The Dos and Don'ts of Awning Care

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, January 07, 2016

Jan 07

Now that winter has arrived, you can expect some extreme weather conditions. That being said, it’s important to take extra good care of your property. While an awning can provide protection to your outdoor space, it’s key to understand the do’s and don’ts of caring for it so that it lasts for years to come:  


Retract in high winds - If you own a retractable awning, the beauty is that you can put it away when needed. So while they might be made to withstand stronger weather conditions, high winds isn’t one of them.

Brush off rain water - Don’t let your awning get moldy. This can be a health hazard and will likely lessen the lifespan of your awning. So wait until the weather dries up and get rid of any rain that may have accumulated on your awning.

Inspect after a storm - While rain can cause problems for your awning, so can debris. Between falling tree limbs to dirt, be sure your awning is clear by carefully climbing onto a ladder and inspecting the situation. Make sure you do this when the conditions aren’t slippery.


Use harsh chemicals to clean - When cleaning your awning, try to shy away from using chemical cleaners on fabric, as this can destroy your awning and the mildew-resistant qualities it might possesses.

Plant trees around it - When a storm hits, you might experience tree damage. And when a tree grows, its limbs can overextend and damage your awning. So be careful when planting new greenery on your property, especially if you have a fabric awning.

Retract in freezing temps - Retractable awnings are meant to withstand snowy conditions and protect your deck, but if your awning suddenly becomes frozen you can expect its condition to change.

Have other questions about caring for your awning this winter and throughout the year? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer high quality awnings, tailored to fit your needs, and are here for any and all of your questions. For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. 

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.

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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