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Eclipse Prestige Retractable Awning Benefits

Are you looking for a modern, elegant way to provide shade from the hot sun and UV rays? Enjoy sunny days on your patio or deck with the Eclipse Prestige Retractable Awning.   It is a full cassette shading system that can be mounted on most surfaces and goes well with any home’s architecture. Its strength and durability sets it apart from other retractable awning systems. Even if your region is prone to high winds, the Prestige will stand up to the test. It has a Class III wind rating, which is the highest internationally recognized level.   No matter […]

10 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

If you’re worried about rising energy bills as we head into summer, don’t overlook alternatives to air conditioner and fans for staying cool. You may be able to save some money this upcoming season with a few tweaks to your diet and some simple lifestyle changes. Whether you need instant relief from the scorching heat or have the patience to complete a DIY project, here are eight refreshing – and unconventional – ways to keep your cool all summer long. 1. Learn a Yogic Breathing Technique You may not need to do anything more than breathe differently if you want […]

How to Throw an Easy Summer BBQ Under the Awning

Ready to throw a barbecue under your new retractable awning? These tips from Eclipse Shading Systems will help make your event unforgettable. There are many reasons to add a retractable awning to your house, and one of the most fun reasons is for hosting a summer grill session. A patio awning is a grilling enthusiast’s best friend for a lot of reasons: The shade gives you a place to cool down while working on specialties with long cook times, such as ribs or brisket. Going low and slow is much easier when the sun isn’t beating down on you. Cook […]

The Best Things to Do Beneath the Awning

Awnings are a great addition for the home for a number of reasons, chief among them being that they provide the ultimate protection for your family and the sun’s harmful UV rays. But what else can you do beneath the awning? Without further adieu, here is our list of our favorite things to do beneath the awning! 1. Barbecue. The great American classic: a good old-fashioned barbecue is easily one of our favorite activities to do beneath the awning. Whether you’re flipping burgers and hot dogs or preparing a gourmet meal for your friends and family to enjoy on a […]

Create Your Backyard Living Room This Summer

With a retractable awning installation backyard living “room” is more than just a storage area for your deck, grill, pool and patio furniture; it’s an outdoor living and entertaining area you can turn into a livable, fun and functional part of your home. It can extend your existing entertaining area into your backyard or create an entertaining area if you don’t already have one. Don’t you want your backyard to look like one of these? Contact an Eclipse dealer and professional awning installer to help you decide what’s best for your backyard. Remember, your backyard is a flexible outdoor living […]

Awnings Create the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

For many of us, our back deck becomes the most popular outdoor living space in our homes during the summertime. To make those backyard barbecues and lazy summer afternoons even more enjoyable there is one addition that will make your patio the ultimate summer space: a retractable awning.  Most retractable awnings can be installed on any wall surface, including wood, brick, stucco, aluminum and vinyl siding. Best of all, adding an awning to your deck or patio makes the space more usable and therefore can add value for resale. Either way, be sure to consult an expert before starting an awning project. Here we’ll […]