Archive for July, 2014

To Have Sun or Not to Have Sun

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To Have Sun or Not to Have SunWith limited sunny days around B.C.’s coast, local folks take advantage of the vitalizing rays as often as they can. It is for this reason some people don’t feel that an awning is a good way to enjoy the sun. But having an awning doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the sun. Having an awning simply means you have choices.
    
Sun or shade
While some people you know always feel like fully immersing themselves in the sun’s rays, others may not and instead, prefer relief from the heat. It really is a matter of personal choice. Whether you feel like sun or not, awnings with high-tech sensors and controls are making it easier than ever for homeowners to take advantage of the sun’s rays – or not.

A manual awning is an excellent option for those who prefer constant shade, having remotes and other forms of automatic controls over your awning will allow you to easily – with the push of a button – have as much shade or as little sun as you like. The widespread use of sensing and control devices in homes has been cause for the large increase in demand for these types of awnings.

Energy reduction in cool-down time
There are also additional benefits that come with owning a professionally installed awning. When temperatures rise, solar gain – which is the warmth inside your home generated by the sun – needs to be cooled. Reducing a full day of sun heat in your home causes your air cooling system to work harder. During the hot months, shading windows and awnings can significantly reduce your home’s energy consumption.

Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) says, “By managing solar gain – extending awnings when shade is beneficial, and retracting when not – homeowners can significantly reduce energy consumption, while improving home comfort.”

While making the decision to go with remote technologies, make sure you don’t leave out another important aspect of your awning decision process – the fabric. Awning fabric has come leaps and bounds in advancement from even only a decade ago. For the best solar protection on the market we recommend and use Dickson Orchestra. It’s water resistant with a tighter weave and more stability.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.dickson-constant.com/en/UK/solar-protection/orchestra

Photo Source: courtesy of Stuart Miles / Free Digital Photos

 


Reduce Home Cooling Bill by Half with Professionally Installed AwningsIn the event you’re still considering the pros and cons about installing an awning, perhaps the latest joint report from Whitebox Technologies and The Professional Awning Manufacturers (PAMA) will help. According to their new study, fabric awnings and exterior shades have shown to reduce homeowners cooling costs by more than half.

The study, which evaluated 50 cities, shows that awnings not only help to save money through reduced cooling bills, but also increase the comfort level inside your home by reducing your home’s internal temperature, thus reducing the size of, and mechanical wear, on your home’s AC unit.

The hot summer days of the West Coast are cause for rising energy costs and awnings provide an almost immediate and certainly eco-friendly way to keep your home cool.

While turning on the air conditioner results in higher bills, shades and awnings work with your air conditioning unit to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy use.

This new study shows that exterior shades or fabric awnings can save as much as $200 each year by reducing the load on your air conditioner. Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study says, “The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses. When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”

The study focused primarily on older homes that are generally smaller and less insulated than newer constructed homes. The results of their data supports claims that solar shades and awnings are smart retrofits that are effective in making older homes more energy efficient.

Another way to ensure your awning choice will help with cooling costs is to choose your fabric wisely. DICKSON® now offers a new generation Orchestra fabric that has improved technical characteristics to that of other fabric choices on the market. Dickson’s fabric has improved durability and solar protection as well as a greater water resistance.

For improved water resistance, the fabric consists of Schmerber 370 mm instead of 350 mm. For better solar protection Dickson offers a tighter weave: 0.11% open instead of 0.36% and more stability, ensuring a higher performance than ever before.  With such vast improvements in solar protection, awnings outfitted with Dickson Orchestra fabric will help reduce direct solar gain through your windows.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.awninginfo.com/downloads/PAMA%20Energy%20Study%20082012.pdf
http://www.dickson-constant.com/en/UK/solar-protection/orchestra

Photo Source: courtesy of Stuart Miles  / Free Digital Photos

 

Tips on Caring for Your Awning

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Tips on Caring for Your AwningIf you’re like other people without awnings, you probably spend a good deal of the hot summer days under a patio umbrella — wishing your umbrella was bigger. There’s a way to drastically increase the size and function of your patio umbrella. And that’s by installing an awning.

For starters, not only is an awning larger to offer a lot more shade, an awning is more durable and can be constructed and designed to meet your home’s unique configuration. While patio umbrellas are fast and easy to install and use, they’re not as sturdy as an awning. Patio umbrellas are very susceptible to wind damage and are a highly known flight risk.

Now that you’ve decided to install a professional awning, you may be wondering just how to take care of it. Like everything seasonal, maintenance is critical. It’s important to always check for natural wear and tear, especially for holes and mildew. If you see any damage, make sure to have the fabric repaired before your awning is put away for the winter. It’s also important to take a close look at the braid along the front edge of the valance. If it’s been frayed, you’ll need to replace it.

While you can spray from a distance, it’s best to hand-wash your awning to keep it clean. At season’s end, consider having it washed professionally. A major difference between hand-washing it yourself and having it professionally maintained is the waterproofing. A professional will wash your awning with a mild detergent then reapply the water-proofing solution, which not only keeps your patio dry in wet weather, but also helps to extend the life of your fabric.

To ensure proper maintenance of your awning, you’ll want to inspect other areas such as the joints, welds, cables and fasteners as well as the contact points where the frame is mounted against your home. Look for signs of wear and tear, corrosion or rust. If you see any of these things, you’ll need to clean and recoat the area. If you opt for a fixed-frame awning, it’s a good idea to replace the lacings each year.

With good maintenance and a good location (away from smoke, tree sap and constant sun), a well-cared for awning can last anywhere from 15-20 years. The hardware usually has a limited lifetime warranty but can often be reused if you decide to add new fabric. A good choice for fabric for retractable awnings is from either Sunbrella or Dickson and they come with a 10 year warranty.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.sunbrella.com/en_us/how/cleaning

Photo Source: courtesy of africa / Free Digital Photos

 

For Cool Functionality, Install a Custom Awning

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134081164004_untitledFabric awnings and canopies create an attractive, comfortable outdoor area for any home. Handsome outdoor awnings make an inviting place for people to gather where they are protected from harsh elements. Furthermore, a structured awning area provides coverage while being more economical to build and maintain than the other traditional structures.

You can create utility in your expanded outdoor space by designing a fabric awning. An awning that has been manufactured by a qualified and reliable professional will use quality-guaranteed fabrics that will surely enhance your home in a number of ways:

•    An awning can reduce your home’s energy cooling costs significantly.
•    Quick, easy and affordable to create and install.
•    Beautiful fabrics to brighten up a dull backyard.
•    This can be the perfect time to blend your indoor and outdoor creativeness with exotic colors and designs.
•    Add custom window canopies/screens to enhance your entire home.
•    Adding an awning can help prolong the life of your outdoor deck or patio by protecting it from harsh UV rays and rain.
•    Awnings offer homeowners an adaptable outdoor comfort.
•    Consider the price of adding a structure compared to the price of adding an awning.
•    Awnings provide weather protection for the entire family. Your family’s health is a number one priority, which is why installing a professional awning is the perfect way to protect them while they enjoy being outdoors.

For decades consumers were limited to the choice of awning and canopy fabrics, but with the technological breakthroughs in synthetic fibers — and in top coatings — modern awning fabrics now offer high performance with near limitless functions.

Improved ultraviolet stability, colorfastness, tensile strength, warranties and guarantees, today’s awning has come a long way from those 10 or 20 years ago. When you’re searching for cool functionality, look no further than a custom awning.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://fabricarchitecturemag.com/articles/0409_f1_awnings.html

 

 

Awning 101: A Guide

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Awning 101 A GuideIt’s likely you’ve been visiting a friend in their yard when suddenly they haul out that famous piece of plastic and begin tarping off a section. Sometimes this is because shade or privacy is needed while other times it’s due to rain or other poor weather conditions. While this method of awning can prove useful, it’s not exactly what professionals would refer to as the awning concept.

A professional awning is generally made from a special fabric. It is an architectural projection that provides protection and is supported by the building to which it is attached. Unlike your friend’s quick-fix awning, there are no unsightly strings or ropes attached to a professional awning. As a matter of fact, a professionally made awning adds beauty and enhancement to any home’s exterior.

Instead, a professionally designed awning is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which the area (of your choice) is covered. Most homeowners install awnings to use to provide shade over patios and decks, however, custom awnings can also be created for windows and doorways. These types of awnings, which are referred to as canopies, are supported and directly attached to the building.

Also unlike your friend’s plastic version, professional awnings can be outfitted as retractable or stationary. With the push of a button, a retractable awning can provide an instant cool area and relaxing haven from the rays of the sun. Depending on your needs (and budget), your custom awning can be enhanced with sensor-activated controls or remotes.

A remote will allow your awning to be opened and closed easily from inside or outside the house, while a sensor-controlled awning features sun and wind sensors that automatically retract your awning or extend it, even when no one is home.

Stationary awnings, which are on a fixed frame, are a very popular choice with homeowners. These types of awnings can be custom fit to any space around your home such as a deck, patio or garden area. The stationary awning is an excellent option for those odd-shaped places that have bump-outs or for unusually sized windows. You can have a stationary awning custom designed in any shape, size, color or design.

Consider how practical an awning would be for your home to create an extended living space, to enhance a doorway, add shade to sun-facing windows or even to create an instant car port. Stationary or retractable, a custom awning will only enhance.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.manufacturedhomerepairtips.com/residentialawningsandcanopies.php

 

 

Curb Appeal: Your Awning and Your Home

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Curb Appeal Your Awning and Your HomeHomeowners tend to think of bushes and flowers when they think of curb appeal, but awnings should also be thought about. Victorian-style homes and German designed cottages are only two types of architectural structures that have made awnings very appealing.  Regardless if homes are constructed of brick, wood or concrete, there’s something quaint and homey about the look of awnings.

Although there are many great ways to add improvement to your home, adding an awning is both visually appealing and practical. Not only do they provide shade, reduce your home’s cooling cost and extend your outside living space, awnings also add an inviting first impression.

Imagine your home with a colorful fabric awning over windows and doorways that seem to magically pull guests into your home. A welcoming front porch is an ideal way to set off your home’s landscaping. You can quickly and easily complement your home with a splash of color simply by adding a large awning.

Use awnings as a form of home improvement that is easy and affordable. Installation is pretty straight forward, maintenance is simple and the color choices and fabric designs are near endless. Once you have decided on an awning design that fits the unique style and color of your home, you won’t have to paint or do much to take care of your new beautiful enhancements.  

If you think ‘square and boring’ when you think about awnings, you’ll be surprised to know that awnings and canopies can take on a whole range of shapes and sizes, making the design options limitless. Working with a professional awning company to create a design that best suits your home’s design and your personal needs will ensure your new awning does its job.

Adding window canopies is a great way to complete your look and add instant curb appeal. Aside from color and design, you can further enhance your awning by adding trim and valances. It’s easy to echo the architecture of a more traditional home or complement a newer modern-styled house. Regardless of what you decide, canopies and awnings are certain to add drama and impact to an otherwise ordinary façade.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

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Homeowner Awning and Canopy Choices

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Homeowner Awning and Canopy ChoicesAwnings are an efficient way to add outdoor living space while reducing your home’s energy costs. They’re also a great way to spruce up your home. Available in seemingly endless colors, designs and styles, today’s modern awning gives homeowners more choices than ever before.

Retractable Awnings
These are a popular choice with people who want to fold or roll up their awning when not needed or when they want to enjoy the clear/open sky. The advantage of retractable awnings are that they can be quickly retracted to prevent damage during harsh weather.

There are two types of retractable awnings: motorized and manual. Manual awnings are very popular due to their simplicity. Even though they require being rolled up or folded manually (by hand) they’re a great choice for those who do not want to worry about a motor. Without a motor, there’s almost zero maintenance for the life of your awning.

Motorized awnings, on the other hand, are very user friendly because they work by remote control, which allows for convenience. Retractable patio awnings are an excellent way to create a quick and simple outdoor expanded living space or entertainment area; a place that will keep friends and family cool on hot days, transforming your space into a cool oasis. The benefit of going motorized over manual is that there are no restrictions to who can operate the unit. Also if it is manual people generally tend to open the awning sooner and also close it when they leave as opposed to keeping it open to long (because it’s a little heavy).

Fixed Awnings
These types of awnings are permanently installed to a specific area of your home. Typically, you’ll find fixed awnings around carports, windows, patios, balconies, entrance ways and sundecks. The advantage of choosing a fixed awning is that they can be customized to fit your special area.

Customized awnings over doorways, windows and entrance ways certainly add their share of esthetic appeal and can enhance the natural architectural elements of your home. Unlike retractable awnings, fixed awnings allow the homeowner flexibility in creating and designing the size and shape of the awning. These types of awnings include domes, straight-top, concave and convex awnings.

Freestanding Awnings
Also referred to as unattached awnings, freestanding awnings normally consist of two poles that support either side of the awning frame. The fabric is stretched over the frame and offer an extended shade experience. Freestanding awnings are very easy to install (usually in minutes), they are easy to clean and maintain because they’re made of no-rust metal and are void of moving parts.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.manufacturedhomerepairtips.com/residentialawningsandcanopies.php

Photo Source: courtesy of foto76 / Free Digital Photos

 

A Manual or Motorized Awning: Which is Better?

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A Manual or Motorized Awning Which is BetterDecks and patios are popular gathering places, until annoying rain or the scorching sun shows up. Instead of being driven inside, it’s possible to get more use from your deck or patio by installing a retractable awning. For the average homeowner, a retractable awning is the most common choice, however, you will need to choose from a manual or motorized awning.

For homeowners who want a patio or deck awning, it’s important to understand that ‘retractable’ does not always imply automatic. A retractable awning can be manual, which means the awning must be hand-cranked in order to open or close it, while an automatic awning uses a motor to do the work. Automatic awnings also cost more.
    
In sudden storms where power outages occur, a motor-only awning will have to stay in place until the power is restored. But, if you have a motorized awning with a manual ability, then you can quickly and easily retract the awning instead of waiting for the electricity to return.

So, if you’re thinking that now, you really should invest in installing an awning, you may be wondering just how you go about installing it – or where. Awning installation is not that complicated (although it should be installed by a professional), nor does it have to be in a perfect location. First of all, a high-quality retractable awning should not need ground supports to hold it up. It’s important that people look for awning models that are made from high grade aluminum rather than steel. Awnings made from high grade airplane aluminum — like the wings on an airplane have flex — steel has less flex and will therefore have a chance to snap quicker.

Also, when trying to choose the perfect place, some retractable awning models can be mounted on the overhang of your home beneath the soffit or even on the roof itself. While the wall hanging method is more common, sometimes homes have obstructions such as light fixtures that require a little creativeness.

Since most awnings need to be pitched downward, they should be mounted at least seven and a half feet high. If you don’t have the height, many awnings can be mounted on the roof using special brackets. With most motored awnings, the motor is encased inside the tube that winds up the awning material, while the supports that hold the awning up (when extended) will fold in on themselves and tuck under the tube. Owning an awning has never been easier or more convenient.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/15/realestate/15home.html?_r=0

Photo Source: courtesy of Nutdanai Apikhomboonwaroot / Free Digital Photos

 

Top Reasons You Should Have an Awning

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Top Reasons You Should Have an AwningAlong Canada’s West Coast is where you’ll live through bouts of mixed weather any time of the year. From sleet and rain to hot and humid, it’s impossible to tell just what Mother Nature has in store. One way to prepare for the weather in these parts is by installing an awning.

Not only does an awning protect you and your family from the elements, it also opens up a whole new space in the way of outdoor living. Summer or winter, rain or shine, having an awning to quickly pull over your seating area offers instant protection, not to mention a cozy ambiance. There are other numerous creative reasons why every home should be outfitted with an awning.

Having an awning properly constructed and installed means it can be place anywhere. With a secure base and accurate dimensions, consider turning your garden area into a detached patio. While most awnings are traditionally installed along a house, there’s no reason to stick with tradition. If you have a greenhouse or garden shed that’s reasonably solid, there’s a good chance we can make an awning to fit the space.

While it’s uncommon to hear someone say British Columbia gets too much sun, like most things in life, it’s all relevant. If you have family members who are sun-sensitive, having an awning installed is an instant and permanent solution. No matter where in the sky the sun is at, a large awning will protect everyone from becoming overheated.

We’ve all been to outdoor parties where an unexpected rainfall turns into a monsoon shower. Instead of heading for the hills, leaving your outdoor furniture and food to fend for themselves, an automatic awning can easily save the day. Since British Columbia is known for its rainy weather, having an awning in these parts only makes sense.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Photo Source: courtesy of Stuart Miles / Free Digital Photos

 

The Best Fabric Choice for Your Home Awning

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The Best Fabric Choice for Your Home AwningFrom simple rigid-framed awnings to fully retractable models, awnings come in a wide range of styles, designs and materials. While the more traditional-style awning is made of wood, cotton canvas or metal, their modern counterparts tend to feature more durable materials that require a lot less maintenance. The secret to today’s modern awning is in the fabric.

Natural material
Historically, natural fiber canvas and wood were used to create building awnings. These natural materials offer the advantage of being inexpensive but they require their fair share of maintenance, including frequent replacement. While natural materials may be a first choice, they can pose an increased risk of fire damage, which can be a concern in places of frequent wildfires.

Vinyl
If you look long enough you’ll likely find a vinyl awning fabric supplier. Once popular, but still available, vinyl material is a good choice for illuminated and backlit awnings due to their translucency. Vinyl-laminated polyester can be a good choice for high-humidity areas while vinyl-coated polyester, which has a thinner protective layer, is good for UV rays and mildew, but less effective in humid areas. Vinyl coated fabrics come in limited styles and colors.

Acrylic
By far the most common type of awning fabric, acrylic and acrylic-coated synthetic fabrics tend to effectively hold up a lot longer, repel water and reduce fading. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of acrylic fabrics including cotton-polyester blends, polyester coated with acrylic and 100 percent acrylic fabric.

However, uncoated polyester is not considered suitable for awning use because it is very susceptible to sun damage. Polyester and acrylic awning fabrics are often opaque and heavy but work well in areas of high humidity, UV rays and are great at resisting mildew.

Here at MrCoverAll, we recommend and use only the best in acrylic fiber, utilizing DICKSON® solar protection for all our awnings. This new generation Orchestra fabric offer incomparable properties and performance levels that revolutionize the outdoor market. The technical characteristics of Dickson solar protection fabric means greater water resistance, better UV protection and more stability. It is the highest performance fabric on the market.

 


 

Article Author: John Kerkhoff. MrCoverAll.ca is the leading supplier of retractable awnings in Canada. Retractable awnings are a chance for you to choose between sun and shade. A chance to get up close and personal with nature, while still preventing UV rays from damaging your skin. Whether you want to block the sun or allow it to reach your deck partially, we make it a simple matter of pressing the right button. Click Here to receive a consultation.

Article Resources:
http://www.dickson-constant.com/en/UK/solar-protection/orchestra
http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/decorating/outdoor-fabrics
http://fabricarchitecturemag.com/articles/0409_f1_awnings.html

Photo Source: courtesy of worradmu / Free Digital Photos

 

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