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Benefits of Having A Valance

Summer 2024 is almost here! Which means hot weather, planning that lovely vacation with friends or family, relaxing by the pool and much more! People also use this time of the year to work around the house whether it’d be working on the garden, home renovation and yes, looking for shading solutions to keep them cool during the summer season. When homeowners consider our Eclipse Shading retractable awnings, they not only want an awning that protects them from the sun, but that also gives an aesthetic feeling to allow their home to stand out among others in the neighborhood and […]

Benefits of a Wind Sensor On An Awning

2024 is here and spring and summer are around the corner. As homeowners and business owners prepare to take on the new year, let’s focus on the importance of owning a wind sensor for your retractable awning. Most importantly, how it can save your awning from system failure or even getting damaged. A retractable awning allows homeowners and their guests to enjoy their patio safely and comfortably, while also providing a feeling of protection. Planning on having guests over for lunch, but rain is in the forecast? A retractable awning will protect you from that light rainfall. Hoping to relax […]

10 Things You Need To Know Before You Purchase a Retractable Awning

A retractable awning is a major investment for most homeowners – typically running between $4,000-10,000+ for a fully custom made, professionally installed unit. Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, consider these 10 key factors. Doing your homework can save you time and money, and help to avoid more of life’s headaches. 1. Who are you purchasing from? With this size investment, you’ll want to check out your local dealer(s) with the Better Business Bureau and request references from your area. No matter how good the product is, the dealer selection is almost as important. You can also check Angie’s […]

Retractable Awnings Offer Many Solutions

A retractable awning from Eclipse Shading Systems is a good solution for a lot of questions about improving your home. It doesn’t make a difference whether a homeowner lives in a luxury beach house or a ranch-style in the suburban Midwest. We hear the same kinds of situations from them. They have created a backyard paradise that they want to enjoy more. They would love to have a covered patio but either can’t afford a brick-and-mortar investment, or building codes or HMA covenants prevent construction of one. They have beautiful scenery at their property and want to create more space […]

How to Clean Your Awning Fabric

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric, and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years. For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow […]

Common Awning Installation Issues & Troubleshooting

If you’re looking to spend time outdoors with family or friends under a retractable awning, this is the perfect time! During nice, warm, and sunny weather, many homeowners choose to sit under an awning or shade to enjoy their outdoor living areas. Yet, after many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions. Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting. Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is […]