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Troubleshooting: How to Fix Awning Problems When They Arise

Digital Strategies Support - Monday, December 11, 2017

Awnings can help protect you and your home from hot weather, giving your balcony, patio, deck, and even outside windows a break from the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Quality awnings can also add style to your home and give each part of your house a unique architectural touch. Even high-quality awnings can start to look worn over time, especially if they’re getting hit by UVA and UVB rays all day long. That doesn’t mean you need to start shopping for new awnings right away.

Keep reading to learn more about awning care and how to fix common awning problems when they arise. With a little work, you can make many issues that pop up as awnings age a thing of the past. These tips will work for many residential and commercial awnings as well.


Cleaning Dusty or Fading Awnings

Your awnings protect you and your home from the sun, but to do that, they need to take a beating from the sun, snow, rain, wind, and any other outdoor conditions that are prevalent in your area. Over time, that means that awnings start to look a little worse for wear even if they’re very well made without proper awning care.

One of the best things you can do to make sure your awnings look their best is to clean them properly. To start, you’ll want to sweep or clean awnings with a broom to remove any debris and dust. You’ll want to do this before you use any sort of liquid. Taking your awnings down whenever possible will allow you to remove as much dust as possible. Heavy-duty vacuums can also be used to get embedded dust and debris out of your awnings before further cleaning.

Washing Outdoor Awnings

Once your awnings get dirty, they won’t look as good as they did when they were new. The good news is that awning care for items designed for outdoor use is easy.

Use a pressure washer on the lowest possible setting to remove embedded dirt and debris that can’t be removed with a broom or heavy-duty vacuum. Or, if you are concerned about the integrity of older fabric or seams – use a medium to stiff brush with soapy water solution (rinse thoroughly).  On Solution dyed acrylic fabrics (such as Sunbrella) – you can include a cup or two of bleach per bucket of water.  It won’t hurt the fabric, but be careful of anything below the awning.  If you have removed them from the building,  allow the awnings to dry after washing before storing them away.  Damp awnings can also promote growth of mildew.  

Moving Parts

Awnings that go up and down—often referred to as retractable awnings—have moving parts like rollers, springs, cables, chains, etc - which may not work as well as they used to once they age. In many cases, moving parts will begin to squeak or the mechanism may no longer be smooth.

To fix these moving parts, first inspect them for damage. In most cases, moving parts won’t be damaged unless something has hit them. Apply a lubricant like Silicone or Teflon Silicone to your moving parts, taking care not to get the lubricant on the fabric material (or items below the awning). If using a spray applicator, consider using painters tape to cover areas before spraying.  Use a tarp to protect furniture and the deck from spills and drips until any excess lubricant has stopped dripping.

Tears and Damage

Tears and damage in residential or commercial awnings can make yours less effective and unsightly. For large tears, it’s best to contact the experts at Dorchester Awning directly so we can help you make durable, long-lasting repairs. In other cases, it is possible to fix awnings by gluing on patches over small holes or even stitching patches in place. Commercial customers who have large awnings can purchase patch repair kits from Dorchester Awning.  For smaller or residential awnings Dorchester Awning can work with you to assess how to address a repair.

Avoid using items like duct tape to repair awnings since it can ruin the finish of your awning or damage the material permanently, making the problem worse. Contact Dorchester Awning to learn more about repairing aging awnings and making existing ones look new again. The New Dorchester Awning Company can also help you retrofit or replace existing awnings.


Why Do Business Awnings Matter?

Digital Strategies Support - Saturday, November 25, 2017

Looking for a way to stand out from the competition and draw more customers to your business? Business awnings can help you do that and improve your store's energy efficiency and curb appeal as well. 

At Dorchester Awning, you can customize the materials, color scheme, and logo design to match the branding image of your business. Commercial business awnings offered at Dorchester Awning could increase your sales, increase your usable space, and get more customers through the door. 

Whether you need a canopy or awning for your business, we can help. In fact, Dorchester Awning is full service and provides seasonal takedowns, awning storage, customized awning designs, and fabrication of brand-new awnings. 


Tangible Benefits of Customized Commercial Awnings 

Commercial awnings have been shown to increase the visual, aesthetic appeal of your business storefront and let customers know exactly how they can stay in touch. 

Along with your business name and logo, you can put your business phone number, email address, and anything else that you think would help customers get in touch on a business awning where everyone can see it. 

Stand Out From the Competition 

Putting yourself in the customers' shoes, you can see how a customized business awning would be a huge attention grabber. Customers walking or driving by might not distinguish one storefront from another unless there's something that really draws their eye in. 

Commercial business awnings and business canopies come in a variety of engaging colors that are sure to turn heads. Dorchester Awning offers literally hundreds of colors, patterns, and fabric material combinations so that you can stand out from the competition. 

Provide Shelter From the Elements 

Business awnings can provide a much-needed respite for your customers as they're scrambling to get out of the rain. 

The closer those customers get to your business the better. You might even find that a business awning both attracts customers looking to avoid a downpour and keeps the front of your storefront cleaner

Having a business awning protect your storefront from rain and snow could mean that customers get more of a chance to see the deals in your window and that your store stays cleaner since customers won't be tracking as much of mother nature into your store. 

Increase Your Usable Space 

Business awnings and commercial canopies come in a surprising array of different styles to serve your business needs. 

Concave and open-wing awnings are popular choices for restaurants. Dome awnings, on the other hand, are a great match for condos and apartments. 

If you're looking to offer outdoor tables at your restaurant, for example, then you might also want to consider commercial stationary awnings. An outdoor awning in front of your restaurant can let you put up a chalkboard of the day's specials; if you're running a cafe, an awning out front lets your customers enjoy their morning coffee and the fresh air. 

The fact is that exterior commercial awnings can dramatically improve your restaurant's usable space: You can easily match the awning's color scheme to your brand's colors. 

Restaurants, universities, libraries, and small businesses could also benefit from offering customers awnings over outdoor bike racks and smoking shelters. 

Energy Efficiency and Commercial Awnings 

A good share of your store's heat gain in the summer is probably coming through your front windows. Installing an awning effectively blocks the sun and lets you save more money that would otherwise go towards cooling down the store. 

If you're looking to corral more customers, expand your usable space, and make your business more energy efficient, then contact Dorchester Awning to get started today. Quotes are absolutely free! 


Prepping for Winter: Caring for Your Home Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Saturday, November 11, 2017

Home awnings can significantly cut your energy expenses and utility bills and, at the same time, increase your home's curb appeal and usable space. The U.S. Department of Energy says that home awnings can cut heat gain on east-facing windows by more than 75 percent. 

Commercial awnings provide similar benefits in that they allow business owners to enlarge their outdoor space (e.g., shaded area at a restaurant) and reduce the amount of solar heat gain affecting their properties. Those are huge perks of installing awnings. 

You might be wondering if you have the know-how and time to learn how to install your home awning or commercial awning.

The good news is that Dorchester Awning can design and install your awning and take it down and store it when winter comes. We are truly a full-service awning company that is there with you from requesting a free quote through installation and maintenance. 


Getting Your Home Awning Ready for Winter 

Durable awnings that are made from high-quality acrylicslike New Dorchester's awningscan last for ten years or more and make it through some pretty tough New England weather. 

That said, dirt and debris can accumulate on your home awning throughout the spring and summer, so it might be a good idea to give your home awning a rinse before retracting it for the winter or having our experts take it down and stow it away for you. 

Clear Away Debris and Stains 

Brushing off dirt, debris, or any twigs that have collected on your awning throughout the spring, summer, and early part of fall is a great way to keep your awning looking great

Use a gentle brush and stroke downward from the top of your home's awning to the lower edge. Some dirt might have adhered to your awning. If that's the case, then gently spray water on your awning using a hose and try to brush the dirt away. 

New Dorchester home awnings are designed to be affordable, energy efficient, and durable. Window, door, and stationary awnings are all options along with aluminum awnings and ever-popular retractable awnings. 

Obviously, it can be a little tougher getting stains out of aluminum awnings than the fabric of retractable or window awnings. Home awnings made from fabric can be safely cleaned using a mild soap like Dawn dissolved in warm water. You only need to use a tiny amount of Dawn to create an effective stain remover. 

Simply dip the brush that you were using to sweep away dirt and debris into your home-made solution, gently brush the dirty areas, and use your hose on a low setting to wash away dirt or stains. 

Removing Your Awning and Troubleshooting Tips 

After you've gotten your home awning clean, you can go about removing or retracting it back in for the winter. 

Before you start bringing your awning in, though, make sure that it's completely dried out from your washing it. Why? Because, like towels, awnings are made of fabric that's susceptible to mold if bunched up while the fabric is still damp, let alone wet. 

Once you're ready to bring your home awning in, you should check for tears or damage. If you have a non-retractable awning that needs to come down, then make sure to neatly fold it and stow it away in a dry area without too much moisture through the winter. 

Protecting your investment in a home retractable awning with a winter awning cover is also a great idea. Retractable all-weather structures are hard to beat. Contact New Dorchester to get started today. 


Why an Acrylic Awning Fabric Makes the Best Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Awnings have been around since the time of the ancient Romans. They were made of linen shade cloths, which were essentially flax fibers woven together. This was very similar to the sails made in that day, and when covered with wax or oil, they became weatherproof.

A large awning was made to cover part of the Roman Colosseum, and in fact, sailors who had experience raising and lowering sails were put in charge of this same task to shade the spectators. Of course, linen, being a natural fiber, soon eroded from the suns rays, water damage, mold, and mildew. Even though patches were made, and linen was the best material for the job, it was just not suited to remain constantly exposed to the elements for a long period of time.


Canvas and Cotton

When America was discovered, two brand new materials became available for awnings: canvas, a coarse cloth made of hemp, and cotton. Canvas was heavy and durable, and when coated with oil, or other water repellant substances, it became extremely weatherproof. But it was heavy and unwieldy, and although it worked well for commercial use, it was not a perfect material for consumer or residential use.

Cotton seemed to solve all of the problems. It was lightweight, it could be made weatherproof, and it was easy to handle. While it was a good choice in many ways, it lacked the durability needed for an extended year after year usage.

The Acrylic Solution

The best awning fabric made is constructed out of acrylic resin and textile fibers. The acrylic penetrates the fibers, making them completely water and weatherproof, enhancing durability while still remaining flexible at virtually any temperature. The acrylic solution has taken awnings into the new millennium.

Dorchester Awning uses the finest awning fabric available. It is a mix of acrylic resins, textile, and microfibers. Using this modern fabric not only makes awnings relatively lightweight, but it also makes them virtually impervious to the weather. Plus, an added benefit from using acrylic makes them easy to clean, many times by just using a hose to rinse them off, and they will resist mildew as well. This fabric also takes to coloring, so acrylic awnings can be colored to your choice.

Acrylic awning fabric is also the best material for retractable awnings too. It stays flexible all year long, so retracting or deploying is never a hassle. If they get wet, simply allow them to dry before retracting, and the acrylic material will never mold or mildew.

Dorchester Awning has specialized in awning manufacture and installation since 1901. From fixed awnings to retractable models, commercial to residential, we serve Boston, Cape Cod, and all of Eastern Massachusetts. Contact us for a free quote.


Keep Your Commercial Awning in Great Shape with These Tips

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Having a commercial awning installed was a great move to boost business by making your business' main entrance, windows, porch, or another area more noticeable, more attractive, and fit to protect clients from inclement weather. But in order to keep your awning looking its best and "working its magic," consistently, year-round (and year after year), it will need to be periodically cleaned. 

It's true that today's top-of-the-line, antimicrobial fabrics and rain-shedding coatings minimize the amount of maintenance that awnings require. But there still are a few tips you should know.


1. General Awning Cleaning Procedures

As Fall approaches and leaves or small sticks begin to accumulate on top of your awning, the most obvious awning cleaning procedure quickly comes to mind: brushing off the debris. A sturdy, well-planted ladder and a tough bristled brush or a broom will do the trick. You could also employ a leaf-blower if you have a long enough extension cord and can get close enough to your targeted debris. Also, brush off any loose dirt or dust you find clinging to your awning's surface.

Next comes washing your awning. First, wet it down with a hose. Then mix a mild solution of water and simple dish soap and scrub your awning gently with a brush or a rag. You can also use a solution made of a third-cup mild detergent, two-thirds-cup tri-sodium phosphate, and a gallon of water. Let the awning soak in the soapy water a few minutes before rinsing it off with the hose. Then let it air-dry.

For tougher stains, you will need to use a stronger cleaning solution and apply a little more "elbow grease." But don't scrub too hard and risk damaging the fabric or the water-resistant coating. Cleaning your awnings need only be done, at most, once or twice a year, if they are high-quality to begin with.

2. Protect Your Awning's Color

Never over-scrub or clean your awning too often. Never use harsh chemicals on an awning. And never put bleach on it! Your awning's bright, vibrant colors are catching the eye of passersby and bringing in extra business, so you don't want to diminish the effect.

Some with especially bright-colored commercial awnings opt to clean them monthly, and that's fine if you do it gently and correctly. But it usually isn't strictly necessary unless your business is in a very dusty or bird-frequented area. However often you clean your awning, never use hot water to do it. Cool or warm is fine. Don't power wash it, unless it is made of aluminum, another metal, or wood. Even then, use only the low-pressure setting.

Finally, you can also further protect against color fade by getting your awning equipped with a UV sealant by a professional awning company.

3. Tips for Retractable Awnings

A few special comments are necessary about retractable awnings. First, some of them will allow water to pool on top after a rain. You can either retract the awning before the rain comes or allow it to sun-dry after the rain but before retracting it.

What you want to avoid is letting your cloth awning get soaked and then retracting it, giving mold and mildew a chance to fester. Even with anti-microbial fabrics, you want to implement good awning management practices. If you do get mildew/mold on any part of your retractable awning (or any commercial awning), use a solution of three parts water to two parts sodium hypo-chlorite (5% solution) to get it out.

To learn more about commercial awning maintenance or for a free awning quote, contact Dorchester Awning today!

How to Clean Your Home or Business Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Monday, September 25, 2017

Today's awnings are made from highly resilient, antimicrobial fabrics so that your awning can continue to look great years after purchase.

Over time, though, you still might find leaves and other debris making its way onto the surface of your awning. 

Brushing Off Debris 

The first thing that you're probably going to want to do to keep your awning looking fresh is brush off any dirt or debris that you come across.

Put your safety first and make sure that you're standing on a secure ladder before beginning the process. 


Use a Cleaning Solution 

If you're finding that after a quick sweep there's still dirt or residue on your awning, then you might want to consider using a homemade, safe solution.

Mixing water and Dawn or another everyday cleaner like Woolite in a bowl and using that as your DIY scrubbing solution can work wonders. 

For more stubborn stains you might want to consider using an outdoor cleaner. This can get the job done whether you have a home awning or a business awning that you need to stay immaculately clean to send the right message to future customers

Although a home or business awning purchased from The New Dorchester Awning Company will come with antimicrobial fabrics designed to repel mildew and mold, you can use these kinds of outdoor cleaning agents (with gloves!) to remove stains or debris that have fallen on your awning. 

How to Go About It 

With most outdoor cleaners, you simply spray it onto the awning or gently rub it in, wait about a minute, then wash everything off with a hose.

You want to make sure that you don't over scrub, though, because doing so could cause the fabric to fade or the water-repellent coating to prematurely fade. 

In this step-by-step guide on how to clean your awning, it's advised that you scrub your awning with a stiff brush that's first been dipped into your own DIY cleaning solution of water and Dawn or, for more serious jobs, a store-bought outdoor cleaning agent. 

Gently hose off your home or business awning after gently scrubbing with your brush. Then wait for your awning to dry before determining whether you need to scrub a bit more to get out all of the grime. Remember to be gentle. 

Unfortunately, even business awnings built with antimicrobial fabrics can suffer their fair share of abuse when put into an urban environment filled with diesel trucks, birds, and weather that can turn surprisingly harsh at a moment's notice. 

Awnings from The New Dorchester Awning Company are designed from solution-dyed acrylic, which is used to lend your home or business awning incredibly vibrant coloration, long-lasting dependability, and easy cleaning.

Because the fabric is so tough to begin with, many homeowners and business owners find that a monthly clean with cool or warm (never hot) water is all that it takes to keep their awning looking as clean and vibrant as the day that they had it installed. 

Cautionary Advice for Power Washing 

Simply spraying your home or business awning with a hose once a month is a good general maintenance practice to keep things looking fresh. For more intensive cleaning, consider using a cleaning solution or a low-pressure setting on a pressure washer (low PSI setting) that has a dispersed output. With a pressure washer, you really want to be careful and avoid any concentrated settings or using a PSI strong enough to damage your awning's fabric.

If you're really concerned about more year-round awning protection, then ask Dorchester Awning how a UV sealant could further improve your awning's durability. 


Find Out How Adding Color to Your Awning Can Bring in More Business

Digital Strategies Support - Monday, September 11, 2017

Anyone who runs a business knows how important curb appeal is. The more aesthetically pleasing the exterior of your business is, the more likely customers are to walk in and take a look. If you don't put any thought into your curb appeal, not only could it scare customers away (especially if your exterior is in disrepair), but customers may not even notice your business to begin with.

One way that you can draw the eye to your place of business is by installing outdoor awnings on the exterior. Outdoor awnings can help provide visual depth to an otherwise flat exterior. However, when you choose an awning, it's important that you use the right colors. The following are a few ways in which the color you use can bring in more business:

Create Brand Recognition

If people are already familiar with your brand, then using the colors in your brand's logo on your awning will make it easier for them to recognize your store. This is important for making sure that customers who are looking for your store are able to find it from the road. This way, if you're located in a strip mall, for example, someone who might be looking for you won't just drive by without seeing your store and then give up, only to go somewhere else.

Additionally, if you haven't yet established your brand, the colors you use for your awning will help you do so. People will come to recognize your store by the awning and its color, which means that they will more easily recognize your brand should you ever open up another location using the same colored outdoor awnings.

Incite Specific Emotions

The colors you choose for your outdoor awnings shouldn't just concern your brand. Colors are vital to incite certain emotions in customers. This is why certain types of businesses should not only use certain types of colors in their outdoor awnings, but also in their branding in general, from their logo to their website design. The following are some of the different colors you can use to help instill a certain emotional response from your customers:

  • Red - Red is a bold color used to generate excitement and urgency. Many companies use red as a way to make their brand seem new and exciting. Some examples include Nintendo, Lego, and Target. Red is also known to induce hunger, which is why fast food restaurants often use red, such as McDonald's and Burger King.
  • Green - Green tends to represent health, nature, and growth. Grocery stores, especially organic-based health stores, often use green, such as Whole Foods.
  • Blue - Blue represents dependability, trust, and wisdom. This is a good color for businesses that are selling services, such as repair services. A lot of electronic-based brands, like Dell, HP, and Intel use blue.
  • Purple - Purple is often associated with royalty and wisdom, which is why it's commonly used for businesses that sell beauty products.
  • Black - Black represents power, stability, and strength. Too much black can be overwhelming, but some black can help get this association across. Stores that sell business clothing often wear black, as do law firms. Guinness and Nike are two companies that use black very effectively.

As you can imagine, not only can outdoor awnings help attract more customers to your store, but the use of specific colors can help to get them in the mood to buy whatever products or services that you have to offer. For more information about installing outdoor awnings on your property to improve your business, be sure to contact us at Dorchester Awning today.


Retractable Awnings vs. Fixed Awnings: What's the Difference?

Digital Strategies Support - Friday, August 25, 2017

Awnings are an elegant yet practical investment for any home or business. Not only will they make a colorful, eye-catching accent on your house or commercial building, but they'll also help reduce your energy bills by shielding the interior from solar heat gain. Blocking the sun's rays keeps your interior spaces more comfortable, too, and preserves the furnishings and flooring from UV-related fading and deterioration. Awnings can also create usable and enjoyable space outdoors by providing a protected area – usually on a deck or patio – that's sheltered from the sun and rain.

When you begin investigating your awning options, you'll discover that you have a choice of two main types: fixed and retractable. While the two types have a couple of characteristics in common, it's important to learn about the major differences so you can make an informed decision about which one best suits your needs.

Fixed Awning Basics

Fixed awnings consist of a welded metal frame that's finished with a durable fabric or aluminum-slat cover. Just as the name implies, these awnings are attached in a fixed position to a building wall above a doorway, patio door, or window. Here are some of the unique characteristics of fixed awnings:

  • These awnings are designed to be permanent, so they're sturdily constructed to withstand the elements.
  • You can choose from a number of distinctive fixed awning styles, such as concave, dome, elongated dome, and quarter round/convex. The finished awning can have a plain edge, or feature a loose or fixed valance.
  • They come in a wide range of sizes to suit different purposes, and an array of rich colors, beautiful patterns, and custom-designed combinations.
  • Larger fixed awnings – also called canopies – require support legs or brackets, but they can be used to create a protected outdoor area at your place of business, or as a cover on your deck or patio to extend your home's living space.
  • Installing a fixed awning is a stylish way to highlight your business location, and it gives you an excellent spot to place your business name and/or logo to enhance your branding.

All About Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings offer the same superb rain and sun protection as fixed versions do, but they differ dramatically in their design and how they function. Here are some of the stand-out attributes of retractable awnings:

  • Fashioned from high-quality outdoor fabric, these awnings roll in and out of their own weather-resistant, wall-mounted housing on durable roller and extension mechanisms.
  • These beautiful awnings are ruggedly built and engineered to withstand both upward and downward wind forces.
  • Retractable lateral arm awnings come in a range of widths and extension lengths to suit different purposes, such as covering a west-facing patio or shading a pool. 
  • Retractable pivot arm awnings allow you to change the angle as well as the amount of extension, so they're ideal for shading a single window or a porch with multiple windows.
  • This kind of awning features either manual or motorized operation so it can be easily extended when needed and retracted after use or during bad weather, with a turn of the crank or the touch of the button.
  • You can choose from an array of stunning striped, solid, and patterned awning materials from leading outdoor fabric manufacturers, so it's easy to find the perfect complement to your home or business' exterior color palette.

As you can see, there are quite a few differences between fixed and retractable awnings. For personalized advice about the ideal type and style of awning for your home or business needs, contact us today at Dorchester Awning!


Do Awnings Help Increase the Curb Appeal and Value of Your Home?

Digital Strategies Support - Friday, August 11, 2017

Are you hemming and hawing over the possibility of installing one or more awnings to cover your home's windows, entry areas, or a patio

Perhaps you've heard that awnings will add significant "curb appeal" and will add resale value to your home, but you're not quite sure if it's true. Well, it is. And here's why.

How Awnings Enhance Curb Appeal

First of all, awnings adorn windows the same way that curtains can on the inside of a house. Along with shutters, they add character to what might otherwise be a bare exterior wall. 

Second, awnings can complement or pleasantly contrast with the color of your home's siding, brick, stone, painted wood, or other facade. You may wish to match your awnings, for example, to the trim or roof color instead of the exterior wall color. But the point is, they can fit in with your existing design since they come in such a great variety of styles.

Third, your awning can catch the eye by its very shape, be it domed, concave, a rounded entrance canopy, or a triangular fixed frame.


How Awnings Can Increase Your Home's Value

Sun shade awnings over your windows can cut down on excess heat entering your home by around 75% and can reduce your summer cooling bill by up to 20%. Anyone buying a home will consider the energy efficiency of their potential investment before making a final decision.

A second way awnings add value to your home is by creating more usable outdoor space. Sun shade awnings over your entryway provide a place in the shade and out of the rain. Retractable (or fixed) awnings over porches and patios make those porches and patios usable for a greater portion of the year. And a free-standing awning or an awning shading a grassy spot around a backyard door is a cheap way to add shaded space (and that adds value.)

A third reason an awning can boost home value is that, if you invest in durable awnings that are easy to maintain, they will last for a long time and look about as good as new. The heavy, sun-resistant fabric of many modern, upper-tier awnings prevent colors from fading. And many are also able to stand up to water, snow, wind, and the full gamut of New England seasonal weather patterns.

Remember the Practical Usefulness of Awnings

Given that we live in a day and age when many live in the same house for less than five years on average, boosting curb appeal and resale value are major concerns, don't forget about yourself either.

It may be that you will live in the same home for decades to come, and it will be you and your family who will reap all the benefits of awnings: aesthetics, shade, shelter, energy savings, extra outdoor space, durability, and more. 

Choosing Your Awning Provider

Finally, to ensure your awning will be all you want it to be, "be picky" about who you hire to design, build, and install it.

If you are interested in investing in high-quality awnings manufactured and installed by a well-respected company, consider Dorchester Awning, which has over a century of experience under its belt. 

For a free quote from Dorchester Awning, click on the link or call us directly at 800-649-8686.

Dorchester serves Massachusetts and much of New England, and we can provide you with customized sun shade awnings of any variety you desire.


3 Ways to Save Money by Investing in a Home Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For homeowners, finding something to add to the home that looks good and saves money is like finding the holy grail. The search is over, because a home awning comes with both money savings and a beautiful aesthetic that you can’t get from many other home additions.

We know what you’re thinking: how does a home awning save me money?

Let us answer your question with some questions of our own.

  • Did you know that the sun coming in through your windows can be responsible for as much as 20% of the work your air conditioner puts in?
  • Did you know that in 1990 alone, residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. spent $20 billion on energy to offset the heat gain and loss through windows?
  • Did you know that awnings can reduce the amount of heat coming in through your windows by as much as 77%?

Keeping the sun out during the summer saves you money on keeping your home cool. Even better, reducing your air conditioners’ work load may even help it last longer and work better. Here are three ways to use home awnings to help your home stay cool and look good.

#1 Window Awnings

One of the most effective ways to keep sun from coming in through windows is with a window awning. Available in a variety of styles and fabrics from Dorchester Awnings, a window awning shades your windows and keeps the sun out. As we mentioned, that keeps the sun from coming in but it also protects the inside of your home from sun damage. Sun coming in through glass can cause your furniture, carpet, rugs, and hardwood floors to fade, which can be expensive down the line.

We have window awnings to match virtually any style and preference. Traditional, colonial, ultra-modern, and every style in between can find an awning to be the perfect complement.

#2 Shaded Patio or Deck

An amazing addition to pretty much any home is an outdoor gathering space like a patio or deck. In most cases, a patio or deck is framed by windows that showcase the view to the yard but also let in sunlight. Adding shade to a patio or deck with an awning is a great way to still get that view but prevent the sun from coming inside.

Dorchester Awnings offers outdoor shades that are retractable or permanent, giving you options for your home. Both retractable and permanent awnings are easy to maintain and available in a variety of styles to match your home. 

#3 Door Awnings

Doors are a less likely culprit for gaining heat, but glass doors provide a large area through which sunlight can enter your home. Installing an awning over the top of a door adds a nice, finished look to your home while providing the energy saving benefits we’ve already mentioned.

Just like our window awnings and patio shades, our door awnings come in a range of colors, shapes, and styles. Easy to install and even easier to maintain, a door awning is the perfect finishing touch to your energy-saving additions.

Investing in a home awning is a smart way to up the curb appeal of your home and keep your cooling costs down in the summer. Take a look at Dorchester Awnings’ options for your home, and see what you can do to save a little dough every summer. 



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