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st pete awnings - DGThis week in St Petersburg, we had the opportunity to outfit this new retail location with window awnings to shade the interior, keep cooling costs down, and add a great accent color to the exterior.  As you can see in these photos, the awnings are custom fit to each window and for this location in St Pete, the awning colors and style fit into the architectural style beautifully.  Along with landscaping, adding awnings are one of the most cost-effective way to upgrade the look of a building in a classic way that never goes out of style.

Awnings St Petersburg - Lower Cooling Costs, Add Beauty

This retail application is a great example of how a St Pete home or business can benefit from the addition of fabric awnings.  With a wide selection of awning fabric colors and an unlimited variety of welded aluminum awning frames, the design posibilities are endless.  Most importantly, awnings pay for themselves over time by lowering Air Conditioning costs, especially on buildings that utilize a lot of windows for natural light.  You can keep that beautiful natural lighting without turning your structure into a sauna or greenhouse.  By blocking the sun before it reaches the window, the glass remains cool and the heat passed to the interior airspace is greatly reduced.

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West Coast Awnings - Your Source for Expert Awning Advice in St Pete

At West Coast Awnings, we have more than 50 years of experience in St Petersburg and all over Tampa Bay.  If you need straightfoward advice on how to solve a sun shading or rain protection problem, give us a call for a FREE expert On-Site consultation.

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Dunedin Awnings Add Curb Appeal and Attract Customers

In the ever competitive world of retail sales, adding an attractive accent to your storefront can be the difference between staying in business and closing up shop.  Adding a fabric awning to your storefront in Dunedin can be one of the factors that sets you apart from your competition and gives you that look of an upscale business that is worth a premium to their customers.  Obviously, as an awning company, we are biased against plastic signage as looking too commercial and not giving the boutique feel that allows companies like Flooring by French to be more profitable on Main Street in Dunedin, FL.

Benefits of Commercial Fabric Awnings

  • Awnings can be custom built to nearly any size or shape giving you the ultimate in design flexibility.
  • Awnings have a classic look that gives your business a welcoming yet upscale appearance.
  • Signage on awnings generally looks more natural and less 'commercialized' than standard signage.  If you want your customers to view you as a trusted, local resource then a sign awning could be just what you need.
  • Awning frames can be easily fitted with replacement fabrics if you decide to change color schemes, logos, or business names.  They are also great for commercial property owners because you can maintain a certain look on your property while allowing quick color and signage changes for new tenants.
  • Awning fabrics are warrantied from 5 to 10 years against fade, rot, mold, mildew, or structral failure.  You can expect long-term benefits from your awnings with little maintenance.

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 Canvas Sunbrella Awnings in Tampa Transform Outdoor Patio into Summertime Oasis

This week we had the pleasure of installing a new Sunbrella canvas awning for Anita in Tampa, FL.  She came to us hoping for a way to get more use out of her outdoor patio area during the summer.  Anita had three major problems:

  1. The summer sun in Tampa is incredibly hot and makes her patio unusable
  2. The afternoon rain storms during the summer wash out most outdoor plans.
  3. Her French doors were prone to leaking at the threshold during heavy rains.

These are very common problems in West Central Florida and at West Coast Awnings, we have been solving these problems for almost 60 years.

In Anita's case, she chose a traditional style awning with Sunbrella canvasSunbrella canvas has a breathable weave that allows hot air to escape through it while maintaining a nearly waterproof barrier against rain.  At 17ft wide and 7ft projection, her new canvas awning gives her an additional 119 sq ft of living space that is shaded and protected from rain.

She also chose to powder coat her welded aluminum awning subframe and her structural aluminum posts.  We excavated and poured concrete footings for proper anchoring of her fabric awning frame so it would withstand hurricane force winds up to or exceeding the strict Florida Building Code.  Finally, we sealed the Sunbrella awning to her home using the highest grade commercial terpolymer sealant available today.

With the addition of her new Sunbrella canvas awning, Anita can now enjoy her outdoor living space year-round without having to worry whether the weather will spoil her plans.  If you would like us to help you with an awning or canopy for your outdoor patio or deck, please give us a call or use our Contact Us form to send an electronic message.  We will get in touch with you to set up a FREE on-site consultation with one of our awning experts.

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Some time back we were contacted by Lou.  Lou had a second home nearby our office in Florida, but his main residence and place of business was located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas to be precise.  Lou was unable to find a quality awning manufacturer in the Virgin Islands or Caribbean, so he turned to West Cost Awnings in Clearwater, FL to solve his dilemma.  After drawing the short straw, Rick boarded a plane for St. Thomas in order to perform an in depth field measure of Lou's restaurant, Tickles Dockside Pub.  Lou was looking to catch the eye of the patrons on the many cruise ships making port at St. Thomas.  In order to accomplish this, he decided to go with a custom lace-on canvas cover with thermally applied color graphics.  This provided not only shade for his patrons at his restaurant, but also made the statement Lou was looking to make to those passing cruise ships.  The reason for the lace-on cover was two-fold.  First, the awning would be shipped in a freight container so it was imperative to keep the cover safe from any tears or scratches in transit.  It was rolled and placed in a custom bag made to protect it on its voyage.  The second reason for the lace-on cover was to provide Lou with the ability to remove the cover in the unfortunate occurence of heavy wind, or God forbid, a hurricane in the area.  We Floridians can relate to that concern.  After flying a 2 man installation crew down to St. Thomas, the awning fit perfectly and was installed in less than two days.  All this after visiting the site one time to measure and plan.

Assembled at the shop to ensure a perfect fit:

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Frames on the pub before the cover was installed:

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Side view of the finished product:

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Finished product from across the canal:

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