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Custom Awnings for Patio and Lanai

Custom Made Awnings to Suit Any Situation

This week we had the pleasure of installing another custom-built solution to a very unique problem.  This awning had to be fitted perfectly to our customer's 2nd floor balcony patio and we even had to reinforce the existing hollow columns with 3000PSI concrete to meets hurricane code.  The welded aluminum subframe is custom powder coated to match the current window trim on the home. Then, to add an more polished look to the finished product, we provided decorative post wraps that surround our structural aluminum columns to match the surrounding architectural flair of the existing railing.  Check out some of these photos:

Our engineering team loves to make your vision a reality.  Whether you are shading a window to cool your living room or you need an awning to cover your pavered pool deck, we can find the shape, color, and method to fit your needs.  We've been creating beautiful shade structures for over 50 years and would love to chance to talk with you about what we can do for you.  Our business is based on keeping promises and making dreams come true for our customers.  If you need a shade solution or a way to keep the rain and wind out of your patio or lanai, we are the people you should talk to first!  In fact, talk to us first then talk to anyone else you want to.  Usually, we end up being the last people you talk to when you say, 'thanks for doing a great job!"  We got into the awning business to build fantastic structures for you, our client, and we'll be in the business for years to come for the same reason!  Give us a call today to find out more!!

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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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Awnings in St Pete Can Protect Your Home's Interior

From time to time, we receive calls from customers in St Pete who own furniture, artwork, or other interior furnishings that are being slowly destroyed by UV light from the sun.  Generally, these St Petersburg awning customers have fading carpets or furniture and cracking paintings that are near windows and the direct sunlight is prematurely ruining their property.  Many of these St Pete homeowners have tried adding curtains to their windows only to realize that the natural lighting that made the room so inviting is now gone and only a dark, dreary room remains. 

Rest assured that there is a solution that doesn't involve blocking all light from within your home!  You see, an exterior St Pete awning blocks direct sunlight from ever entering your home and shades your interior furnishings from damaging UV light WITHOUT keeping the natural light from outdoors from brightening up the room.  A St Pete window awning can be built in a variety of colors to complement your homes exterior while shading your valuable interior AND maintain your natural lighting levels be not completely blocking the window.  Furthermore, the heat of the sun never enters the home and that room will suddenly become cooler as well!

Clearly, if you're looking for a way to protect your home's interior while maintaining light levels and decreasing your cooling costs, an awning in St Pete is the perfect solution.  Check out our fabric awnings page or our metal awnings page to find out more.

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Awnings in St Petersburg, FL - Local Manufacturing

Here in Pinellas County, we have many local shops and small factories that actually produce many of the products we use every day.  For instance, canvas awnings in St Petesburg.  Technically, our facility is located in Clearwater, but we service every inch of Pinellas right up to the North end of the Skyway Bridge.  When you purchase a fabric awning from West Coast Awnings, your St Pete awning is being built by your friends and neighbors, by hand, from scratch.  As a custom awning manufacturer, we exist to make awnings that fit your St Pete home or business exactly with the care and craftsmanship that has has earned us over 50 years in business.  We are a family owned and operated company and take great pride in building St Pete awnings for our South Pinellas customers.  Some of our awning benefits include:

  • Awnings in St Pete can reduce interior temperatures by as much as 15 degrees.
  • Interior furnishings are protected from harmful UV light with St Pete awnings.
  • Our acrylic canvas fabrics carry warranties up to 10 years against fade, rot, mold, and mildew.
  • In St Pete, awnings have been proven to complement the exterior design of many classic structures.
  • Our St Petersburg awnings are built from rust-proof aluminum frame members that are welded together by experienced professionals
  • With the unpredictable weather in St Pete, our awnings must be build to the current Florida Building Code in order to be reliable in heavy winds and rain.

If you would like to learn more, check out our fabric awnings page or give us a call to schedule a free on-site consultation.

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Factory Direct Awnings in St Pete, FL

For our awning customers in St Petersburg, we are happy to be able to offer locally manufactured awnings with factory direct discount awning prices.  If you are looking for the highest quality awning available in St Pete and the surrounding area in South Pinellas, West Coast Awnings is your awning provider.  St Pete awnings must be built with our local climate in mind.  We have been creating St Pete awning innovations since 1957 and are still the leading awning company in West Central Florida.  With our manufacturing facility located just South of Downtown Clearwater, we know what it takes to make awnings St Pete Tough.  No matter the wind, rain, or scorching sun, you can depend on your St Pete Awning for decades of lasting beauty and function.

We really enjoy making awnings for our customers that are not just good, but actually exceed customer expectations.  We take great pride in our work and hope that you will give us a chance to impress you with what we can do.  Even if you've talked to other awning companies already, take a minute to hear what we have to say, you'll be glad that you did.

Check out the links in the menu above to navigate around our site.  You can take a look at our awning photo gallery for ideas on the types and shapes of awnings we can make for you or you can give us a call to schedule a free on-site estimate.  We look forward to the opportunity to serve your awning and canopy needs.

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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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St Petersburg Canvas and Metal Awnings - Buy Local in Pinellas County

Welcome to West Coast Awnings, St Petersburg's Premier Local Awning Manufacturer.

Use the Links Above to Navigate to the Type of Awnings You are Interested in Learning More About!

We've been producing awnings for our neighbors and friends in St Pete for over 50 years.  If you need a new cover for your Canvas Awning or a new frame and cover combination, we are your source for the highest quality products and finest customer service available.  We also specialize in Metal Awnings made from the finest Aluminum that will not rust or fall apart like steel awnings always do.  Our frame will give decades of trouble free use.

No matter how many awnings we make (and we've made A LOT of awnings), we still get excited every day about new challenges.  It is a niche industry and we have very few in the awning business who share our passion for making awnings in new and exciting ways.  Awnings have been around since the ancient Egyptians used animal skins as shades stretched between posts, but we are always finding new ways to solve age-old problems.  Give us a call to see what clever ideas we can come up with that will improve your life!

You can use our Contact Us page link or give us a call at 727-447-3461 to set up a FREE on-site consulation with one of our highly trained field agents.  We will sit down with you and disucss different solutions to your shading or weather protection needs.  We have many ways to solve your problems to fit many different budgets.  You can also visit us at our showroom at 1424 S. Missouri Ave just South of Downtown Clearwater.  We would love the opportunity to earn your business.

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