Permiting Requirments

Belleair new reg – Signed contract with Prop Owner and Date.

Oldsmar new reg – All commercial awnings must have a flame Certificate.

Clearwater – Fire Dept wants a new Sprinkler Systems installed for new canopies that the existing building has a sp. system. Color Picture w/ Awning now required.

How To Choose an Awning

Awning Types

How To Choose an Awning – Overview

Awnings are a practical investment that can slash your energy bills, as well as protect your furniture, floors and carpets from the sun’s harsh sun rays.
In a typical building, more energy is lost through glass doors and windows than through any other construction element. While window films and tinted glass will reduce heat gain and glare, awnings accomplish the same goal–and substantially boost energy savings. Studies by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers reveal that when the sun shines directly on south-facing windows, fabric awnings reduce heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction is as high as 72 to 77 percent!

Considering an addition to your home? A canopy over your deck or patio offers a long-term solution to needed space at a lower cost. It also will shade your deck from the sun, and provide outdoor protection on rainy days. You will want to consider all angles when selecting awning. Style, venting, fabrics and color selection all effect the energy-saving performance of the awning. See our “Questions to ask an Awning Professional” article for more variables you should consider before purchasing an awning.

Style

It’s important to select a style that will accommodate how much the sun penetrates the windows. For northern and southern exposure, sides may need to be added to the awnings for additional protection. For eastern and western facing windows, less protection is necessary. Seasons also will make a difference. In order to take advantage of the sun’s warmth, some awnings are designed to roll up and out-of-the-way. Further, frames can be designed to accommodate casement windows.

Venting

The awning design creates more air circulation to dissipate heat buildup. Select a shape that best suits the windows being protected, as well as the orientation of the windows.

Fabrics

Today’s fabric advances have been fueled in part by improved synthetic yarns as the basis for many laminated fabrics, giving them greater strength and flexibility Coatings, laminates, and top coatings are common methods to equip fabrics with protective qualities.   See our Fabric Page for more Information.

Color

Color choice and types of material are important energy-saving considerations. Awnings with low solar-absorbing surfaces (white) maintain temperatures closer to the outdoor air temperature. As a result, air temperature under the awnings isn’t raised appreciably. Awnings that absorb solar radiation (dark colors) may need to be vented to reduce radiation and heat build-up underneath the awning.

In our upcoming articles, we will go in-depth with each of these factors, so check back soon!

Questions to Ask an Awning Professional

Awning Questions

Awning work is a process you may not be familiar with until you want one for your own home or business. And even then, there’s a lot to learn about which products to use and what procedures best meet your individual awning needs. Therefore, it is vital to know that you can rely on the awning contractor you choose to give you good advice about his products and procedures. The key is to find the right awning contractor for your job.

A top-notch, professional awning company will be only too happy to supply you with answers to these questions. Being confident you’ve selected the right awning contractor will help assure you get a quality awning and that your hard-earned money has been wisely spent.

QUESTIONS TO ASK AN AWNING COMPANY

  1. How long has the awning company been in the awning business?
    Needless to say, longer is usually better. The longer a company has been in business, the more stable that business will be.
    Will the company provide referrals or references from previous jobs? Ask for several job locations that you can visit, and not just jobs that have been recently installed. Ask to see jobs that are three to five years old to see how well they have performed for that period of time.
  2. Is the company a full-time awning company?
    Some companies advertise themselves as an awning company (contractor) when awnings are really only a sideline and not the largest portion of their business. Some companies will advertise a lot of years of experience, when in reality that experience was in something other than awnings.
    The awning company should have full-time employees trained exclusively to manufacture and install custom awnings. Their employees should be familiar with awnings of various shapes and sizes, being that they were hired and trained as awning craftsmen not general laborers; thus, being better equipped to handle your individual awning needs.
  3. Does the company have designers on staff?
    Having a designer on-staff can make or break your project. Without an in-house designer, lead times can pile up and the final product won’t always be up-to-par. Ask the company some questions regarding their designer. Can they design your awning to meet your needs, and to fit the architecture of your home or business? Can the awning company provide you with a colored rendering of the proposed work to be done?
  4. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?
    A good awning company should provide a lifetime warranty on framework and a five or more year warranty on their installation. While the length of warranty is important, the intent and ability to stand behind their warranty is even more important.
  5. Does the company carry insurance?
    An awning company should carry comprehensive liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you in the event of an accident. Additionally, a good awning company will provide its workers with health and life insurance. Be aware that if a worker is injured on your property, the homeowner can be held liable for all costs unless the worker is covered by worker’s compensation insurance.
  6. What is the company’s track record for solving customer complaints?
    Check with the Better Business Bureau to see how the awning company resolved complaints, if any were made. Check to see if the awning company has had a court related case and what the outcome was. If an awning company or any other company that calls themselves an awning company has lost a court case, they are a company that will ignore your complaints.
  7. What are your product choices?
    No one awning fabric, frame, or design is well-suited for all applications. (e.g. Do you have aluminum and galvanized frames available? Do you manufacture awnings using the lace on system and the staple system?). If that were the case, there would be but one fabric manufactured and one awning style offered. All awnings would then look-alike. Ask to see different styles and fabrics that might work on your home or business.

We hope this list of questions will help you when deciding which awning company to choose for your next project. Feel free to visit our main awning business website and pose all of these and any other questions to us directly via phone or email.

We’re Now On LinkedIn!

LinkedInBoulevard Awning is now available on LinkedIn, the social network for business. Connect with us and our president David today!

Boulevard Awning is the Best of Clearwater 2010!

Best of Clearwater 2010

We’re proud to announce that Boulevard Awning Company has earned the “Best of Clearwater 2010″ award.  Visit our clearwater awning website to find out more about our business and you’ll see why we were chosen for this great honor.

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