Residential Awnings

Answers To Some Questions About Retractable Awnings.

Answers To Some Questions About Retractable Awnings.

What is a Retractable Awning? A lateral arm or retractable awning uses spring-loaded arms to provide tension to the fabric as it rolls from the drive tube. The retractable awning is unique in that it may be extended as needed and only as far as needed offering unlimited utility. Is A Retractable Awning Right For My Property? Retractable awnings are a great option for any homeowner or business looking to improve the aesthetics and usability of their outdoor space. For homeowners, awnings can increase a home’s value as well as provide needed shade during the summer months. Businesses can benefit from these awnings because they create more outdoor seating for customers as well as raising the storefront’s curb appeal. Why Buy a Retractable Awning? A retractable awning offers the ultimate in versatility. About 40 percent of the unwanted heat that builds up in your house comes in through windows. Although both exterior and interior shades can control this heat gain, exterior shades — items such as awnings, louvers, shutters, rolling shutters and solar screens — are more far effective, since they block sunlight before it enters the windows and doors. You can adjust the tilt of the awning up to 45 degrees from the straight out position. You can extend the awning as little or as much as you like. Will I Save Money On Cooling Costs? A properly installed awning can reduce heat gain in your home up to 65 percent on southern windows and as much as 77 percent on eastern and western windows. We have awnings on our home now because it was impossible for our air conditioner to keep up with cooling the westerly rooms. We now have cool rooms and a happy AC unit since my awning was installed, not to mention eliminating the fading issue with the furniture and paintings.  You can read more about saving on cooling costs here. How Do I Operate My Retractable Awning? The most popular system is a manual operator using a simple removable hand brace. This system may be installed inside the home if needed or outside at either end of the awning. The installation of a tubular motor provides the maximum utility for a retractable awning. The motorization of your awning provides the additional option of a sun and wind sensor that automatically operates your awning as you program it. Imagine the awning senses the sun and out it goes to provide the shade you desire. The sun goes down and your awning automatically retracts safely waiting for the next time the sun comes...

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Get That Awning Ready For The Summer!

Get That Awning Ready For The Summer!

After the up-and-down winter we’ve just had. I’m sure we are all ready to do some relaxing in the sun.  Before we start enjoying our awning there are a few things we need to do to make sure our investments lasts for the years to come.  We are going to assume you followed the steps we listed in our post about how to winterize your fabric awnings and get right into the steps we should take this spring. A good amount of the stuff we should do are the same steps we took in the fall only because we winterized our residential or commercial awning correctly this should take less than half the time. Extend your retractable awning completely if you are working on a fixed fabric awning lay out the fabric on an area free of debris and dirt. Remove any dirt or debris from the awning that might of collected during the winter months. Make sure to start from the top edge of the awning and work your way down toward the bottom edge. Inspect the fabric for any discolorations or stains. Pay close attention to any areas that may be susceptible to build up. Hose off the awning to remove dirt that is stuck. You can use a soft-bristled brush to get out stains or dirt spots. In a bucket Mix a small amount of mild dish soap in warm water to eliminate stubborn stains. Scrub the awning in a back and forth motion. Be sure to keep the brush damp and rinse frequently to avoid spreading the dirt around. Rinse the awning thoroughly with the hose. If your awning has a hanging valance remove it. Clean the valance by hosing it down and scrub it with mild soap and a soft-bristled brush you used in step 3. Fully open your retractable awning and listen for any squeaky noises, if you hear any a gentle lubricant on all the hinges should clear it up. Be sure not to get any of the lubricant on the fabric   Learn More About Awning Cleaning & Maintenance...

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It’s Time To Start Planning For The Spring & Embrace Your Outdoor Space

It’s Time To Start Planning For The Spring & Embrace Your Outdoor Space

There is only -31 day left until spring is here and we can get out of the house and start to enjoy the outdoors again. This also means it’s time to start planning what your backyard oasis and patio is going to become. Home Owners Maybe you would like a great place to watch TV while still enjoying the outdoors or cool place to get out of the sun while you watch the kids play in the pool. When it comes to color and fabric we carry a wide range from Sunbrella, Weblon, Tempotest and many other high quality fabric manufacturers. Restaurant Owners Are you a restaurant owner looking for a way to attract and seat more people without constructing a new building? A Pergotenda is a great way to go! You can increase revenue and capacity while drawing in more people who just want to enjoy the weather while getting a bite to eat. All Business Owners If your a business owner and thinking of ways to save money and attract more customers an awning is a great way to advertise while lowering your monthly electric bill by blocking the heat from the suns rays. New Haven Awning can design you new awnings with graphics that match your business. We can also print your logo directly on to the awning along with any other information you may want passers-by to see. Contact New Haven Awning To Start Planning...

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Squash Haven’s New Building Gets 2 Custom Shed Awnings!

Squash Haven’s New Building Gets 2 Custom Shed Awnings!

New Haven Awning was in New Haven the other week to install some custom Shed Awnings for Squash Haven. These sturdy beauties were built in our shop earlier in the week using stainless steel frames and Pacific Blue Sunbrella fabric (#4601). A Shed Awning is a stationary traditional style awning used for homes and businesses to highlight entrances and windows as well as protect people from the snow and rain. Graphics can be added to all 3 sides as well as the valance making it a great addition to any storefront. Start planning for your backyard oasis now. Contact New Haven Awning!     Check out more of our work: Commercial Awning Gallery Residential Awning Gallery  ...

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Custom Curtains For a Beautiful Poolside Cabana.

Custom Curtains For a Beautiful Poolside Cabana.

We recently designed and installed some great custom curtains for a poolside cabana in Bloomfield, CT.  We used the Sunbrella fabric named slate (#4684) and it looks amazing the way that it matches so perfectly with the surroundings of this great backyard. By now most of us have heard about Sunbrella fabrics, considering the fact that it’s used in many applications ranging from furniture to boats. There’s a reason for this awesome fabrics popularity and here are just a few: UV and Fade Resistant They will hold their color, even with constant exposure to the sun. Most of Sunbrella’s shade fabrics come with a 10-year warranty against fading. Sun Protection The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella as an additional measure against UV rays with a stoppage rating of an amazing 98%! Breathable Comfort Unlike most shade fabrics that trap the heat underneath, their fabrics allow air to pass through, offering a cooler more comfortable space below. So what are you waiting for? Contact New Haven Awning now to start planning the yard of your dreams....

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To Retract Or Not To Retract That Is The Question.

To Retract Or Not To Retract That Is The Question.

Before you decide on which type of awning is right for you it’s important to understand the benefits of each. Both add beauty to your home and limit the impact of the summer heat on you cooling costs, but there are some noticeable differences in each type. Stationary or Fixed Awnings A fixed awning has a welded frame that is attached permanently to a wall or structure. These awnings don’t move and become a great permanent addition to your home or business Advantages of a Stationary Awning: Some store owners want around the clock backlit business promotion as well as shade and curb appeal. Permanent installation is hassle-free. We can design and customize just about any shape you need or want. Because it is a welded permanent structure it’s best able to withstand harsh weather. You can cover a much larger area then you could with a retractable awning. Ideal for smaller areas like windows and doors.       Retractable Awnings A retractable awning attaches to your home just like a fixed awning, but it can be opened to provide as much or little cover as you’d like. Retractable awnings extend with motorized controls or manually with a hand crank. Advantages of a Retractable Awning: Adaptable to Seasonal Changes. You can close the awning in the winter to benefit from solar heat and natural light They create an alluring and authentically historic look. Automation: you can even get a programmable remote with sensors that detect sun or wind and open or retract the awning accordingly. Longevity: A fixed awning can take a beating from extreme weather but a retractable awning doesn’t have to. Ideal for patios and decks.   View More Retractable Awnings     The Conclusion: Choosing between a fixed or retractable awning isn’t just a matter of preference. Your location, visual style and weather conditions all play a factor that will help you determine which awning will give you the look and the longevity you would want. Thankfully, New Haven Awning is here to help! Feel free to contact us with any and all of your awning questions. We can assist you in choosing the right fabric, color and structure that will best fit your needs.   Need some help? Contact New Haven Awning today!...

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