Choosing the Right Size Retractable Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aug 17

Retractable awnings give you the best of both worlds. They’re there when you need them, and can retract when you don’t. Everyone can benefit from the beauty and function of these awnings, but before you choose one it’s best to set your mind on the proper size. Here are two major tips we suggest you consider:  

Know the purpose

Are you looking to extend your outdoor space? Want a solution that will cool off your home? Whichever the purpose, you’ll want to know the reason behind installing an awning before you actually have one installed. If the purpose is to extend your outdoor space, you’ll want it large enough to cover your patio or deck area. If it’s primary use is to shade your home from the hot sun, the measurements will be different.

Measure deck/patio or storefront

 Whether your awning is for your home or business, your next step is to measure the area around it. By that, we mean know the width and length of your deck, patio, storefront, or restaurant. No awning should be too large or too small and is completely dependent upon the size of the space it covers.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we create and install retractable awnings customized to your unique space. We will help you every step of the way, from the brainstorming process to installation and maintenance. There’s no project too big or small that we are not ready to take on. To learn more about our residential and commercial retractable awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

August Outdoor Maintenance

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Aug 16

While summer is still in full bloom, take the opportunity to create a checklist of the ways in which you can care for your home’s exterior. Grab a pen or iPad, because you’ll want to write these down:

1. Check for signs of rot. Examine structural areas of your home, such as your deck, using a flat-blade screwdriver. Check the stairs and railing. Areas of rot that are large (larger than a silver dollar) will need to be replaced.

2. Inspect the ledger. Using a flashlight, inspect underneath your deck as well. Pay close attention to the ledger, which frames and attaches to your home. The ledger should be attached with lag screws and not only nails.

3. Blow the leaves. Don’t let the leaves and other debris pile up in spots around your home. Use a blower to get them away from corners and collect in a garbage bag. This task is especially important after large storms, when leaves become saturated and fall from tree limbs around your home.

4. Clean your awning. Keeping your awning clean from leaves and debris is just as important as any other outdoor maintenance. Start by brushing off loose dirt and hosing down the entire awning. Then use a water and mild soap solution and clean using a soft bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry. If you have a retractable awning, do not retract when wet to avoid mold and mildew.

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.

Cost Effective Upgrades for Your Home

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

Aug 03

Whether you’re a landlord looking for upgrades before renting out, or you plan on selling your house within a few months to a year, you might start to think about how you can make your home more cost effective. From sprucing up the exterior to making smart functional additions, here are three home improvement projects we recommend:

Paint - A fresh coat of paint on the interior or exterior is an inexpensive solution to remodeling your home. A freshly painted room looks clean and updated - it also speaks volumes for your home’s value. Whether you’re looking to sell or rent out, keep the tones neutral to appeal to the largest number of prospective buyers and renters. A can of paint doesn’t cost much, so buy a few and start rolling on a new color!

Plant trees - Boost your home’s curb appeal by planting a tree or two. You might not be looking to sell your house today, but we promise that in the future (when your tree fully matures) your landscaping will appeal to many. This home improvement project can also help you cut back on cooling costs during the warmer months, as trees create more shade around your home.

Install an awning - Speaking of cutting cooling costs, there’s no solution better than an awning. Awnings can reduce harmful UV rays and lower inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees. But when you do want a little more sunlight during the cooler months of the year, opt for a retractable awning. That way, you can wind it back up as you please.

If you’re looking to boost your home’s value, we guarantee that a custom awning by Dean Custom Awnings is a smart solution! We can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and make it more cost effective! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

How Awnings Add Home Value

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jul 20

Before deciding whether or not to install an awning, you might be pondering the benefits. Truth is, many homeowners don’t realize the value in awnings. As your Fairfield County Awning experts, we’re here to share a little more insight with you - just in case you’re on the fence.  



Choose a quality material such as vinyl for your awning. When you choose a quality awning, you can save energy and money when properly installed, which prospective buyers will appreciate.  


An awning makes your home more aesthetically appealing, increasing your home's value. This is especially true for those who install a retractable awning - one you can hide when you want and roll out when you need extra shade and sun or rain protection.


An awning has several functions. Not only does it expand your space, but it also acts as a quiet, shady area for you to relax outside. From cutting UV rays to keeping you cool and dry, the benefits are endless. And with so many materials and colors to choose from, an awning can also add to your curb appeal.

If you’re looking to boost your home’s value with an awning, contact Dean Custom Awnings! We can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and allow you to host your outdoor parties without extreme weather interfering! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.



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