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:



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.


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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.

Advertise Your Business With a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, May 02, 2016

May 02

Without storefront aesthetics, your business can appear bland and unforgettable. With a custom awning, you can provide significant information about your business and add protection all while advertising your business. But before you choose an awning, here are four elements to consider:  


Form design to style, there are many different shapes and sizes from which to choose. And while the right style awning should fit your storefront, it will also provide a certain amount of protection for your business and your customers.  


The fabric you choose for your business will depend on the climate in your location as well as the type of protection you need. For example, a woven fabric such as acrylic can protect your business from UV rays, which can keep your storefront cooler during summer months.


What’s better than a simple awning? An awning that send a message! Whether it be a tagline or telephone number, anything can be displayed on your custom awning.


Custom awnings not only provide your business with the right colors, but they can also help you advertise your brand image. Ask your awning company to customize your awning with an image that represents your business best.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can turn your ideas into reality to make your business stand apart from the rest! We will visit your business location to meet with you and discuss your design ideas, no matter how big or small! For more information on how we can provide you with top notch custom awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

Why You Need a Patio Awning This Summer

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

Apr 20

Enjoying the summer weather after a cold winter is one of the most relaxing feelings. Most days are pleasant, but then you have a few days when it’s either too hot or rainy to bare sitting outside. And that’s when you need to be protected! So to maximize the comfort of your outdoor space, we recommend an outdoor awning. Here’s why:

UV rays

We all know that the sun is strongest during summer months, and not many people want to sit on their back patio when it’s over 90 degrees outside. But with the push of a button, you can have a retractable awning that not only protects you, but also saves your patio (or deck) and home from heating up.

Rain storms

Don’t let Mother Nature rain on your outdoor gathering! Install an awning to protect you from stormy weather so you don’t have to take the party inside on a warm, summer’s day. Not to mention, it will also protect your patio furniture from getting soaked or damaged.  

Save money on energy

Studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and air conditioning Engineers (ASHRE) have proven that when the proper style and fabrics are used, awnings on patio doors can reduce indoor temperatures by 8 to 15 degrees! That means you don’t need to switch your AC to full blast all summer long, which inevitably leads to higher energy costs.

If an awning sounds like the perfect solution for your outdoor space this summer, 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.

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.   

Ways to Freshen Up Your Patio

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Mar 23

You step into your beautiful backyard on a warm spring afternoon, but something is missing: it reminds you of the dull winter days that are now behind us. Pretty soon, you’ll be inviting friends over for an outdoor gathering, but you’re embarrassed by your backyard’s appeal. Here are four essentials you need (and we swear by) if you’re looking to freshen up outdoor space: 

New Pillows. We’ve all been to an outdoor gathering where the seating is quite uncomfortable - don’t be that host. Fluff and throw down some pillows - your guests will be happy you did. Add these bright colors to your swing and table set chairs. You can even create a space for kids on the ground - sort of like a mini fort from when you were a kid! 

Trees. Let’s look beyond fabric and focus on the one element every yard needs: greens! Buy large pots and plant mini trees and flower arrangements in them. Not only will it create a wonderful aroma, but it will also boost the flow of oxygen and create a little bit of cozy privacy in your yard. 

Lighting. When you’re hosting an evening party, the last thing you want is for it to go dark. Light up the night with Edison-inspired lights or anything that creates a festive atmosphere. Go the extra mile and add a fire pit as well! 

Awnings. Now, your friends come to this party of yours and it starts raining. But inside your home, it’s a mess and you don’t want to postpone. This has happened to many more of us than we’d like to admit. That is why we recommend you install a residential custom awning above your patio to keep everyone (including your patio) dry. Even for those super sunny afternoons, your guests will stay cool and shady all day long. 

Your outdoor space should not only look appealing - it should also be functional for when you invite guests over. If you checked everything off your patio makeover list but still need an awning, call Dean Custom Awnings. 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.  

Why Restaurants Need Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Feb 24

Awnings are an amazing addition to include on many homes, but they also work wonders for businesses. Of any business, restaurants can gain the most from having an awning. Here’s how:

Expand the Space

Adding an awning will let you add tables outside of the restaurant, which translates to an increase in the occupancy level. Being able to serve more people at one time will increase the total amount of revenue. This is especially useful during the spring, summer, and early fall months. There are many people that prefer to sit outside when the weather permits.

Keep the Sun Out

For those customers enjoying their lunch outside, the sun can ruin their meal. Whether it’s the glare or sweltering heat, an awning can protect you from both. It will allow for a cooler temperature to sit in and for customers to eat without squinting.

Protect Customers & Business

Customers who prefer to eat outside can do so without worrying about the weather changing. If it starts to rain, there is no reason to move inside because you are protected from the elements. Awnings will additionally keep the sidewalk, that’s closest to the business, relatively dry. This will come in handy when it rains or snows and the temperature drops below freezing. Icy sidewalks can spell trouble for a business.

Define Location

Installing an awning at the front of your restaurant can help define your restaurant’s visual identity. An awning that complements the overall look of your business will make it more noticeable and heighten its curb appeal. Your restaurant will be noticed more as people drive by because awnings and lighting are commonly associated with restaurants.

With all of these advantages, it’s a mystery why all restaurants don’t have an awning at the front of the building. When you decide that it’s time to install a new awning, or replace an old one, contact Dean Custom Awnings. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

Best Awnings for Winter: Retractable Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Dec 15

Choosing outdoor finishing touches that last you for the winter can be tough. Depending on where you live, you might find it tricky to discover an awning that can withstand snow, ice, and cold temperatures. While there aren’t many options out there that can last through freezing winters, there is one you can depend on: a retractable awning.

Aside from its long guaranteed lifespan, there are many reasons why you should choose a retractable awning if you live in a cold climate. Here’s why:


Protection - If you’re seeking shelter from the ice and snow, then you’ve met your match! Retractable awnings were built to withstand harsh wintry conditions and keep your back deck or patio free of snow. Plus, you can retract whenever you need to!

Versatility - A perfect example of a time you may want to retract your awning is during a night of heavy winds. Unlike other awnings, you can put away your retractable awning if you’re either leaving for vacation and are expecting questionable weather conditions or want to be safe and protect your awning from blustery winds.

Weight - If you live in the Northeast region, then you know very well how much snow can accumulate quickly. But luckily, if you own a retractable awning, you won’t have to worry about the snow weighing down on the latest addition to your outdoor space. These awnings are strong and can carry the weight of snow. But of course, if you’d rather stay on the safe side, you can retract until the snow melts and weather warms up a bit.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of retractable awnings that are strong, 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.  



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