These last few days have been blistering hot, and one way to beat that heat is with the shade provided by one of our many awning and solar screen product offerings. Did you know, it can be up to 20 degrees cooler in the shade than in the direct sun? When considering your next investment in your home, give new awnings or canopies a thought. Awnings and canopies not only add beauty and style to your home, but they are also crucial in stopping the sun's heat and harmful UV rays from entering your home saving your furniture and utilities cost. Whether you are interested in retractable awnings or stationary custom awnings, we can help solve your needs. We offer retractable screens, retractable roof systems, sun screens, fabric awnings and canopies, metal canopies and awnings, retractable awnings, and the list goes on. So many of our outdoor spaces go unused for most of the year because they are just too hot to enjoy. With a canopy over your outdoor kitchen, patio, or deck, you can now enjoy that outdoor space yearround. West Coast Awnings has earned a longstanding reputation for providing the highest quality products with great customer service and we plan to continue that trend for years to come. Give a call or use the Contact Us link so that we get you back outdoors soon.
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:
Frames on the pub before the cover was installed:
Side view of the finished product:
Finished product from across the canal:
We worked with our friends at RCC & Associates to set The Pub apart from the other establishments on Bay Street at the International Mall in Tampa. The black, fire retardant fabric was the perfect back drop for the custom graphics on blade style awnings. It was a challenge working with the limited installation windows while the mall was closed to the public, but as always, we got the job done right. The installation team can always sleep on the weekends, right? You can check out the finished product in person while enjoying the atmosphere of The Pub, or take a look at the photos below.