This week at Staybridge Suites in St Petersburg, we installed a trio of aluminum louvered sun shades. These sunshades add beautiful architectural feel along with excellent sun shading. Some of the best features include:
We would like the opportunity to discuss your project to see if our sun shade products would be a good fit for you. The best way to find out more is to give us a call at 727-447-3461 to talk to one of our design consultants who can give you the details on the different options you have for shading your window, doorway, or outdoor living space. We have a wide variety of metal sun shade products that can be customized to fit the exact shape and style that you are looking for. We fabricate your awning from scratch from raw aluminum and then add the exact powder coat finish that fits best with your color scheme. We have a passion for building truly original products that are not cost-prohibitive but still have the custom built look and feel that we all appreciate. We look forward to hearing about your project soon!
We received a call recently from James in Clearwater, FL who had a set of clamshell metal awnings that were in desperate need of replacement. While he had done an admirable job of maintaining the awnings by applying new coats of paint, rust and corrosion had finally worn them out. This is a common problem all over Tampa Bay, especially when a home is near the salt water of the Gulf or Tampa Bay. No matter how diligent a home owner is about maintenance on their steel awnings, they will eventually rust and fall apart. Unless they are made of Aluminum!
By replacing his old metal awnings with new all-aluminum awnings, James will received decades of consistent performance without the maintenance and headaches. Our aluminum clamshell awnings are made with powder coated aluminum decking, aluminum brackets and arms, and stainless steel hardware for the ultimate in corrosion resistance. Available in a rainbow of colors, aluminum clamshell awnings can be folded down when not in use to provide some security and windborne debris protection. Also, these aluminum fold down awnings provide excellent longevity and shading for windows and doors alike.
If you have a need to replace or service metal awnings on your home or business, give us a call. We would like the opportunity to earn your metal awning business. West Coast Awnings has been building, installing, and services this type of product for nearly six decades and we have the experience and knowledge to get you the right product for the right price every time.
This week we had the priviledge of working for one of the most famous Floridians of all time. Mr. Mickey Mouse himself ordered an architectural aluminum awning from us to protect his favorite gate guards from the sun and rain. He also needed his awning to blend in with a rather unique color scheme as you can see in the photos above. On top of that, the wall to which we had to attach our awning had a unique slant that made a standard vertical mount impossible! Thanks to our incredible engineering staff, we found a solution and after an installation that started at 11:00PM and lasted through the night to 8:00AM the next morning, Mr. Mouse was very pleased with the results! Check out the photos below:
Metal awnings and specifically aluminum awnings are becoming more and more popular for our customers here in sunny Florida. While welded aluminum awnings are more expensive than their fabric awning bretheren, they are easier to maintain and do not fade with the sun like fabric awnings eventually do. At West Coast Awnings, we have the ability to produce high quality, custom-built metal awnings for your business that will not only serve an important function, but will also enhanve the overall design and appearance of your structure. Give us a call today and put our design experience to work for you!
Even if you aren't related to a famous rodent, we would still be honored to help with your project! Please let us know if we can help you soon.
Check out this new article from the Professional Awning Manufacturer's Association. Now is a great time to get awnings and canopies installed on your home or business. Shading a window with an exterior shade is the most effective way to save money on cooling costs because an exterior shade stops the sun's rays BEFORE they reach the glass. This keeps the glass cool and stops that heat from transfering into your home. Check out the article below!
New Data Shows that Fabric Awnings & Exterior Shades
Can Help Homeowners Reduce Cooling Costs by
More than 50%
Sweeping 50-city study proves awnings are a smart retrofit to reduce home energy consumption
• Save money through reduced cooling bills
• Increase comfort by reducing home's internal temperature
• Potentially reduce size of and mechanical wear on the home AC unit
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” says Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA. “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
High Temperatures, Rising Energy Costs & TIght Budgets Shine Light on Awning Benefits
Everyone knows that awnings provide shade for homes. But record hot temperatures this past summer, rising energy costs and tighter household budgets are bringing to light the tangible role awnings and solar shades can play in efforts to reduce energy expenses.
A new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located). The study, released this week, calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States.
“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
The study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.
For example, the study showed that awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in Pittsburgh, PA can reduce cooling energy 46-50% in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. Correlating cost savings can range from $81 to $102. In a hot city like Phoenix, AZ the net savings was $193 in a typical year.
“The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner," says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. "Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows."
The study incorporated information about weather and energy costs, and included a number of variations (cities, shade designs and fabrics). The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and regional climate.
“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate home owners and the industry," says John Gant, PAMA’ s Energy Committee Chairman. "This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”
Are you looking for shade and rain protection, but aren't too keen on the thought of replacing fabric every ten or so years? Maybe you should consider a mansard or standing seam awning. These awnings are very popular in commercial applications, but are becoming more popular in residential applications. They come in over 20 colors with a Kynar painted finish on the top side, or they can be custom powdercoated to over 80 colors.
The aluminum frames can be left unpowdercoated or can be powdercoated to match the standing seam roof pans. These metal awnings have the potential to last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance. They come in a variety of roof pan styles at a variety of different price points. Other names for these would be mansard awnings, commercial awnings, roof pan awnings, or architectural awnings. If you would be interested in these for your home or business, we would be happy to give you a free estimate.
Metal awnings in the Cleawater, Florida area are an excellent choice for business owners and residents alike. For providing shade and protection from rain, it is difficult to find a better solution. Aluminum awning constuction is the best choice available for its corrosion resistance and recyclable material properties. We really enjoy building custom metal awnings for our clients in Clearwater, Tampa, and St Pete and we hope that we will have the opportunity to discuss your project with you. Ideally, you will gather as much information as you can about awnings because the more you understand about metal awnings, the more likely you will be to contact West Coast Awnings, the best awning company in Tampa Bay.