• The Versatility of Shade Sails

    Shade sails offer the perfect combination of style and function. They provide sun protection for large areas with the option of permanent or temporary placement. They are increasingly being used as architectural features in a variety of spaces, with the added benefit of shade and UV protection.

    Shade sails can be designed and installed in any way that fits your needs and your property. If you get a lot of rainfall, then the sails can be angled to allow water to run off and drain away from your outdoor space. If you want to expand the shaded area, the sails can be overlapped at strategic places. The sails themselves can be produced in a range of colors and designed in a number of sizes. They can be installed temporarily, such as for a festival, or permanently to provide shade to a courtyard, patio, playground, or other large outdoor space.

    Moran Canvas provides design and installation services for shade sails as well as awnings, cabanas, and patio covers in San Diego. Call (619) 462-7778 to learn more about our canvas products.

  • Stay Protected from the Sun While Enjoying the Fresh Air This Summer

    Being outside is good for your soul and good for your body. However, spending time outside does have a risk—too much sun exposure. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up on the health benefits of being outside if you opt to spend your time in the shade of an awning or patio cover.

    The list of health benefits you can reap from being outside is long and includes things like lower levels of stress, increased vitamin D levels, and even weight loss. Sun protection is a crucial component of reaping these benefits. If you have an outdoor space at your home that you’d like to enjoy more, adding a fixed or retractable awning or patio cover will allow you to get the rewards of time spent outside with far less sun exposure. Your skin will be protected, and you’ll feel cooler, even when temperatures spike.

    Are you considering installing an awning or patio cover in San Diego? Contact Moran Canvas to find out more about custom awning design and installation services. You can talk to a team member today by calling (619) 462-7778.

  • Planning a Summer Family Reunion? Try These Ideas for Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

    Summertime is peak season for visiting with family and friends and spending time outside. If you have volunteered your home to be the location for your family reunion, then you may be thinking of ways you can make your outdoor space more inviting, with everything from lights to awnings . These tips will have everyone enjoying the fresh air at your home for your summer family reunion, and for many seasons to come.

    Add an Awning

    If you have a patio or deck outside of your home, an awning will make it more inviting. When the summer sun is beating down, you and your family can take cover from the rays under the awning, where it will feel cool and comfortable. Choose between a fixed awning or a retractable version that you can open and close as needed.

    Consider Lighting

    Although you won’t need lights during the daytime, if you want to keep the get-together going well into the evening, outdoor lighting is key. Use lights from different sources, such as wall-mounted features along the back of your home and in-ground lighting along pathways. You can also install standing lanterns in other areas of your outdoor space to make it look inviting. Although lighting has a functional purpose when you have guests, it can also enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor area by spotlighting certain features of your landscaping.

    Choose a Cabana

    If you have a pool, you can count on your family sticking close to the water during hot summer weather. A cabana is the perfect addition for a pool area, as it gives people a quiet space to escape from the heat and activity. Set up a few table games in your cabana and have some food and drinks on hand so people can relax inside when they need a break from swimming.

    Moran Canvas can help you get your outdoor space ready for all of your events with a wide array of patio covers, awnings, and cabanas in San Diego . Let us help you pick the right additions to your outdoor space by calling us at (619) 462-7778.

  • Design Elements to Consider Before Opening Your New Café

    When you’re getting ready to open a café, you want the space to enhance the customer experience. Ideally, your café’s style should reflect the menu you serve and encourage people to come for a quick bite or linger with friends on a long afternoon or evening. Having both indoor and outdoor seating can be a significant selling point, and having a patio cover or other shade feature will extend the usefulness of your outdoor seating area throughout the seasons. Keep these design elements in mind as you plan out your new café.

    Resist Overcrowding Your Customers

    As a café owner, you want to get as many customers into your space at one time as possible. If customers encounter lengthy waits on multiple occasions, they may give up on your café as an option. And of course, the more customers you serve, the more profit you can generate. However, resist the desire to try to fit in as many customers as you can. Leave ample space between tables for diners to sit comfortably and share conversation easily. You will need to leave enough room for servers to maneuver as well. About four feet should be a minimum distance between your tables, and be sure to leave some with extra space for diners in wheelchairs.

    Carefully Consider Your Serving Counter

    If your café will have a serving counter for ordering food, be mindful of the impact of its placement. If you place it near the front of the café, it will give customers the impression that they should pop in and out quickly. This is good if you want to attract foot traffic, but not as desirable if you want customers to linger. Place the counter towards the back if you want diners to spend time in your café.

    Embrace the Outdoors

    Alfresco seating is highly desirable, but make sure yours is not an afterthought. Have a fixed or retractable awning in place to increase the functionality of the space, and make sure to pay attention to the décor. Choosing a custom awning will ensure that your patio cover complements the rest of your café’s design. Consider increasing the privacy of your patio with fencing or hedges.

    Moran Canvas offers custom solutions for awnings and patio covers in San Diego , as well as quality installation services. To discuss your café’s commercial awning needs, call (619) 462-7778 today.