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. 

Must Know Facts About Retractable Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, February 01, 2016

Feb 01

Do you spy awnings in your neighbor's backyard? Ask the majority of homeowners what type of awning they have on their property and they’ll most likely tell you that a retractable awning is the best financial investment. From functionality to aesthetics, here is why retractable awnings are the ideal addition to your outdoor space:

Lowers energy bills. Retractable awnings provide constant shady retreat for your outdoor space. Not only does this keep you cool during the warmer months of the year, but it also reduces the natural light entering your home, lowering your electricity bills.

Keeps animals away. Retractable awnings such as the 1250 Plus Series is a semi enclosed awning style with a sleek aluminum cover, protecting the fabric from bird nesting.

Prevents deck damage. Because your deck is sensitive to sunlight, it can easily fade if it’s not protected. A retractable awning that covers your entire deck or patio area can keep your deck cool and free of UV ray exposure. This means your deck will last longer, and therefore increase the value of your home.

Includes a lifetime warranty. Retractable awnings are heavy duty and are meant to withstand harsh weather conditions. For example, the 1350 Series contains a stainless steel chain and drop valance to suit larger projections.

Appeals to everyone. We’re talking colors galore! With four frame colors and over four hundred custom fabric colors to choose from, your backyard space can be tailored to fit your unique style.

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

Questions to Ask Before Buying a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Jan 05

New year, new home improvement projects? If buying a custom awning is on your checklist of projects to complete in 2016, then you've made a wise choice! But like many other home projects, you're probably wondering what you need to know before making a purchase. Well, look no further! We've got your FAQ's below:


1. Which type of awning will suite my needs?

There are a few questions to consider regarding the type of awning you will need. The two primary questions you should ask before purchasing an awning are: (1) what is the purpose of my awning? and (2) what type of climate do I live in? Once you have the answer to these questions, you can consult with your custom awning company and narrow down your options. For example, retractable awnings are ideal for when the weather gets cold, as you have the option to retract when needed.  

2. Which brands do you recommend?

Purchasing an awning can be tricky enough as it is, but toss a number of brands into the mix and you have an even bigger decision to make. By asking which brands are most popular and why, you can come to an even closer decision. Dean Custom Awnings works with several high-quality manufacturers, such as Sunbrella Fabrics. To view more brand options, click here.

3. Can I see the product before it's manufactured?

Ask your awning service if they offer digital renderings. This allows you to view your customized creation before it’s produced in case you want to make any adjustments to your selection, be it color or fabric. Click here to view a few examples of digital renderings.  

4. Do you have any references?

It’s vital to ask for references before using a service. That way, you can read first hand experiences and determine whether or not a company is right for you. Want a custom awning in time for spring? Read what customers are saying about their experience with Dean Custom Awnings.

If you’re in the market for a customized awning at home, turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We can help you create a custom retractable 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.

Awnings Can Help Your Small Business

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Dec 01

Among the many decisions you must make when launching a new business, you will have to decide on the desired appearance of your storefront. The color and shape of your building, as well as your signage are all critical to the success of your business. But one of the aesthetic features is commonly overlooked more often than not is the awning.

Creating a custom awning for your business has many functions and advantages. For example, they can provide weather protection and additional color to your storefront, which in turn can attract more customers. When choosing a customized awning for your small business, consider the following elements:  .

Color and style - There are more awning options than you might realize. From different fabrics and colors, and even types of awnings, it’s important to carefully consider which will look best against your storefront. Bonus tip: consider what brand colors you’re advertising and choose accordingly.

Awning functionality - Not only do custom awnings provide aesthetic needs for your small business, but they also provide a number of functions. For example, awnings can protect your customers and entryway from rain, snow, and extremely sunny conditions. So think about the size you will need and how often people might be standing outside.

Advertise business - When articulated creatively, custom awnings can additionally be a source of advertising for your small business. Let’s say you don’t have much room in your budget for other marketing strategies - create an affordable, yet creative awning that will attract customers who walk or drive by. Your goal is to have heads turn, and that’s exactly what an awning can do for you!

At Dean Custom Awnings, we know the importance of awnings for businesses, no matter how big or small. If you’re getting ready to launch a business and are in the market for a customized awning, look no further than our experts! Visit our commercial awnings photo gallery for inspiration and give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services. 

How to Pick the Perfect Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov 16

If you’re going to make investments for your business, you’ll want to consider an awning. Awnings contribute to the overall appearance and function of your storefront and can add value. There are a many factors to consider when picking the perfect awning. Do you have questions regarding which one to choose? We’ve got your answers:

What is the purpose of an awning?

The style awning you choose will largely affect your brand. Do you wish to provide shade and comfort for your customers, or do you prefer one that compliments your brand? When you know why you want to create a custom awning, you’re one step closer to choosing the right option.  

What kind of style do I want?

Your awning will be a key highlight to your store’s aesthetics, so decide whether you want it to be distinct or subtle, colorful or simple. Choosing an awning that complements your company’s style and message is a good place to start. Then, consider your surroundings and what other businesses are doing in your community.

Are there local restrictions?

Some areas have restrictions and building codes that you must accommodate. So before you make any selections, check with your local zoning restrictions to learn what you can and cannot do in regards to a new awning design.  

 How much should I spend?

The cost of awnings varies depending on size, shape, and fabric. That being said, it’s best to set a budget and stick to it. Some awning design companies will work with you to make sure you are happy with the product whiles staying under your budget. To learn more about how you can customize a quality awning within budget, click here.

What size should I choose?

Consider the size of your storefront. You might not want a large awning if your building is on the smaller size, and vise versa. To choose the perfect awning, take measurements and think about which size will best compliment your building’s exteriors from every angle.  

A custom awning is an aesthetic addition for any business, no matter how big or small. At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer superior awning services that are custom-tailored to your needs, and we would love to help you with your next project! For more information, 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.

Frame Styles for Your Outdoor Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct 23

If you’re getting ready to create a customized awning for your home or business, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there. The style that you choose for your new awning greatly depends on the functionality for which you will need. Once you know the purpose for your awning, use the following list of awning shapes to help you choose the best style:


Traditional. Traditional frames are typically used for sun protection, which can be ideal for installing over large areas like your back deck, patio, or porch.

Dome. Dome awnings are popular for small entryways in front of storefronts and offices. This is one of the best options for weather protection because of its sphere-like shape, which can not only shield you from the sun, but also from heavy rainfalls.

Gable. Gable awnings are perfect for rain due to their steep sloped shape. Whether you have an outdoor restaurant or a large backyard, these can protect a large crowd from bad weather (and sun of course).

Convex. Convex frames are a smart choice if the purpose of your awning is to provide protection and promote your business at the same time. They are long enough for you to create a custom graphic design and cover the entirety of your storefront or office building.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awning frame styles for your outdoor awning. Our experts will help you through every step of the process, from designing to installation. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region. To learn more about our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

How to Choose the Perfect Color Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Oct 20

Picking the perfect color for any home or business design element can be stressful. When it comes to a personalized awning, the color that you choose directly impacts the look of your home or business, so it’s important to select wisely. Luckily, there’s a lot of leeway with color, but asking yourself these three questions can help you make an informative decision:

1. What is the purpose of your awning?

Is this awning for your business or home? Commercial awnings are fairly different than residential awnings. An awning designed specifically for branding is designed with the intention of advertising a business and keeping customers protected. On the other hand, an awning created for the home is intended to help lower energy bills and provide safety from sun, rain, and other unexpected weather conditions.

2. What emotion do you want to convey?

Colors are an important part of the awning creation process, especially when it comes to branding because they directly affect your customers. Choosing the right color for your awning is one of the most essential parts of making your business successful, as not every color is the same. Below are a few colors to consider for your business and how they attract consumers.

  • Red - The color of excitement
  • Blue - A calming and cool color that represents trust
  • Yellow - A fun and confident color that often evokes hyper-specific emotions
  • Green - Used for a calming effect or an eco-friendly idea

3. What color are your exteriors?

Take a look at your building’s exterior. What color is it? When choosing a color for your awning, you want to compliment what you’re already working with. For example, if your building is white, you might want to choose a shade other than white, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.

Are you ready for a customized awning fit for your home or business? At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer many styles and colors to help you create the perfect awning. We proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will help you through every step of the awning creation process! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

Why You Need a Commercial Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Oct 14

When it comes to business, commercial awnings serve several purposes and are a key element to success. This is true for clothing stores, restaurants, and everything in between. If you're looking for a way to optimize your business, here are three reasons why commercial awnings are a smart option:


 1. Market your business - If you’re looking for a way to market your business, then consider a custom-made awning. Typically, awnings are the first thing you see when you walk or drive up to a store. And when executed properly, customers will be so drawn to your storefront that your clientele will begin to grow. 

2. Highlight your storefront architecture - Commercial awnings are an effective tool for drawing in new customers, especially when they’re customized. By taking a custom design and bringing it to life, you can significantly enhance the overall look of your storefront and send a clear message to your buyers. At Dean Custom Awnings, we will help you design the best custom awning for your unique business.  

3. Safety and protection - Not only do awnings affect the visual appeal of your storefront, but they also provide weather protection for your customers. Depending on the size and shape you choose, you can help your customers to stay safe upon entering and exiting the building, which tells them that you care.

 Need a new custom commercial awning for your business? At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awning styles and shapes from which to choose. We also offer drawings and digital photographic depictions to help you visualize what a custom awning will do for your business! For more information on our services, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.

#TestimonialTuesday | Dean Custom Awnings Customer Reviews

// posted by Vic Santiago on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Oct 06

Whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, custom awnings have their advantages – marketing your brand, protecting your home from bad weather, adding a personal touch, you name it! At Dean Custom Awnings, we are expert in providing the highest quality awning services and products on the market.

Need a custom awning company in the northeast region? Look no further than Dean Custom Awnings. Out recent reviews speak for themselves!

Hand putting check mark with green marker on five star rating.

“They looked at the job, gave me a quote and started the work all on the same day! The awning was repaired and re-installed right on time and just as they said it would be! So great!” – Customer, Stamford, CT

“The salesman was friendly and knowledgeable. The installers were prompt and neat. It worked out very well.” – Marion G., New Rochelle, NY

“This company was great. They did the job exactly as described with no delays and friendly service. I would definitely recommend them.” – Patti & Joey D., Scarsdale, NY

“Vic called within 15 minutes of my request. Gave me a price when he came & called when the product was ready and came and supervised the entire job… I am satisfied with the product.” – Stanley W., Trumbull CT.

Our recent reviews highlight the service we strive to provide. For more reviews from our customers, please click here. Do you your own story to share? We would love to hear from you!

With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will send one of our professionals right to your front door. To learn more about how Dean Custom Awnings can help you create the perfect solution for your home or business, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.



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