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Custom Awning Design Process

A custom awning design starts with you. Before any plans are drawn up, before any measurements are taken, your custom awning project begins as a vision in your mind.

Whether you need an awning that reduces energy costs for your business, provides shade and shelter for your deck or patio, or advertises your company brand, you want it to embody the vision you have for its potential.

Working with your experienced team of design and manufacturing professionals, your custom awning can be created to meet your exact specifications.

Getting Started

To begin the custom awning design process, we need to get a sense of your vision. The more information you can give us, the better. We want to meet your expectations and create a superior product.

To design your custom awning, we need one or more of the following things:

  • A sample or prototype of the awning you desire.
  • A photo of an awning, accompanied with accurate dimensions.
  • A sketch or drawing of your vision.
  • A sewn or fabricated prototype of your awning.
  • An engineered drawing or set of plans.

Any combination of these starting points is enough to allow our design team to create or recreate the custom awning you need.

Custom Awning Design Process

Here’s a breakdown of how the entire process works:

  1. You tell us what you are looking for in a custom awning, what you want to use it for, what expectations you have of it, and where you want it installed.
  2. You give us a drawing, photo, sketch or prototype of the awning you need manufactured.
  3. We draft a design based on the information you have given us.
  4. Together with you, we work to select attractive, durable, functional materials that meet the demands of your custom awning project.
  5. We communicate with you regularly every step of the way.
  6. With you approval of the pre-production sample, we manufacture your custom awning.

It’s as simple as that. We’ve been designing and manufacturing custom awnings for decades, and we have it down to an art and a science. Our custom awnings are crafted to be durable, long-lasting and high performing products.

Additional Benefits of Custom Awnings

  • Custom awnings can protect your home or business from harmful UV radiation.
  • Awnings specially designed for your space can uniquely reduce your energy costs.
  • Custom awnings protect your home or business from the elements and can extend the life of doors and windows.

Contact our team today to discuss your custom awning options.

Trending Architecture Is The New Thing

Function may lead you to awnings, but form will win you over. Custom options for awnings have exploded in the last few decades. New fabrics, topcoatings, color printing and fabric graphics options have made almost anything you can conceive a reality.

Beyond shade and UV protection, awnings can actually enhance your existing architecture. Consider installing custom awnings to accent and draw out the most beautiful parts of your architecture.

Enhance with illumination. Illuminated, or backlit, awnings bring enhanced color and beauty to your architecture. Custom designs and colors become more noticeable and attractive with a well-placed backlit structure. Use soft light and colors to create a welcoming atmosphere, or bolder colors with dynamic lighting to make your awnings stand-out.

Extend usable space beyond your door. Awnings extend usable space beyond your door. Draw out the architecture of your building over a deck, patio or backyard space with a custom awning. Awnings also allow you to project your thematic architectural components over an outdoor space. This impressive extension of your space will give a unique and thoughtful touch to your architecture. Colors and design components from interior spaces can be incorporated in the outdoor space, allowing your architecture to be enjoyed in different moods and lighting.

Create a custom decor. If you value your architectural theme, consider using awnings to create a custom decor. Awnings can make particularly strong architectural statements at front entrances and facades. The architectural elements of a building are given attention and complement by well-designed custom awnings. Accenting your architecture with custom-colored and custom-designed shade structures will draw attention to the building as a whole. The well-designed architectural elements of the building will not be lost to the awnings, but drawn-out by them. Awnings can be designed into new architecture or custom-built to be incorporated over existing structures. A nearly endless palette of colors and custom graphics can be applied to awnings.

Protect your building. Some of the finest detail and most pleasing architecture is concentrated around the doors and windows of a building. Use custom awnings to draw attention to these areas and to protect them from the elements. Awnings reduce wear from wind, rain, UV damage, solar radiation and other types of weathering. This precaution will look good and extend the life of your building’s finest assets.

Contact Canvas Craft at (888) 428-4325 to enhance your architecture with custom awnings. Our awning and shade structure experts can discuss design, budget and custom options with you to find the perfect fit for your building.

Make That Beautiful Fabric Out Front Last Longer

Known for its durability and strength, canvas remains the material of choice for both commercial and residential awnings.

That being said, canvas is still vulnerable to natural wear and tear over time. So if you want to get the most out of your canvas awning, you’ve got to take care of it! With some routine maintenance, your awning will be looking great for years to come.

Keep it clean.

As we discussed last week, keeping your awning clean will not only maintain it’s visual appeal, it will ultimately prolong it’s life span. We suggest cleaning your awning about once a month for the best results.

To clean your canvas awning, you’ll need the following:

  • A ladder
  • A solution of dishwashing detergent and water
  • A spray bottle
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush

Once you have your supplies, the cleaning process is pretty straightforward: spray your awning down and start scrubbing. A little elbow grease will go a long way. Just remember to never use bleach in your cleaning solution (even if your awning is completely white). Bleach and canvas do not mix. Even a little bleach can cause your fabric to rot.

Once you’ve removed all of the stains, it’s time to give it a thorough rinse and allow it to dry for a few hours. A water-repellent should then be added to your awning. This will add a protective coat against the threat of environmental depletion over time.

Keep an eye out for signs of wear.

A vigilant eye is the best defense against irreversible damage. The following tips will help protect against serious damage to your canvas awning:

  • Check awning frames for rust, which can permanently stain or deteriorate canvas. To prevent rust buildup, we suggest re-painting your metal frames every 4-5 years.
  • Do not use a charcoal grill underneath your awning.
  • Protect your awning from being dragged across abrasive surfaces (e.g., cement and tar) during transport.
  • Get small rips and tears repaired as soon as possible.
  • When possible, store your awning inside during extreme weather
  • Make sure no twigs or leaves are stuck in between your awning and its frame, which can result in permanent staining.

Do you still have questions about canvas awning maintenance and care? The experts at Canvas Craft would be happy to help. Contact us today at 888-428-4325!