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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Retractable Awnings - Are There Any Good Ones Out There?
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Cindy M

A little late to the game, but in case you're still looking... here's an idea: have you looked at adjustable louvered roofs? They might be more expensive than what you're looking for b/c they're more than awnings for sure. BUT they last forever, unlike the awning and are a true investment in your home. They're like a pergola but the louvers adjust via remote control 160 degrees to open for sun or close for shade and rain protection. They're super durable and can be clad to fit design styles. But, like I said, they're a significant jump in price from an awning. BUT they're a lot less than a porch (unless you add all the whistles and bells like screening, heaters, speakers, PVC cladding, lighting, fans, etc...in that case, it might come a bit closer to a porch cost) A basic one for your size deck, w/ a fan, would prob cost you anywhere between $7K-15K depending on size of the Equinox and other variables and such. Here's a pic of a basic one from Core Outdoor Living in DC Metro region. You can probably search adjustable louvered roof or Equinox Adjustable Louvered Roof and find dealer/installers in your area. You can check out Core's portfolio too to get ideas. http://www.coreoutdoor.com/equinox/

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Liz, there are a number of good retractable awnings. I would caution you that the awning is only as good as the company who installs it, and how it is installed. It's not the type of project you want to try and save a couple dollars on. Stay away from purchasing on the internet, from phone sales people, and big box retailers. Do it right the first time with the help of a local, knowledgeable, and reputable dealer.

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Pergola with retractable canopies vs. retractable awning
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It looks like a pretty decent sized deck. If you prefer a retractable, it's going to have to be a decent projection (extension away from the house). I would make sure to choose a higher quality awning for the best and longest performance if you'll be using an awning to cover any more than 10'....with all due respect, a retractable awning seems to be a more practical solution. Open when you want shade/cover, no obstructions, and it's nearly invisible when it's closed.

I would suggest a stripe to mask any dirt or debris from what looks like a wooded area....Good luck!

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Your selection should be based on several important items:

1. Weather - Are you seeking sun protection only OR sun and light rain protection OR sun and heavy rain protection AND also how much wind will the product need to withstand when partially or fully extended?

2. Aesthetics - Folding lateral arm awnings use spring loaded arms and therefore posts are not required. A pergola and louver roof system for the first, third and fourth options above require posts.

3. Outdoor Enclosed Area - Options one, three and four above allow one to have a completely enclosed entertainment area that can be air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter.

4. Budget - Least expensive is a folding lateral arm awning, then a guide wire system and lastly the most expensive are belt driven pergola systems and rotating louver roof systems

I don't recommend the Lowes item mentioned above as the frame is steel and will rust eventually causing it to collapse. Fabric is a mesh that does not provide complete sun protection and the warranty is only 1 year (see the reviews on the Lowes website here: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Garden-Treasures-134-in-W-x-134-in-L-x-92-in-H-x-Matte-Black-Powder-Steel-Freestanding-Pergola-with-Canopy/50277121#609521+model+tp15-048c.

Please be sure to look for all aluminum non rusting frames with marine grade stainless steel components and a minimum 25 year frame and 8 year fabric warranty.

Hope that helps. Happy to answer more questions or address any and all comments

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: retractable awnings vs. stationery
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RetractableAwnings.com Inc.

Retractable awnings have many advantages over fixed or permanent awnings. Several years ago we added the link below to our website. Our informational links are updated annually. The link provides many reasons as to why retractable is better than fixed/permanent.

Retractable awning versus fixed awning comparison

Every one of our products including those shown below are all retractable!


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They are both very similar in price. Winter brings manufacturer incentives to buy. A stationary will definitely darken your immediate indoor area. Also remember lighter fabric is more translucent and it will let more light through. Lighter may also show more dirt over time. Darker is more opaque, and will let LESS light through. It will make your area darker, but dirt may not show up as easily.

There are pros and cons to anything! We at GSS fancy the retractable flavor.

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Short Deck Ideas
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suezbell

Pergola for the roof, with or without glass top or any wisteria or other vines growing atop it. Preferably wrap it around the corner of your house to form an "L".

http://www.patiocoversolution.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Pergola2058.jpg

http://www.westernredcedarpergolas.com/images/682_pergola_002.jpg

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Adding a glass top to part of it would enable you to add ceiling fans, should you choose to do so, and enjoy a light summer rain from the deck, too. One corner of the "L" could be a place to park your covered bbq grill, too -- handy but not where you sit most.

With a sturdy frame, you can add hanging baskets filled with strawberry plants or ivy or flowering plants to enjoy and even to help shade your eyes.

Very much like the birdhouse. More posts in the yard with hanging brackets on all four sides could hold baskets of growing plants, sun catchers, wind chimes and humming bird feeders, etc...

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You should at least consider retractable screens. They will solve the privacy issue without obscuring your view. Depending on how you want to use that particular space, a permanent roof in conjunction with the screens turns the area into a full 3 season room protected from wind, rain, sun, bugs, and neighbors. The retractable convenience allows you to enjoy the open air anytime as well.

Here is a link to our site:

Retractable Screens in less than 1 minute!

Ask yourself how important this area is to you and how do you intend on using it.

Other options would be a pergola with the screen(s), or a retractable awning with a drop shade/valance (it's the same screen material that extends vertically from the front bar of the awning upon full extension. The drop shade is typically used for privacy, early morning and late day sun).

Good Luck,

The Shady Folks at Garden State Shade!


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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Is a cloth awning the best solution for a lack of porch?
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I would do something simple, kind of like what Rusty Empire showed a few comments above. I don't think there are too many solutions that would work with the aesthetics of the home and the rounded section with the door. I suggest a solid colored Patio 500 fabric stapled on to a custom welded aluminum frame. Because of the rounded plane of the mounting points, there will be a little more customization, but a simple door hood is the most cost effective and practical solution. Center the awning over the door and bring it outside of the landing light on the left and equally outside on the right...probably about 6' wide with a 4' projection would probably be plenty.

Good Luck.

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angcando

I'm sorry to disappoint you, but in the end we decided to not add an awning after all. We replaced the door, and added a retractable screen just in case. As long as we replace the weatherstripping periodically, we think that will prevent the rot from reoccurring. Good luck with your decision; I know it isn't an easy one!


(This was posted in reply to a post that has now been deleted, but it serves as a final resolution to this thread. Thanks again for everyone's comments and help.)

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Help deciding on Patio Awning Fabric!
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Darker is better, more opaque resists the sun better. With a patio or deck, always choose a stripe, it masks dirt, bird dropping, etc. much better than a solid, which shows everything. Cooper Black is sharp, but I don't think it's perfect for you. Of the 4, the classic is by far the best in my opinion. I see something that brings the lighter siding and the wicker together.

Good Luck.

GSS

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Where can I find awnings like these
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Breslow home design center n973 464-8335

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I would suggest a local retailer that specializes in lateral arm retractable awnings. Learn more about retractable awnings on our webpage...

Retractable Awnings 101

or

http://www.gardenstateshade.com/awning-information/


Good Luck,

GSS

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Awning!
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It looks beautiful, tranquil, and inviting! I would say to those selecting fabric color that so much white can be overwhelming to the eye. It's the same effect as being on the snow in the sun without sunglasses. Conversely, it does let more light through as a darker fabric may "dampen" the area.

Really it's a matter of personal preference, but this should be a consideration when choosing fabrics for different areas.

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Andre Beluchi

What a wonderful awning that was installed there. How would you install that and with what is the awning hanging from? that's my question that I've been wanting to ask after seeing this. http://www.patioworldnsw.com.au/products/atrium-awnings 

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Fabric color of awning
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Debbie, white isn't always the best choice. Maybe it is the best color scheme for you, but probably not the most practical. Remember this type of awning is always exposed, so without periodic attention the white won't remain white.

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GSS

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Garden State Shade LLC commented on a discussion: Yikes. Need advice.
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You have a lovely room!


I would suggest a roman shade for this window, since there is not much room for drapes. There are so many choices of fabric and patterns! I think a natural weave pattern would look wonderful and compliment your existing decor. These shades can be made in light filtering, or blackout. Blackout will offer the best protection for the heat gain. Here are some ideas.





http://www.selectblinds.com/roman-shades.html

Can't wait to see what you choose.

Good luck!


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Your existing hurricane shutter provides all of the UV and solar heat gain protection you would ever need! Any interior shading option will help reduce UV, but will do little about heat gain since the heat has already entered through the glass.

Good Luck,

GSS

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