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  • Awning Installation: Coverage Decisions That You Should Consider

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    Important decisions must be made prior to the installation of awnings. Adding awnings to your home can enhance its outward appeal and also raise the resale value of the property. The right type of awning can minimize heating and cooling costs by protecting the windows from the elements. A few of the most common decisions that need to be made, when it comes to awning installation are:

    • Size   Choosing the right size of awning will help keep the appearance of your home balanced and pleasing to the eye.
    • Style – When deciding on the style of awning you plan on having, you want to make sure that whatever one you choose fits with the Awning Maintenanceexisting style of the home.
    • Material – Awnings can be made out of a variety of materials including canvas, vinyl, resin, aluminum or galvanized steel. The material the awning is made of can determine how effective it is at protecting the windows or how much light is allowed into the home.
    • Pre-packaged – Pre-packaged or assembled awnings come already made and ready to be installed. Retractable awnings come pre-packaged with all of the mechanisms already assembled and in good working order.
    • Custom design – Awnings can be customized by color, style and material. You can have ornate awnings built to your specific requirements, including color, material, size and style. When a basic template is used, awnings can be designed that account for odd sized windows. They can be made in specific colors using the material you want.

    Is it possible for a homeowner to install an awning with a DIY approach? Yes, it is indeed an option, but the strains of wind and weather with the electrical equipments needed for installation usually put such a project strictly under the “professional contractor” category rather than a DIY one. Contact The Awning Company; we provide you the thorough knowledge of every aspect of awning installation, as well as offer installation services.

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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, commercial awnings, retractable awnings, Shade for patio
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Custom Awnings: Add Beauty to Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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    It doesn’t matter how much care you take over arranging outdoor celebrations with family and friends at home, you can’t always arrange perfect weather. Whether it’s too sunny or a traditional summer torrential downpour, a custom awning will make sure that you can still take advantage of your outdoor space and the fresh air without being reliant on the elements. Add More Beauty With Custom Awning

    Add Beauty and Practicality
    The traditional idea of an awning that extends a long way from your home might not be quite what you had in mind in terms of adding appeal to your home. However, a custom-made product can tailor perfectly to the existing design of your home and the scope and size of your outdoor space. In addition to choosing the size of your awning, you can choose the color and design to match it with the look of your home and patio area.
    Shading your windows from the sun’s rays can also cut down on both heat and glare, and lead to a reduction in your summer air conditioning costs.

    Curb Appeal and Adding Value
    When arriving at someone’s house, the first thing you notice is how neat and well cared for it appears to be. Nothing ties in a look like custom awnings where solid color, pattern and design all serve to enhance the appeal of the house. If you’re looking to sell your property or just give it a quick and simple boost, custom awnings are the ideal choice.
    If you’ve worked hard to make your outdoor space the perfect extension of your home, installing custom awnings can help you reclaim your patio and garden from the elements.

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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: commercial awnings, decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades, retractable awnings orange county, Shade for patio
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  • Swap the Vertical Blinds: A Final Touch to the Sliding Glass Doors

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    If you have sliding glass doors you know that they can add a lot to your home, but when it comes to style most people use the same kind of vertical blinds. Being able to control the amount of sunlight into the room is important, you do not have to settle for the same vertical blinds everyone else has. Here are a few alternatives that can make your sliding glass doors look as classy or unique as the rest of your home.Good Touch For Sliding Glass Door

    Shading Panels
    Of all the alternatives, sheer shading panels are the most like vertical blinds; however, they give your home a much more elegant look. You get the same control with a softer look and style.

    Vertical Wooden Panels
    This mix of fabric and wood gives your home a very classy look. You can install them on a curtain rod, saving you any extra expense, and they completely cover your sliding glass door like vertical blinds. It is also the most environmentally friendly option.

    Fabric Panels
    Fabric sliding panels have the look and feel of a curtain, but give you more protection from harmful UV rays. They also allow you to see outside easier even when they are drawn.

    Sliding Shutters
    The track is easy to install and the easy movement of the individual panel gives you the control you need to keep UV rays out of your home without blocking the view. They are also significantly more energy efficient than typical vertical blinds.

    Vertical Shades
    The larger the door, the more energy that escapes through the large panes of glass. Cellular shades give your home the best protection against energy loss. It is also one of the most elegant styles. On those beautiful days, you can push the shade completely to the side and it is almost invisible.

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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: commercial awnings, outdoor roll up shades, retractable awnings orange county, Shade for patio, Sunbrella outdoor fabric
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  • Awnings Can Save Energy Costs in Summer

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    Awnings in SummerLong summer days and warm nights make for an ideal opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space at home, especially if you’ve spent time and effort creating a patio area for your family to enjoy and to entertain your friends in. The downside is that although your energy bills for heating and lighting will be lower, the money will just trickle straight out of your bank account on expensive air conditioning to keep your house cool.

    Keeping Cool
    However, one practical and beautiful addition to your patio space that will not only keep you and your family cool but make a sizeable inroad into cutting your air conditioning bills is a window awning.

    Environmentally Friendly
    Direct sunlight shining through your glass windows can account for as much as 20% of the load on your air conditioning system, so cutting those energy costs is not only a smart financial move but good for the planet too.

    Practical and Flexible
    Awnings and blinds are available in a variety of designs and styles. It can be worked either via a pulley system or even motorized for your adjustments, giving you the option of part or fully retracting them. After all, if you’re looking to cut air-conditioning costs in summer, it makes sense to be able to cut heating bills in winter by taking advantage of bright, sunny days by fully retracting your awning.

    Cost-effective, fixed or portable awnings will not only help to cut your bills year round but will be an attractive and practical addition to your home.

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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, commercial awnings, retractable awnings orange county, Shade for patio, Sunbrella outdoor fabric
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  • Experience Family Fun Under the Awning With Eclipse

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    The retractable awning can make your family outdoor activities fun and engaging as you relax in your backyard. The shade and cool air the awning provides makes it easier for everyone to enjoy their outdoor meals during the hot summer months. Awnings provide everyone with a reason to be outside even when it is shining.

    Below are some things you must consider before having an awning installed on your home:

      1. Be sure it’s the right size:

    Remember the whole purpose of the awning is to extend your living quarters into a comfortable, open setting. In this case, bigger is better! Let your awning extend as farther as it extends. You will have more area to enjoy quality time with family and friends.

      1. Maintain it properly: 

    Luckily with awnings they require very little maintenance. A simple wipe down will remove any accumulated dust or debris.

      1. Select good material: 

    The material of the shade will determine its usefulness even when the weather is extreme. Most homeowners would like to have a shade to enjoy outdoor space all year round.

    • Get additional benefits

     

    There are many benefits an awning will provide. It will lower your energy bill during the hot summer months. It will add protection to your furniture from sun exposure while providing an extensive amount of shade when hanging out with family on the patio. Aside for protecting the outdoor furniture the shade will keep you safe from the suns harmful UV rays.

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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: decorative awnings, outdoor roll up shades, Shade for patio, Sunbrella outdoor fabric, window awning
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  • How Awnings Can Save Lives: Real Life Examples

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    Other than helping you save on energy costs of cooling your home during the summer, having an awning attached to Retractable Awningsyour home can help in many other ways. The shade helps a lot in ensuring comfort and relaxation when you are out there in the patio. That is why you are always encouraged to buy an awning that will offer you the best possible service. There are millions of people using awnings across the globe today. This state of affairs comes as a result of their acceptance of the fact that these facilities truly work as desired.

    How do awnings help in saving lives?

    Awnings have helped in saving the lives of many people all over the world and especially children. Children being too close to railing happen to slip off often. These falls can result in injuries or even fatalities. If someone happened to fall from a top floor and landed on the awning, it would help to reduce the speed of the fall. As such the injuries might not be as severe. In most instances, awnings are strong and thus can withstand any amount of weight. They can break falls and that can in turn result in saving lives.

    The advantages of awnings: Real life examples

    A story is told of a girl in Paris who fell from a six-story building and survived virtually unharmed. French media described this incident as more of a miracle. The girl who was eighteen months old landed on an awning at the ground floor which helped her survive. Reports have it that the girl was left in the house unattended by her parents when she fell off the window. She was saved after bouncing on the awning of a cafe that was at the ground floor. Falls like these are very common in various parts of the world. Few people survive such incidences.

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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, outdoor roll up shades