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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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Tucson, AZ
(520) 329-0022
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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.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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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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Install Commercial Shade Structures Tucson | (602) 753-0411

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.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
http://www.adobeawning.com

 

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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.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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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.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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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.

Adobe Awning & Shade
3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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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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Install Commercial Shade Structures on Playgrounds | (520) 329-0022

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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Tucson, AZ
(520) 329-0022

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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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Tucson, AZ
(520) 329-0022

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day from Your Awning Installer in Tucson | (520) 329-0022

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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Get a Boat or RV Cover Phoenix | (602) 753-0411

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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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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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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Install a Gazebo in Phoenix, AZ| (602) 753-0411

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
(602) 753-0411
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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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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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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

Patio Covers Help You Enjoy the Arizona Spring

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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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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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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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Tucson, AZ 85705
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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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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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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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More info: www.LocalFirstAZ.com/Fall-Festival

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.

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Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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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.

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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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3346 W Flower St
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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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Commercial Aluminum Shade Structures Part 2

Part two of our series on commercial shade structures explores outdoor events and locales.  Be sure to read part one of this series as well.

Commercial Shade Structures:  Different Thoroughbreds

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One of our clients, Robert, runs a lot of classic car shows in the Southwest.  He once told us that the estimated value of all of the cars he showcases and auctions at any one time is well over $4,000,000.  The Arizona sun can fade or oxidize paint, and crack fine vinyl or leather interiors.  Covering forty automobiles all of the time is a major chore, as is obviously uncovering them in time for the show.  The solution that works the best is a combination of both.  The cars that are heading to the show can be kept under an aluminum shade structure until they’re loaded on the truck, and then recovered.  It also allows all the service personnel to work on them, wash them, etc.  During the summer months this can help enormously. However, there are other thoroughbreds that need a bit of shade too.

Denise, one of our clients up in North Scottsdale runs Arabian horse shows throughout the year.  She uses one of our commercial shade structures to shade the riders before they ride out onto the field.  Riding requires specific levels of concentration.  And a rider and a horse that are overheated will not be able to perform. However, some of our clients aren’t as high level as these.

Aluminum Shade Structures at the Car Wash

A couple of local car wash and auto detailing chains use our aluminum shade structures in Phoenix.  During the cooler parts of the year, shade isn’t as much of an issue, but when it is hot, however, it makes for a much easier time for the people working at a car wash as well as the customers.  It helps the staff vacuuming the car out, and after the car has gone through the wash, it helps the employees that are wiping down the cars and finishing them up as well.

So next time you’re out, take a look around, and get a new appreciation for things that are often overlooked.  Be glad you live in the USA and are free to go where you will, and keep your cool.  The best way to do it?  Why under an aluminum shade structure of course!

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Commercial Aluminum Shade Structures Part 1

This two part article series will explore commercial shade structures in Phoenix. And in a hot state like Arizona is, shade is very important.

Commercial Shade Structures:  RV Yards

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As an awning installer in Phoenix, we service both residential and commercial clients.  Commercial clients have very different shade needs than a homeowner would, fairly obviously.  One of our clients for example runs an RV Yard.  If a mechanic is going to work on an RV, he has to have a specially designed space in which to do it.  It’s not like a normal auto bay would even hold one.  A lot of times, RVs require work done outside.  When it is 65-70 degrees, it is easy to work on something outside, but what about the summer in Arizona when it can easily top 120 degrees?

Jake, one of our clients came to us with a problem.  His yard was open and there was no shade.  We took a look at the problem and suggested a tall aluminum shade structure.  He loved it, and is still using it to this day.  Why aluminum?  Well, it’s all the unique properties that aluminum has.

Aluminum Shade Structures

Aluminum has several unique properties that make it a near perfect material to make commercial shade structures out of.  Aluminum can conduct heat, but when it is specially coated it is very heat resistant, and if it is painted a light color such as a white, it reflects a great amount of heat off.  It can still be hot in the shade, but it does make a marked difference in the temperature.

Don’t believe us?  Well, here’s an experiment to try.  Park your car in full sun for about an hour and get inside.  Then, park it in full shade and give it an hour.  We think you’ll see how much of a difference shade can make.  And in Arizona, shade can literally be the difference between life and death.  With that said, as a business owner, do you want to be hot and miserable, or would you rather be cool under a commercial shade structure in Phoenix?

Be sure to read part two of this series as well.

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Outdoor Awnings: Adapting to Tucson

Using outdoor awnings in Tucson is an effective strategy for beating the Arizona heat. And if you live anywhere in Arizona, believe us you do need to adapt.

Outdoor Awnings and Extreme Environments

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Tucson is part of the Sonoran Desert. As such, you need to use something like adapting your life to going out when it is cooler to using patio awnings. According to this article excerpt: “The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which covers large parts of the Southwestern United States in Arizona, California, Northwest Mexico in Sonora, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. It is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America, with an area of 311,000 square kilometers (120,000 sq mi). The western portion of the United States–Mexico border passes through the Sonoran Desert.” [READ MORE]

You get the message.  Big, sprawling, desert, and most of all, hot.  If you have to be out in the heat, make sure you’re hydrated properly.  Also make sure that you give yourself a break every now and then under a patio awning.  However it isn’t just for your safety from the heat and heat related illness.  There is also the added benefit of what it can do for your home.

Aluminum Patio Covers:  Cool  Your Home Too

Aluminum patio covers in Tucson serve another purpose.  As they help to reduce the temperature of your patio, it also makes your home retain cool a lot better.  Since your air conditioner isn’t working as hard as it would have to, it also causes your utility bill to drop.

Hard to believe a piece of aluminum or canvas can make that much of a difference, but it does.  Both aluminum and canvas don’t conduct that much heat, which makes your patio cooler.  So remember, some places don’t require that much to get used to.  Tucson, however, does, and as heat related illness is one of the biggest killers in our state, take every precaution.  One that helps you two ways is to install a patio cover in Tucson.

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Accessorizing your Patio: Outdoor Patio Drapes and You

There are few things you need to know about outdoor patio drapes.  First off, you need to decide on what design to choose from.

Custom Patio Drapes in Tucson

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If you live in Tucson, and you’re considering custom patio drapes you have to know by know that earth tones and southwest decor are king.  By southwest decor, we’re not talking about the garish salmon pinks and turquoises of the design movement from the early 80′s.  Southwest decor has seen a rebirth in the past few years, but it incorporates the true colors of the West.

Now, it’ s all about the rich red of a Navajo rug, or the peach color of a sandstone cliff.  Maybe you want the pale blue of an Arizona sky, or maybe you want the tans and browns of earth tones.  Your patio panel drapes should incorporate your tastes along with the color scheme of your home or future color scheme if you’re planning to paint or redecorate.  The key to any successful outdoor redecorating project however, is the details.

Outdoor Patio Accessories in Tucson

Outdoor patio accessories in Tucson are diverse.  You have to ask questions regarding your overall design.  How much seating should you have on your patio?  Should you go for a bistro set or a table with a built in fire pit?  What about lighting? Should you consider overhead LEDs, or just keep it intimate with a string or two of lights, or maybe some paper lanterns?  When you know this, you’re well on the way to redesigning your outdoor space.

Another detail to consider is whether or not to include a few plants.  A container garden looks nice on a patio.  Maybe some miniature roses or a small ficus tree.  And outdoor patio drapes help to keep the temperature down on your patio.

So remember, how your patio looks depends largely on you and the decisions you make.  So make sure you pick the right pool and patio accessories.

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Outdoor Shade Structures

Life in Arizona is tough, but outdoor shade structures can help to make a difference.  This article explores the versatility of these inventive home additions.

Fabric Shade Structures: Old Technology in a New Age

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They were used in Ancient Rome, and in the pirate towns of Barbados and Tortuga.  Why?  Well, fabric shade structures are very effective.  Even in the ancient world it could get unbearably hot.   Some climates are easy to adapt to, Arizona takes a bit of doing.  A lot of people have to learn the hard way that what works in other parts of the world, or even the US doesn’t necessary work in Arizona.  Phoenix is one of the hottest state capitals around, with summer temperatures well above 100 degrees.

Residential shade structures are a way of helping to beat the worst of the heat off you.  The joy of these structures is that they’re used for so many different purposes.  Some of them may even surprise you.

Outdoor Shade Structures 101

An outdoor shade structure is a very versatile home add on, as we stressed above.  For one thing, you can use them for your pool.

You want to beat the heat.  You get into your pool, only to find what you were hoping was going to be a peaceful soak in a cool bit of water is actually a dip into essentially bath water.  The water’s lukewarm, or even hot, not cool and nice.  Pool shade structures help to reduce the temperature in a pool enough to bring your water temperature down.  But you can also use these structures in your garden as well.

A garden shade structure helps to protect sensitive plants.  The high temperatures are tough on plants, particularly vegetables if you think about it.  The dry air along with the heat essentially bakes your plants in the soil.  And you can garden without feeling like the heat’s going to bake you too.

So as you see, there are home additions that matter.  One of them that helps a lot is a residential shade structure in Phoenix.

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Patio Covers: Solid or Striped?

When thinking about patio cover designs you have to consider what works well for your home. And one of the best questions to ask yourself is: solid or striped?

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Vinyl patio covers are a very popular home addition nowadays.  They are a revolution in both form and function.  But what color should you get?  Well, when in doubt, white always works best.  Like black, white goes with practically anything.  Unlike black, however, white is a highly reflective color.  This means that your patio will be slightly cooler because a bulk of the sun’s rays are neutralized.  If white is well, too white, you may want to look at another neutral color like taupe.  Maybe you want a color that complements your home’s color scheme.

For example, if you have a tan colored home, maybe have a covered patio in green.  The two colors go well together, and when combined with a container garden with a lot of flowers, its evocative of a forest glade.  Brown is another color choice, particularly if you have potted palms or green leafy plants.  Or you may wish to go a different route and think about a brick red color.  Then again, maybe you want a color scheme that’s the best of both worlds.

Striped Aluminum Patio Covers

IF you’ve ever been to Europe, one of the things that is charming about sidewalk cafes is the striped awnings.  However, you can also capture that same charm with aluminum patio covers, particularly with a stripe scheme that goes well with your home.  Sometimes, people don’t realize that true creativity is using what you have already and making it fit like a piece in a puzzle.

Free standing patio covers aren’t as pedestrian as you may think. Sometimes, you can be quite inventive with them.  And you have other options available to you like lattice patio covers which we will cover in our next article.

So when you’re thinking of redecorating or adding on to your property, don’t forget to include the outside of your home as well, including your covered patio.

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Outdoor Patio Drapes: Perfect Additions to Patio Space

Outdoor patio drapes are one accessory that really adds value to your outdoor patio space.  And having a patio in Arizona makes sense surprisingly…

Installing Outdoor Patio Drapes in Tucson:  Winter and Summer

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Most people from outside of Arizona think that it is hot here all year long.  However, that isn’t really the case.  Granted during summer in Arizona, the prime reason you have outdoor patio drapes installed is to keep the sun at bay, that’s the only time of year that you use them for that purpose. Arizona has a very temperate climate the rest of the year, with very mild winters, warm springs, and mild autumn weather as well.  In fact a patio serves a different purpose in the wintertime.

During winter months, having outdoor patio drapes also helps to keep a patio a warm and cozy space.  If you have something like a space heater or a chiminea, your patio drapes helps your patio to retain warmth.  Speaking from experience, a patio in winter with a heat source is a wonderful place to read a book or a magazine while sipping a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.  And of course, during the summer, drapes help to keep your patio a bit cooler, which also helps your home to stay cooler.

Outdoor Patio Drapes and Lower Utility Bills

Outdoor patio drapes can lower your utility bill, which surprises most people.  It makes sense though if you think about it.  Let’s say you have a patio that gets a lot of sun in the summer months. Most homes have the home enclosed and the patio open to the elements, which means that the heat of the sun gets trapped under the patio roof.  The air-conditioned portions of your home are at most only six inches away from a space that is 100 degrees or hotter.

It is a lot easier for an air conditioner to cool a home when the space outside is just a little bit cooler, and yes shade can make a difference.  So you can either plant a shade tree, or you can go with another shade option: installing outdoor patio drapes in Tucson, AZ.

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More Uses For a Tucson Gazebo

In our last article, we covered how a gazebo can be a perfect place to throw a party. It isn’t just for parties however…

More Uses for a Gazebo in Tucson

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Hot tubs and gazebos work well together.  You need to put a tub somewhere out of the elements, and somewhere with still a bit of open air, so what better place than under the roof of a gazebo?  However, if you don’t have a tub, there’s even more of a good use for your gazebo, as a place to grow container plants and trees.

Did you know you can grow oranges and lemons under a gazebo?  Just water them enough, and just imagine.  You could walk outside, pluck a fresh piece of fruit, and sit down with a magazine while you munch it.  You can also grow lovely roses, and other plants that require a bit of sun but some shade too.  You could have your own mini garden by the time you were done.    However, you can use your pavilion for other uses as well.

Gazebos and Your Family

You want a safe place for you to watch your children?  A gazebo is a good place for coloring, arts and crafts, and many other uses involving your kids.  How about a place for them to recharge after they’re done playing?  When the weather’s nice, you could use it as a place for a picnic, or a perfect place to play “fort.” Maybe your kids need a place as an informal clubhouse.  Well guess what, it’s there, right in your yard, and its somewhere safe that you can keep an eye on them while giving them their space.

So as you see, a gazebo is more than an old world design element.  If you have a bit of ingenuity, and a bit of planning, you can make your Tucson gazebo into so much more.

So what are you waiting for?  Contact us today and let us design a gazebo that will make you the envy of the neighbors.

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Outdoor Entertaining in a Tucson Gazebo

Gazebos aren’t new.  They’ve been around for quite a while…

Gazebos in Tucson: A Touch of Charm

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The first known use of the word ‘gazebo’ was in 1750.  They’re known by many different names across the US and Europe.  They’re also called pavilions or summer houses, too.  Whatever you may call your gazebo in Tucson, it is designed for two main purposes:  aesthetics and entertaining.

Aesthetically, a gazebo is a bridge between your home and your garden.  It usually complements the decor of your home, while adding in elements from your garden.  It’s great for container gardening, and as a place to congregate when the weather is nice.

Gazebos Are Great for Parties

Because of their circular or octagonal design, a gazebo is perfect for serving party guests.  You can have a plate of hors d’oeuvres for a fancy dinner party, or a plate of hot dogs or bratwursts from a barbeque.  And don’t forget that being a convivial host or hostess isn’t just about food, it’s about drinks too.

How about some cosmopolitans on a nice moonlit autumn evening, or maybe some lemonade or iced tea during a balmy summer evening?  Living in Tucson, you have an advantage that gazebo owners back east don’t have.  You can use your gazebo more often then they can.  In winter, you never see people sitting in them when there is snow on the ground.  In Tucson, however, the weather in winter is ideal.

Chapters in one’s life often begin with decisions.  One of the best decisions to improve your social life is to start inviting people to parties and events.  And hosting an event in your home sends a message to the people in your life about their importance.  And hosting a party outdoors is a nice idea when the weather’s good.  So, since chapters begin with decisions, make the right one.  Be more social and outgoing.  And install a gazebo in Tucson today.

Our next article will cover even more uses for a gazebo.

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Outdoor Patio Drapes in Tucson

Outdoor patio drapes add to any patio environment.  While shade is an important reason for getting them, there are other reasons as well.

Outdoor Patio Drapes and a Touch of Elegance

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If you install outdoor patio drapes, you aren’t just shading your patio, you’re adding an elegant touch to your property.  As you can see in the picture to the left, they aren’t just practical, they are aesthetically pleasing as well.  And why do you want to add some elegance to your home?  It’s simple.  While substance is what really matters, the image that you give off tells people a lot about you.

Look around your neighborhood.  Regardless of how much we say we don’t, we automatically judge people based on the state of their property.  Someone that has a well kept yard and house is regarded higher than someone with a run down property.  While you probably won’t be using outdoor patio drapes in your front yard, what about when you have guests visit?

Outdoor Patio Drape Installation in Tucson

If you install outdoor patio drapes, you are adding to your property.  While they aren’t a cure-all, they are a step in the right direction, and a surprisingly affordable one as well.  You could create a bathing cabana or  your own mini spa out poolside, or have a perfect place for an outdoor get together or a barbeque.  And  you could go from being average, to being the envy of the neighborhood and the perfect host or hostess.  As to why you should get them put in, it makes sense.

In the summer, they can turn an outdoor seating area from hot and miserable to enjoyable, particularly if you keep the iced tea and lemonade coming.  In the winter, they can be partially closed and help to reduce the cold. So as you see, you have a lot of possibilities.  Possibilities that all start with a phone call to an outdoor patio drape installer in Tucson.

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Patio Drapes: What They Are and Why They’re a Nice Touch

Patio drapes are a nice addition to your outdoor patio or gazebo.  Why?  Well, in Arizona, shade can literally be a lifesaver…

Patio Drapes and the Arizona Summer

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Patio drapes can really make a difference in reducing the heat.  Look back over twenty years ago.  The summer of 1990 in Arizona was known by many names, such as the Endless Summer, the Long Summer, etc.  Why was it called this?  Because it started in February, and didn’t end until the end of October.  It was nightmarish.  The temperature on five separate occasions hit between 115-120 degrees. Seemed like there was no escape either.

At one point for three days, flights could not leave Sky Harbor airport, because the heat was so hot on the runway it was starting to melt tires, and there was no lift to allow planes to take off.  By the time all of the data was collected, the Endless Summer had six months of over 100 degree weather.  Ancient history you say?  Think again.  Summer of this year is supposed to have days well above 100, and the forecast is showing days above 115.  If you have a patio, it may not be enough.  You may want to add patio drapes as well.

Patio Drapes: A Testimonial From One of Our Customers

“I moved to Arizona from Ohio. I had spent the previous summer here and thought I was ready for the heat.  I was wrong.  When I bought my home, it was winter, and the patio didn’t get that much sun, so I thought it was fine.  Well, until summer came. My patio went from being a great place to relax to being unbearable once the sun was up.  Seems the patio was angled a bit too far south, and it caught the heat.  A friend of mine recommended installing patio drapes.  I admit I didn’t think they would help, but they did, and they also helped my electric bill to drop.”
-Eloise
Sun Lakes

So you see, little things can make the summer bearable.  Tall, cool glasses of iced tea,  a dish of ice cream or sorbet, and above all shade.  And one of the best ways to get shade where there is none is to install outdoor patio drapes.

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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ 85017-4815
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Roman Shades: What They Are, and How They’re Used

Most people have seen Roman shades.  They just don’t know what they’re called.

What is a Roman Shade?

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At first glance they look kind of like an unusual curtain, but they’re not.  Roman shades are a type of blind, but unlike regular blinds, they stack evenly when they’re opened and have a smooth part that provides shade.

Opened with a cord, whoever installs Roman shades can control the amount of light that comes into a room, much like blinds or drapes.   They can add an air of elegance to a room as well as providing shade.  They also are a nice design touch to differentiate a room.  Most people for example install blinds or drapes.

Installing Roman Shades for Your Home

Arizona has a unique relationship with the sun.  During the summer, we want to stay out of it as much as we can.  It is probably something to do with the 100+ temperatures that a Tucson summer can easily have.  A home without blinds, drapes, or in this case, Roman shades can be a lot hotter than a home with such shade features installed.

Can installing a Roman shade in Tucson really help that much?  Yes.  As the sunlight is reflected, less light reaches a room, and thus you don’t have a greenhouse effect.  And they are beautiful looking too.  People will think that you hired a personal interior decorator with the air of elegance they add to a room.

Many home designers are starting to use Roman shades as a welcome shift from the shade and blinds so commonly found in Tucson homes.  Just because we live in the Sonoran Desert doesn’t mean that we have to be conventional, now does it?

So start thinking of what window needs some remodeling, and think about color scheme.  Then call in a professional Roman shade installer in Tucson.

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Installing a Gazebo in Tucson: Old World Charm in America

Install a gazebo in Tucson for a nostalgic and wonderful addition to your home.  This article explores the uses that they serve.

Gazebos and Socializing

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Even in a hot climate like Tucson, installing a gazebo has merit.  While the summer in Tucson is hot, it doesn’t last forever.  As kind of a trade off for the hot weather we have during the summer, the rest of the year, Arizona is fortunate enough to have a temperate climate.

A gazebo is somewhere you can spend some time with friends and family, enjoying the crispness of an autumn night, or the warmth of a spring day. Or when your friends and family back east are reporting 20 below temperatures and 10 foot snowdrifts you can tell them that you are enjoying the mild winters that Arizona is famous for.

Gazebo? Pergola?  What’s the Difference

A good way to think of a pergola is a place to plant climbing plants. They’re usually with an open lattice on top, and with strong pillars. The reason they’re open is to take advantage of natural rainfall.  A gazebo on the other hand usually has a solid roof.  Can you use them together?  Yes.  Sometimes gazebos are connected together with pergolas, particularly in beautiful formal gardens. To someone walking between pavilions, it is a beautiful scented experience, particularly with something like an Arabian jasmine, a honeysuckle, or a climbing rose.

A gazebo can be used for so many purposes.  It is great for barbeques and for special events like weddings.  Cocktail parties on a nice night are wonderful, particularly with the addition of a few tealight candles or Japanese lanterns.  Or maybe it is a great place to put your telescope up and look at the stars and planets.

Life is all about creating memories. When we make a memory, we want it to be a pleasant one.  One of the best ways to create a lifetime of memories is with the right setting.  And what is the right setting?  Someplace where you can enjoy the weather, and see some scenery.  And one of the best places to do that is under a gazebo in Tucson.

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Awnings in Tucson: Energy Savers?

People think of awnings in Tucson serving only two purposes:  to shade your home or business, and to make it slightly cooler.  But did you know that they help you to save energy?

The Energy Savings of Tucson Awnings

Being an awning installer in Tuscon, we know all about some of the hidden benefits of awnings, as this video shows:

In case you’re on a slower connection, this video discusses some of the hidden benefits of awnings in Tucson, including reducing your carbon footprint.  To watch more videos and for more information, please CLICK HERE.

Reducing your carbon footprint is going to be a very important thing that you can do to help the environment.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint with Awnings

One of the things that has been fairly well documented regarding climate change is the effect of carbon dioxide emissions.  And what are the biggest producers of carbon dioxide? Coal power plants produce several million tons of carbon dioxide every year, and there are over 2300 coal-fired power stations worldwide.  Why do they produce so much?  Because of energy demands, particularly during peak times. As an awning cools the temperature of your home down, it takes less electricity to cool it  off.  As your electrical usage also drops, particularly if the awning is made of slightly reflective material, so to does your carbon footprint.

There are two ways of dealing with the environmental problems that we’re going to be experiencing in this century.  If you’re a gloom and doom sort of person, it’s probably fairly normal to view it all as the end of the world.  However, we are one of the most inventive species around.  Together, we can come up with inventive solutions to help reduce the effects of climate change.  One simple, and low cost way is to simply install awnings in Tucson.

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Exterior Roll Down Shades: Another Shade Trick for Tucson

Exterior roll down shades are one more method of helping to provide some much needed shelter from the fierce Arizona summer. They come in many styles and types. And there are three good reasons to pick them…

Roll Down Shades Reduce the Intensity of Sunlight

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As they can be made either opaque or translucent, you can control the amount of sunlight that reaches your patio, porch, or wherever you want to install roll down shades in. You can still enjoy the sunlight, but without the scorching intensity that Arizona is famous for.

Roll Down Shades Reduce Your Cooling Bill

If you install roll down shades in Tucson, you may be surprised to see your cooling bill drop significantly.  Why?  Well, roll shades help to reflect some of the sunlight that reaches your home, and as such, with less sunlight, also comes less heat.  And with less heat, ergo, comes lower cooling bills.

Roll Down Shades Are a Good Investment

Unless you’re very well off, you have a lot of  recurring monthly bills.  Most people deal with car payments, monthly housing costs, insurance, and of course, utility bills.  With summer cooling bills easily topping $300 a month or more, it makes good sense to get roll shades put in.  Energy costs are going up exponentially, and every little bit helps in these troubled economic times we find ourselves in.   Roll down shades make your home just a little bit more energy efficient.  And an energy efficient home costs less, no other way to say it.

Like most of us you are probably on a budget, and we live in one of the most expensive countries on Earth.  As a result, we want our money to stretch farther.  We also want to make sure we’re not getting ripped off.  While there are several different ways of saving money, sometimes, all it takes is a bit of investment on your part.  And one investment you can make?  One option is to install roll down shades in Tucson.

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Commercial Backlit Awnings in Tucson

Commercial backlit awnings in Tucson are one of the best values for your money.  Why?  Because not only do they provide much needed shade from the fierce Arizona sun, they increase the visibility of your restaurant.

Commercial Awnings: What You Can Do With Them

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Let’s say you have two steakhouses within a block of each other.  They both have comparable ambiance, similar menus, a great wine list, and excellent ratings.  They even have discrete though visible signage.  However, one of them is doing better business than the other one is.   Why?  We’ll give you a clue.  It’s very subtle.  The steakhouse that is doing better has a commercial backlit awning.

And why is that the difference?  To a loyal customer, what a business has on the front of the building is irrelevant.  However, a backlit awning is kind of like a beacon to a threshold customer who is the customer that most business owners salivate over.  A threshold customer is a customer that finds your business by chance, and comes back, ultimately bringing other customers in to your business.

Get A Backlit Commercial Awning and See Them Roll In

It isn’t just signage that draws a customer to your business, however.  It can go deeper than that.  If your customers feel that you care about their welfare and regard them properly, they will give you the gift of their business.  How can you show your regard for your your customers?  Give them gifts?  Sometimes that works, but people are so deluged with offers and freebies that yours is just one of potentially hundreds and can be easily lost in the shuffle.  How can a commercial backlit awning in Tucson, help?

Tucson is VERY hot from now until October.  It’s a Friday or Saturday, early evening, the sun is still up, and it’s 105 degrees.  You’re a threshold customer and you see two crowded steakhouses.  Which one are you going to go with?  The one with benches but no shade, or the the one with both shade and somewhere to sit while you’re waiting for a table? Most likely you’re going to go for the one that has shade.  It’s a survival instinct.  And one of the best ways of providing shade?  Install a backlit awning in Tucson.

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3346 W Flower St
Phoenix, AZ  85017-4815
(602) 753-0411
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