Which Awning Is the Best?

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Aug 24

When sunny or rainy days call for a solution, you can rest assured that retractable awnings are the answer! But just like umbrella, there are different types of retractable awnings on the market. From the main function to the little extra features, which is the absolute best one for you?

About Retractable Awnings

Most homeowners know the shade that these awnings provide for a deck or patio area, making time spent outdoors more enjoyable. Not only are they functional, but they also retract inwards, which means you don’t have to see it all the time if you don’t want to - call it the best of both worlds!

Retractable Awning Models

1150 Series is a quality awning that has a sleek and modern look. The EZ slope feature allows you to adjust the pitch of your awning up to 50 degrees with a simple twist of the hand crank - easy for any homeowner to do.

1250 Plug Series is ideal for applications where the awning is exposed, such as roof mounted installations.

1350 Series is heavy duty and features a multi spring tension system, ideal for larger projections.

950 Series is a versatile retracting awning system that utilizes a unique arm tension fabric to provide sun protection and reduce heat gain. If you’re looking to save the most energy, protect yourself furnishing from UV rays, and escape extreme sunny conditions, this one’s for you.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we create and install retractable awnings customized to your unique space. We will help you every step of the way, from choosing the right series to installation and maintenance. There’s no project too big or small that we are not ready to take on. To learn more about our residential and commercial retractable awning solutions, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193.  

How Awnings Can Cut Your Utility Bills

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, April 04, 2016

Apr 04

Sunny afternoons and humid nights are on their way and you know what that means - inevitably you'll cranking your AC and wasting money on utility bills. So, before the summer heat returns once again, you might want to consider investing in an awning to reduce the cost of cooling. Here’s how it works:


Material - Awnings made of metal are sturdy, but if you’re goal is to reduce the summer’s heat, choose an awning made with light-colored polyvinyl and acrylics with a tight-knit weaving to block out majority of the sun.

Style - Not all types of awnings are made for the heat. If your custom awning will primarily be used for cutting utility bills, remember that hot air can become trapped around a window if the awning does not have proper ventilation. As your custom awning provider about your options.

Type - There are many different types of awnings on the market, and each serve a different purpose. If you want to cut down on energy bills but want an easy solution for cold weather, then you will benefit from a retractable awning. This type of awning is designed to keep your home cool in summer and made to retract in winter to prevent damage from heavy storms.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

How to Prep Your Outdoor Space for Cooler Weather

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, November 06, 2015

Nov 06

If you live in the northeast, you know just how brutal the winter can be. ending to your outdoor living space before the temperatures drop is crucial for protecting your home from all the snow, ice, and blustery winds.

Here are a few ways you can be proactive and prep your outdoor space before the winter arrives:


1. Store furniture. Outdoor swings and rocking chairs can get the wrath of heavy snowfalls and strong winds, so carrying important pieces of furniture indoors should be your first step. Many facilities offer storage for your outdoor furniture, but storing them in a shed or a large garage is your best bet.  

2. Apply waterproof finish to deck for snow. When snow accumulates, it doesn’t usually evaporate overnight. In fact, it can stay there for weeks or even months before completely melting away. That being said, make sure you apply a waterproof finish to your deck to keep it from weathering.  

3. Cover pool & BBQ. If you have a pool or BBQ in the backyard, don’t let debris ruin it! Covering up your pool can keep falling branches out of harm’s way and protect your BBQ from getting banged up.

4. Retract your awning. Do you have an awning over your back patio? If so, don’t forget to retract it before the thick of winter arrives.

Retractable awnings are the most convenient for those who live in a climate with four seasons. Why? Because they can protect your home from sun and rain in the spring, but are easy to retract in the winter when you need to keep them from getting damaged.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer retractable awnings at an affordable cost! For more information, visit us on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will help you through every step of the process!

What are Retractable Awnings?

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, September 28, 2015

Sep 28

Want the sun or shade with one switch of a button? Retractable awnings can turn your sunny patio into a shady oasis in just seconds! Not to mention, they can also help you entertain without having to worry about unexpected weather. To know if a retractable awning is right for you, read on:

Awning Retracted over Doorway

What are retractable awnings?
Retractable awnings are an affordable option for those who want protection from the sun, rain, and harmful UV rays. These compact, state of the art designs are where “fashion meets function”. In other words, retractable awnings are a beautiful addition to your home that you can open and close as needed.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer the following types of retractable awnings:

G150 Series – easy to adjust. The G150 retractable awning is strong and is built with a “chain tensioning system” that provides a performance unlike any other type of awning.

G250 Series – a great choice for optimal shade and comfort. This type of awning provides lots of shade without obstructing your view, which makes it ideal for second-story balconies and vacation home.

K300 series – the perfect solution when you’re short on space. This design is both elegant, functional, and includes double wall extrusions, drop forged castings, as well as Sunbrella Fabrics.

7700 Series – retracts with the touch of a button! This awning can lower the temperature on your back deck or patio by as much as 20 degrees and will last for many years to come!

8700 Series – the best option for lowering your energy bills and protecting you from UV rays. These awnings offer a super durable quality, coated with a hard finish to prevent any chips or cracks.

Robusta Heavy Duty Window Awning – an excellent choice for windows, solarium on private homes, schools, and even offices. The Robusta retractable window awning protects your furniture from harmful UV rays by retracting light from your home (and windows).

Are you ready to check out our retractable awnings? If so, visit Dean Custom Awnings on the web or call us at (845) 525-1193. With locations in New York and Connecticut, we proudly serve the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania region and will help you through every step of the process!



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