It will be that time of year again soon to do the yard work and get the patio furniture & awnings cleaned and ready for summer.
Here’s a great instructional video for the care and cleaning your Sunbrella Fabric Awnings.
New Data Shows that Fabric Awnings and Exterior Shades
Can Help Homeowners Reduce Cooling Cost by More than 50%
The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) has done a new study in 50 states and has concluded that Awnings can save up to 50% in cooling cost.
• Save money through reduced cooling bills
• Increase comfort by reducing home’s internal temperature
• Potentially reduce size of and mechanical wear on the home AC unit
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” says Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA. “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
Awnings provide shade and with the rising cost of electric the savings can be substantial. Adding awnings to your home not only adds curb appeal, but they will pay for themselves and save you money on cooling cost for years to come.
The study from PAMA calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States. The new study shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located)
“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
The study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.
“The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. “Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”
“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate home owners and the industry,” says John Gant, PAMA’ s Energy Committee Chairman. “This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”
The study in its entirety is now available.
Sunbrella is the leading brand in outdoor fabrics. Sunbrella has a ten year warranty on their fabrics and we matched it by adding a 10 year warranty to our frames. We only use materials of the highest quality and have backed our products with one of the best warranties in the industry.
When cleaning Sunbrella fabrics, it is important to observe the following:
- Always use a mild soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite.
- Water should be cold to lukewarm. (Never more than 100°F/38°C.)
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
- Air dry only. Never apply heat to Sunbrella fabrics.
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Awnings a rich history and still appealing today. Energy saving awnings have style as well as function. The triangular awning shape has had a resurgence of popularity in recent years playing off nostalgia for the traditional awning.
Some Main Street preservation programs are encouraging the use of awnings. The use of awnings were so common that they are visually appropriate for many historic buildings.
As an alternative to cotton canvas, Sunbrella debuted in 1961 as a fabric that did not fade or degrade in even the brightest of sun.
Around the world today, Sunbrella is the No. 1 fabric choice for boaters and awnings, enjoying universal name recognition synonymous with quality and durability.
Our Traditional Window Awnings are warranted for 10 years on fabric and frames!