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Tension Shade Structures Part 2

Part two of our series on tension shade structures explore some ways to fund installing them at your school or business.  One of them is even sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Installing a Tension Shade Structure and Grant Money

Why do dermatologists care so much about minimizing sun exposure?  Well, too much of it, and besides the increased risk of heat related illness, there is the very real danger of skin cancer.  Even installing a shade structure can make a lot of difference.  That’s where the AAD come in.  ”The AAD Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants of up to $8,000 to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure. Members can support the program by sponsoring an application or making a donation to the program.  Since its inception in 2000, the Shade Structure Grant Program has funded 307 shade structures. The AAD Shade Structure Program is open to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teenagers who are 18 and younger.To be considered, applicants must: Be recommended by an Academy member dermatologist.Demonstrate a commitment to sun safety within their organizations. (Please see the online application for specific criteria to meet this requirement.) Be considering a shade structure that meets the stringent requirements of the AAD. (Please see the shade structure program FAQs for specific criteria on shade structure selection.) [READ MORE]

Tension Shade Structures and  501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organizations

If you have a church and/or a charter school, and you don’t have one already, you might want to give some thought to installing a tension shade structure.  Installing shade isn’t everything but it can make a big difference in protecting your students or congregation from the worst of the sunlight.  Arizona has one of the most extreme climates in the US, after all, and the highest rates of skin cancer in North America.

So remember, you want to keep people safe, healthy, and happy.  Make sure that there is a chilled water supply and a fountain.  However, one more way that you can help is to install commercial shade structures in Phoenix.

Be sure to read part one of this series for more information on commercial shade structures.

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Tension Shade Structures at Playgrounds

Tension shade structures at playgrounds are more important than even playground equipment.  Why?  Well, look at who and what you’re protecting.

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Heat-Related Illness and Children

There’s several good reasons why you see a lot of playground equipment made out of plastic in Arizona, and it is very little to do with cost.  There is also a very good reason why a lot of schools have some sort of shade structure over their playground equipment.  For example, a metal slide can have a temperature that is far hotter than the air temperature.  Think about it.  An average human body temperature is 98.6, a mere 100 degrees would feel at most mildly warm, but when the sun has been hitting a metal slide all morning long, the actual temperature of the slide may be closer to 200 or even 300 degrees, more than enough for a child to get a first degree or even second degree burn.  However, there is another reason why playgrounds here have to have some form of shade: heat related illness.

Among the elderly, and people with a compromised immune system, do you know who is most susceptible to heat related illness?  Your children.  Too much exposure to the sun can cause sunburn and skin cancer, that much is obvious, but what about the rest of a child’s body? Heat related illness is a very real problem.  In some cases, it can even be fatal.  There is a very good reason why it is against the law to leave a child or an animal in a hot car in Arizona.  The heat doesn’t just heat up a body, it can make it very difficult if not impossible to breathe.  This is all the more of a danger during the warmer parts of Arizona’s summer.

How a Tension Shade Structure Helps

A tension shade structure is not a cure-all.  Keep children out of high temperatures, as well as yourself.  However, it can make a difference.  Something as simple as shade can drop the temperature down by 10 degrees or even more, particularly if the area has been shaded for a good chunk of the day.

So remember, living in the Sun Belt has its advantages.  It also has its dangers, particularly during the summer.  So keep yourself cool, and hydrated, and if you have a playground, install a commercial shade structure to keep both children and adults safe and healthy as well.

Be sure to read part two of this series for more information on commercial shade structures.

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Commercial Awnings: More Reasons to Get Them

This article explores some more reasons to install commercial awnings at your business.

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Commercial Canopy Awnings: A Touch of Class

In our last article, we explored potential liability for not having shade. This article will explore branding and other topics.

There are several ways to make a business succeed or fail. Location is important. Being open a wide range of hours is also important. You want to make sure you treat your customers like family or more importantly, like royalty. And one way to do it is a canopy awning.

Why does installing a canopy awning make a customer feel special? Well, look around the world. The Plaza Hotel has canopy awnings. So do a lot of posh restaurants.  Look at some hair salons and art galleries.  All of them have a canopy.  So a canopy is a great addition for any business.

Installing a canopy awning adds an architectural enhancement that’s both timeless and classic.  They can be used at retail spaces, offices, entryways and more.  And while they add elegance to your business, they also have a surprising benefit for your business: branding.

Custom Canopy Awnings, Branding, and Visibility

A custom canopy awning not only provides a touch of class for your business, it also helps to improve visibility as well as branding.  Why does branding matter?  All businesses need branding, from retail giants to small family-owned bistros.  An awning with your business name on it sends a message of “We are here to stay.”  And since it has your name on it, it can be the one thing that helps a customer find your business, even in the days of electronic directions and GPS.

Let’s say someone is following their GPS system in their phone or GPS. Even though the software is fairly accurate, every now and then it hiccups.  It can show an address on the wrong side of the street, or direct someone using a very roundabout way.  There are no numbers as to how often someone gives up trying to find a business, but if it is too hard, human nature would almost certainly cause someone to give up and try somewhere else.
But if someone sees your business, they are already in a good mood because they found you.  Even something as simple as installing a custom canopy awning can make a huge difference.

So remember, running a successful business is a combination of things.  One of the most simple things you can do is install a custom canopy awning.

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Installing an Awning at Your Business

Installing an awning at your business is more than just a business addition, it is also good business sense.  This post will explore why.

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Commercial Awnings and Heat-Related Illness

There is no gentle way to say it.  This time of year, Tucson is not just warm, not just hot, it can be life-threatening hot.  Heat-related illness is a big health problem in Tucson.  An unfortunate fact of life in Arizona is that most of the big cities here including Tucson are in the hotter parts of the state.

According to WEBMD.COM: Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have become dehydrated.

There are two types of heat exhaustion:

Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, frequent muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.
Treatment for Heat Exhaustion

If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommended strategies include:

Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke. [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

One of the most effective ways of preventing heat stroke is to provide shade, and if you have a sidewalk leading into your business, something as simple as awning installation can help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion.  And as a business owner, there are some things to be aware of.

Not Installing Shade Can Cost You

While there is no law in place governing whether or not you should install shade at your place of business, you will definitely want to do it because of potential liability.  For example, let’s say you have a restaurant, and you have an elderly customer waiting outside in the heat.  If something happens as a result of them being out in the heat when they didn’t have to, they could potentially sue your business.  Installing shade is a cost effective way of reducing liability.  However, you want to install shade for another reason.

You want to send a silent message to your customers.  You want them to know you care about them.  So if they have to wait in the heat, give them water whenever possible, and make sure they have a place to sit.  And one of the best ways to protect them is to install commercial shade structures.

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Commercial Shade Structure Installation: Corporate Center

Corporate centers are often diverse with the sort of businesses that they have, but they all can do with an installed commercial shade structure .

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Why a Corporate Center Needs a Shade Structure

In our last two articles, we covered uses poolside, and their uses at a restaurant. This article will explore the use of shade structures for a corporate center.

“Shade is the blocking of sunlight (in particular direct sunshine) by any object, and also the shadow created by that object. Shade also consists of the colors grey, black, white, etc. It may refer to blocking of sunlight by a roof, a tree, an umbrella, a window shade or blind, curtains, or other objects. Shade is an important issue in temperate and tropical zones for providing cooling and shelter from the sun. [READ MORE]  Installing a shade structure not only protects your employees but it gives a nice place to be when the weather is beautiful.

How Durable Are Installed Shade Solutions?

How durable are installed shade solutions?  Well, shade sails can last for anywhere between five to ten years, or even longer.  A lot of commercial shade is from Australia.  It makes sense if you think about it.  Australia has extremes of temperature just as Arizona does.  Shade sails are one of those ideas that are better than umbrellas, and all the more so because of how resilient and adaptable they are.  If you get ones that are made of UV treated fabric they can last even longer.

Shade sails are one of the forms that are popular with businesses because it’s possible to install them so that you can shade more of an area by overlapping the sails.  Sometimes, though you’ll need something like a tension shade.

So remember, when it is time to add something to your business, you want to add something that makes it easier for you and for your employees.  Make sure when you’re looking for a shade provider, have them consult with you and give you a quote.  That way, whether you want shade sails or a tension shade, you can be sure that you’re installing the right commercial shade structure for your business.

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Installing Shade Structures for a Restaurant Patio

Installing shade structures is an important addition to a restaurant’s patio area.  And before you ask, yes.  Shade can make that much of a difference.

Restaurants in Phoenix:  Shade Structures

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In our last article, we covered shade structures poolside.  At this time of year, patios at restaurants largely go unused.  It is fairly obvious as to why.  It can easily be 110 degrees or hotter at this time of year, even late into the evening, making patios essentially wasted space.  This happens a lot with restaurant chains that are based in cooler climates.  They will construct a restaurant in Phoenix, thinking summer will be hot but not too bad, and an outdoor seating area is for people to enjoy the air.

However, without installing shade structures, no one sane would go out to have a drink or dinner on the patio at a restaurant at this time of year in Arizona, unless the main seating area was full.  Installing shade structures is one step to make a patio area better.

Installing shade structures would not be the only way that a restaurant or bar could make a patio more enjoyable.  Installing a misting system helps, as do other heat-beating tricks such as circulating fans and outdoor cooling units.  However, without the basic need of shade, other measures will have to work far harder than normally.

The Need for Shade in Arizona

You can tell who lives here year round and who is just visiting.  Arizonans may seem odd to people from other parts of the world.  We park dozens of feet away from the entrance of a building sometimes, in what seem to be random areas, but they’re not.  If you look carefully, you will probably find that the reason people park in the places that they do is the presence of either a tree or a shade structure.

Can shade make that much of a difference?  After all, one still has to walk across the parking lot both to the building and back.  Well, it’s a trade off.  Yes it is hot walking across a parking lot, but it is nothing compared to the oven that is waiting for you when you open your car door.  If you park in the shade and get in your car, however you can have your car’s interior be about 30 degrees cooler.  Shade reflects the bulk of the sunlight away from any area that it is present in.  The same holds true for patios that have shade structures installed.

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Commercial Shade Structures: Poolside

Happy 4th of July from your commercial shade structure installer in Phoenix.

Shade Sails by The Pool

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There is no nice way to say it.  The 4th of July in Arizona is hot.  People that come from other parts of the US are used to having picnics, and playing frisbee.  Maybe get a blanket by a bay or a river and watch the fireworks.  However, if you live in the Phoenix area, such things aren’t as much fun here without some way to adapt.  One of the best ways to celebrate Independence Day is to have a pool party.  You and your guests can chill poolside, and not overheat.  And one of the best things that you can add is a shade sail in a pool area.

A great many hotels already have some sort of shade structure, from a canopy to a shade sail.  It makes sense in an environment such as Arizona.  Here people have to adapt to the environment much more than they would in a more temperate climate.  Arizona has, after all, some of the highest levels of skin cancer cases as well as cases of heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion.  If you put it poolside, it not only helps to keep your guests cool, it also stops the spread of algae.  Algae needs two things to do well: non-aerated water, and lots of sunlight.  By reducing the sunlight, you automatically cut down on one of the things that algae would need to survive.  But the many reason to put them in, is of course your guests.

Installing a Shade Sail

This year, the 4th of July is a 3 day weekend.  It will be next year too.  So imagine it if you will.  You have a booked solid hotel, and a bunch of glowing reviews online for the amenities your hotel offers. and one of the ones that make the lists again and again is the fact that you have such a nice pool area.

It really can be that simple.  People like little touches.  These small touches make a hotel stand out.  It isn’t just the breakfast buffet or the towels that are folded into swans. It is the level of comfort and service that your guests will come to expect.  So keep the drinks flowing, and greet everyone with a smile. And don’t forget to make the environment as nice as you can.  Sometimes, even a nice touch like a commercial shade sail by the pool can be the one thing that separates you from your competitors.

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Commercial Shade Structures and Where to Install Them

 Installing a shade canopy makes perfect sense for any business in Arizona.  As a business you have to think about more than the bottom line.

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Shade Structures: Protection on Multiple Levels

A commercial shade structure helps to protect your employees.  It also helps to protect your vendors and your customers, but most of all it helps to protect your business itself. How?  Well, potential liability for one thing.  Arizona has one major drawback that it shares with other states in the Sun Belt.  You are more likely to encounter a heat-related illness here than say in Alaska. Some cases of heat-related illness are mild, and just require a bit of water, some time indoors, and the victim is fine.  However, some other cases are more severe and can require a trip to the emergency room.

As a business owner, you want to protect everyone who is authorized to be on your property from the vendor who stocks the soda machine in the back, to your employees, and your customers as well.  Let’s say you have an environment where some of your employees have to work outside for a while.  Without a place to cool down that is out of the sun, you could end up facing a safety violation as well as a lawsuit, however, even without the legal reasons to install a shade structure, there is simple compassion.

Shade Structures Are More Than Just Protection

Shade structures are more than just protection.  They convey a message that you care about everyone who comes to your business.  It is the little details that make all of the difference to people.  If you treat people well, and treat them fairly as a business owner you will get repeat customers.  Unless you are in an extremely non-competitive niche, you have competition.  Sometimes, it’s not just your prices that determine whether you do well with your business.  Sometimes it is how you treat your customers.  Offering guests  a chilled bottle of water from a small fridge while they’re waiting is one way to do it.  Letting them sit inside an air conditioned break room or waiting room is another.

So remember, as a business owner, you have to see the big picture.  View things that you add to your business as investments, not expenses.  If you add the wrong ones, your business will be a memory.  If you make the right decisions, such as installing a commercial shade structure, you’ll not only be remembered, you’ll be in business.

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Playground Shade Structures

Playground shade structures in Phoenix make perfect sense if you think about it. Why?  Well, it is all due to the unique environment that is the Sonoran Desert.

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Shade Structures and Extreme Temperatures in the Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and of Northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. It is the hottest desert in North America, with an area of 280,000 square kilometers (110,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert. [READ MORE]  What does this have to do with shade structures for playgrounds? Well, during the summer months, the temperature can easily be 110 degrees or hotter.

Arizona is a unique environment within the US.  Other places people can adapt to easily.  The humidity may be higher in one place, the temperature in winter can be cooler, but as a rule, summer temperatures usually top out at around 90 degrees.  This is not the case in Arizona.  It can easily reach 100 degrees as early as March, and stay that hot well into November.   A shade structure helps to protect people from the sun.  And shade structures in an environment such as this can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Shade Structures and Playgrounds

What works in other parts of the country don’t necessarily work in Arizona.  Look at slides for example.  They’re made of metal and made in parts of the US where it rarely if ever tops trip digit temperatures.  A child going down a slide can easily get second degree or even third degree burns from going down a slide.  It is comparable to touching a frying pan on a hot stove. A shade structure doesn’t solve  all of the problems of heat exposure, however, it can significantly reduce exposure to heat.

So remember, you have to adapt significantly to Arizona, or it can be fatal.  So keep hydrated, and keep out of direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day, and to help keep a playground cool, install commercial shade structures today.

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Commercial Shade Structures: Outdoor Seating

Commercial shade structures also help with outdoor seating areas.

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Outdoor Seating Areas and Commercial Shade

Any office plaza or corporate center gets some sunlight.  Natural light is very big in architectural design. During the cooler months, the sun is nice, however during the summer, it can easily raise the temperature of a plaza well above 100 degrees or more.  Trees can provide some shade, however, they can’t be planted everywhere because of underground lines or pipes, and because of clean up concerns.  The solution is simple, something like a commercial shade structure.

A tension shade structure like the one above can help an outdoor patio keep a tolerable temperature.  And there is another thing to consider about installing them: it helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer and heat related illness.  It makes sense if you think about it. If someone reduces their sun exposure they also reduce the risks concerned as well.  And sometimes there are other reasons to install.

Tension Shade Structures

Sometimes, there can be tax incentives for shaded patios as well as energy saving costs.  If a patio area is cooler, that means that the building adjacent to it is also a little cooler.  And with a cooler building comes lower cooling costs.  For a larger office building this can be quite a savings.  For example, the building that we installed the shade structures on pays about 30% less on their electricity bill per year than a similar building just down the street.

Commercial shade structures are also a good thing environmentally.  They help to reduce energy demands, which in turn reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.  Installing shade also helps a lot of people as well by providing shade for employees as well as visitors.

So as you see, improvements to your business can be easier than you may think.  Which improvements should you make?  You should make the ones that help to add to the atmosphere of your business.   Maybe put some landscaping in, or a container garden.  And if you have a place to sit that has shade over it, it will also be a good addition.  And the best way to accomplish this?  Install commercial shade structures in Tucson.

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Fabric Shade Structures in Tucson

Fabric shade structures are a great addition to a business that has an outdoor seating area.

A Tension Fabric Structure: Year Round Use

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While a tension fabric structure has obvious uses in the summer months, it can also provide benefits all year round.  Why?  Well, for one, during the winter months, these structures can be easily kept warm with a chiminea or a space heater, and they can also provide some shelter from any chill in the air.  Since they can be retracted, they can be pulled in when there is high winds, such as during monsoons and dust storms, of which Arizona has a lot every year.  To add to their value, they are a lot more durable than they used to be.

In the old days, fabric structures were made largely of canvas, which rotted after a couple of years, forcing them to replaced.  However, nowadays, shade solutions like there are made of custom shade cloth which is a lot more durable and long lasting, and has been chemically treated to withstand UV rays.  When you are looking to install shade, you want to make sure that you

Shade Structure Installation

By no means try to install a shade structure yourself.  The posts have to be placed fairly precisely, and in addition, if you stretch the canvas too far, your custom shade structure will most likely rip.  Inversely, if you don’t stretch them far enough, you’re going to have a problem with sagging fabric.  In addition, there is also the subject of placement.  If you put a shade structure where the sun is in October, it probably won’t provide adequate shade in June.  For example, if you’re at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, you may not have as much exposure to the sun at certain times of day than a business that is more on the desert floor, or closer to I-10.  Another thing that you want is professional advice from someone local as a company not based in Arizona may not be familiar with Arizona’s unusual weather.  For example, during the summer, southern Arizona often has high winds as well as rain.

So remember, adding to your business or organization’s outdoor space is tied to the choices that you make.  Comfortable seating, access to water, and other things help to make your commercial outdoor space intimate and memorable.  One of the best things that you can do is to install custom fabric shade structures.

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Custom Shade Structures for Business

Custom shade structures help a wide variety of businesses, and in Arizona are almost a requirement, particularly at this time of year.  Why?  Well, we’ll give you a clue.  Look at your thermometer…

Custom Shade Sails: Places to Put Them and Why You Should

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Custom shade sails are some of the most versatile shade solutions that a business can install.  As the owner of a business, you have to be concerned with a lot more than someone who is a homeowner.  We once had a customer for example that owned a small hotel.  Their pool area had virtually no shade, except for a couple of umbrellas that had seen better days.  The hotel owner didn’t do anything about the issue in an attempt to save money, however, they were hit with a lawsuit from a hotel guest for a bout of heat-related illness she suffered as a result of the lack of shade.  While fortunately for the hotel, the suit was dismissed, it was very much a wake-up call.

We installed an awning made of some of our custom shade cloth.  Now, the hotel owner is booking business including a couple of conventions when before he was getting negative online reviews.  Something as simple as installing shade can make all the difference in the world, however, it isn’t just customers and guests that can benefit from a shade solution, your employees can as well.

A Smoker’s Patio and a Shade Canopy

By law, no one is supposed to smoke within twenty feet of a building.  Particularly an entrance to a building.  This helps to minimize the risk of second hand smoke to non-smokers.  While this helps the non-smokers, the smokers have to endure the heat of the Arizona summer, which in some cases can be dangerous.  When you look at the combination of UV rays and heat, someone who smokes is adding additional risk to their health.  The solution can be as simple as installing a shade canopy.

By reducing exposure to both heat and light, it also helps to safeguard the health of people who want to either get a breath of fresh air, smoke a cigarette, or both.  So remember, that as a business owner you have more to look out for than your family.  You have your customers to think of, and your employees.  And one way to show them you care is to install a custom shade structure today.

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Commercial Shade Structures and Playgrounds

Commercial shade structures are smart additions to playgrounds in Arizona.  Why?  Well, there is a very good reason Arizona is part of the Sun Belt….

Commercial Shade Structures: Protection from UV Rays

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Exposure to the sun is like a lot of things in life: it’s best in moderation.  Installing a shade structure is one way to control your exposure to the sun.  Getting some sun helps your body to naturally produce both vitamin A and D which are essential nutrients. However, too much sun, and you expose yourself to more than a few health dangers. Most people know about the increased danger that too much sun exposure poses where skin cancer is concerned, but too much sun, or more specifically, too many UV rays, can also cause other health problems as well.

Like what?  Well, eventual blindness for one thing.  Too much UV exposure is one of the contributing factors towards cataracts.  People view sunburn as painful and annoying, but something that fades with time, however, some sunburn can cause lasting damage, and even scarring particularly if the capillaries of the face are involved.  So what’s the solution?  Control the amount of time that you’re in the sun.  One way is to install a shade structure.  And one place where it’s importance can’t be stressed enough is at a playground.

Install a Commercial Shade Structure at a Playground

Installing a commercial shade structure at a playground is a very good idea.  Children are listed as vulnerable groups to sunburn and other sun-related illness, and sometimes  if the heat is too much, a child can be in danger of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion.

So remember, that you want to have a healthy respect for the sun.  Get some sun but remember that you don’t want to risk your health, or the health of your kids.  Make sure that your school has a commercial shade structure installed at the playground.

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Uses for Commercial Shade Structures at a Church Pt. 2

Part two of our series on commercial shade structures at a church explores their uses for charter schools and children’s activities.

Charter Schools and Commercial Shade Structures

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It used to be that churches and schools were separate.  Nowadays however, a great many churches also have a charter school attached to them as well, which is where installing a commercial shade structure comes in.  Even churches without a charter school often have a playground set up as a place for children to play either before or after services.

Commercial shade structures can be installed at a church, synagogue, or other place of worship to help protect children form harmful UV rays  while they are playing on any playground equipment.  However, it isn’t just playgrounds that can benefit from having a commercial shade structure as our next example will show.

Commercial Shade Structure:  The Church Car Wash

One of the churches we have done business with needed a place to host outdoor events that would be somewhat shielded.  This church does a lot of fundraisers in the community and one of the ways they raise money is by conducting car washes.  We installed a shade structure on the basketball court behind their church and it made for a great place to do their car washes as well as other activities that needed to be outdoors but not exposed to the sun.

So as you see, there are many different things you can use such a structure for.  They make great places for church picnics too, with a permanent ramada.  So if you have a place of worship, no matter how you worship, give your members someplace that shelters them from the sun.  The best way to do this is to install a commercial shade structure today.

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Uses for Commercial Shade Structures at a Church Pt. 1

Can commercial shade structures be used at a place of worship, such as a church? Yes, and they can be quite useful in such a setting.

Where Can a Shade Structure Be Installed at a Church?

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People don’t think of commercial shade structures when they think of a church.  Usually churches are composed of a chapel and a vestibule as well as classrooms.  The chapel is where the worship occurs and the vestibule is akin to a lobby of sorts where people gather before services.  Sunday school classes are taught in the classrooms, however, they are also multi-functional, serving as places for church groups to meet as well as for Bible study and other related gatherings.   During Arizona’s hot summer months, it makes sense to have such events inside, but what about when the weather is nicer?

The sun is still an issue even when the weather is nice.  Arizona doesn’t have much in the way of natural disasters.  We don’t have earthquakes, volcanoes, or hurricanes like other parts of the country, but the trade-off is that we have higher than average rates of skin cancer and heat-related illness.  There has to be a place that allows people to enjoy the warm weather without the risk of skin cancer or heat exhaustion.  that’s where installing a commercial shade structure at a church comes in.

Commercial Shade Structures for Churches

One of the churches we’ve dealt with has a soup kitchen that feeds about 300 people a day. Sometimes, the lines get long and a lot of people have to wait in the sun before they’re given food and seated.  We were able to create a waiting area that allowed the church to keep up their good work and protect some of their charges from the heat.

There are many more uses around for commercial shade structures at a church, which we will cover in part two of this series.

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Hotels, Resorts, and Installing a Shade Structure

Installing a shade structure makes sense for a lot of businesses, particularly those in the hospitality industry.  There are several hotels in the Phoenix area, which makes perfect sense considering that it is the fifth largest city in the US.  There is a big difference however, between a hotel and a resort.

Hotels and Shade Structure Installation

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There are several hotels and resorts in the Phoenix area, which makes perfect sense considering that it is the fifth largest city in the US.  There is a big difference however, between a hotel and a resort.  As a rule, hotels have a parking lot, a building, a pool and a few amenities.  The Hyatt Regency, the Clarendon, and the Metro Plaza would be considered hotels.  A resort, on the other hand, usually has landscaped grounds around it, and is fairly spread out. Examples  of resorts would be the Arizona Biltmore, the Westin Kierland, and the Phoenician.  Both hotels and resorts have uses for shade structure installation.

For example, let’s say there is a conference at a resort, the facilitator initiates a breakout session.  There is room in the ballroom for four breakout sessions, but not six.  The other two groups could go to an outdoor patio that’s under a professionally installed shade structure, and depending on what it’s made of, it can even allow a bit of natural light in. However, that’s just one use.

More Uses for Shade Structures

All resorts have restaurants on the property, and a great many hotels do as well.  During the winter months, a patio would be a great place to enjoy Arizona’s mild winter, particularly if it is covered by a shade structure.

Phoenix has a lot of hotel rooms.  That’s one reason why it has hosted dozens of sporting events, several conventions, and welcomes thousands of winter visitors per year.  What makes guests remember hotels is the little touches, and the atmosphere.  A great thing to add to a hotel or a resort is a commercial shade structure.

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Commercial Shade Structures in Phoenix: Their Use in Animal Shelters

Commercial shade structures in Phoenix don’t just help people, they help animals as well.

Shade Structures for Kennels and Animal Shelters

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Animal shelters can benefit from shade structures as well.  Animals rescued from living life as strays in no kill shelters wait for adoption.  Sometimes, there are dog runs and sufficient facilities for the dogs to be kept indoors, however, a lot of times, they have to be out, and in the cases of some rescue dogs, they actually prefer to be outside.

A shade structure gives them the run of the yard and allows them to be outside without getting sick from the heat.   This also holds true for the well-heeled pooches too, if you pardon the pun.  Shade also works for outdoor dog shows. But sometimes, shade can also be installed at someplace other than a kennel or animal shelter.

Shade Structures at Stables

Stables also do well where shade structure installation is concerned, and there is a real need for it sometimes.  Particularly where show horses such as Arabians are involved, there has to be a staging area where any final grooming is done.  Horse shows up in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley often have shade for both the competitors as well as the spectators.  As for the competitors, the shaded area provides a perfect spot to do any last minute preparation while at the same time offering some protection from the heat as well as the sun.  Competitors from out of state may or may not have access to a stable.  With a shaded space, it gives them a place to curry comb their charges.

So as you see, animals need shade too.  And it makes sense if you give it some thought.  They have to do everything that you do, but wearing a fur coat all the time.  So take care of your animals, big or small.  Give them enough food and water, as well as physical checkups and protect them from the heat with a commercial shade structure.

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Commercial Shade Structures and Their Uses Part 3

Part one of our series on commercial shade structures explores their use in outdoor break areas and smokers’ patios.

Smoking Patio Shade Structures

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Roughly about a decade and a half ago, smoking laws in the US changed.  As a result, a federal ban prohibits smoking within 25 feet of a building.  Smokers were exiled to patios and areas well away from buildings.  In someplace other than Arizona, this isn’t a problem. In Arizona, particularly in the summertime, it is a major problem.  That’s where installing a commercial shade structure for smoking patio comes in.

By installing a shade structure for a smoking patio, it helps to protect employees that do smoke from the dangers of skin cancer and heat-related illness while at the same time allowing employers to comply more efficiently with federal law.  However, while smokers can benefit from installing shade, what about non-smokers?

Shade Structures in Tucson

You have to remember one thing about Arizona’s climate.  It is only hot and miserable for really about 3-4 months out of every year.  The rest of the time, Arizona has a very temperate climate.  Since it does, sometimes, if employees are on break, it is nice to be able to go outside and enjoy the weather.  And installing a commercial shade structure in Tucson is a good way to show them you value them as people, not just employees.

So remember, Arizona has unique challenges during this time of year.  The biggest of which are high summer temperatures.  So keep hydrated and wear sunscreen. And avoid heat related illness.  One good way to help with this is to install a commercial shade structure.

This concludes part one of our series. For more information on commercial shade structures, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Commercial Shade Structures and Their Uses Part 2

Part two of our series on commercial shade structures explores their use in shopping centers and outdoor malls.

Outdoor Shopping and Shade Structures

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Go to any shopping center and outdoor mall in Arizona, and you will notice that they are adapted to Arizona’s unique weather.  In some areas, there are misting systems installed to help cool down shoppers.  In other areas, the shopping center may have even installed commercial shade structures.

Shade structures in Tucson include places such as shopping centers.  Some have the commercial shade structure placed over the parking area, while others have them placed over an outdoor seating area.  And it makes a great deal of sense if you think about it.  Tucson, like most of southern Arizona has incredibly high summer temperatures.  From June-August, temperatures can easily hit 110 degrees or even hotter.  Shopping centers are smaller scale projects, but what about larger projects such as an outdoor mall?

Installing a Shade Structure in Tucson

Look at an outdoor mall such as La Encantada.  It’s upscale, with retailers, shops, and restaurants selling everything from furniture to cakes and coffee. and woven very nicely into it’s design are more than a few shade structures.  And why?

Well, Arizona has an idyllic climate from October to April.  We are one of the few areas of the US that don’t have natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanos, sinkholes, hurricanes, or blizzards.  However, like all things in life, there is a trade off.  We have one of the highest skin cancer rates as well as the highest levels of heat related illness.  A lot of developers had to learn the hard way that what works in other parts of the country doesn’t work in Arizona.  So, it’s fine to put in an outdoor mall in Arizona as long as you realize that you need to think of ways of keeping your customers cool.  Install chilled water fountains, and misting systems.  And most of all think about installing commercial shade structures.

This concludes part one of our series. For more information on commercial shade structures, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Commercial Shade Structures and Their Uses Part 1

Part one of our series on commercial shade structures explores their use in auto dealerships and car washes.

Installing a Commercial Shade Structure at an Auto Dealer

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Installing a commercial shade structure at an auto dealer helps to make an unpleasant experience a bit more easy to endure.  Let’s face it here.  Most people do not like car shopping.   We live in America, and we are all about convenience.  You go to a store, you shop for a while, buy what you need and leave.  It isn’t the same when someone shops for a car.  Even with changes in technology and buying techniques, car shopping is all about negotiation, not a simple cut and dried price.   Car shopping from October to April isn’t a bad thing.  However, car shopping from April to October in Arizona is unbearably hot.

Smarter car dealers know that if you make the environment as pleasant as possible, shoppers will stick around longer and are more likely to buy a car.  One of the best ways is to give them a shady place to wait if the lobby is packed.  In Arizona also, smokers are usually exiled to an area well away from any of the buildings.  A commercial shade structure in Tucson gives smokers a place to smoke while at the same time protecting them from the Arizona sun.  However, car dealers aren’t the only places related to cars that can benefit from installing shade structures.

Awnings At Car Washes

If you take your car to a car wash, you probably don’t notice the fact that at the end of the car wash where all of the workers are finishing up are shaded by an awning.  This allows workers to clean cars while at the same time reducing the risks of UV damage like skin cancer or heat related illnesses.

So, if you are someone who owns an auto dealership or car wash, make it easy on both your employees as well as your customers.  Install commercial shade structures in Tucson.

This concludes part one of our series. For more information on commercial shade structures, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Residential Exterior Sunscreens

If you haven’t installed exterior sunscreens, now may be the time. Why? Well summer is coming sooner than you think, and with summer comes higher utility bills.

How Can Sunscreens Help with Electric Bills?

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How can sunscreens help with electric bills? Well, your electric bill is based on your total usage. And from now until about mid October, your air conditioning uses more power than your lights and appliances combined. Why? Well, even in a relatively small house, your A/C has to work pretty hard to cool your house down to a livable temperature. Here’s a little basic math problem for you. If you have your thermostat set at 75° and it is 105° outside, you have to cool your home down by 30.° While it is easier for a home to be cooled down from a slightly higher temperature, to keep it at the temperature that you’ve set, your A/C literally has to fight the external temperature

If you install exterior sunscreens, You’re keeping the temperature a little bit cooler by reflecting a lot of the heat. And since it is cooler in your home, your A/C isn’t kicking on all the time. So this in turn reduces your electric bill each month.  However, your screens can serve another problem.

Exterior Sunscreens and Reducing Glare

No matter where your home is situated, there is probably one room that gets more sunshine than the others do.  While sunlight is a nice addition to any room, glare is not. The glare of the sun can cause headaches.  You really don’t want to be squinting all the time.

So remember, the right home additions can add to your home.  So why not reduce glare and keep your home cooler.  Install exterior sunscreens today.

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Outdoor Drapes?

Installing outdoor drapes sounds odd.  That is until you realize their many benefits…

Outdoor Drapes and The Winter

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Phoenix has mild winters than say somewhere like Minneapolis.  That isn’t to say it doesn’t get cold here, it is just that it isn’t as cold comparably.  But Arizonans also like to be comfortable, so in the winter, a great place to gather is by a chiminea under a patio. However, without some sort of enclosure, it is easy to lose heat.  That’s where a solution like outdoor patio drapes come in.

They can trap the heat in just enough to make your patio warm and cozy during the winter without being oppressively hot.  And to cool down your patio, it’s merely a matter of opening them.  However, a warm place in the winter is only one of the reasons you should consider getting professionally installed outdoor drapes put in.

The Summer and Installing Outdoor Patio Drapes

No matter what type of home you have, you will always have at least one room that is hot, particularly in the late afternoon.  Outdoor patio drapes help to reduce the warmer temperatures by directly reducing the amount of sunlight that a patio and any rooms attached to it will receive.  And if you think that no one would use outdoor drapes, think again.  If you go to any restaurant with an outdoor patio, they usually have three things present:  a space heater, a misting system for the summer,and drapes.  However, it isn’t just to keep cool or warm you want them.  Want to save money on your cooling bill?

With a lower temperature, your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard as it would otherwise, and one way to lower the temperature is to install outdoor drapes.

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Commercial Backlit Awnings in Phoenix

Commercial backlit awnings in Phoenix serve several purposes.  This post will cover these purposes, which boil down to the three S’s: signage, shade, and shelter.

Commercial Backlit Awnings:  Signage

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Do you know what often can kill a business, particularly when it is just starting out?  It isn’t competition, or even location that causes a business to go under, it is visibility.  That’s one function of a commercial backlit awning:  signage.

Signage for a business is as important as electricity and running water.  Even in the age of GPS, a potential customer still has to find your business.  A street sign is nice, but if your business is in a big plaza, no one will see it.  With a commercial backlit awning, however, they will be able to spot it easily.  However signage is just one function of an awning.

Shade with Commercial Backlit Awnings

With a commerical backlit awning, you also have the advantage of shade.  In our earlier posts about commercial shade structures, we talked of the importance of avoiding heat related illness and sun exposure.  Just because it has lights in it and a bit of signage, don’t forget that an awning is designed to provide shade and our third reason for getting one put in:  shelter.

Arizona doesn’t have a huge amount of inclement weather, but during monsoon season we do have torrential rains, the same holds true in spring and fall.  Most people don’t want to get caught in a downpour.  A commercial backlit awning provides shelter from the storm.

So, whether you have a hair salon, a bistro, or even a hotel, don’t you want your guests to be comfortable?  One of the best ways to accomplish this is to install a commercial backlit awning today.

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Commercial Shade Structures Part 3

Part three of a series on commercial shade structures in Tucson explores some final points.

How is a Commercial Shade Structure Installed?

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If you have a business and you wish to install a commercial shade structure it is best to get it done by a professional.  They will know how deep to dig the post holes for example. They have to be down anywhere from one to four feet below the surface.   The overhead portion of the shade structure is a high-tech fabric that helps to repel heat and is also treated to be more durable when exposed to the sun.

Older shade structures used to be exclusively made of canvas that would rot in the sun. Newer commercial shade structures, however are made of a fabric that is a lot more durable.  They largely got their start in Australia but have spread pretty much all over the world.  They are more than just shade, they are a way of providing shade where you want them to, and also reduce the chances of skin cancer and heat related illness.  In our previous articles we covered their uses in a playground, but what about at a business?

Commercial Shade Structures and Smokers

Let’s face it, smokers have it tough in Arizona.  They can’t legally smoke within 25 feet of an entrance,  and most smoking facilities have either nowhere to sit, or no shade.  However, both things are surmountable.  A park bench or picnic table isn’t very much money, and neither is a commercial shade structure.

So whether you have a daycare center with a playground, or you have a place of business, you need to take care of people connected to your business.  So make sure you follow building and safety codes, and help to reduce heat related illness and sun exposure by installing a commercial shade structure.

This concludes part three of our series.  For more information on commercial shade structures, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Commercial Shade Structures Part 2

Part two of a series on commercial shade structures in Tucson explores their importance on playgrounds in reducing exposure to both heat-related illness and UV rays.

Shade Structures in Tucson: Why They Matter

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Arizona has very mild winters.  It is one of the selling points for winter visitors. Sick of below zero temperatures, a lot of people come her to enjoy the warm weather. Spring training, outdoor events, and of course trips to the playground.  Like you, kids want to get out, and interact with other children.  However, even in February and March, the sun can be a danger.  Sunburn, if severe enough, can cause what was a fun outing turn out to be a late night run to an emergency room.  That’s why a lot of playgrounds and parks choose to install shade structures.

Safety is something you have to have in your mind when your children are playing. While heat related illness is a real issue, you also have to be aware of the effect of UV rays. Sunburn and skin cancer are problems in Arizona as you can imagine.  That’s why installing a shade structure at a park is a  good idea.

Commercial Shade Structures at Schools

Metal retains heat a while.  Metal chains on swings and metal pieces of playground equipment can easily reach triple digits.  With a commercial shade structure,however, there is no direct sunlight on the equipment, which makes it a bit safer.  Shade is a vital thing in Arizona.

Trees are more beautiful, but they’re usually not enough to shade a playground, and if they’re the type that lose their leaves, they will provide no shade.   Even during spring and fall, it can hit as much as 90 degrees.  That’s why a commercial shade structure is important.

This concludes part two of our series on commercial shade structures.  Be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Commercial Shade Structures Part 1

Part one of a series on commercial shade structures in Tucson explores their use on playgrounds.

Protecting Children with Shade Structures

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Arizona has only a few real dangers that a great many people seem to ignore, and they are all tied to the sun. Arizona  has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the US, as well as the highest percentage of heat related illness.  There is a very good reason that you don’t see kids playing on playground equipment during the period from late spring to early fall.  A child sliding down a metal slide can easily get first or even second degree burns, particularly if it is a metal slide.  One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to install shade structures.   

Make no mistake, installing a shade structure will help to reduce exposure to the sun, however, it isn’t a cure-all, so use some common sense.  Make sure that if the temperature is starting to rise that you don’t spend a lot of time out in it, and neither should your children.  Young children in particular are especially vulnerable to the effects of heat related illness.

Playground Shade Structures:  Keep Your Children Cool

Heat related illness is easy to avoid if you’re informed.  Just make sure that you don’t get over-exposed to the sun or any heat source for too long. As for children, it is important to protect them  from exposure to heat, particularly of the sort that Arizona has. The hottest part of the day is from 2pm to 5pm every day.  At this time, you don’t want to be out in the sun, even with a commercial shade structure.  The reason is that the metal parts of playground equipment, such as a slide or the seat of a swing can be hot enough to cause burns.  And believe us, we don’t recommend that you try it to see for yourself.

So remember, Arizona does have some dangers.  Keep yourself and your children hydrated.  Make sure that you avoid going outside in the summer months in the afternoon to early evening, and find shade when you can, such as with a commercial shade structure in Tucson.

This concludes part one of our series on commercial shade structures in Tucson.  Be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from your Awning Installer in Tucson

Your awning installer in Tucson wishes to wish you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Awning Installation for Your Business

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Valentine’s Day is the holiday of love, and what better way to say “I love you” to your customers than to install canopy awnings to help them to stay cool in the summer and to keep the spring rains off them at this time of year?  You could send them all flowers and candy if you prefer, however, if you have a lot of customers, that could be a bit pricey, don’t you think?

If you install canopy awnings in Tucson, however, it is a gift that keeps on giving for years or even decades to come.  With new, cutting edge fabrics, awnings aren’t prone to rot as they once were when simple canvas was used.  However, awnings aren’t just for your customers, they’re for your business as well and can help improve your bottom line.  How?  We’re glad you asked.

How Awning Installation in Tucson Can Help

Installing an awning in Tucson helps your business in that it keeps your building’s temperature a great deal cooler on the inside.  As a result of this, your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard in the summer, which means lower electrical bills, and an improved bottom line for your business. And in the summer, your customers will like the fact that there is a shaded entrance for them to more quickly escape the oppressive Arizona heat.

So, let’s review, shall we.  More love from your customers, plus more business, which also means more money.  And everybody wins!  You will have a lower electric bill, more customers, and the best Valentine’s Day ever, with the help of commercial awnings in Tucson.

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RV and Boat Covers Part 2

Part two of a series on RV and boat covers explores why they are useful, and it isn’t just to keep your boat or RV cool

Arizona RV Covers: Protecting your RV from Sun Damage

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Arizona has a lot going for it.  Very few dangers from natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, flooding, or hurricanes, mild winters, and a lot of activities are just some of the pluses that Arizona offers.   So why would you need a RV cover?

You mainly need an RV cover for the one problem that Arizona has: The sun.  Sun damage is very real.  It can cause the upholstery of your RV to fade, or if it is vinyl, to crack.  Sun damage can also crack the dashboard of your RV.  Most dashboards are made of vinyl with a foam underpad.  The exposure to sunlight as well as heat causes vinyl to stretch and expand, and then contact when it cools.  A few times isn’t a problem, but if it happens a lot, it can cause damage to your dashboard in the form of ugly cracks.

RV Covers: Why Cover Your RV?

In Arizona, the RV is the king.  Winter visitors love them.  And Arizona in winter is a welcome relief from the bitter cold as well as the snow.  There are lots of campgrounds scattered around the state, and several big RV dealerships.  RV travel is one of the best ways to go camping as well as sightseeing, with all of the comforts of home but with mobility as well.  When someone buys an RV, they often forget something as simple and practical as an RV cover.

Remember, you want to protect your property from damage, and the Arizona sun is unforgiving where boats and RVs are concerned.  So, particularly if you’re storing your RV or boat outside, make sure you protect it in one of the best ways you can: by getting a custom RV cover in Phoenix.

This concludes part two of our series on RV and boat covers.  Be sure to read part one as well.

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RV and Boat Covers: Protecting Your Property

Part one of a series on RV and boat covers explores how much they are needed in Arizona.

Arizona Boat Covers: Life in The Land of Lakes

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If you ask people who don’t know what they’re talking about, Arizona is nothing but a barren desert.  The idea of a boat in this state would be like having a hang glider in New York.  So why would you need a boat cover?

Well, what most people don’t know that while Arizona only has two natural lakes, it has dozens of artificial lakes that are used from everything from boating to jet-skis.  So if you have a boat particularly a used one, if you don’t have a cover, you’ll need one.  In our next article, we’ll explore why you may need a custom boat cover.  For now, know that Arizona is a very diverse area, with mountains, lakes, forests, and of course deserts.

RV Covers: When You’re Not on the Road

In fact, Arizona is one of of those places that snowbirds and other winter visitors love.  It has lots of little kitschy places to visit, and lots of touristy places.  It is home to several hundred miles of that famous piece of American Car Culture:  Route 66.  And one of the best ways to see it is to use an RV.  This is the season to travel the roads of Arizona before it gets too hot.  When you’re done for the summer, however, you need to cover up your RV if  you don’t have a garage.  In face  one accessory that people from back east don’t think they’ll need is an RV cover.

Remember, you want to protect your property from damage, and the Arizona sun is unforgiving where boats and RVs are concerned.  So, particularly if you’re storing your RV or boat outside, make sure you protect it in one of the best ways you can: by getting a custom RV or boat cover in Phoenix.

This concludes part one of our series on RV and boat covers.  Be sure to read part two as well.

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Installing a Vinyl Gazebo Part 3

Installing a vinyl gazebo is a good addition to your property.  Part three of a series explores some final points regarding installation.

Installing a Gazebo on a Lawn or Grass

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In our last article, we covered why installing a gazebo on a lawn that is Bermuda grass is not a good idea.  To review, Bermuda grass sends out runners which die off, but not before they climb and tangle inside a gazebo’s lattice.  A lot of homes that were built in the 1950s and early 1960s used Bermuda grass for their lawns.  However, if you are sure that your lawn is not Bermuda grass, you just have to remember markings and footings.

The first step in the process is marking.  You want to know before you install your gazebo how many concrete footings you are going to need.  As a rule, you’ll probably need between three and five footings.  To mark where the footings are going to go, use wooden pegs or markers.  Be sure to center each peg in the exact center of each footing, or your installation will be off and you could warp the gazebo.  You also want to make sure that you’re placing your footings deep enough.

Gazebo Installation:  Footing Installation

When you’re installing your footings, you want to install them deep enough for your gazebo installation to not have any difficulty.  As a rule, it is usually between two and four feet. When in doubt, call your local city planning office, or a professional gazebo installer in Phoenix.

Understand that if you know what you’re doing, installation is a breeze.  However, if you are uncomfortable with gazebo installation, then call in a professional to do it for you.

This concludes part three of our series.  Be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Installing a Vinyl Gazebo Part 2

Installing a vinyl gazebo is a good addition to your property. Part two of our series explores some further points that you need to be aware of when you’re installing.

Vinyl Gazebos: Location! Location! Location!

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Before you install a gazebo, make sure that there aren’t any things that can be damaged nearby, or in the ground such as electrical or cable lines, or water pipes. Why?

When you’re installing a gazebo, to install the supports, you have to dig down about three feet.  You want to make sure that you’ve checked with the appropriate office that handles residential staking.  Once you’ve made sure that there aren’t any lines or pipes, then you want to make sure that the area is accessible to the installation team, so remove any rocks, debris, or plants that will be in the way.   However, there are other points to be aware of where installation is concerned.

Installing Vinyl Gazebos: Concrete Slabs or Ground?

If you wish to do gazebo installation, make sure that you have a firm idea of whether you wish to install it on bare ground, or on a concrete slab.  Both have their pluses and minuses. For example, if you install a gazebo on grass, understand that trimming may be difficult unless you clear the area of all vegetation.  Bermuda grass  for example, uses runners as opposed to blades, and these runners die.  If you have Bermuda grass which is often the case with houses in Arizona, it can tangle in the lattice of the gazebo.  If you do an install on a concrete slab, it is more pricey, and you may have to water seal the slab and seal cracks as they appear.

You want to make home improvements that actually improve on your existing home and property.  As long as you know what to do, installing a vinyl gazebo is one of the better ones you can make.

This concludes part two of our series.  Be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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Installing a Vinyl Gazebo Part 1

Installing a vinyl gazebo is a good addition to your property. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could find yourself with an expensive debacle rather than a beautiful home addition.

Vinyl Gazebos: An Affordable Choice

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Install a Vinyl Gazebo Today | (602) 753-0411

A long time ago, putting anything plastic outside in Arizona was a dumb idea.  Plastics melted, or they became brittle and cracked, however, that all changed when newer generation vinyl gazebos entered the scene.  Whatever a gazebo is made of however, you must exercise caution in where you place it.

First off, you have to plan where you wish to install your gazebo.  You want to install a gazebo only somewhere flat.  If your property is hilly, you have to put it on a flat place such as a hill top, or between hills.   Make sure you measure the space thoroughly.  You want to make sure that not only do you have enough room for the gazebo, you also want to allow enough room for the delivery truck to be able to access the area in question.

Installing a Vinyl Gazebo

Once you have a location, do your homework.  Check to see if you’re going to need any permits before you install a gazebo.  As a rule, gazebos don’t need them, but it really depends on the city.

Once you have your permits, make sure that the gazebo you’re looking at goes with your home.  When in doubt, earth tones or off-white shades are usually best.  Then it is merely a matter of preparing the area for installation of a gazebo.

This concludes part one of our series.  Be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Roll Down Shades Part 3: Roll Down Shades and Your Home

Part three of a series on roll shades explores some final points about roll down shades.

Roll Down Shades: A Good Investment?

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Roll Down Shades in Phoenix| Call Us Today |602-753-0411

In our previous articles we covered both interior and exterior roll down shades.  We also covered how such shades can help you reduce your electric bill as well as reduce glare.  In Arizona, where the sun is almost always up, you will need to have some sort of solution that will help you to deal with the sun.

Arizona has very high summer temperatures.  As such, heat related illnesses such as heat syncope, heat exhaustion, and heat syncope are all very real threats to your health.  One solution that can help is roll down shades.

Roll Down Shades: Reducing a Room’s Temperature

If you don’t think roll down shades can help reduce the temperature of a room, think again.  Because the sunlight is reduced, so too is the temperature.  Even with really good insulation, the minute the air conditioning shuts off, the temperature can climb rapidly in a room even to dangerous levels.  People think that heat related illnesses can only happen in high temperatures are mistaken.  In an enclosed space, even an 80 degree temperature can lead to the initial stages of heat illness.

Roll down shades also benefit your home’s air conditioning.  As we covered in our previous article, your a/c has to work particularly hard in the summer.  A/C repair bills can be very expensive, up to $4,000 in some cases.  So keep the strain on your air conditioning down to a minimum.  Find a comfortable temperature and stay there, don’t constantly play with the thermostat.

Living in Arizona requires adaptations that other parts of the country, except for other Sun Belt States, don’t have.  You can’t have outdoor activities in the high summer here, and you have to do what you can to stay cool.  And one way?  Installing roll down shades of course.

This concludes part three of our series.  Be sure to read part one and part two as well.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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Roll Down Shades Part 2: Exterior Roll Down Shades Phoenix

Part two of a series on roll shades explores exterior roll shades Phoenix.  These shades serve several purposes including reducing glare, lowering your utility bills, and daily living.

Exterior Roll Down Shades: Reducing Glare

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Install Exterior Roll Down Shades Phoenix | (602) 753-0411

Exterior roll down shades in Phoenix seem to go very well with Phoenix’s geographical position.  Like much of Arizona, Phoenix is a desert, and the sun is something that is ever present.  Arizona is not part of the Sun Belt for nothing.  Unless you have a transparent roof, you usually encounter glare at two times of day: the morning, and the late afternoon.  In a home, this glare can be annoying.  Try watching a television or using a computer monitor when there is too much glare.

That’s the first use for exterior roll down shades: to reduce glare.  However, there is another use for them: lowering your utility bill.  Because a lot of the sunlight is being reflected away, it makes it easier for your air conditioner to cool your home in the summer. In the winter, such shades also help to trap a bit of heat, making it easier to heat your home.  There is a final use for these shades too.

Exterior Roll Down Shades and Circadian Rhythm

One of the biggest problems that people face every day is a lack of continuous sleep.  Lack of sleep causes disruptions of your body’s circadian rhythm, and lead to other health problems including heart disease.  One cause of sleeplessness?  Too much light in a room.
If you install exterior roll down shades, however, you reduce the amount of light in your bedroom by up to 70%.  And since you can roll them down or up at will, you can still get natural light when you’re awake.

So, remember, that you want to make home improvements that add to your home.  One of the best ones to make is exterior roll down shades Phoenix.

 

This concludes part two of our series.  Be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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Roll Down Shades Part 1: Interior Roll Down Shades Tucson

Part one of a series on roll shades explores interior roll shades Tucson.

Interior Roll Shades Tucson: Winter or Summer

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This isn’t the time of the year that the sun is a problem.  This time of year, you are more likely to want to let the sun in rather than keep it out.  However, interior roll shades Tucson are a good investment regardless of the time of year.  Why?

Well, for one, as they’re insulated they can also keep heat in as well as out.  During winter months, because of the angle of the Earth, sometimes what is normally not a problem area for glare becomes one.  If you install interior roll shades, you can help to keep the glare down to a minimum.  Let’s look at some case examples of how they can help.

Interior Roll Shades in Tucson: Some Testimonials

Carla runs a small dental office in Tucson.  At this time of year, in the afternoon the glare is beyond extreme.  The front desk is largely unusable because of the glare, and having a receptionist wearing sunglasses all the time isn’t the best image.  We were called in and we were able to install interior roll shades that reduced the glare significantly.  However, what about for a home?

Mike has a three bedroom near UofA, and he has a similar problem to Carla, albeit his is in his living room.  The afternoon glare is so bright, he’s considered moving his plasma TV. We came up with a better option, namely installing some interior shades that cut the glare off and kept the sun out of the living room in the summer as well.

So as you see, there are always options.  And one of the best options for dealing with the fierce Arizona sun is simple.  Just call for professionally installed interior roll shades.

This concludes part one of our series.  Be sure to read part two and part three as well.

Part one of a series on roll shades explores interior roll shades Tucson.

This concludes part one of our series.  Be sure to read part two and part three as well.

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Tucson, AZ
(520) 329-0022

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Custom Tents Phoenix Part 3: Special Event Coordination

Part three of a series on custom tents Phoenix focuses on how to coordinate special events.

A Custom Tent Phoenix: The Cornerstone

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Getting a custom tent Phoenix is all about knowing what you will need.  For example, if your special event is more of a commercial nature, where you just interact with customers across a tabletop, then you just need a tent that has highly controlled access.  If you are opening shop space where people are coming in to look at what you have to offer, than you need more open space on one end.  However, it isn’t just for commercial purposes that you may need a tent.

Maybe you run a business, and you’re having an outdoor holiday party.  Why not set up a custom tent Phoenix for an open bar or as a temporary dining hall.   Or maybe you are having a barbecue and a tailgate party for one of the big games that are coming up.  A Phoenix custom tent is a great place to host such a party.

Why a Custom Tent in Phoenix?

Why not just have a patio cover?  Why a custom tent in Phoenix?  Well for one, what happens if you live in a condo?  A patio cover may or may not be an option.  Another reason to consider a tent is that maybe you just need it for a day or two at a time.  You can take it down and put it up at your leisure.

Hopefully, as you’ve seen by this article series, you want to get things in your life that adapt to your needs.  One such thing that you might want to consider is both inexpensive and practical:  a custom tent in Phoenix

This concludes part three of our series.  Be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Custom Tents Phoenix Part 2: It’s Not Just Outdoors

Part two of a series on custom tents Phoenix focuses on their uses at trade shows. And there are quite a few trade shows in Phoenix year round…

Custom Tents Phoenix:  Indoor Trade Shows

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What do the Quilt Craft And Sewing Festival Phoenix, the Arizona Bridal Show, and the Arizona Health and Fitness Expo have in common?  They are all trade shows that are coming up at Phoenix Civic Plaza, and what’s more, they are just some of the shows that are coming up in the next couple of months.  As such, you might want to get a custom tent in Phoenix.

As a business owner, you want to establish ties with potential customers, as well as potential demographic groups.  You sell a service or product that has a primarily female demographic, then a woman’s expo is a perfect fit.  Or maybe you target medical or legal professionals.  Any profession has a trade show.   A custom tent Phoenix gives you a venue that allows you to send out a notice that you are there as someone who can sell them something.

Custom Tents in Phoenix: Indoor and Outdoor Use

Custom tents in Phoenix are versatile.  They can be used both for outdoor use, as well as indoor trade shows.  They give you a point of contact for current customers as well as potential customers.  Why do you want to make contact with potential customers?  Well, put it into pragmatic terms.  If you get more customers, you get more money.  The more money you have means that your business can expand and grow.

There are several ways for your business to succeed.  Establishing a market for your product and service is important, as is advertising, but the most important thing that you can do is to make contact with your customers, preferably face to face.  And a good way to accomplish this is to get a custom tent in Phoenix.

This concludes part two of our series.  Please be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Custom Tents Phoenix Part 1: Get Your Business Out There

Part one of a series on custom tents Phoenix focuses on their uses at outdoor festivals.

Custom Tents Phoenix: But Isn’t It Winter?

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We know what you’re thinking.  It is winter in Phoenix.  It’s cold and rainy outdoors.  Who would want to go to an outdoor festival.  Ah, but you have to understand a couple of things about winters here.  For one thing, they are a lot milder than in other parts of the country, or even other parts of the state.  Flagstaff for example is usually very cold at this time of year.  However, in the Phoenix area, winter is usually in the 60′s during the day.  Which is where custom tents Phoenix come in.

If you own a business, you’re going to want to get out into the community, right?  Well, outdoor festivals are a great place to start making contacts.  Holiday light displays like Glendale Glitters and Zoolights draw large numbers of people.  If you have a custom tent and show off some of your goods and services, at these or other events through the holidays, and if only one out of every 100 people become a customer of yours as a result of setting up a custom tent Phoenix, then you come out ahead.  There’s another thing to think about where Arizona winters are concerned: how short they are.

Get a Custom Tent in Phoenix

Spring is coming before you know it.  Winter visitors come in droves to escape the bone crushing winters back east.  Sometimes it gets nice as soon as late January in Arizona.  A custom tent in Phoenix allows you to make contact with potential customers who might be here for longer than a visit.  Our next article will cover a use for a custom tent in Phoenix: at trade shows.

As a business-owner, you want your business to grow.  There are several ways to do this. But do you know what is one of the best ways?  Establish ties to the community, and a custom tent Phoenix is great way to start.

This concludes part one of our series.  Be sure to read part two and part three

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Roman Shades in Tucson

Roman shades in Tucson may not be necessary during Arizona’s temperate fall season, however, getting them installed now makes perfect sense.  After all the summer will be here before you know it.  And installing these shades is a good idea for the winter months as well.

Roman Shades: Trapping Both Your Heat and Cool

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Much like drapes or blinds, Roman shades help to deflect as well as reflect heat during the summer months.  Also like drapes, these shades help to keep heat trapped in.  Why?  Well, unless you have fairly thick insulated glass, the place that most of the heat or cool escapes from any building is usually the windows.

Installing Roman shades however, gives you the ability to keep your house cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  The beauty of Roman shades is that you can also control the light level that enters the room far more than you can with blinds or drapes.  When Roman Shades are compressed, they form a single bar.  When they’re expanded, they can cover as much or as little of the window as you wish.

Reasons for Installing Roman Shades

Why should you install Roman shades?  Why not blinds or drapes?  Well, for one thing, Roman shades are more aesthetically pleasing.  As we stated above, they form a single discrete line at the top of the window, and are far less conspicuous than blinds are.  Roman shades come in both looped and classic Roman shades. Both types of shades create depth and dimension. A looped Roman shade has cascading folds, while classic Roman shades are pleated. Looped Roman Shades and Classic Roman Shades are designed to create depth and dimension.

You have choices to make as a homeowner.  One of the best choices you make is one that serves several levels of functionality.  So why not keep your energy costs down while at the same time improving the aesthetics of the room.  Install Roman shades in Tucson today.

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Thanksgiving in a Gazebo?

If you install a gazebo it allows you to host Thanksgiving while at the same time enjoying Arizona’s temperate fall weather.

What Are Gazebos Made Of?

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Gazebo construction varies based on taste.  A popular trend in gazebos recently is the construction of vinyl gazebos.  Vinyl has come a long way from the brittle plastic that used to crumble in the Arizona heat.

Newer generation vinyl gazebos are durable, long lasting, and an inexpensive alternative to wooden, brick, and combination gazebos.  A wooden gazebo is made entirely of planks of wood, usually something such as teak or redwood.  They can also be made of pine, however, if you have a gazebo made of pine, it is both traditional as well as a good idea to paint it.  Brick gazebos are usually found in estates back east, or across the Atlantic in the UK or the rest of Europe.  Combination gazebos are usually brick on the bottom with wooden pillars and a wood roof.  Whatever type of gazebo you’re thinking of, have it installed by a professional gazebo installer.

What Happens During Gazebo Installation?

First off, a gazebo is a structure.  As such, it has to be connected to the ground ultimately for stability.  Either the ends of the posts are sunk deep in concrete, or there is a foundation that the gazebo is attached to.   This is why you want to go for professional gazebo installation.  If you don’t know what you’re doing from concrete pouring to how to put it all together, what starts out as a lofty dream ends up being a tangled and chaotic mess.  But what about Thanksgiving in a gazebo?

Well, if you have a roomy enough gazebo, you can serve Thanksgiving dinner buffet style and guests can saunter outside to the gazebo.  Gazebos are perfect for entertaining.  They allow you to enjoy the weather while giving you a covered place to sit.  Coffee and pumpkin pie go so well under a gazebo.  So what are you waiting for?  Install a gazebo today.

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Holiday Parties in Your Tucson Gazebo

What better place to throw a holiday party than in your gazebo in Tucson.  A lot of people from back east complain about Arizona’s perceived lack of seasons.  However, while we don’t have that much seasonal variation, we do have seasons.  One of them is the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Picnics in a Gazebo

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As we have beautiful November weather, why not do something different for this Thanksgiving season.  Many people have barbecues, or have a picnic in the park.  Why not install a gazebo, and throw your own picnic.  What better way to give your out of town guests a view of an Arizona fall and winter than to sit outside munching turkey dinner and all of the fixings.   However, that’s just the beginning of the holidays.

Think of the cool and crisp winter nights.  Wouldn’t it be nice to sit outside in a gazebo with a nice chiminea nearby, sipping hot cider or maybe coffee or cocoa.  Wrap up in a nice blanket and enjoy the coolness of the night air. After all, the heat of summer will be here all too soon.

Gazebos and Their Uses

Winter is a great time to observe the stars as well as the holiday.  Got a telescope?  Well, why not set it up in the gazebo and check out the constellations that you can only see this time of year.  And ringing in the Yuletide season seems more beautiful when you decorate your gazebo with lights.  So think about it.

Life is made of memories, both good and bad.  Make as many good memories as you can. Making a good memory is easy.  It is the right combination of people, conversation, and atmosphere that stays with you.  One of the best ways to start is to install a gazebo in Tucson.

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We’re Excited, It’s Next Week!!

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Only one more week until the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.  We’ve talked about this in an earlier post, but just to refresh your memory…

The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

November 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Portland Parkway, 10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

  1. Bring the whole family, well-behaved dogs included! Entrance to the festival is free, and there will be tons of activities going on throughout the festival for kids, adults, and everyone in between.
  2. Don’t worry about parking, ride the light rail! The Certified Local Fall Festival is located at Portland Parkway conveniently located across from the Roosevelt St. and Central Avenue light rail station.
  3. Arrive early, as the first 500 attendees get a gift bag stuffed to the brim with goodies from over 50 local businesses!
  4. Get your holiday shopping started early, as vendors from all over the state will be selling unique items you won’t find anywhere else. You’re also sure to get some great deals at this year’s silent auction.
  5. Sample delicious morsels from some of the best restaurants and food trucks in Arizona. Samples are available for just one ticket (tickets are $1 each and can be purchased on site)!
  6. Taste Arizona-made wines, beers, and sprits in the Beverage Garden, samples are just two tickets and entrance is free (21+).
  7. Enjoy live entertainment all day long from some of the best local acts at the Bookmans Entertainment Stage!
  8. Test your luck with this year’s raffle, tickets will be $3 a piece or 2 tickets for $5
    (You can use tickets to buy raffle tickets, too!.) We’re giving away 20 prizes an hour, including restaurant gift cards, free oil changes, museum memberships, and more!
  9. Declare yourself a localist: stop by the Local First Arizona booth to be the first to hear about the upcoming Localist campaign.
  10. Connect and engage with your community. This event is all about bringing the community together to celebrate all things local to Arizona.

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Adobe Awning & Shade is your source for awnings, shade structures, Roman shades, and more.  Give us a call today and let us show you how we can help, or visit our booth at the 9th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

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Styles and Types of Canopy Awnings

Just as one size does NOT fit all, neither does one type of canopy awning work the same for multiple buildings.  This article will explore what you need to know.

Canopy Awnings: Style, Shape and Fabric

As you see in this illustration, there are several different styles of canopy awnings, both commercial and residential.  A dome awning for example is usually placed over a window, while a barrel entry is usually placed over an entryway. Regardless of the style you are picking, you have to make sure you pick the right fabric.

Sunbrella fabric for example is a popular choice. It is fade resistant, weather-resistent, and is water-repellant. Sunbrella is available in over 140 beautiful color options.  When you’re picking an awning, make sure that it goes well with your building or home’s overall color scheme.  When in doubt, remember earth tones go with practically everything.  Other fabric choices include Coolaroo/Synthesis Commercial 95,  and Textilene.  All of them have definite advantages, and canopy awnings have obviously come a long way from the simple canvas ones of even just a few decades ago. Whatever type of fabric you pick, you have to finish off your awning with the right finishing touches, your valance, for example.

What is Valance on a Canopy Awning?

Valance is the verticle edge of  an awning.  Valances run the gamut from elaborate, to simple.  Sometimes a decorative valance makes an awning stand out and have an elegant flair to it.  We have a dozen different valances to choose from, all of which can be viewed here.

So, remember, when it is time to plan your shade, you just have to remember three things. How big does it need to be?  What fabric and style do you want it in? And what color do you want?  Once you know that, you’re well on the way to installing canopy awnings in Phoenix.

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Three Weeks Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

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Adobe Awning & Shade is pleased to announce that in three weeks, it will be the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.  If you want to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful fall weather come on out on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm.  But it isn’t just that.  You also get to support local businesses like ours as well as interact with others in the community.  You can sample delicious foods, taste wine and other beverages, and even enjoy live entertainment. Try your luck at this year’s raffle, tickets will be $3 each or 2 tickets for $5 (you can use tickets to buy raffle tickets, too!.) We’re giving away 20 prizes an hour, including restaurant gift cards, free oil changes, museum memberships, and more. Declare yourself a localist: stop by the Local First Arizona booth to be the first to hear about the upcoming Localist campaign. Connect and engage with your community. This event is all about bringing the community together to celebrate all things local to Arizona. Parking is a breeze, or you can take the light rail. We hope to see you there.

What: The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival
Where: 
Portland Parkway, 10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
When:
 Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Adobe Awning & Shade is a supplier of canopy awnings, shade structures, exterior roll down shades and more, and a proud supporter and participant in The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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It is Time for the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

We ordinarily write heavily about such topics as shade structures and awnings, however, in this post, we want to tell  you about the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

What is the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival?

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The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival is a gathering of local vendors, restaurants, and businesses.  As to why you should go to it, that’s simple.  First off, have you been out in Arizona in November?  The weather is gorgeous.  It’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors, and with over 50 booths to look over, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. However, that’s not all.

By attending the The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival, you’re supporting local business.  By supporting businesses that operate in Arizona, you are keeping the money in Arizona.  Money spent in Arizona helps Arizona.  That’s pretty easy to figure out, don’t you think?  What’s more, it is easy to get to.  Don’t worry about parking, ride the light rail. The Certified Local Fall Festival is located at Portland Parkway conveniently located across from the Roosevelt St. and Central Avenue light rail station.But let’s give you even more reasons to go.

The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival: Food, Drink, and Fun

Do you like live entertainment?  You can enjoy live shows all day long from some of the best local acts at the Bookmans Entertainment Stage.  As for food and drink,sample delicious morsels from some of the best restaurants and food trucks in Arizona. Samples are available for just one ticket, and what’s more, tickets are only $1 each and can be purchased on site.  You can also taste Arizona-made wines, beers, and spirits in the Beverage Garden, samples are just two tickets and entrance is free.

Bring the whole family to the Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival, well-behaved dogs included Entrance to the festival is free, and there will be tons of activities going on throughout the festival for kids, adults, and everyone in between. Arrive early, as the first 500 attendees get a gift bag stuffed to the brim with goodies from over 50 local businesses.

What: The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival
Where:
Portland Parkway, 10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
When:
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Adobe Awning & Shade is a supplier of canopy awnings, shade structures, exterior roll down shades and more, and a proud supporter of The Ninth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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Commercial Backlit Awnings and Their Many Uses

Commercial backlit awnings serve many purposes. Some of their uses may surprise you.

One Use for an Illuminated Awning

Did you know what one of the biggest deterrents to a burglar or a vandal is? Most people would probably say an alarm system, however, that’s not the case.  Surprisingly, one of the best ways to deter criminals is to have a building that is well lighted.  Having all the lights on in a building can be prohibitively expensive.  So what’s the compromise?  Have an illuminated awning installed, of course.

Illuminated awnings  provide your business with one of the cheapest and most effective means of security: enough light to dissuade any intruders.  However, there is another even better reason that you should think about illuminated commercial awnings.  Namely you want to improve the visibility of your place of business, particularly if you run a business such as a restaurant, nightclub, or bar.

Neon Signs Vs. Backlit Awnings

Neon is classic.  For more than a century, its myriad colors and animated displays have drawn customers into businesses from Hong Kong to Time Square.  However, it does have certain drawbacks.  For one thing, not a lot of people work in neon anymore, and the companies that work with it charge an artisan’s price.  A decent neon sign can run as much as $50,000.  Also, if a neon tube breaks, the whole sign can go dark.  A better option is to consider backlit commercial awnings for your business instead.

Whatever type of signage you choose, the ultimate goal of it should be to increase the visibility of your business.  A neon sign helps that way, however, as it is bright, with neon, you want it understated.  As a business owner, you want to make the right choices for your business, and send the right message.  One way to do that is to think about installing a commercial backlit awning in Phoenix.

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Entrance Canopies in Tucson and Your Business

An entrance canopy serves several other purposes than shade. This article will attempt to explore some of these other uses that you may not be aware of.

The Many Uses of an Entrance Canopy Part I: A Touch of Class

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Why should you install an entrance canopy for your business?   Summer is over, so the oppressive heat is also over.  The need for shade isn’t as pronounced as it once was.  However, while there is less need for shade, there is a need for elegance in your business.

Look at a posh restaurant or bistro.  Most of them have some sort of elegant entrance in place and usually featuring a canopy of some kind.  Why is that?  Well, it’s actually a subtle way of bidding your customers a  warm welcome.  It is very much like a red carpet to your guests.  Even such landmarks as the Waldorf Astoria in New York or the Plaza Hotel also have entrance canopies installed.  However, while elegance is a good draw of the right sort of clientele, there is another thing you can use awnings for.

Entrance Canopies and Signage for Your Place of Business

When you are looking for a place to buy entrance canopies in the Tucson area, you want to consider another use for your entrance canopy: signage.  A backlit awning is also good, however, which way you pick should be all about visibility.  You want your business to stand out from your competition, and ample signage is one of the key factors for getting a business found.  While this is the age of smartphones and GPS systems, such devices will guide potential customers close to the area in question, however there comes a critical juncture, when a customer uses their eyes, not the GPS to finally locate the restaurant. Homing in, if you will.  You want to make this process as easy as possible.

Running a business is not easy.  It requires a lot of your time, a bit of investment, and a bit of patience.  However, one of the investments you want to make in your business is something that will improve your visibility.  One of the best ways?  Installing an entrance canopy today.

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Roll Down Shades Part 3: Shade & Sun

Part three of a series on roll down shades explores some misconceptions homeowners have about cooling down their homes.

No Air Conditioning: Is it a Good Idea?

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In our last article we related a case where one of our customers kept fiddling with the temperature gauge in an attempt to save money, with results that ended up costing her more than installing roll down shades would have.   Now we’re going to cover turning off your air conditioning.  Is it a good idea?  In a word, no.  Why?  Well, for a LOT of reasons.

First off, when you’re turning off your air conditioning, except at the coolest part of the night, your A/C is going to  have to work 5 X harder to cool your house down to an comfortable temperature.  Unless your house is heavily shaded both by shade trees and man-made constructions such as outdoor drapes for your patio or interior or exterior roll down shades, the minute the air conditioning goes off, ever so slowly, the temperature is going to go up.  Not a lot, just about 2-3 degrees an hour.  Even with air circulation, the temperature cannot dissipate, and opening a window won’t help either.  Soon the temperature will go up 8-15 degrees per hour.  Then you have a sauna or an oven in your home.  And that is bad not just for air conditioning reasons, but for other things as well.

Roll Down Shades and Your Health

Roll down shades are one of the best solutions around to help keep your home cool, and help to relieve the load on your A/C.  You do not want your home to get above a certain temperature because of the risk of other problems.  Got a computer?  Well, guess what, it won’t work well if at all in the heat.  You can easily fry a computer hard drive, motherboard,  or CPU if your computer gets too hot.  You can also fry yourself.  Heat related illness is a big health problem in Arizona, particularly for this time of year.

As you see, there are some solutions for cooling your home that offer more problems than any rewards they seem to give.  Other solutions, however, such as roll down shades, are much more effective.

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Roll Down Shades Part 2: Smart Solutions for an Extreme Environment

Roll down shades are one of the best ways of dealing with the Arizona sun.  There are other ways, however, some of which are also good, and others that you have to give some serious thought to…

Roll Down Shades and Other Ideas

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Roll down shades are one of the best ideas to help keep the temperature down, however, most people are concerned more with keeping the utility bills down.  And we’ve heard some dubious ideas about how to do it.  One of our clients, we’ll call her Rosemary, came up with a solution that involved running her air conditioner at only two times per day.  During the early morning hours, she would set the air-conditioning way low at about 65 degrees. When it got to noon, she’d turn the air conditioning up to about 90 degrees.  Then after 6pm she’d turn it down to about 70, so that she and her husband would be able to sleep. Sounds good at first glance, except for several problems.

First off, while it is taking advantage of the principle about not using electricity during peak time, it also makes your air conditioning unit work a lot harder, as it has to cool down a house with a higher temperature.  As a result of constantly shifting the temperature up and down,  Rosemary found that all of the money she saved on her electric bill was canceled out because of having to call out an air conditioning repair company.  In fact, she ended up paying more for all of the service calls than she would have if she had just installed an awning over her western facing window, or put in interior roll down shades.

Roll Down Shades: Inside or Out?

A lot of people ask us, should I get interior roll down shades or external ones?  Either type works wonders.  Since your air conditioning doesn’t work as hard, your electric bill drops significantly.

Turning off your air conditioning will be explored as another less than stellar option in part three of our series.  Be sure to read part one of this series as well.  So as you see, the price that you pay for roll down shades in Tucson is far cheaper than some of the alternatives.

Since 2002 Adobe Awning has proudly provided shade solutions for both homes and businesses.

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Roll Down Shades Part 1: Shades for the Outside

This three part series explores different types of roll down shades.  This article will explore shades for the outside of your home.

Exterior Roll Down Shades:  Good Reason$ to Get Them

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No, that dollar sign in the title above is not a typo.  Did you know that once you install roll down shades, you’re going to start seeing discounts on your electric bill every month?  By reflecting the heat, these shades make your home a bit cooler, and as such, your air conditioning unit doesn’t have to work as hard.  Do you know what causes your electric bill to go up in the summer?  If you guessed your air conditioning, you’re right on the money.

Just as colder climates see their bills spike in the winter because of heating oil,  in hot climates,  air conditioning use by homeowners causes their electric bills to go up as well.  By way of example, it is well within the realm of possibility have an electric bill top $400 or more in the summer just for a modest house.  While roll down shades are one option, some people employ some rather dubious alternatives to help them keep their costs down.

Roll Down Shades:  Are They the Best Option for You?

Our next article will explore some of these strategies in depth, but for the moment, know that a lot of people try some approaches that may not be the best idea.  Roll down shades do require that you put a little money down, but what they save you in cooling costs help them to pay for themselves.  Some other ideas require you to sacrifice a level of comfort that can make your home either a sauna or an oven, or cause you to rack up repair bills with your air conditioner.

Living a happy life is all about balance.  Your home life is no exception to this rule.  You have to balance the need for comfort with how much it is going to cost.  One of the best ways to accomplish this is to install roll down shades in Tucson.

Adobe Awning proudly serves both the Tucson and Phoenix areas.  We offer many different shade solutions from patio covers to commercial shade structures.  Give us a call today and let us show you how you can beat the heat.

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