• 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

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    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.

  • A Look at the Different Types of Awnings


    Awnings come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and designs. No matter what your vision for your awning is, there’s an option that’s right for you. Whether you want to design a permanent poolside awning, select coverings for doors and windows, or create a portable backyard shade , you’ve got options. Here is an overview of the different types of awnings you can choose from.

    Canvas vs. Synthetic Fibers

    Canvas awnings are beautiful, environmentally friendly, and lightweight. The cotton fabric needs to be weatherproofed to repel water and endure intense UV rays, but the amazing feel of a billowing canvas in the summer breezes can’t be matched. Canvas awnings can be romantic, playful, simple, or fun, depending on their color and style. Use a dark canvas to create a cozy, luxurious outdoor lounge space, or pick a bright canvas to add a pop of color to your backyard. Synthetic fibers such as vinyl blends, polyester blends, and cotton blends are strong and more resistant to weather than other options. High-quality synthetic awnings can mimic the look of canvas while better resisting the effects of sunlight, mildew, and microorganisms. You can choose from a variety of patterns or get custom awnings to match your home’s exterior.

    Retractable vs. Non-Retractable Awnings

    Retractable awnings can be rolled in or out, depending on whether you want sunshine or shade. They can also be rolled in prior to heavy rains or snow to protect them from the elements. These awnings come in motorized and hand-cranked models. The motorized versions can be very high-tech, with sensors that automatically retract the awning as conditions change. Hand-cranked models can be fun to operate and add a unique element of charm to your home. Non-retractable awnings do not offer the same level of function as retractable options, but they can be more affordable.

    For stunning canvas awnings, visit Moran Canvas Products . Our awnings can provide a unique design element for your home and offer shade for your outdoor fun. To learn more about our awnings, call us at (888) 904-8665 today.