Our featured product for this week is the Sunesta Shadeside. The Shadeside is a versatile retractable product that can provide privacy as well as shade in a number of different applications. For privacy, it is perfect for those of us living in town homes or condominiums that share a common back yard space. By using two Shadesides, you can instantly turn your patio into a private oasis while maintaining the view out of the rear of your home. With three, you can have the privacy on all sides when you want it, and retract the curtains when you don't. The Shadeside can also be used in conjunction with other retractable products such as retractable awnings to provide shade during the winter months where the sun is lower on the horizon. There are over 200 fabric selections which include both acrylic/canvas fabrics and several different screen fabrics for maintaining airflow. In addition to fabric choices, there are four different frame colors to choose from in order to match your homes facade. Each Shadeside is custom made to your specifications here in the state of Florida, and carries long warranties to ensure you of the outstanding quality from which they are built. We are centrally located in Clearwater to serve your needs whether you are in Tampa or St. Petersburg.
Do you have a pergola that just doesn't seem to get the job done when it comes to providing shade? If not a pergola, maybe a sunroom that is unusable in the summer months due to the unbearable summer heat? If you answered yes to either of those questions than you are in need of a Sunesta Suncover. This ingenious product can make those unusable spaces usable again by providing shade and reducing temperatures by up to 20 degrees. The Suncover uses many of the same parts as a typical retractable lateral arm awning, but offers extruded tracks down the sides of the farbic in order to provide extra stability as it is extending. These retractable roof systems come with durable acrylic fabrics such as Sattler and Para which offer a 10 year warranty against rot, mold, and fading. They are also available in a variety of screen fabrics to provide a compromise between light and shade. These retractable roofs are mounted to your pergola or sunroom with small "T" brackets and are constructed of all aluminum extrusions for strength and durability. Contact us today to see how we can help you solve all your shade, weather, and bug needs.
We were blown away when we saw the finished product on our recent job for Boizao Steakhouse in Tampa, FL. There are three radius marquee awnings facing the street, and three small dome awnings above the entrance way. The black and white Sunbrella fabric was treated for flame retardancy and then sewn together foot by foot to create the dramatic blocked stripe effect. Florida Building code calls for flame retardant fabric on all commercial buildings, so be sure your awning provider is providing you with a flame certificate to prove it. In the event of a fire, the local municipality and insurance company will be looking for places to point the finger and you don't want that to be you. The graphics were heat applied in order to ensure longevity on the Sunbrella fabric. White custom flags/penants with a red Boizao logo were added to provide some contrast to the black on the awnings. Overall, a very upscale look for a great restaurant.
Recently, we had the priveledge to help out our manatee friends at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. The David A. Straz Manatee Hospital rehabilitates manatees that are injured by boats or other natural causes. They asked us to help shade their manatees with a 90 percent block screen in order let their injuries heal quicker, and keep them cool and comfortable. The Phiphertex Plus shade screen was laced to the existing 20 to 22 foot frames. The first tank was only half covered with a screen as there is a big oak tree covering the other half. This is also where the visitors to the zoo are able to observe the manatees at the hospital. The two full shade screens have a cantilevered frame so that they hinge at the midpoint of the circle in order to allow access to the manatees from above. We used Tenara thread on all the seams so they should stand up to the harsh direct sun.
We're at it again, this time making custom fixed umbrellas for our friends at the Isle of Sand Key condominiums. Being so close to the Gulf, their pool deck and patio are exposed to high winds almost daily, so a standard center-post umbrella simply would not survive for long in those harsh conditions.
We worked with them and came up with a functional and attractive solution: Custom Welded-Frame Umbrellas with Sunbrella Fabric Covers. The frames are fully-welded aluminum with a white powder coat finish to keep them beautiful and free of corrosion for decades. The 10-year Warranty Sunbrella Fabric is fastened with our state-of-the-art "Staple-Stitch" system that gives a tight, seamless look and allows the fabric to break away from the frame in the event of hurricane force winds. This relieves the pressure from the frame to allow it to survive the storm and we simply re-attach the fabric once the hurricane is over.
We really enjoy being innovative and creative when it comes to solving our customers' shade structure problems and we would like to help you too. Give us a call for a free consulation.
We recently had the opportunity to install a Phantom Executive retractable screen in Oldsmar, FL (That's just West of Tampa in Pinellas County). Our customer was not able to enjoy her outside seating area on her patio due to the intense sun and glare she was experiencing. One of her favorite pass-times is reading out in the fresh air, but she was unable to read her book due to the glare and heat from her western exposure. In order to solve that problem, a Phantom retractable shade screen was installed between two aluminum pillars on her patio. She chose a white cassette to blend in seamlessly with the rest of her pool enclosure. In order to provide solar shade in additiona to insect protection, she went with a 90% block solar screen in a charcoal color, which as the name suggests, blocks ninety percent of the sun. This sun screen will provide cooling shade while still maintaining her view and airflow. Phantom Executive screens are motorized so you have the choice of shade or sun at the touch of a button. We are finding that customers all over Hillsborough and Pinellas county are catching on to what these retractable screens have to offer. Here are some photos of one in action.