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  • Why Awning Maintenance and Care Is Necessary

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    Retractable AwningWhen you put up awnings around your home, you do it to protect the surface of your house and to provide some shade, especially around your windows where sunlight can make the inside of your home hot. While awnings are designed to shield your house, they take the abuse of the sun and the weather all year long. Although they are made to take that abuse, over time, they can start to look a bit worn, which may make your house look less clean and valued. That’s why awning maintenance and care is so important.

    Stains Can Ruin Awnings
    Awnings are made of materials that are designed to stand up to the outdoors. However, things like mineral deposits from rain, snow, and ice can leave permanent stains on your awnings if they are left for too long. That’s why it’s important to give your awnings regular cleanings throughout the year. Other natural elements that you may not even think about like bird droppings can also leave marks on your awnings, and if they aren’t cleaned regularly, those stains could be very difficult or even impossible to remove.

    How to Clean Awnings
    The simplest way to start the cleaning process with awnings is to simply use a broom to remove as much dirt and debris as possible. From there, you can use cold water and a non-abrasive sponge to wipe down awnings. You want to avoid hot water as it may cause your awnings to shrink or discolor in unpleasant ways.

    Along with regular cleaning on your own, you’ll also want to hire a professional service to clean your awnings on a yearly basis. By doing this, you’ll be able to make sure your awnings don’t have any damage to them and that the investment you’ve made will stand the test of time.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in the awning industry that works withSunbrella outdoor fabric. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company
    is a place where quality meets affordability, and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

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  • Aluminum Awnings: It’s Easy to Maintain Their Finish

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    Aluminum awnings are designed to increase the amount of shade over the windows of a home, while adding a touch of beauty.Metal awnings are easy to maintain and require little physical labor to keep them looking nice. There a few simple steps to follow if you want to keep them looking new and pristine.

    Aluminium AwningsRemove any debris from the awning. You may need to use a broom to get to hard to reach areas. Gently sweep leaves, small twigs and other debris off the awning, making sure to sweep through the creases.

    Using a garden hose set to the highest pressure. Spray the awning from top to bottom, gently pushing dislodged debris towards the edge where it can be brushed away.

    Rinse thoroughly with the garden hose. In a small bucket, add a small amount of dish soap to ¾ of a bucket of water. Using a rag, wash the awning with the dish soap/water mixture.

    Apply a combination of vinegar and water. If the awning is under or near trees, it can be exposed to gums and resins that can become hard and sticky if not removed in a timely fashion. A mixture of vinegar and water can be used to loosen the tree gum and resins, allowing them to be washed away easily leaving behind little to no residue.

    Painting is a good option. If the original colors of the awning have begun to fade with time, you can always choose to repaint them. It’s best to remove them from the side of the home and thoroughly clean them before painting them and re-hanging them.

    Keeping awnings clean and well maintained will protect them from damage. Aluminum awnings are designed to last for several years but they need to be properly cared for so they will continue to look their best as time passes.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in retractable awnings in Orange County. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability,and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

    Tags: awnings for home, canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings
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  • How to Make Perfect Outdoor Hangout with Shade

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    You have a beautiful patio and deck to enjoy. During the summer months, however, heat from the sun can turn your oasis into a smoldering hot wasteland. You can prevent the sun from forcing you inside by adding a retractable or fixed awning, a shaded structure, sunscreens or hanging plants and vines to create shade while beautifying the area.

    The Benefits of Shade
    Awnings, sunscreens and pergolas create a barrier that keeps the heat and sun off your patio so that you can enjoy your time outside and relax in the shade. Installing an awning, sunscreen or other form of structure that produces ample shade provides

    Perfect Outdoor Shadesmany benefits. In addition to increasing the amount of shade, awnings and other structures are designed to create shade and beautify your deck or patio turning into a pleasant environment.

    By keeping excessive amounts of sunlight away from the windows and deck area, you reduce the temperature near the house. Lower outside temperatures help to keep inside temperatures manageable. With retractable awnings and sunscreens, they can be put away during the winter months, allowing the sun to keep the area warm and well lit. Even structures that stay in place all year can be covered with heat resistant material that can be taken off during the winter months.

    Depending on the size and stability of the structure, plants can be hung from the rafters while fast growing, flowering vines can be added as well. As the vines grow, they wrap around the structure creating a mottled, spotty type of shade. It may not keep all of the sunlight away, but it will block a major portion of it. Structures that remain in place from season to season can also add equity to the home and increase its resale value.

    Different Types of Shade
    Different structures, canopies and awnings create different types and degrees of shade. A few of the different kinds of accessories include:

    • Fixed awning
    • Retractable awnings
    • Hanging plants and vines
    • Retractable sunscreens
    • Shade structures
    • Drop Shades

    If you have an extremely large area, you may want to have a structure built. It can be difficult to stabilize an awning if it must cover too large of an area. Building an independent structure enables you to create it the way you want to produce the shade. You can use colored panels, retractable sunscreen shields or hanging plants and flowering vines. Large areas can incorporate two or more types of screens to produce varying degrees of sun and shade. You can turn your area into anything you want it to be.

    For smaller areas that lay adjacent to the home, retractable sunscreens and awnings are ideal. They can be extended during the summer months, to create a cool, shaded area where you can relax and enjoy yourself during all hours of the day. During the winter, the awnings can be retracted allowing the sun to shine down and warm the area. When the awnings are retracted, light is able to shine into the home, bringing warmth and natural lighting.

    Select Right Materials
    By keeping in mind the effect you want to produce, you will be needed to choose the right materials. For example, if you want a dappled effect compared to a solid covering, you should opt for the heavy, flowered vines with several hanging plants spaced evenly throughout the structure. This allows for sunlight to peek through at various places, while preventing too much sun from causing the temperature to rise.

    When choosing a company to help you design your patio and deck space, you want to work with individuals who understand the importance of spending time with those you love. Creating a positive environment where you can relax and enjoy the company of your family is incredibly important. It must be comfortable and welcoming. With the right amount of shade and sunlight, you can create the perfect backyard getaway.

    With the right type of accessories you can have a deck that is suitable for both garden parties as well as Sunday afternoon, family gatherings. No matter who you plan on entertaining or, if you just want to relax and read a good book, there are looks and styles to meet every desire. Many are interchangeable and can be adapted to accommodate almost any event at any time.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in retractable awnings in Orange County. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability,and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

    Tags: awnings for home, canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings
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  • Mapes Awnings: How Different and Versatile

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    Mapes  AwningWhen you think about Mapes awnings, you probably think about the heavy-duty awnings over businesses but they are actually very versatile and can give your commercial walkways or residential patios a unique look. There are a lot of different types that give you a lot of choices for any use.

    If you are up for it, you can even consult a professional and treat it like the ultimate do-it-yourself project. Because they are made of aluminum, Mapes awnings put a lot less stress on your home or professional building. Here are a few things to consider if you think they might be a good fit for your business.

    • Large buildings benefit from Mapes awnings because they provide customers cover without adding additional stress over the entrance and exit.

    • If your business is located further from main streets and highways, Mapes awnings are eye catching from a distance.

    • If your company is located in a place with harsh weather, Mapes awnings are perfect for protecting any outdoor furniture. Aluminum also doesn’t rust either, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them like you would most other metal awnings.

    Not only are these awnings light and practical, they can be designed to fit your needs. They can serve mostly as a sign to attract customers, as an overhang to keep patrons dry or be free-standing for sheltering tables, parking areas even walkways. You can choose a canopy with louvers so that sunlight is not blocked out under the awning. You can even get a customized color, making this particular type of awning perfect for commercial or residential use. About the only thing you can’t use it for is intricate designs.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company a pioneer in the awning industry, based at Orange County. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patios to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability, and Kerr and his team are dedicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

    Tags: awnings for home, canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings