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. 

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.

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.

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.

Green Upgrades for Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, April 15, 2016

Apr 15

Being eco-friendly isn’t just good for the environment, it can also save you an incredible amount of money on your energy bills. So jump on the green bandwagon by looking into these green upgrades for your home:

Buy a cool roof - One that reflects the heat off of your home instead of letting it absorb. For example, metal is a smart option because not only does it keep your home cool, but it also lasts for decades!

Start recycling - For all those glass and plastic bottles you use, start recycling instead of tossing them away. There are plenty of uses for used bottles (and even other materials, like paper). Create a designated bin in the kitchen for recycling and empty weekly.

Install green flooring - Hardwood floors look beautiful in the home, but you can get the same durability and feel while being eco-friendly at the same time. Cork and bamboo make great alternatives and are resistant to spills, making cleanups easy as well!

Choose a gas fireplace - Gas fireplaces can provide you with heat during cooler months of the year with less pollution than any traditional wood-burning style can. Most models can vent without a chimney and can increase home efficiency when you use energy the most.

Install an awning - During warmer months of the year, the sun can heat up your home and make you waste energy. Instead of needing to crank the AC, set up a custom awning in your backyard to lower the cost of cooling.  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can help you save energy by creating a custom awning fit just for your home!  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.   

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:


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.


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. 


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.


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.  



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