• Shade-Loving Container Plants for Your Covered Patio

    If you have installed a patio cover —or you soon will install one—then think of ways to brighten up your patio. You can set up many different container plants that will provide color and fresh air to your newly-covered patio. These plants, like impatiens or false shamrocks, should love shade. Look at some shade-loving plants for your covered patio.

    Rice Cactus

    Certain succulents, such as the rice cactus, are great choices for hanging or upright containers. The rice cactus plant will produce long, thin stems that form in grain-like sections. This succulent requires a lot of shade, so it is best to keep it under a large backyard awning or patio cover.

    False Shamrock

    False shamrock plants are a great choice for indoor or outdoor containers . They produce light purple blooms as long as they are kept in moist soil. They require very little sun, so they will thrive under a patio awning.

    Mona Lavender

    Mona lavender perennials, also known as plectranthus, will grow into a rounded bush about two feet tall and wide. It produces glossy, green leaves and tubular, lavender blooms. Mona lavenders can handle the sun, but they do best under a patio cover that provides light shade.


    Impatiens plants produce rich-colored leaves and flowers. They will spice up any covered patio, especially when paired with the right pot. You can border your patio with a long pot of several impatiens, or you can build up one bush of this beautiful plant in a single pot.


    Begonias come in many colors and produce large, attractive blooms. This perennial comes in upright and hanging strains to fit any type of pot. They will do best under the filtered shade from a sun shade sail.

    There are many ways to brighten up your patio, and it starts by choosing the right patio cover near San Diego, CA. Work with the experts at Moran Canvas Products to learn about the many types of shade installations we offer and choose the right one for your patio. Please call us at (619) 462-7778 to learn more.

  • How to Add Character to Your Storefront

    In retail and service industries, first impressions are everything. When you make the effort to make a great first impression, you’ll be rewarded with loyal customers and plenty of referral business. One important step toward improving your company’s image is to add character to your storefront with a custom-made awning. The installation of a commercial awning will let your potential customers easily see your business name and logo—the first critical step toward building brand awareness. Be creative with your awning, but make sure the design fits the nature of your business. If you own a high-end hotel, for instance, you’ll need a more formal design compared to a daycare center.

    In addition to having a custom awning installed, you can add character to your storefront by building attractive displays, either in a sidewalk-facing window or on the sidewalk itself. For example, if you’re a florist, you can display your showiest, most elegant arrangements.

    Moran Canvas Products is your source for world-class awnings in San Diego, CA. Call a friendly representative at (619) 462-7778, and we’ll get to work designing an eye-catching awning for your commercial space .

  • Retractable Awning Maintenance Tips

    Sometimes, it’s nice to feel the sun on your face, but when it gets too hot, all you want is shade. Find the perfect balance with a retractable awning for your backyard patio or deck. Your new awning will dress up the exterior of your home, and you can have it customized to complement the shade of your siding and roof. Retractable awnings are easy to use and maintain. Always follow the care instructions provided by your professional installer.

    Retract the awning in inclement weather.

    Backyard awnings are designed to shield families from the elements while they enjoy the great outdoors. They’re perfect for keeping away the glare of the sun and light sprinkles. However, retractable awnings aren’t built to hold up in severe weather. If the forecast calls for strong wind gusts or moderate to heavy rain, it’s time to retract your awning. If you’re unsure of whether the wind is too strong for your awning, contact the manufacturer and inquire about its resiliency.

    Check for debris on the fabric.

    Before retracting your awning, you should check the top for leaves and twigs. Remove any debris before rolling it up. Additionally, you should only roll up the awning when it’s completely dry. This prevents the formation of mildew. If you must roll up a damp awning because of strong winds, go ahead and do so. After the weather calms down, put the awning back down to let it dry completely.

    Clean the awning regularly.

    Your backyard awning won’t require frequent or intensive cleaning, but it should be hosed off every month or so. Then, let it air dry completely before rolling it back up. You can deep clean the awning about every year or two. Use a broom to brush off all dirt, and hose it down. Then, add some Woolite to a bucket of water (or use the cleaning product recommended by the installer). Scrub the solution into the awning with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse it thoroughly and air dry.

    When nothing but top-quality will do, you can put your trust in Moran Canvas Products. We are a family-owned and operated business that specializes in residential awnings for San Diego, CA homeowners. Call (619) 462-7778, and ask us about our custom design services!

  • Hear from Our Satisfied Customers

    Moran Canvas Products is a leading provider of residential and commercial awnings in San Diego, CA. We pride ourselves on using world-class materials and exceptional craftsmanship to transform the look of homes and businesses with custom awnings. However, don’t just take our word for it. Watch the accompanying video to hear directly from some of our satisfied customers.

    The three customers featured here recommend Moran Canvas Products because of our commitment to unsurpassed quality and exceptional customer care, and because of our respectful, professional installers. This video also features a brief interview with Michael Moran, who represents the third generation of awning manufacturers in this family-owned business.

    You can contact Moran Canvas Products at (619) 462-7778 to inquire about awnings and other home improvements. We look forward to making you our next satisfied customer!

  • How to Use Shade Sails in Commercial Spaces

    Sometimes, a commercial space calls for a dramatic, eye-catching feature beyond traditional awnings. One excellent solution is a shade sail. Shade sails are triangles or squares of fabric that are anchored at strategic points to create a visually stunning outdoor shelter. Sun shade sails shield passersby from harsh UV rays and rain. They can also create a beautiful outdoor gathering place.


    Whether casual or elegant, outdoor dining is always an attractive option for hungry customers, but weather can present a problem. Health-conscious diners might not be willing to park themselves under the sun’s harmful rays for an hour or two. And if it starts raining, your outdoor dining area will be quickly deserted. One possibility is individual table umbrellas, but these are problematic. They leave the spaces between tables unshaded, and they give an outdoor space a crowded, unattractive look. Instead, consider having a shade sail installed over your outdoor dining area. For an elegant architectural look, you could have two or more triangles of fabric overlapping each other.

    Public Pools

    Shade sails work well in public pool areas, especially since people at pools are more likely to be concerned about their sunscreen wearing off in the water. You can anchor shade sails over the pool itself, or have them installed over the lounging area—or both! Choose a color of fabric that complements the pool liner.


    Most hotels have custom-made awnings at the front entrance. However, shade sails are a great choice for the courtyard. They create an inviting ambience for your guests. A nicely shaded courtyard can give any hotel a more upscale look.


    Zoo patrons expect to walk around in the hot sun, but they probably don’t want to dine there too. Have professional installers put up shade sails over the picnic area to keep families happy while they’re taking a break from seeing the animals.

    Moran Canvas Products can design, fabricate, and expertly install beautiful shade sails in your commercial or residential space. Get started today by calling (619) 462-7778. You can also click on the “Gallery” link on our website to check out some of the stunning shade sail installations we’ve performed in San Diego, CA.