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The Professional Awning Manufacturer's Association recently released this light-hearted look at the funcitonality and energy savings of awnings and shade systems.  If you have questions about how an awning or other sun shade device can affect your cooling costs and make your home a more energy efficient place to live, give us a call today!

While this video is admittedly cheesy, it makes a few very valid points about the benefits of awnings. The professional awnings manufacturer's association is not a movie production studio, so we should not expect any Oscar nominations for this one, but it is still worth discussing.  If you have any questions about the information provided, please give us a call at the phone number listed above so we can discuss your particular sun control problem.  Applying a shade structure to the outside of the window is by far more effective than letting the sunlight pass through the glass and heat up the carpet or even the curtains meant to keep the sun out.  Try it out for yourself: when the sun is shining on your curtains, walk over and touch them with your hand.  Do they feel hot?  Of course they do, they are in direct sunlight!  Where do you think that heat that you feel is going all day?  If the curtains get hot, they warm up the air around them; they heat the air inside your house!  Putting up curtains may keep the sun from fading your carpet (because it will fade the curtains instead), but they do not keep the room you're in effectively cooler.  If you stop the sunlight outside of the window with an awning, however, you will keep the glass cool, the carpet cool, the furniture cool, and therefore the air inside the room will stay cool.  If you want to really keep a hot room cool, stop the sun BEFORE it gets to the glass.

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West Coast Awnings - Trusted Since 1957

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Do you have a shade or rain protection problem?  We can help.  At West Coast Awnings, we've been solving our customers sun and rain control problems for over a half century.  Whether you're looking for Retractable Awnings in Clearwater, Stationary Canvas Awnings in St Petersburg, or Durable Aluminum Awnings in Tampa, West Coast Awnings is your one-stop shop.  We carry thousands of fabrics in every color and pattern imaginable and can hand-craft an awning to custom fit your home or business.  We have solutions to solve nearly any outdoor shading or weather protection problem and can tailor those solutions to fit your budget.  We have the most experienced field staff in the Tampa Bay region.  Our vision is based not only on sound construction techniques and awning manufacturing, but also draws on decades worth of knowledge that helps us guide you in the right direction.  We know what works and what doesn't.  You can trust your Clearwater awning project to West Coast Awnings because are your partner from beginning to end.

We really enjoy making awnings despits the rather drab appearance of the industry to everyone else.  I mean, who really gets excited about shade products?  We do.  Let us show you our passion for solving problems that limit your ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it outside!  It may seem like a little thing, but when you're enjoying a glass of tea on your porch in August, you'll wonder why you didn't call us earlier.

You can use the Menu above to navigate to the specific product that interests you or browse our Galleries to find some ideas for your project.  You can even check us out on Facebook!

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Monday, 10 June 2013 13:53

Awnings Clearwater FL - Buy Factory Direct

Clearwater Awnings - Buy Factory Direct

If you are an awning or canopy customer in Clearwater, FL, or even St Petersburg or Tampa you've come to the right place.  We manufacture and install awnings and canopies right here in Downtown Clearwater!  We are local residents building awning and canopy products for our friends and neighbors every day since 1957.  Whether you are looking for Traditional Fabric Awnings, Canvas Retractable Awnings, Metal Canopies, Aluminum Carports, or any other Shade or Weather protection product in Clearwater, we have the expertise and experience to met your needs.

So, start your Clearwater canopy search using the Links above.  You can find some good examples of Clearwater awning projects we've completed in our Galleries or just call us for a free on-site consultation.  We look forward to speaking with you very soon!

We can talk about fabric colors and types if you'd like.  For awnings in the Clearwater area, the best bets are acrylic canvas from companies like Sunbrella and Sattler or reinforced vinyl from Patio or Weblon.  For a breathable, water-repellent application where coolness is the main goal, the woven canvas fabric is the best choice.  Its weave allows heat to rise through it which keeps the area underneath cooler by letting heat escape to the sky.  Unfortunately, this type of fabric is not 100% waterproof.  Light misting can occur through the awning fabric during heavy downpours.  For a waterproof application, the reinforced vinyl fabrics are the only reasonable choice.  We would be happy to talk to you about your specific project needs and hope that you'll give us a chance to earn your business.

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