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.

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

// posted by Vic Santiago on Thursday, May 05, 2016

May 05

Summer Parties are approaching! Is your outdoor space dressed to impress? Before you send out invitations to your upcoming graduation or Memorial Day party, follow these tips to transform your backyard into a summer oasis:

Arranged Furniture

Create a cozy space for casual conversation by moving furniture around. Whether it be folding chairs or a loveseat and lounge chair, arrange a parallel or L-shaped seating area so your guests can socialize all day long!

Shrubs and Blooms

Make a centerpiece for your yard and set up an elegant table top floral design, whether it be daisies, tulips, or ferns arranged in jars. Flowers brighten up your space, smell fresh, and make you say, “Hello, summer!”

Outdoor Kitchen

Make hosting even more easy by investing in an outdoor kitchen - BBQ, countertop, wine bar, and all! You’ll be able to cook while you socialize without missing a beat during your big outdoor event!

Custom Awning

Don’t let your summer party get rained on! Buy a custom awning to keep you dry from showers and cool from the hot summer sun. They can also help keep your home cool, so guests can also enjoy socializing indoors. Retractable awnings are the perfect solution for those who don’t want to cover up the beautiful exterior of their home but love the idea of added protection.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and allow you to host your outdoor summer parties without extreme weather ruining a good time! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

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.

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.

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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