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Moran Canvas Products has provided fine canvas craftsmanship since 1988. We specialize in residential and commercial awnings.

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The Steps of Designing Outdoor Shade Sails

Installing sun shade sails in San Diego, California help you make the most of your outdoor space. If you want to add outdoor shade sails to your exterior design, keep reading to find out what you have to do to design them:

Decide on a Shape

Shade sails provide an interesting visual effect that can do a lot to enhance your outdoor area. When you have made the decision to add them to your property, you can start the design process by figuring out which shape you want. Think about the size of your yard and work with the canvas company to find the ideal shape for your needs.

Pick a Material

You can choose between a variety of materials that give you different aesthetic and functional benefits. Look through the different materials and learn about their benefits so you can make an informed decision about which kind of material to use for your own shade sails.

Plan out the Design Area

Work with the design team to determine the best location for your shade sails. You will need to have detailed measurements of your outdoor area. You should also tell the company what you want to use the shade sails for. If you want to place them over an outdoor play area for your children, they do not have to be as big. If you want to create an outdoor space for entertaining, though, you might want to opt for bigger shade sails that give you the protection that you need to spend more time outside.

Whether you want outdoor shade sails or a new awning, Moran Canvas Products is here to help you find the perfect products for all of your needs. Since 1988, we have perfected the art of fine canvas craftsmanship and offer you some of the highest quality products available. To learn more about our products and services, visit us online or call (888) 904-8665.

Design Ideas for Your Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor curtains near San DiegoThe amazing weather in San Diego allows residents to enjoy their outdoor spaces year-round. Homeowners can sit on their patio to enjoy a sunset in any month, and restaurants can seat diners outside long after they would have had to pack away their patio furniture in colder parts of the country. One of the most versatile design options for a patio space is outdoor curtains. Read below for some ideas on how to use outdoor curtains around your home.

Supplement an Awning

To create an extra room outdoors without costly construction, install an awning over your sliding patio doors and outdoor canvas curtains all around. The curtains allow you to block sunlight or let more into the space as you see fit, and on rare occasions when it gets chilly you can draw the curtains on three sides and use a heater to make your outdoor space cozier.

Create a Pool Cabana

Even if you don’t have sliding patio doors near your pool, you can create the feeling of a luxury resort cabana using an awning with outdoor curtains. Choose a design that matches the exterior of your home, and position it to block sun and give you a place to cool down poolside. This is a cost-effective way to create a shelter near your pool without building a pool house.

Partially Enclose a Porch or Veranda

Many homes have porches or verandas that get a lot of direct sunlight. If you want to enjoy fresh air and ocean breezes without squinting into the sun, install a row of outdoor curtains all around your porch. This preserves it as an outdoor space, costs less than walling it off or enclosing it in glass as a sunroom, and allows you the flexibility to control light and heat by simply opening and closing the curtains.


If you are interested in having an awning with outdoor curtains installed on your home or commercial property, call Moran Canvas Products today at (888) 904-8665 to learn about our custom awnings and outdoor curtains in San Diego.

Examining the Benefits of Window Awnings

Home awning near San DiegoIf you want to reduce your air conditioning bills, increase your home’s curb appeal, and expand your comfortable living space, install a window awning on your home. With a variety of design options to fit your personal taste and the architectural style of the house, you can find an awning that will seamlessly blend in with your home’s look and even enhance it. Learn more about the benefits of awnings below.

A Cooler Home

To prevent sunlight from heating the house up, many homeowners keep their window treatments drawn, closed, or shut all day. Awnings, especially on east and west-facing windows, keep direct sunlight from heating your home for most of the day when the sun is high in the sky, without the need for costly, unsightly, or hard-to-clean interior window treatments.

More Natural Light

Windows are meant to let in light so that your indoor space is bright and warm. But if you keep the shades drawn all day, you will need to use lamps or fixtures to light up your home. Window awnings allow nice amounts of indirect natural light into the home, unlike curtains or blinds, but they still block harsh, direct sunlight.

Extended Living Space

If you have sliding glass patio doors that lead out to your deck, backyard, or other outdoor space, an awning is a great investment. Just as with smaller window awnings, a large patio awning will provide shade without completely blocking natural light. And a larger awning here will also allow you to place a small table or lounge chair outside but out of the direct sunlight, effectively increasing your living space.

Moran Canvas Products specializes in awnings for residential and commercial buildings. We can create custom awnings that fit the architectural styles popular throughout the San Diego area. Whether you are a homeowner or a commercial property owner, call us at (888) 904-8665 to schedule an appointment to start designing your awnings today.

The Process of Putting Up a Sun Shade

Sun shades, also known as shade sails, are great for covering large areas with minimal framework. These sails also provide ample shade and protection from the elements. Once you decide which areas need the most protection from the sun, determine whether existing structures are strong enough to serve as anchor points or if you’ll need to install support framework. Watch this video for tips on putting a sun shade around your home or business.

If you want to add a dramatic architectural element to your home or business, contact Moran Canvas Products. We offer custom sun shade sails in San Diego that can be retrofitted for any location and made into different shapes to fit your specific needs. The modular design of our custom shade sails make installation a breeze, and they can be put up and taken down as needed. Call us at (888) 904-8665 to learn more about our shade sails, retractable awnings, solar shades, and other products. 

Caring for Your Awnings During the Winter

winter sunset

Awnings bring a great deal of value and convenience to your home, and if you’ve gone through at least one summer with them, you’re already well aware of that fact. In addition to providing shade for you to relax in, they’re great for reducing solar gain, helping to keep your home cool and your power bill down. When winter comes and you want that solar heat, however, you’ll want to store awnings away for the season. Here’s how to do it and ensure that they’ll be ready for you to use when warm weather comes again.

Clean Them

Start by removing any loose debris such as leaves and dirt, working from the top and moving down. Next, give your awnings a good rinse with a hose. Mix a mild solution of warm water and dish detergent and, working with a soft-bristled scrub brush, scrub the remaining dirt and grime away, and then rinse thoroughly. If your awnings have hanging valances, remove them to clean them in the same manner. Allow everything to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Retract Them

When everything is clean and dry, completely retract your awnings, ensuring they are tight and secure. Make sure there is no fabric hanging that could be caught by the wind—otherwise, it could flap against your house and cause unnecessary wear or even become torn. If your awnings are not retractable, remove them completely and fold them neatly. For valences, roll them tightly and smoothly to prevent creases from forming.

Cover Them

If you retracted your awnings, cover them with a specially designed awning cover. If you don’t have one, now is the time to get one. If you removed and folded your awnings, place them and any valences in a dry and protected storage area that has adequate ventilation.

At Moran Canvas Products, we carry a vast assortment of awnings and canvas products. Contact us if you have further questions about how to care for your awnings, or if you’d like to have custom awnings installed at your home or business. Call (888) 904-8665 for more information.

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