• A Brief Guide to Manually Retracting Your Awning

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    Many homeowners have awnings that retract automatically with the flick a switch. If you have an automatic awning, you should know how to retract it by hand in case there’s a power outage followed by high winds.

    Once you have set the awning’s control in the “off” position, and have made sure that the locking mechanisms are unlocked, locate the awning’s lever rod. Carefully, begin cranking the lever to the left. If your efforts are met with resistance, try cranking to the right instead. Once the awning starts to retract, continue cranking until it is fully retracted. If your awning has a strap, latch, or other locking mechanism that more firmly holds the retracted awning into place, use it.

    Awnings left open during too many storms can become susceptible to mold and mildew growth. If the awning on your San Diego home has seen better days and you are looking to replace it with a custom awning made from the finest materials, call Moran Canvas Products at (888) 904-8665.

  • Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Residential Awning

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    Arranging and using upholstered furniture and fabrics outside comes with inherent risks. Exposed to rain, sun, wind, animal droppings, and other elements, subpar materials do not last very long when placed outside. Since residential and commercial awnings are fully exposed to the elements when open, there are several qualities you should look for when choosing a fabric for your awning.

    Protection from Sun Damage

    Since an awning’s primary use is to block the sun and make the outdoors more enjoyable, it makes sense to choose an awning material that can stand up to intense sun exposure. The fabric shouldn’t fade easily, nor should an awning’s fibers separate when the sun beats down on it, causing the awning to fray.


    Durability is another quality you should prioritize when looking at material options for your residential or commercial awning . For most consumers, it is worth it to pay a bit more for a canvas awning that will outlast all alternative materials, as purchasing something that lasts is a smarter investment in the long run.

    Water Resistance

    Though it doesn’t rain very often in San Diego, we still get a little bit of wet weather. No matter what type of awning fabric you end up choosing, you would do well to retract it any time a storm starts brewing on the horizon. Since you may forget to do this on occasion, consider choosing a material that is resistant to mold and mildew.

    Residents of the San Diego area are blessed with a climate and landscape that make spending time outdoors enjoyable all year long. If you are a San Diego home or business owner who is looking to enhance your home’s outdoor living space or your business’s front entrance, Moran Canvas Products can help you. To speak with a dedicated and experienced provider of awning design and installation services about having a custom canvas awning crafted for your home or business, call (888) 904-8665.

  • Tips for Putting Your Awning Away for Winter

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    Even in climates as mild as San Diego’s, there are steps that a homeowner should take to protect her home and its accessories during the winter. As you cover your pool for winter and have your furnace inspected in the coming weeks, make sure you don’t forget to winterize your awning. To protect your awning fabric from weather damage and to promote longevity, take the following awning care measures when carrying out pre-winter maintenance.

    Dry Clean

    Starting at the top and working your way down, brush away any dirt, leaves, and other debris that have collected on your awning. The goal of this step is to get your awning as smooth and free of debris as possible before introducing water into the process.

    Moist Clean

    Before you retract your awning for the winter, it should be as clean as possible. After giving it a dry sweep, hose it down to remove remaining debris and stains, using a brush as necessary. For removal of the most stubborn stains, use a mixture of warm water and mild soap.

    Thoroughly Dry

    To prevent mold and mildew growth , air out your awning after cleaning it with water. If mold and mildew grow on the awning all season long, the awning will probably need to be replaced in the spring.

    Retract Awning

    Once your awning is both clean and dry, retract it fully and secure it into place. If your awning came with a winter cover, use it for extra protection.

    A well-made and professionally installed canvas awning can last for several years when properly cared for and maintained. When you’re ready to replace your fading or deteriorating awning with a new one, look for a replacement of the highest caliber. If you live in San Diego County, trust the design and installation experience of Moran Canvas Products . To speak with a dedicated member of our custom awning team, call (888) 904-8665.

  • Designing an Outdoor Living Space

    From chimneys and grills to umbrellas and awnings, there are a host of furnishings and features that can make your outdoor space more livable. If you have been feeling like your San Diego home’s backyard is lacking character, check out this video for inspiration from a home improvement professional.

    Angelo Surmelis of Rate My Space and his team bring an outdoor area to life with beautiful blooms and a burst of rich color. Their work is straightforward and inexpensive, but it does a world of difference for the drab, unwelcoming outdoor space they started with.

    To get the most out of an outdoor living space, consider installing an awning. It can be nice to feel the sun directly on your skin, but spending several hours baking under it is dangerous. To have an attractive and durable canvas awning designed for your San Diego home, call Moran Canvas Products at (888) 904-8665.