Moran Canvas Products

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

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How Excessive Sunlight Impacts Your Skin

When you’re sitting outside, you may be enjoying the sun, but your skin is not. Sunlight takes a toll on your skin thanks to UV rays, but you don’t have to hide indoors to protect yourself. Patio covers, sun shades, and other outdoor covers reduce the amount of sunlight impacting your skin.

Watch this video to learn more about how the sun causes skin damage. If you have an outdoor space at your home, sun shades, awnings, outdoor curtains, and other covers can all help to make that area more enjoyable while reducing the amount of direct sunlight your skin is exposed to.

If you’re considering an outdoor cover for your home or business, choose Moran Canvas. We offer a variety of options, including awnings and patio covers, and we offer customized project design and installation to suit your needs. For more information about awnings in San Diego, CA, call (619) 462-7778.

Save Electricity by Installing a Residential Awning

Residential awnings enhance the exterior appearance of your home and offer protection from sunlight for outdoor spaces. Although these benefits of awnings are clear, you might not realize that awnings could also help you save money on your energy bills. Awnings can reduce your dependence on electricity while making your home feel cool and comfortable.

When you install an awning, it provides shade to your home. By reducing the amount of direct sunlight in the area of the awning, your home could stay as much as 15 degrees cooler. This means you can run your AC less while still maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, allowing you to reduce your electricity usage and save money on your utility bills. The shade-providing characteristics of awnings also protect your furniture and flooring from sun damage.

To find out if a residential awning is right for you, contact Moran Canvas. We offer both retractable and fixed awnings in San Diego, CA in a range of colors, fabrics, and designs. Find out more by calling (619) 462-7778.

Should You Pick a Stationary or Retractable Awning?

Awnings bring many benefits to homes and businesses, from curb appeal to energy savings. If you’ve decided to install an awning, the next choice you have to make is whether to choose a stationary or retractable version. There are benefits to each kind, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every property. As you weigh up your options, here are some of the things that you should consider.


If you want access to widest range of materials, opt for a stationary awning—also called a fixed awning. Because they don’t have to have any additional functionality when they are installed, you can have them constructed of fabric, aluminum, or any combination of the two, and they can be made with specialty panels. Stationary awnings can also be larger in size than retractable awnings. Retractable awnings must be constructed of material that bends, so they can fold up, which can limit some of the options, and the retractable nature of the design can limit the size. Although both kinds of awnings are available in a huge array of designs, retractable awnings have more limitations.


Retractable awnings are available with a wide range of functional features, including sensors that open the awnings automatically when a certain temperature is reached or at a specific time of day. Stationary awnings are always in place, so they can’t be withdrawn when you want to allow more sunlight into your home. However, the functionality of retractable awnings may require periodic maintenance and repairs that stationary awnings do not.


Some communities have rules that restrict awning use. Check your city ordinances as well as your homeowner’s association rules to see if you are required to have retractable or stationary awnings in your area. For example, some buildings in historical districts are only allowed to have retractable awnings.

Moran Canvas can help you select the best awning for your home or business. Discuss your needs for your custom project with our designers, and we will complete a design that meets your needs. For more information about awning installation in San Diego, CA, call us at (619) 462-7778.

Tips for Creating an Outdoor Dining Space at Your Restaurant

A welcoming dining room for your guests and a spacious kitchen work area for your staff are key components of any restaurants design, but if you are lucky enough to have an outdoor area for additional seating, then smart design choices in that space can give your business’ demand a significant boost. There are many things to consider when designing an outdoor dining space, from layout to patio covers or other options for protecting your customers from the elements. These tips will help you make the right design decisions for your outdoor space.

Furniture Durability

The tables and chairs you use in your outdoor seating area will be exposed to the elements, even if they are under an awning or patio cover. To extend the longevity of your furniture, choose materials that are suitable for outdoor use. Many restaurants opt for wrought iron or wicker furniture for outdoor spaces. Ideally, the tables you choose should look attractive without tablecloths, to minimize the expense and inconvenience of using linens outdoors.


Outdoor dining spaces need shelter from the elements. There are multiple options, depending on the size of your space and needs. Patio covers, commercial awnings, Roman shades, and sun shade sails can all work for outdoor spaces. Some restaurants also use outdoor curtains for privacy or to separate the dining space nearby businesses or busy streets.


Your outdoor dining area should be designed so that your staff can easily navigate it to serve guests. Be sure there are clear pathways that the wait staff can use. It is also helpful to ensure a service station, with drinks and other essentials, is set up near the outdoor area.

Moran Canvas designs commercial awnings and other outdoor covers for establishments of all sizes. Show us your dining area, and our custom project team can devise a design and installation that works for your business. Contact us today at (619) 462-7778 for more information out commercial awnings in San Diego, CA.

What Are the Benefits of Temporary Shade Sails?

Shade sails not only look dramatic but they also provide effective protection from the sun to make outdoor spaces more enjoyable. Although some shade sails are installed permanently, they can easily be used temporarily for occasions like outdoor festivals and other events. Shade sails are only anchored at a few points, so they are easy to retrofit and easy to remove.

Temporary shade sails offer many different benefits. When used for an outdoor event, they provide UV protection and shelter from the sun’s rays, making attendees comfortable. They are a striking design element and can improve the overall aesthetic of the location in which they are installed. Because they are so easy to install, they are an affordable way to cover large outdoor areas without the need for extensive framework.

Moran Canvas Products offers a range of options for shade sails in San Diego, including both permanent and temporary designs. To find out more about using shade sails and our other products, such as awnings and patio covers, call (619) 462-7778.

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