnings That Fit Your Needs 

Every homeowner has slightly different needs depending on their priorities, their home construction, and their home's orientation.

Fitting a custom retractable awning to your westward-facing window or porch makes the most sense, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, who found that doing so reduced solar heat gain by 77 percent or more.

This means that you can improve the aesthetics of your home and cut your cooling expenses dramatically in the summer by choosing to go with custom retractable awnings. 

Choose Custom Retractable Awnings with Improved Fabric Materials 

The fabric on today's awnings has really improved, and Dean Custom Awnings continues to keep pace with those improvements. At Dean, we use polyvinyl laminate and durable acrylic materials for its awning fabrics so that your awning lasts longer. 

Using these durable synthetic materials in your awning's fabric significantly lowers color fading over time, prevents mold or water accumulation, and reflects more sunlight away from the awning for more protection and convenience. 

Custom retractable awnings with improved fabrics are better at reducing glare, solar heat gain, and UV rays from entering your home. This means that your furniture won't fade prematurely and that you and your family will remain safe, cool, and comfortable throughout the hotter months. 

Versatile Awnings for East- and West-Facing Decks, Porches, Windows 

If you have a back porch or window that faces the east or west, it's beneficial to go with a home awning that has side coverings and extenders that can provide additional shielding.

The reason is that both early morning sun from the east and late afternoon sun from the west can send in rays at a sideways angle. Awnings are typically designed to prevent direct sunlight hitting your deck, porch, or window from the south. 

Homes aren't always designed accordingly, though, which is why you should be looking at custom retractable awnings that can fit your needs.

Dean Custom Awnings offers the 950 Series retractable awning that overcomes these issues by coming with special fabrics designed to repel heat and provide ample protection against east-west sunlight from slipping in. You can customize the 950 Series so that you can retract the awning in or out as far as you like with the help of an electric motor. 

This classic design works extremely well over decks, solariums, and sunrooms, and the 950 Series has also has received stellar reviews in commercial applications such as schools and offices. 

The Best Custom Retractable Awnings are Tailored to Your Style 

Because we use dyed acrylic to color your custom retractable awning's fabric, you'll still have amazing color retention years after making your purchase. There are also a variety of binding colors and awning styles to choose from whether you're a homeowner or small business owner looking to expand. 

You can obviously pick any style or color scheme that suits you but bear in mind that awnings featuring lighter colors are better able to reflect sunlight -- although the acrylic that we use does a great job of preventing solar heat gain no matter the color. 

Plus, we offer a full color pallet for you to choose for your awning.  From natural, ivory, and vanilla, to navy and black, the customizable choices are at your fingertips with a full spectrum of color available. 

Speaking of choice, the best custom retractable awnings are also going to feature a tremendous selection of awning styles as well. At Dean, you'll find a huge selection ranging from scalloped and traditional to more ornate designs. 

Sometimes, though, the awning's purpose really dictates a particular kind of design. Business entrances sometimes call for an arched-top stationary, gabled entry, or European dome style for the best look. It really depends on the application. 

Dean Custom Awnings: Hard Work for Your Benefit 


The staff at Dean Custom Awnings will collaborate with you and even provides digital renderings of what your finished awning will look like once it's installed.

That’s all part of our customer satisfaction guarantee: our goal is delivering quality and value without losing sight of service and customers.

That’s also why Dean Custom Awnings has partnered with Industrial Fabrics Association International and Professional Awning Manufacturers Association: in order to constantly improve service and boost the quality of fabrics that make it into our custom retractable awnings. 

For more information on purchasing your very own custom retractable awnings, contact Dean Custom Awnings today!

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