What Is The Best Fit Here Anyway

We can’t give you a straight answer on this one, as every home has different awning needs. We can guide you through the pros of each type of awning and empower you to make the best decision for your home. Knowledge is power.

Think of it like this: when you buy an awning, you are really buying shade and protection from the elements. The type of awning you choose should reflect how you want to use those features.

Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings give you options. Shade and shelter when you want it. Sun and exposure when you desire it.

  • Retractable awnings add diversity to your outdoor patio or deck. They provide on-demand shade that isn’t a permanent fixture on your home. You can dine outside in the shade, and enjoy the stars in the evening from the same spot.
  • You can hand crank or automatically control your retractable awning. Some even come with remote controls. You can shade an entire patio in less than a minute.
  • Storage at night or in the winter is essentially the same. The awning retracts and fits snugly against your home.
  • The durability of fabric and mechanical components has advanced greatly in recent years, giving retractable awnings robustness and strength while making them convenient to open and close at your will.

Stationary Awnings

Stationary awnings provide constant shade and protection.

  • A stationary awning can be designed to be an extension of the architecture of your home. Because they are permanent fixtures, stationary awnings can have more substantial architectural features that blend into your building.
  • Stationary awnings are just that: stationary. Your awning is always there, always protecting your home from solar heat gain, rain, wind and other weather.
  • A permanent awnings adds character and aesthetic to your home. Awning fabrics can be customized to display nearly any color, graphic or design. A home with permanent awnings has an identity that is displayed by the fabric.

Canvas Craft installs retractable and stationary awnings on local homes. What’s more, we’ll consult with you to find out which type of awning is best for you. Our awnings are made in Minnesota and meet our standards of excellence. We’ve been helping homeowners reduce their cooling costs, protect the interior of their homes and provide pleasantly shaded outdoor areas for years. We even perform our own metal fabrication with a team of in-house engineers, manufacturers and specialists to help keep as much of our process local as possible.

Trying To Keep Cool Can Make You Creative

One of the best parts about owning a home is enjoying the backyard. But sometimes the summer months are just too hot.

Instead of running inside to the AC this summer, consider installing awnings or canopies around your home.

Your yard is an investment that should be enjoyed all summer long. Awnings and canopies not only add value and visual appeal, they can help keep you cool and comfortable.

Awnings also reduce home energy costs and protect the interior of your home. While canopies can provide a unique and classy way to enjoy your yard while staying cool.

These three creative home upgrades will give you some ideas about how to keep cool. Use awnings and canopies to get the most out of your summer.

South by Southwest. Take a hint from the famous music and creative festival in Austin, Texas: South by Southwest (SXSW). Placing awnings on your south facing windows can reduce summertime solar gain by up to 65-percent. Awnings on west facing windows can achieve a 75-percent solar gain reduction! Your home gets the most sun exposure on the south, and the hottest sun exposure to the west. Awnings in these windows will also protect your home furnishings. Furniture, carpeting and paint will all fade from prolonged and intense exposure to UV radiation.

Yard Shade. Your back yard is your summer sanctuary. Barbecue grills, hammocks and gardens rule the day. Lawn games? Big time! Adding a freestanding canopy in your backyard can provide you with a respite from the heat. Keep a cooler next to the grill, relax on a lawn chair in the shade, and take a break to contemplate your next croquet swing. A yard canopy will keep you and your family outside more, and will add value to your home.

Retraction Action. Sometimes you want to sunbathe. Sometimes you want to rest in the shade. Have the best of both worlds with a retractable awning. Enjoy breakfast on your deck or patio in the open air. Later in the afternoon when things heat up, don’t leave your yard for the AC inside. Stay outside and enjoy the fresh air under your retractable awning. Even during the hottest part of the day, the shaded area under an awning will usually be 15 to 20 degrees cooler. Retractable awnings are easy to use and can be custom made to fit any part of your home.

The Truth About the Healthy Effects of Being Outdoors

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After being cooped up indoors for a majority of the winter, it’s gonna feel good to get outside this summer. And it’s like we as individuals need reasons but sometimes it’s hard to break away from work. Here are some great reasons to give your boss as to why you need to get away from the office so you can be a better worker this summer!

Science shows that spending time in the great outdoors can actually make you healthier. Escaping to the woods, mountains or even your neighborhood park helps both your body and your brain. In an article published at huffingtonpost.com, they list 7 ways getting outside is good for your health.

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Getting outside can also help with depressions. According to an article in oprah.com, Norwegian researchers discovered that subjects with moderate-severe depression who participated in a horticultural program experienced reduced symptoms after 12 weeks. "Humans are innately engaged in nature," says study author Marianne Thorsen Gonzalez, PhD, making gardening an ideal distraction from the rumination that fuels depression.

They sound like science fiction, but negative ions—particles that are plentiful near waterfalls, breaking waves, and river rapids—can act as natural antidepressants, according to Columbia University researchers. And an Indoor Air study found that after breathing negative ions for an hour, subjects' blood lactate levels dropped 33 percent, improving their energy levels.

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There’s also supporting evidence at harvard.edu, that sunlight hitting the skin begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin helps fight certain conditions, from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks. Limited sun exposure (don’t overdo it), supplemented with vitamin D pills if necessary, is a good regimen.

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And for city dwellers, the nytimes.com reports that going to the park might be able to lower anxiety. Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside.

Read more: http://nyti.ms/1IkUX6m

So tell your boss you’re leaving the office early and get outside.