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. 

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.  

The Most Popular Awning Materials

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Jan 14

Looking to create a shady outdoor space for your home or business? Custom awnings are an excellent investment, especially if you live in the Northeast region. Whether you’re thinking about having a custom awning installed or replaced, consider these popular awning materials that are made to last:



With all the precipitation you experience in New York and Connecticut, you need a waterproof awning. Why? Because not only will you need an awning that can withstand the rain and snow, but you also need one that can resist mold and mildew. That being said, a vinyl awning is a wise choice, as they are designed for humid environments alone.


Acrylic awnings are durable and perhaps the most traditional choice for awnings. On top of that, they can also resist mildew as well as UV ray damage. The other benefit? Acrylic comes in a wide array of colors due to the type of fibers from which they are created. Check out a few of the most popular awning fabrics by clicking here.

Once you choose an awning material, it’s crucial to choose the right frame style that suits your needs. Whether that be dome shaped or traditional, it's important to talk with a professional, high-quality awning service.

Whichever type of awning material you choose, Dean Custom Awnings is here to provide you with top notch services, custom-tailored to your exact needs, whether it be for your home or business. We are pioneers in providing high quality awning services and awning products, and have been for three long generations! To learn more about our commercial and residential awnings, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

How Retractable Awnings Add Value to Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dec 10

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, so why not add all of the comforts that will help boost your home’s value? There are plenty of ways you can add value to your home from the inside out. But when it comes to your outdoor space, one of the most effective ways you can increase comfort and value is by adding a retractable awning. Here’s why:

Enhance outdoor space - Maybe you have an outdoor deck, but how often do you use it? If you shy away from using your outdoor space because of excessive heat or a little rain, then you might benefit from a retractable awning. With a beautifully, custom-designed awning you can put that backyard space to use and add an additional area to your home.

Increase energy savings - UV rays are not only harmful to your health, but they can also raise the inside temperature when you’re trying to keep it cool. But did you know that retractable awnings can reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8 to 15 degrees when applied to your windows? And the best part is that you can easily store them in the winter when you want the sunlight to warm up your home.

Add element of design -  There’s not denying that your home looks ten times better when you customize it. So when you choose a customized awning, choose from a wide range of patterns and textures - that way you can create a whole new look that you will receive tons of compliments on when in use but can quickly retract when necessary.

It’s never too early to start thinking about adding value to your home. If a custom awning sounds like the right addition for your home, then turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom retractable awning, tailored to fit your needs. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.



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