Only the Best: Why You Should Choose Dean Custom Awnings

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jun 21

You're constantly looking for more ways to stay safe and comfortable away from the sun. High SPF sunblocks and now, UPF clothing are both great things you can do to stay protected while out and about. 

Millions of homeowners want that same protection without having to reach for a tube of sunblock or special clothing. Awnings might be the answer.

A home awning can keep the sun at bay and allow you to enjoy more of the outdoors during the summer. As an added perk, awnings immediately enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and could even increase your home value long term. 

Residential home awnings can also mean lower energy expenses from month to month. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers found that awnings near patios and windows can reduce indoor temperatures by up to 15 degrees! 

Even the Environmental Protection Agency recommends installing home awnings on south-facing and west-facing windows so that your home is protected from the setting sun. Installing a home awning is a recipe for safe, fun, comfortable summer nights spent outdoors with friends and family. 

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More Reasons Custom Awnings Are the Way to Go 

Custom awnings are the way to go because they optimize all of the things that were discussed above.

When you can select the exact kind of fabric that you want your awning to be, the color of your awning, and the perfect size to complement your home's layout, you'll ultimately reap more energy-saving benefits and make your home look great all the while. 

·       Choose Color and Style 

Dean Custom Awnings offers a variety of styles and colors to choose from. Since Dean Custom Awnings uses eco-friendly dyed acrylic that provides incredibly color retention and protection against fading and weather erosion, you can feel more confident about the long-term return on investment. 

·       Pick the Frame You Like 

Moreover, because each home is different, you'll have the option of mixing and matching different frame styles to go with the custom awning styles and colors that you've selected. 

As examples, a dome style frame would be an excellent addition to a few windows facing your backyard whereas the "traditional" and "traditional patio" frame styles by Dean Custom Awnings could make for an amazing looking awning that protects all of your guests. 

·       Customers Reviews Tell the Story 

One customer from Stanford, Connecticut found the collaborative process really refreshing. He writes: "They...gave me a quote and started the work all on the same day! The awning was they said it would be! So great!" Dean Custom Awnings serves Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 

Receive a Consultation and Digital Renderings 

Dean Custom Awnings is a truly modern awning company that can provide digital renderings of your new awning...before it goes up! This allows residential and commercial customers to get a sneak peak and take their awning for a test run, if you will. 

Digital renderings of your new custom awning paint a striking picture of how a home or the exterior of an office building can be vastly improved with the simple installation of a custom awning. 

You still get to select from your favorite awning styles, colors, and frames. The professionals at Dean Custom Awnings can weigh in, if you like, with design suggestions and install your awning that same week in most cases. 

Custom awnings really do improve the functionality of both homes and restaurants. When you install a custom awning in your home, you'll be able to have guests over without worrying about the sun, and a custom awning outside a restaurant can, overnight, mean more seats. 

Get in touch to learn how you can increase the curb appeal of your home and save money on energy while you're at it!

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.

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.

Escape the Summer Heat

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, June 02, 2016

Jun 02

How are you escaping the summer heat? We’re going to take a guess and say you reach for your air conditioner and portable fans. While these methods are most convenient, they can also be costly. Below are a few more energy efficient ways to keep cool:


Umbrella & Canopy

Going outside might seem counterintuitive, but resting in a shady area can allow you to catch a cool, relaxing breeze. Setting up an umbrella above your outdoor table or a canopy over your deck area is a smart way to block out the sun and allow you to enjoy the summer breeze without suffering in the summer sun!


The most natural way to escape the summer heat is to relax under a tree. If you don’t have much plant life in your yard, you can benefit from a little landscaping. Not only can trees keep you cool outside, but they can also protect your home from excess sunlight, such tends to heat up your home rapidly. Trees such as oak, maple, and birch are fast growing greens that act as a large canopy of leaves.


An excellent way to stay cool and add architectural beauty to your home’s exterior is to install a custom awning. Awnings protect windows, entrances, and furnishings from harmful UV rays. They can also reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 8 to 15 degrees.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer many types of residential designs, including windows, doors, patios and decks, as well as rear basement stairways. If an awning sounds like the perfect solution to help you escape the summer heat, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Skin

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Jun 01

Today marks the first day of June, which means we’re given more time for some fun in the sun! But as we know, a little too much sun can be damaging to our skin and our health. So how can we protect ourselves? Here are three essential tips for blocking out the summer sun:


Wearing sunblock is an obvious solution for skin protection, but sometimes we think we only need it when we’re headed to the beach. Truth is that you’re susceptible to sunburn even from sitting outside on your deck or prepping for a cookout.  

Cover up

While you’re lounging outside or having a cookout, be sure to also cover up. This means wearing a brimmed hat and UV sunglasses - any article of clothing that will protect your skin from burning during peak times for sun exposure.  

Stay in the shade

The best way to protect your skin from excess sun exposure is to find a shady area in your backyard. One of the most effective ways to create shade is to install a custom residential awning. Retractable awnings are great for homeowners who want shade and UV protection but don’t want to cover up the beautiful exterior of their home all the time.   

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer nothing but the highest quality residential awnings to help you create a shady oasis for your backyard. To learn more and schedule your consultation, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web.

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 Awnings Can Increase the Value of Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Apr 06

Image you’re house hunting. Every home you visit looks the same except for one. This house features a backyard awning, which has you thinking about all the outdoor parties you can have in summer (rain or shine). This is just one of the many reasons your backyard awning can increase the value of your home. Here are three others:   

Boost your curb appeal

Dress up your windows by adding decorative value. Choose an awning color and style that compliments your home’s exterior paint colors and frames your home perfectly. There are many different types of awning shapes, such as dome, traditional, gable, and more.

Lower energy bills

Keeping your home cool in the summer can be costly. That is, unless you install a custom awning. Awnings can cool off temperatures by 8-15 degrees during the warmer months by blocking out the sun.

Expand your living space

Keep your backyard shady, as if you’re retreating to another room in your home (except your actually outdoors). A custom built cabana style awning, retractable awning or a custom built stationary awning above your outdoor furniture makes for a beautiful addition of living space on your property. 

At Dean Custom Awnings, there is no idea that is too small or too large - we will take on your project and show you just how beneficial an awning can be when it comes to the value of your home. 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.  

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.  

How to Lower Your Energy Bills at Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb 19

Let’s face it: energy bills have only increased over the years. And sometimes we don’t even realize how it gets to be so high. But by being more conscious of how we use the technology in our homes, we can significantly lower our bills and save more energy. Below are a few money-saving hacks to consider:

Reduce heat.

Heating up water for your laundry machine accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses, so switch your unit to cold wash as often as possible. Not only will this help you to reduce energy, but it can also prevent your mixed fabrics from bleeding.

Load the dishes.

 Although it’s important to load your dishwasher carefully, you can save energy at home by also washing only full loads. But to help you reduce tough grease and food scraps, pre-wash your dishes in sink. Make sure to put the stopper on your drain so you aren’t wasting water.

Unplug appliances.

 It’s easy to take advantage of technology nowadays. But just think how much money you could save by unplugging the toaster or lamps when not in use. Also, keeping your laptop plugged in all day might save the battery, but it won’t save you money - so always reserve as much as possible.

Install an awning.

 Awnings can help to reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees during the hot summer months. They can also protect your home furnishings from the sun’s harmful UV rays. So if you’re looking to create more shade and reduce your cooling bill, installing a residential awning is an excellent solution. Did we also mention is make for a great outdoor extension?  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of awnings to help you lower energy bills all year round - especially during the hot summers! Learn more about our selections here. If a residential 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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