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.

Green Upgrades for Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, April 15, 2016

Apr 15

Being eco-friendly isn’t just good for the environment, it can also save you an incredible amount of money on your energy bills. So jump on the green bandwagon by looking into these green upgrades for your home:

Buy a cool roof - One that reflects the heat off of your home instead of letting it absorb. For example, metal is a smart option because not only does it keep your home cool, but it also lasts for decades!

Start recycling - For all those glass and plastic bottles you use, start recycling instead of tossing them away. There are plenty of uses for used bottles (and even other materials, like paper). Create a designated bin in the kitchen for recycling and empty weekly.

Install green flooring - Hardwood floors look beautiful in the home, but you can get the same durability and feel while being eco-friendly at the same time. Cork and bamboo make great alternatives and are resistant to spills, making cleanups easy as well!

Choose a gas fireplace - Gas fireplaces can provide you with heat during cooler months of the year with less pollution than any traditional wood-burning style can. Most models can vent without a chimney and can increase home efficiency when you use energy the most.

Install an awning - During warmer months of the year, the sun can heat up your home and make you waste energy. Instead of needing to crank the AC, set up a custom awning in your backyard to lower the cost of cooling.  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can help you save energy by creating a custom awning fit just for your home!  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.   

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.  

How to Remove Snow from Your Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, February 08, 2016

Feb 08

We’ve endured a lot of snow in the Northeast region this winter, so it’s safe to assume that your roof tops, patio furniture, and awnings are coated in white. And while it may look beautiful in your yard, snow can actually wreak havoc on your awning.

Although many types of awnings are made to withstand strong weather conditions, there are several drawbacks to not removing snow after a storm:

  • Mold and Mildew
  • Sagging
  • Rips and tears

That being said, it’s important that you get that snow off your awning before something bad happens. But using your shovel is one of the worst mistakes you can make, as awnings need to be handled with care. Try these methods instead:

Sweep - Use a snow broom with soft bristles to remove the heaviest accumulation first.

Leaf Blower - If light flurries are in the forecast, no need to sweep away inches of snow. Instead, grab a leaf blower to blast away those tiny particles of moisture (before they freeze up).

Roof Rake - For metal or steel awnings, use a roof rake to clear away the snow, as this type of awning is strong enough to handle raking.

Hose - Hose down dirt after you’ve cleared away the snow for optimal results. Especially if you experienced a blizzard recently, it’s common for dirt and debris to get blown around. And if you don’t remove as soon as possible, the debris can damage your awning.  

As a safety precaution, always be sure you have a ladder and another person nearby while removing snow from your roof. Have questions about caring for your awning? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer several awning solutions and installations, plus a lifetime frame warranty! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web

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.

Why Your Restaurant Needs a Custom Awning

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, December 07, 2015

Dec 07

The food industry can be a competitive market. If you own a cafe, no doubt your coffee and baked goods are mouth-watering. Own a restaurant? Your horderves might look magazine-worthy. But if you don’t have the proper curb appeal, you could in fact be drawing customers away.

We know it can be a tough business, but we also know you can make a huge impact with customized awnings. A custom awning serves several purposes for restaurants including the following:

Protect customers - Awnings are important for your business, but they are even more crucial for your customers. One of the primary functions of an awning is to protect your customers from rain and shine, whether it be at the main entryway or above the outdoor patio The best part is that when you choose a custom awning, you can select the color, size, and fabric that works best for your restaurant.

Up your curb appeal - As we mentioned earlier, custom awnings have a way of attracting new customers on even the most subconscious level. Why? For one, colors play a primal factor, as certain colors generate one’s appetite. In addition, when you create a custom awning, you can display all the goods of your business, such as the company logo. This way, people will have a lasting impression of your restaurant’s name and brand image.

Define your location - Aside from making a lasting impression, custom awnings can also define the location of your restaurant (or cafe, etc.). You want to include your telephone number and address so that customers can jot down the information or embed in in their minds. That way, if they don’t have time to stop by on a whim, at least they know how to find you for next Friday's night out on the town.

Are you in the market for a custom awning for your local restaurant or corner cafe? If so, turn to Dean Custom Awnings. We will visit your business location to meet with you and discuss your design ideas, no matter how big or small! For more information on how we can provide you with top notch custom awning solutions, 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. 

Dean Custom Awnings: Our Services

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sep 23

Regardless of what your home, storefront, or office building looks like, making it practical and personal is important. Whether you need protection from extreme weather conditions or want to add a personal touch, custom awnings are a great solution. At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer a wide array of awnings that are tailored to your needs. Below are just a few of the types of awnings we offer:

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Commercial – First impressions say a lot about your business. In a way, the look of your office or storefront is a direct reflection of your business – it tells customers who you are and what your message is. Our commercial awnings will help you take your business to the next level with a large selection of shapes, colors, sizes, and high-end fabrics.

Residential – Don’t let hot sun and passing showers shy you away from relaxing on your deck or patio. Instead, call Dean Custom Awnings for your personalized residential awning. We will visit your home to meet with you to discuss your designs and bring them to life, no matter how big or small the idea!

Retractable Awnings – Short on space but still want an awning? Our retractable awnings are the perfect solution. we offer only state of the art designs that are both durable and functional. Click here to view all of our options.

We design all of these options and more!

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



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