The Awnings Blog - Dorchester Awning

The Awnings Blog - Dorchester Awning

While our trained professionals are the ones handling your awning installation, you still want to know about the process, what your options are, and what you can expect afterward. Learn more today.

We've Got the Residential Awning Styles to Make You Smile!

Mark Lampson - Friday, April 19, 2019

If you’re thinking about adding residential awnings to your home but aren’t sure which style is best for your property, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered (pun intended)! Dorchester Awning has been designing and installing custom residential awnings for over 100 years, which means we know a thing or two about how to add beauty and character to your home. Let’s take a look at how we work with you to design your awnings, and then we’ll discuss three styles that are terrific choices for homeowners who want their properties to look sharp, year-round.

Let's Get Started!

When you trust Dorchester Awning with the task of bringing your awning ideas to life, we start by sitting down with you to go over all the design options available to us that lets us create your perfect residential awning. We’ll discuss your requirements and determine your budget, and we’ll show you examples of color combinations and materials. We’ll visit your home to get a sense of its architecture and surrounding geography. Then, we’ll render a computer model that lets you see how certain awning styles will look like on your home — making your final decision that much easier. All these steps allow us to design and create awnings that are uniquely yours, ones that are perfectly suited to your home.

So Many Great Styles to Choose From

When the design process of your residential awnings begins, you’ll learn that there are seven basic styles to choose from, and depending on where the awnings are meant to be installed — either above doors or above windows — some styles might be better suited than others. Domed and fixed-frame awnings are great choices for doors. Both styles can be made with optional valances, which themselves can be designed to either hang loosely, or sit stiffly across metal framework. Typically, residential awnings employ a loose scalloped valance as an added feature of interest. But you can certainly decide on no valance at all, because the choice is yours and yours alone to make.


If you’re looking to add exterior style to your home’s windows, quarter round convex awnings are a very good choice. They’re classically styled, can also be designed with or without a valance, and are simply a wonderful way of adding visual interest to the façade of any residence.

The bottom line is, we think residential awnings are a smart and economical way to enhance a home. They can be made in an array of beautiful patterns, colors, and fabric selections, and can even be energy efficient. Industry studies have shown that awnings can reduce the inside temperature of a home by as much as 15 degrees, depending on certain factors.


And since almost every awning Dorchester Awning creates and installs is designed to meet the unique requirements of a particular space, they are truly an expression of the homeowner and his or her needs and desires.


Contact us today to find out how Dorchester Awning can design your new awnings in an almost infinite number of variations!

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Keep Your Awning Investment Looking Good Year-Round

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, April 09, 2019

When you invest in awnings for your home or business, you’re making a smart move. Retractable awnings in particular are a great addition to any property because of their versatility — they’re there when you need them, and tucked away when you don’t. But like most anything, it’s important to take care of them. And while that’s not difficult to do, you don’t want to put it off and find yourself trying to deal with problems that could have been avoided! Read on to learn how you can sidestep retractable awning troubleshooting.

Retractable Awning Troubleshooting: Don’t Put Off a Good Clean

When it comes to avoiding retractable awning troubleshooting, one of the very best things you can do for your home or commercial awnings is to keep them clean. Dirty, neglected awnings lead to damage and mildew, two things that will cut the life of your awnings short. For light cleaning, you can take your awnings down and use a broom or dry mop to gently sweep away dust and dirt. You can use a vacuum, too, to get to dust and debris that may have embedded itself. And to remove stubborn dirt or stains, a power washer set at its lowest level should do the trick. If you’re worried about the integrity of older fabric, you can gently scrub your awnings with a mild soap and water mix and a medium to stiff brush, allowing them plenty of time to dry. The point is to make sure to address dirt and dust sooner rather than later, to keep your beautiful awnings looking and performing their best.

Come Rain or Come Shine

Believe it or not, weather — specifically bad weather — can be one of your retractable awning’s worst enemies. Heavy rain and snow, and hard winds, can do real damage to your investment. Puddles that may collect on your awnings can stretch fabric, and wind can compromise the mechanisms that allow your retractable awnings to operate smoothly. So, if you know inclement weather is on the horizon, make sure to retract your awnings to be on the safe side. If your awnings are not retractable, do what you can to keep water or snow from collecting on them. And if you can’t do that in a safe or timely manner, make sure to remove any snow, water, or debris from your awnings as quickly as possible, certainly after the bad weather has moved on.

We Can Clean and Repair Your Awnings

If you find that despite your best efforts, your awnings still need cleaning or repair, don’t despair. Dorchester Awning is not only experts at designing and creating residential and commercial awnings, we also service them. You can leave it to us to take down, store and reinstall your awnings, and we can clean and repair them, too! We really mean it when we say, we’ve got you covered!


If you currently own awnings and would like to learn more about retractable awning troubleshooting, contact the experts at Dorchester Awning today!


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Retractable Awnings Are a Versatile, Beautiful, and Functional Choice for Your Home or Business!

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, March 21, 2019

When you’re thinking about investing in awnings for either your home or business, it’s vital that you work with an awning company that has the know-how to execute the job thoroughly and professionally, from start to finish. These structures should last a lifetime and add value and beauty to the property they’re meant to enhance. When you trust The Dorchester Awning Company to bring your awning ideas to life, you’ve made the right choice! We take the process of designing, creating, and installing awnings seriously, and this is especially true of retractable awnings.


There When You Need Them

Perhaps the key advantage of retractable awnings is their flexibility. Retractable means just that the awnings are designed around jointed frames that allow owners to either extend the awning out to provide cover, or to retract it so it remains out of site. It’s all done with the touch of a button or the turn of a crank. Imagine the convenience! Now, when you and your family are sitting on the deck and it begins to drizzle, or the sun comes out from behind the clouds and begins to beat down, you can count on your retractable awning to do its job. No more running inside to beat the moisture or the heat. Our retractable awnings significantly extend the usability of your deck or patio by providing safe and attractive cover when you need it, and tucking away easily when you don’t.



Retractable Awnings Made to the Highest Standards

All our awnings and canopies are subject to our rigorous design and installation standards, but because retractable awnings have moving parts, they require a little extra attention to detail. Every one of our retractable awnings and retractable all-weather structures are designed to withstand greater upward or downward force, employing the most rugged shoulder and elbow joints, stainless steel hardware, and high-grade powder-coated finishes. Furthermore, our longstanding relationships with some of the top vendors in the country ensure that everything about your retractable awning — from its technology and moving parts, to its fabric — is of the highest quality and leads the industry in reliability and warranties!


Retractable Awnings Tailored to Your Needs

Whether you’re interested in a lateral arm design or a pivot arm design, whether it’s a residential job or a commercial application, we’ll work with you from start to finish to make sure your retractable awnings are exactly right. We’ll visit your home or business to understand its architecture and your neighborhood. We’ll sit down with you to help you narrow down design options, color choices, and awning shape. We’ll listen to your feedback and oversee our experienced on-site personnel as they craft your beautiful and functional new awnings. Then, our timely and efficient installers will make sure your awnings hang right, look right, and work right — guaranteed!


Awnings are a sophisticated and elegant way of adding depth and character to your home or business, and we offer many styles to choose from. Dorchester Awning has been beautifying doors and windows for over 100 years. Let us do the same for yours!


If you’d like to learn more about all the benefits of retractable awnings, contact us today.


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How a Beautifully Designed and Professionally Installed Awning Can Enhance Your Business!

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, March 07, 2019

Dorchester Awning has been privileged to be in business for over 100 years, and in that time, we’ve worked with thousands of clients, both residentially and commercially. So, it’s safe to say, we not only know how to design, create and install awnings of all shapes and sizes, we also understand how these beautiful and useful structures can enhance your home or business. Choosing custom awnings for business is a smart move, so let’s take a quick look at a few of the ways they can benefit your commercial property. Read More

Awnings and Services We Offer at Dorchester Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, February 26, 2019

We’ve Been Designing, Installing and Servicing Our Products for Over 100 Years!

When it comes to awning companies in Massachusetts, nobody has been in business longer nor offers a more complete list of products and services than Dorchester Awning Company. We’ve been designing and installing awnings and canopies for over 100 years, and have been providing numerous related services that are so important to all our customers, both old and new. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to beautify your residence, or a business owner interested in distinguishing your company from the rest, a custom awning from Dorchester Awning Company is a great way to accomplish either of those goals! Let’s take a closer look at some of the styles and services we proudly offer both our residential and commercial customers.




Residential Awnings

Adding custom awnings to your home’s appearance will not only beautify its architecture, but provide you with some great practical benefits! In addition to acting as protection from the elements, awnings can prevent interior drapes, furnishings and wood flooring from undue fading. Awnings and canopies can also extend your usable living space by providing cover over pools and patios, grilling, or lounging areas. The Dorchester Awning Company has set itself apart from other awning companies in Massachusetts by offering our residential clients a broad range of options in the way of styles, colors and materials. We can design your new awnings to sit above windows or doorways, to be stationary or retractable, or to be completely customized to meet your unique needs. With seven basic awning styles to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something to fit your needs. And whatever your choice, we’ll work hard to make sure we design, create, and install a product that directly reflects your goals and budget.


Commercial Clients

The same options and attention to detail that we offer our residential customers we also offer our commercial clients. We know how much awnings or canopies can enhance a business, which is why we work closely with owners to define their unique needs and goals. The seven basic awning styles available to our residential clients are also appropriate for commercial applications, and we work to make sure the awning or canopy you choose for your business is the best reflection of who you are and what you do! The Dorchester Awning Company has decades of experience working with hotels and resorts, healthcare facilities, and many other national and regional clients, and we’re very attuned to the specialized needs of the commercial customer.

Additional Services

We don’t stop at designing, creating, and installing some of the most beautiful and affordable awnings and canopies in Massachusetts (and beyond!. We also store, repair, and clean them. It’s part of our long-standing commitment to being one of the best awning companies in Massachusetts, as we continue to serve a community that has come to rely on us for all their custom awning and canopy needs. We work tirelessly to provide you with the latest in materials, design, and technology so that when you come to us with your ideas, we’ll be able to turn them into exactly what you had in mind!


Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about all the ways The Dorchester Awning Company can improve your home or business, or if you’d like to receive a free quote!



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Designing Your Awning: How We Go from Idea to Finished Product

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

If you’ve been thinking about adding awnings to your home or business, you’re not alone. Dorchester Awning Co. has been creating custom awnings for over 100 years, which means we’ve worked with lots of folks and designed and installed a lot of awnings! It also means we’re experts at the process, from start to finish. But what is that process? How do we get from an idea to a custom awning that meets or exceeds the expectations of a home or business owner? Let’s take a look at how we do that, here.


We Look at the Whole Picture

When you come to us for your custom awnings, we’ll begin by listening to you. In fact, that might be the most important part of the whole design process! We want to get as much information and input from you as possible, so that we can create and install a custom awning that perfectly reflects the “personality” of your home or business. We’ll talk to you about colors and styles and, of course, budget. We’ll also show you examples of different color combinations and materials, and will help you make the best possible decisions, given your wants and needs.


After we’ve narrowed down some choices, we’ll go visit your home or business to get a sense of its location, its layout, and the surrounding geography. We’ll review your home or commercial building in order to creatively understand how the awning styles you favor will work in that setting. This attention to detail is important because a custom awning is so much more than fabric and steel. If designed and installed with care, it can become a recognizable symbol of your home or business, and should embody that image wholly and completely.



“See” Your New Awning Before It’s Made!

Before physically building and installing your custom awning, we typically create a computer model of what it will look like on your home or building, and from there we’ll make whatever adjustments are necessary. This rendering is especially important for commercial applications, as you’ll be able to see how your business’s graphics integrate themselves into the style and colors you’ve chosen. Whether residential or commercial, computer imaging is an important and indispensable part of creating the perfect awning, and oftentimes we’ll go through multiple design iterations to make sure of that!


Approval and Installation

Once your design has been perfected and you’ve approved it, our experienced staff will begin to create your custom awning in our workshop. Here’s where all the hard work and thought that you’ve put into your design come to life! After your awning has been completed, it will be installed by our knowledgeable team of experts, and here is where we’ll make any last-minute adjustments as necessary -- but we don’t stop there. Because we want to make sure our product continues to delight and impress, we offer free maintenance, cleaning, and adjustments if needed.


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Awning Style Ideas for Your Business

Digital Strategies Support - Friday, January 18, 2019

You’ve worked hard to establish your business, and it shows. Customers and clients trust you, your community appreciates you, and you have plans for the future! Maybe now is the time to think about awnings for your business and the value it could add to it.  Read More

The Process of Creating the Perfect Awning Design for Your Business

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, January 10, 2019

What sets Dorchester Awning apart from other Massachusetts awning companies is our dedicated mission to faithfully serve our customers and maintain the highest professional standards-- that includes the process of designing and manufacturing your awning or structure. Our design process is comprehensive as we will design and manufacture a custom awning or structure to fit your needs exactly. Read More

Which of Our Designs Is the Right Choice for You?

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, December 18, 2018

There is so much more to protecting your space from the elements than just retractable awnings. Dorchester Awning provides numerous coverings that can be tailored to your unique space. Whether for personal or professional use, Dorchester Awning provides many types of high-quality solar shades in Boston that can keep your patio dry and comfortable. Read More

Volunteers Needed for Boston Tea Party Reenactment!

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, December 04, 2018

A staple feature of Boston’s seaport district is the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. People travel from all over to view this historical replica perched up in the water. Whether you are a tourist or a townie, you know that the Boston Tea Party was a very important historical moment, which is why so many people come to the museum! People to this day are in awe at the remarkable efforts of the patriots that helped bring us where we are as a nation. Read More


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