• How to Design Your Ideal Outdoor Living Space

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    If you live in sunny Southern California, your first step in designing a beautiful and multi-functional outdoor living space should be to select a canvas awning or solar screen to keep your friends and family cool during the warm summer months. Whether you are designing a new home or simply want to rejuvenate your patio area, here are some tips for making the most out of your outdoor space:

    Customize Your Patio

    With only minimal effort, you can create the custom patio of your dreams. If you are expanding your deck, be sure to blend new wood to match the existing older wood with a simple paint treatment. A brick patio is a surprisingly easy addition for do-it-yourselfers. Once you have created a level space for your patio, simply spread a layer of sand over the ground, lay weed guard and pea gravel, and install your pre-selected bricks.

    Incorporate Plants

    Incorporating plants, flowers, and vines is an affordable way to beautify your space. Consider purchasing plants that will grow in and climb up your home or surrounding trellises to add extra character. First, wrap old grapevine around the trellises where you would like the flowers to climb. Your new plants will naturally grow around the grapevine as they mature.

    Add Shade

    As the weather heats up, it’s especially important to incorporate shady areas to accommodate friends, family, and guests. A patio covering or custom awning can transform your outdoor space into an extra living room or dining area and keep your loved ones cool and comfortable even during the hot, midday hours. Depending on your style and needs, you may want to consider a retractable solar screen, horizontal Roman shades, or separate cabana.

    Here at Moran Canvas Products, we are proud to offer our San Diego area clients the highest quality in custom awnings , patio covers, solar shades, outdoor curtains, and canvas cabanas, and we stand behind our products. To learn more about how our team can breathe new life into your residential or commercial space, give us a call at (888) 904-8665 today.

  • How Investing in an Awning Can Help Your Small Business Grow

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    If you are looking for ways to enhance your brand, attract new customers, and increase your bottom line, the answer may lie in a new vinyl awning . Commercial building owners have long admired the aesthetic and sheltering benefits of fabric awnings, but the energy saving potential is creating renewed interest among business owners looking for easy and affordable ways to grow their business. Here’s a look at how investing in an awning can help your small business grow.

    Attract More Customers

    If your business is located in a strip mall or along a busy roadway, you have to make sure that your establishment stands out from the competition. Awnings can help set the building off, especially if you install a vibrant, custom awning the likes of which have never been seen. A new awning will also serve as an icon, which can help customers find your business.

    Increase Usable Space

    Installing permanent or retractable awnings can increase your usable outdoor space by providing shade and shelter for customers and employees alike. This additional space will provide you with more room for tables and chairs, or simply more room to display your products. Either way, more space typically translates into more profit potential.

    Lower Your Energy Costs

    Lowering your energy costs can help increase your bottom line, and adopting green building practices is one of the best ways to cut your monthly bills. By blocking and reducing the amount of solar gain and UV radiation absorbed by your building, awnings reduce the amount of energy required to cool your commercial space. Awnings also contribute to LEED certification , which can help you establish your “green” business among eco-conscious customers.

    To learn how your business can benefit from a new awning, contact the commercial awning experts at Moran Canvas Products. We have been providing fine custom canvas products for homes and business since 1988. Contact us online or call us at (888) 904-8665 to learn more about our products.

  • Transforming an Outdoor Patio

    You should be able to use, enjoy, and appreciate every inch of your home, especially considering the beautiful weather we are exposed to here in San Diego. If you aren’t using your patio, consider transforming it into a beautiful and functional space that you can use to entertain or relax. In this video from HGTV, you will see what is possible when you have a creative vision and the talent to bring your dreams to life.

    For help transforming your outdoor patio, contact Moran Canvas Products . We sell a variety of beautiful residential awnings, and we can also help you design a custom awning for your home. Visit our website to learn more about our awnings, or call us at (888) 904-8665 to speak with one of our awning experts. 

  • Choosing the Materials and Colors for Your Outdoor Awnings

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    Retractable and fixed awnings create shade and protection for homeowners, and choosing one for your home can be fun when you know what you’re looking for. Awnings come in a variety of materials and colors. Material options include polyester, cotton, canvas, mesh, vinyl, acrylic, resin, and aluminum. Although fabric awnings are available in a wider array of colors and patterns, they usually require more maintenance. Take into account the sort of weather your awning will be exposed to, and how much color you want to add to your home.

    For help choosing the best awning for your home, contact Moran Canvas Products. We can help you choose from one our beautiful residential awnings , or we can help you design the custom awning of your dreams. Visit our website to learn more about our residential awnings, or call us at (888) 904-8665. 

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