Prep Your Backyard Ready for Memorial Day Weekend

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11

T-minus two weeks until Memorial Day weekend! We can’t think of a more perfect way to kick off the start to summer than throwing a backyard BBQ with your closest family and friends! Once you’ve gotten the word out about your gathering, you’ll need to get your outdoor space ready:

Take out furniture - Create a space where your guests can mingle by arranging your furniture appropriately. This includes your backyard table, swings, loveseats, and wicker chairs. Turn the furniture inwards to make a good conversation easier.

Garden - Once your furniture is in place, add some color to your space. From tulips to sunflowers, there are many types flowers that can spruce up your garden plus make it smell nice. Before you start planting, learn which blooms best thrive in your climate and what kind of care they need.

Add pops of color - Say “Hello, Summer!” by incorporating decorative accents to your yard. Whether this means adding an arrangement of pillows to your loveseat or a floral centerpiece to your table, bringing color to your space can take your exterior decorating to the next level.

Dust off awnings - Don’t let it rain on your Memorial Day gathering! Prepare your awning by brushing off dust, pollen, and any other debris. Make sure it’s ready for when you need it - even if the sun is extra strong that day. Your guests will feel much more comfortable!

If you’re still in need of a custom awning to protect your deck or patio, contact Dean Custom Awnings! Our residential awnings are an excellent way to add architectural beauty and style while providing practical function by protecting your home from the elements. For more information, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.   

How to Remove Snow from Your Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, February 08, 2016

Feb 08

We’ve endured a lot of snow in the Northeast region this winter, so it’s safe to assume that your roof tops, patio furniture, and awnings are coated in white. And while it may look beautiful in your yard, snow can actually wreak havoc on your awning.

Although many types of awnings are made to withstand strong weather conditions, there are several drawbacks to not removing snow after a storm:

  • Mold and Mildew
  • Sagging
  • Rips and tears

That being said, it’s important that you get that snow off your awning before something bad happens. But using your shovel is one of the worst mistakes you can make, as awnings need to be handled with care. Try these methods instead:

Sweep - Use a snow broom with soft bristles to remove the heaviest accumulation first.

Leaf Blower - If light flurries are in the forecast, no need to sweep away inches of snow. Instead, grab a leaf blower to blast away those tiny particles of moisture (before they freeze up).

Roof Rake - For metal or steel awnings, use a roof rake to clear away the snow, as this type of awning is strong enough to handle raking.

Hose - Hose down dirt after you’ve cleared away the snow for optimal results. Especially if you experienced a blizzard recently, it’s common for dirt and debris to get blown around. And if you don’t remove as soon as possible, the debris can damage your awning.  

As a safety precaution, always be sure you have a ladder and another person nearby while removing snow from your roof. 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

Tips to Protect Your Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, December 28, 2015

Dec 28

Customizing an awning for your home or storefront is a huge investment with many benefits. Why not help your investment live past its lifespan by protecting it as best as you can? By following a regular maintenance checklist, your awning will be more efficient and will look its best for years to come. Not sure what to look for? Here’s where you can start:


Inspect for stains and mildew.

Stains and mildew can wreak havoc on your awning, especially when there’s more precipitation in the forecast. So after a storm passes (even a light rainfall), grab a ladder, a pair of shoes with gripping soles, and a backup helper. Then, inspect the surface and clean accordingly.

Don't store while wet.

Make a note for yourself not to store your awning while it’s wet. Instead, wait until both sides are completely dry. If you store too soon, you could risk rotting or mildew stains.

Check for tears.

Notice any wears or tears on your awning? If so, it’s vital to patch it up as soon as possible to prevent any further damage. Contact your awning provider and ask how they can help you.

Hose down debris.

It’s a smart idea to hose down debris on a regular basis (or at least after a big storm passes). Between dirt and tree limbs, your awning can get damaged if it's not cleared off.

Need a helping hand protecting your customized awning? If so, contact the experts Dean Custom Awnings. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and offer our customers the latest and most convenient, speedy services available. To learn more about our services, 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.



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