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  • Awning Fabric: Choose the Best to Add Style and Comfort

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    Awnings For HomeAwnings are becoming quite popular among today’s homeowners. For a while, they were considered “old-fashioned”; however, they are now becoming a preferred way to improve one’s home because they are simple and affordable, yet lend functionality to outdoor living spaces. Apart from functionality, you also get aesthetic beauty. There are a lot more choices in awning fabrics due to the technological advancements made in synthetic fabric design and production. You can find the perfect awning to add style and comfort to your home.

    Benefits of Awnings in Homes

    No matter what architectural style your home has, you can find an awning that will suit your home perfectly. From the always-stylish classic stripes to other patterns, fun and sophisticated, you have a plethora to choose from. A great awning with a stylish pattern and color can give your home:

    • A touch of class and sophistication that other homes do not have

    • Protection against the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays and pouring rains

    • More value as it is a way to improve your home

    • Energy-efficiency as awnings provide shade, allowing you to cut down on energy bills

    Adding the perfect awning can change your home’s appearance, giving it style as well as comfort.

    Types of Awning Fabrics

    There are two types of fabrics that you can choose from for your home’s awning. They both have their own specific benefits and you can make your choice based on their functionality and aesthetic appeal. The two awning fabrics available are:

    Laminated Plastic Awning Fabric

    The features of this type of fabric are:

    • They have a denier scrim in the center for strength with two layers that are colorized. These two layers are then covered on sides, top and bottom, with protective lamination layers.

    • They have a vinyl top-coating which is used as a finishing, preventing its color from fading. This top-coat also gives the fabric a smooth texture and enhances the vibrancy of its color.

    • It is a great choice if you live in an area that has high humidity as it can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Acrylic Awning Fabric

    This is another fantastic awning fabric option with features that give you the following benefits:

    • They have a layer of woven acrylic colored fabric that is placed between two layers of protective coating. This protective coat makes them highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, mildew, rot, water, ultraviolet rays, etc. It also prevents the fabric’s color from fading even after long exposure to the sun, rain, etc.

    • They have durability and flexibility. Many homeowners love acrylic woven awning fabrics as they often outlast their warranties.

    • The solution-dyed fabric thread gives them high color fading-resistance and makes them highly durable.

    You will need the services of a contractor for awning installation, especially if you require a large size for your home. Of course, with professional service comes bills that are higher than expected but the fact that you do save on energy bills in the long run makes it an investment that is well-worth the price you paid. Awnings come in all sizes, colors and styles so you can increase your home’s market value and add a touch of style to it.

    Homeowners are always looking for ways to make improvements on their property to add value and if you are also considering a home improvement project, what could be better than having an awning installed on your deck or patio? You can enjoy a cool glass of lemonade or iced tea and spend some quiet time under it on a warm evening or entertain friends with a BBQ party without having to worry about anyone being irritated by the sun’s harsh rays.

    When you pick the perfect awning for your home, you make sure that you and your loved ones are always comfortable even on the hottest days. It will also make your home look very stylish as you can choose from a plethora of styles and colors to match your home. The right awning will give you benefits which include energy cost-cutting, better market value, and protection from heat and last but not least; it will make your home the envy of all your neighbors.

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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, commercial awnings, decorative awnings, retractable awnings
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  • Cool off Ideas Under a Retractable Awning

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    Retractable AwningRetractable awnings serve several purposes. They provide shade and protect interior of your home from damage caused by UV rays, direct sunlight, and rain. Awnings do much more than just cover your patio. When a homeowner has the right type of information, they can choose one of several varieties of patio awnings that will protect their home and family from the heat of the sun and unexpected storms and downpours. Both stationary and retractable awnings provide many different types of benefits and will pay for themselves several times over.

    • Makes an ideal covering for parties and dinners.
      Retractable awnings provide a cool, shaded environment that is ideal for hosting parties or family dinners. They provide ample lighting without the heat and discomfort that is often felt when people are forced to sit in the direct sunlight. Many retractable awnings can be adjusted to pitch downward as the sun sets, offering long lasting protection. Once the sun has gone down, the awning can be put up so that guests can enjoy a night of stargazing.
    • Larger awnings can offer shade for pools and hot tubs.
      Larger awnings can be extended outward to reach over a portion of your swimming pool or to cover a hot tub. While it may not cover the entire pool, it will provide a small amount of shade for an area of the pool. This is ideal for families with small children. Parents want their children to be able to enjoy the pool and with a retractable awning they can do that without worrying about receiving too much sunlight.
    • Offer privacy by preventing neighbors from looking down to your home.
      Neighbors who live in two story homes or apartment buildings often have a birds’ eye view of what goes on in your backyard, and sometimes, even within your home. A retractable awning gives you the privacy you need and deserve and keeps prying eyes from intruding on your personal life. When an awning is pitched at an angle, it can also obstruct the view of individuals who are at ground level.
    • Enhance the look of your home.
      Awnings are made of durable materials and come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns. Their compact design doesn’t detract from the look when they are rolled up and stored. When they are extended, they not only protect the interior and exterior of the home from excessive amounts of sunlight, they beautify and enhance the look of the home. This can result in an increase in the homes’ value as well as a higher re-sell price if you choose to sell your property.
    • Provides cool, shaded area where children can play outside.
      Children love to play outside. Parents often worry about small children and toddlers getting too much sun. A retractable awning provides a safe place for children to play, and even nap, during the hottest part of the day. Adding an awning to your home gives children the opportunity to be outside for much longer periods without risking their sensitive skin to excessive amounts of sunlight.
    • Allows you to relax outside in the heat of the day.
      During the hottest part of the day, being outside can be extremely uncomfortable. With a retractable awning in place, you can enjoy your patio or porch without worrying about the sun beating down on your shoulders.
    • Protects from rain and heavy downpours.
      A sturdy retractable awning will help protect the family from getting wet if a sudden shower would pop up. Awnings not only keep the porch or patio dry, they prevent water from being blown or sent through window screens. While most people are worried about damage from sunlight, rain can also cause damage and should be considered when choosing an awning.

    Contact the professionals at The Awning Company to find out how retractable awnings can help you keep cool in the summer, add value to your home and create a virtual oasis right in your very own back yard. They can give you the information you need to make an informed decision and choose the right type of awning for your personal needs.

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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 canvas patio covers
    to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability, and customer satisfaction.

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  • How Alike Are Commercial Awnings and Window Graphics

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    Commercial AwningsWhen shopping for commercial awnings and window graphics, it is easy to get hung up on the differences. There are some key differences that you must consider as you determine which one is the best fit for your company, such as whether or not your space is big enough to allow for awnings.

    Awnings and Graphics: The Similar Ones
    However, there are more similarities than you may realize. If your business can accommodate both awnings and graphics, you can maximize their potential with a combination of the two offerings.

    Shade
    Commercial awnings were invented to provide shade and protect customers from the rain and snow while keeping sun off of the merchandise and store furnishings.

    Most people don’t think about the fact that aside from not protecting customers from inclement weather, window graphics have the same benefits. Look for mesh fabric roll-down blinds and window films that provide shade without blocking the view.

    Curb Appeal
    As many companies are already looking for shade options for their storefronts, it’s an added bonus that these products can also advertise the business. Of course you can select commercial awnings in a solid color or with a simple pattern but why not use the space to display your company name, address and logo as well?

    An awning or a graphic is one of the first things that potential customers will notice about your business. Using engaging, attractive colors and designs will make them want to come in and learn more.

    Versatility
    There aren’t many business investments that provide shade and privacy while also promoting a business. Think about how you can install both awnings and graphics to complement one another.

    As an awning is mounted above eye level, its message should be visible from a distance. Window graphics are more appropriate for detailed information about products and services.

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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: canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades
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  • 3 Types of Business Awnings to Attract Customers

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    There are a number of awnings available these days, but when it comes to your business, you want one that both looks good and will attract attention. With so much competition in the market, you need every possible advantage. These three types of awnings have the potential to help you get noticed and to peak the curiosity of potential customers.

    Creative Awnings For Attracting CustomersCreative AwningsStunning or creative awnings that potential customers can’t help but notice give you that extra edge, especially if your business is located on a street packed with other businesses. You want to have something that stands out and shows that your place is different; no matter whatever you sell.Having an eye catchy awning will get customers curious to learn more about what you have to offer. Of course you have to make sure that the awning is visually pleasing, not obnoxious or off-putting.

    • Awnings with Details Awnings with enough space to promote the business will make it easier for customers to find you. One of the most frustrating things for shoppers is to have to look for a little sign or to get close to the door to see what a shop is. By displaying your name and having a look that reflects what you offer, customers may decide to stop in to see your shop over your competition.
    • Large Awnings Awnings that provide a considerable amount of shade will give you a very unique advantage. During a downpour, potential customers will more likely stop under your awning to get out of the rain. The longer it lasts, the more likely they will be to go inside. And of course, you can never underestimate the importance of providing shade on those hot summer days!

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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.

    Tags: commercial awnings, decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades, retractable awnings, retractable awnings orange county
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  • 6 Ways Awnings Can Give Your Home a Facelift

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    Homeowners are rediscovering the many benefits awnings and retractable covers have to offer. Small awnings can be placed over windows, while larger ones can be used to cover patios and small porches. When they are professionally installed, they become part of the structure of the home and add to its beauty and style. Benefits Of Awnings

    1. Awnings provide shaded areas for recreation.
      Large, retractable awnings can be rolled up to allow the sun to warm an area or rolled down to keep an area cooler during the hot, summer months.
    2. Prevents direct sunlight from entering via windows.
      Awnings that are placed over windows keep sunlight from shining into windows. Direct sunlight can fade carpet and upholstery and raise the temperature indoors.
    3. Don’t let people to be limited!
      Allows people inside the home to see outside without having to look out into the bright light. Looking outside on a bright, sunny day can cause a person’s view to be limited by glare.
    4. Awnings can add color to the exterior of the home.
      Awnings can be made of contrasting colors to accentuate the windows in your home. Designs are also an option to make windows stand out from their surroundings.
    5. Covers blemishes near the windows.
      Older homes may have blemishes near windows and doors. Awnings can be installed in such a way as to hide them and make the home look nice and well-cared for.
    6. Increases the value of your home.
      Awnings are normally attached directly to the home. Because they are designed to be permanent, they can increase the value of your home.

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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 awnings for home 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, commercial awnings, decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades
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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
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  • Commercial Awnings: Valuable Asset for Your Business

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    When considering how to retain your existing customer base, customer service and the quality of your product should be top Commercial Awningspriority. However, when looking at ways to catch new customers, particularly passing trade, curb appeal should be your first issue to address.

    Good visual branding is essential, of course, and an attractive commercial awning can enhance existing company branding and overall look. These are just a few of the ways a bespoke commercial awning can help you:

    • Make your business easy to spot.
      If you’re based in a mall or busy shopping street, particularly if you have competitors nearby, a distinctive awning will make potential customers more likely to see you first.
    • Keep your customers cool.
      Not only useful for providing shade to your customers browsing your window display, an awning will help to regulate the temperature inside your store, and also protect any long-standing window displays from sun bleaching.
    • Not just for summer months.
      If you’re based in a less temperate climate, your commercial awning will help to keep your customers dry on rainy days and protect them from harsh winter winds.
    • A cost-effective makeover.
      Want to update the look of your store, or even change your branding a little? A colorful awning can bring the look of your business up to date without breaking the bank on a full redecoration or refurbishment.
    • Don’t break the rules.
      If you’re part of a dedicated retail area with specific rules and regulations about how the exterior of your business must look, a good bespoke awning will not only keep your company in line with such standards but will also enable you to maintain an element of individuality.

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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 canvas patio covers
    to his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability, and customer satisfaction.

    Tags: awnings for home, canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings
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  • Sunscreen Blinds: Block the Sun Not Your View

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    Sunscreen BlindsIf you have large bay windows or glass doors opening onto the outdoor space in your home, you’ll know just how beautiful and appealing the sun’s rays streaming into your home on bright days can be. You’ll also know just how badly they can bleach your furniture, walls and carpet. The heats rays can also enormously increase your electricity bill during the summer months from running it all day to keep the house cool.

    Shade for your outdoor space
    You may also have taken great care and at some expense to create the perfect outdoor area to enjoy the good weather. Whether you’ve got an indoor-outdoor room, a conservatory or have built the perfect patio or decking area, being able to enjoy it all year round especially during the warmer summer months is essential in making the most of your outdoor patio area.

    The perfect awning will give you this capability. You may have considered blinds or other shading for outdoor spaces in the past and been put off by cost or by a limited range of colors or designs. However, a custom awning company will be able to work with you to find the perfect option for not only your color scheme but the overall design of your home. Sunscreen blinds front and back not only provide shade and shelter but can increase the overall curb appeal of your property.

    Block out the elements – Save on your bills
    An added benefit of being able to enjoy your outdoor space more often is the reduction you’ll notice in your bills by blocking out or letting in the sun as required. A custom awning really will allow you to make the most of your outdoor views whilst keeping you safe from the sun’s rays.

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    About Gary Kerr

    Gary Kerr is the Owner of The Awning Company, a pioneer in the awning industry that works with window awnings. Kerr is committed to providing the best customer service and high quality shade for patiosto his clients. The Awning Company is a place where quality meets affordability,and Kerr and his team arededicated to their work and believe in overall customer satisfaction.

    Tags: canvas patio covers, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades