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  • Yes Versatility Is Possible with Retractable Awnings!

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    Retractable AwningsWhen most people think about awnings, they imagine the eye catching kind that hangs over businesses or movie theaters, but there is another kind of awning that is great for any home or business. Retractable awnings are becoming increasingly popular.

    Hassle-free Removal
    A retractable awning provides shade and protection when needed, but they are not a hassle to remove when you want a clear view. They offer restaurants a way to give their patrons an outdoor meal so long as it is warm enough outside. For residential use, they are the perfect way to make any patio, porch, or walkway the perfect way to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.

    Suitable for Any Purpose
    Retractable awnings can be both flexible and versatile, making them ideal for nearly any kind of residence or business. You can choose from a number of different materials that give you varying amounts of light and color choices. This makes it easier to find a retractable awning that will match your home.  It then appears as a natural extension, and not an awkward add on. You can also choose the length of the awning, so that it does not extend beyond your area or leave out parts you want to protect.

    Cost-effective
    Typically, these very versatile awnings only have attachments to the house, meaning you won’t have to contend with polls and rods in your way or view. You save not only on your heating and cooling bills with these awnings, but you can also protect them when they are not in use. This extends their life span, so that you do not have to consider replacing them for several years.

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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.

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  • Enjoy the Me-Time in Your Backyard under Butterfly Awnings

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    Backyard AwningsSpending long days at work or having to deal with kids all day long can lead to stress and anxiety. It’s nice to be able to have an area of your backyard where you can enjoy some quiet, “me” time. If you have a patio or deck where you can relax, the one thing you need is shade. Free standing butterfly awnings are ideal for enjoying alone time in your backyard paradise.

    Butterfly awning offer several benefits. They provide:

    Privacy from neighbors who have windows that are high enough to see into your backyard

    Shade from the sun

    Reduced temperatures

    Reduces the glare of the sun on windows and other bright surfaces

    When creating your own personal space, you should include things that are relaxing to you. If you prefer to play a game or take your laptop or notebook with you, have a patio table put in place. This allows you to be able to play games on line or explore the internet.

    Butterfly awnings are retractable and can be set up in a relatively short amount of time. This allows you to begin enjoying yourself as soon as you see the need to take to the patio and relax. Awnings come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size patio or deck. Having an awning that is large enough to protect your privacy and provide you with ample shade, gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy your peace and quiet without worrying about someone watching or disrupting your solitude.

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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, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, retractable awnings, retractable awnings orange county
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  • Motorized and Manual Retractable Awnings: Pick the Best

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    Retractable AwningRetractable awnings are the attractive overhead coverings you have no doubt seen on windows and doors of buildings and homes. Sometimes awnings cover walkways and display business names. They help provide shading and extra decor, especially on patios.

    Regular awnings are designed to stay in place year round, whereas the retractable types can be taken down and stored when not in use. The two popular options for retractable awnings are manual and motorized. The following details explain the benefits of retractable awnings in case you are considering them for home improvement:

    Manual

    • A person is needed to turn a crank or handle for opening and closing.

    • Modern awnings do not require much human strength.

    • When power goes out, manual awnings are useful for replacing air conditioning.

    • There are no mechanical problems to worry about.

    • Maintenance is minimal compared with motorized awnings.

    • Manual awnings are more affordable than electric awnings.

    • Easy installation makes manual a more popular choice for the common person.

    • Vertical rods provide additional support.

    Motorized

    • The awning unfurls automatically, powered by an electric motor.

    • Less time is needed for opening and closing awnings.

    • Electric telescoping arms open and close awnings.

    • Motorized awnings look more modern.

    • Sensors can be installed to detect wind motion, activating automatic retraction.

    • Sun sensors automatically control shading and cooling which lowers energy bills.

    Manual or motorized, awnings can help make an outdoor space more comfortable, especially during the summer with their cooling benefits. Some people prefer manual awnings because they don’t want to bother with wiring issues, which can take extra time to set up. Those who prefer motorized awnings don’t mind paying extra for more convenience. Either way, awnings can add a classy appearance and value to your property. If you need expert advice on retractable awnings contact The Awning Company.

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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: retractable awnings, retractable awnings orange county, retractable skylight awning, Sunbrella outdoor fabric, window awning
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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.

    Tags: decorative awnings, retractable awnings, retractable awnings orange county, retractable skylight awning, window awning
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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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  • Storefront Awnings: Is it the Right Time to Redesign?

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    Store front awnings are the first things, other than the actual signage, that a new customer sees. In some cases, the awning acts as the signage. Awnings just out over the street provide shade and protection from the elements, giving passersby the chance to look in the windows and get a feel for what they may find inside. Awnings are designed to be pleasing to the eye, and have the ability to draw people’s attention to the business.

    Store front Awnings

    Awnings can be made of canvas, metal, or other materials. Some are designed so they can be withdrawn or extended depending on the weather or for cleaning. While they are used for protection from the elements, they offer invaluable advertising opportunities. Most storefront awnings carry the company logo and other information, such as the store’s address. Designing the awnings to match the style and theme of the business helps to attract the attention of future customers. Keeping their look fresh and on point is extremely important.

    Big Changes

    Changes within the company are normally the main reason why companies choose to redesign their awnings and other signage. Significant changes can lead to a change in the branding and advertising strategy of the business. When major changes do occur, redesigning the storefront awnings is important to keep them in line with the new happenings within the business. A few reasons a new design might be called for are:

    1.              New partners/ownership
    2.              New direction
    3.              Change in location
    4.              Business growth
    5.              Change in logo or brand

    When a company grows, several things can begin to change. It begins to reach new audiences and, in some cases, can outgrow its original branding. For the growth to continue, adapting to the new challenges and concepts associated with moving forward is imperative.

    A company does not want to lose its original values or concepts. The key is to change the marketing strategy to allow for more visibility and a fresh look that intrigues new customers. Awnings can create a valuable first impression, especially in areas where there are various other types of signage. Getting lost in the crowd is easy if your awning blends well with its surroundings.

    Step Up and Stand Out

    When a business begins to get caught up in its surroundings, it is important to take the steps to bring it back to the forefront. Create a new design or concept for the awning that sends the message that the business is still there. Add new elements that point to the company’s continued direction for growth. Subtle changes can lead to renewed interest and a host of new customers who may not have realized the store was still there. Instead of getting overshadowed by neighbors, step up the efforts and create a new image that stands out and proudly proclaims the company’s intention to take on new challenges.

    The Business Needs a Boost

    Redesigning existing storefront awnings and signage can give a business a much needed boost. Businesses that have been around for several years can have marketing strategies that are no longer effective. Signage becomes obsolete and the business loses touch with the customers and basically has no real direction for growth. Installing newly designed awnings can change all of that. When management realizes they have lost touch with the concepts that originally moved the company forward, it’s time to rethink the strategies being used and find something new and exciting.

    While changes are happening on the inside, adding new flair on the outside will attract new customers. Dedicated customers who are used to seeing the older signage and awnings may feel a renewed spark of interest in seeing what direction the company will be going. Making a drastic change in the outward appearance of the business may be the catalyst for even bigger changes on the inside.

    Businesses that were on the verge of closing due to poor sales can get a much needed shot in the arm with a few cosmetic changes to the storefront and awnings. While a fresh coat of paint may jump start the project, redesigning the storefront awnings and creating a new look may be just was needed to move the business from the slow lane back onto the fast track.

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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: awnings for home, Colorful Awning, commercial awnings, retractable awnings orange county, retractable skylight awning
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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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  • 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.

    Tags: awnings for home, canvas patio covers, outdoor roll up shades, retractable awnings, retractable skylight awning
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  • Mother’s Day Gift: How About a Colorful Awning for the Patio?

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    Even mothers reach a stage where they do not welcome one more knickknack or house plant for Mother’s Day. You can bet that, if you press mom in just the right way, she will admit she would like something different. Maybe she has an awning in mind.

    Create a space
    Retractable awnings, fixed awnings, or retractable sunscreens add color and space to a porch, deck, or patio. Awnings create a solitary space, a place to read and relax in the shade – even in the sunniest of California climates. The awning extends the natural roof line with fabrics in colors, stripes, or patterns to enlarge an existing space or create the illusion of a new space.

    Mother's Day Gift: Colorful Awning

    Customer options
    Maybe mom wants a fixed awning over the front door or accent window treatments? Maybe she would prefer a retractable window awning to reduce heavy sun and glare from her favorite room? Maybe she would like to get more shade under the patio pergola with a retractable skylight awning? Or, maybe she feels there would be so much more room for entertaining if you could just extend the shade of the patio or deck? Regardless of what she needs it for, we have awnings that can cover all of her wants and needs!

    Custom designs
    You can shop alone or bring mom into the decision on size, style, and fabric. You will want to consider the fabric quality, thread durability, retraction mechanics, motor reliability, and size. Some lines are ready to install in standard sizes, but most are custom sized to your space and wishes. And, you may want color that makes the awning pop out from its surroundings or complement and blend nicely with the existing house colors.

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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: Colorful Awning, Mother's day 2014, Mother's Day Gift, Mothers day, retractable skylight awning