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Awning Evolution Thru the Ages

Posted by Craig Zola on Jun 17, 2015 4:33:58 PM

Awnings are a lot older than you might think. In fact, awnings date back to ancient Egyptian and Syrian times, according to the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Woven mats were used to shade market stalls and homes and in the Roman Empire, awnings were used in stadiums like the Coliseum! Roman awnings were retractable and made from fabrics like linen. Awnings were used to protect people from the sun and bad weather. And today, we know that awnings can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25 percent and protect us from harmful UV rays!

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Awning Fabrics Comparison: What’s the Right Material for You?

Posted by Craig Zola on May 14, 2014 10:59:00 AM


Awnings are an important energy and money saving structure that most homes should have. Awnings save energy and can reduce temperatures by 8-15 degrees. Awnings can also reduce air conditioning costs up to 25 percent! And most importantly, awnings protect your family and your home from sun damage and ultra violet rays.

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Awnings for Decks - Fixed vs. Retractable

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 7, 2014 5:18:00 PM

There are so many reasons to want awnings for decks, whether you’re an individual business owner or an architect or developer designing buildings or complete shopping centers. Awnings can simply provide shade for your storefront, or they can create an upscale outdoor room that beckons patrons for food and beverage service or for relaxation at a country club poolside patio or golf-view balcony.  

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The Best Fabric for a Waterproof Patio Cover

Posted by Craig Zola on Jul 9, 2013 1:00:00 PM

Choosing fabric for waterproof patio covers is a task that cannot be undertaken lightly. In commercial applications, your patio cover may be the first thing that your customers see as they enter your premises. If you're in the hospitality sector, you understand the advantage of using waterproof fabric for your entrance awnings, as this creates a warm and welcoming area for guests as they cross your threshold. In addition, as outdoor dining has become more popular, eateries offer their clientele the option to gather on patios.

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Choosing the Right Awning Style

Posted by Craig Zola on May 30, 2013 1:37:00 PM

Choosing exactly the right material and framing style for your awning requires a handful of information.

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Awnings 101

Posted by Craig Zola on May 2, 2013 9:00:00 AM

New technology today continues to benefit the awning markets. When using vinyl awning fabrics, you can now reduce heat gain by 65 percent on south facing windows simply by using awnings for decks and window shading.

Energy savings is also measurable by 77 percent on west-facing windows. Awnings have a cooling capacity of up to 15 degrees when placed properly, which reduces air conditioning costs as a result by as much as 25 percent. This is due to new vinyl technologies that support its unique ability not to trap heat or moisture.

Breakthrough Technologies Benefit Function and Eye Appeal

Herculite® Natura™ awning fabric utilizes breakthrough technologies that have revolutionized high-performance vinyl. This means our fabrics use textile features to duplicate the look and feel of natural woven cloth. It does this while supporting technological advantages such as:
  • Fire Resistance
  • Water Proofing
  • Dimensional Stability 
  • Heat Seal-able (without needing  tape)
Natural fabric beauty augmented by exterior design-supporting colors can enhance the look and feel of any outdoor setting while providing the comfort, protection and savings that are measurable for businesses. This makes them ideal for outdoor settings such as patios and decks for sidewalk cafes and restaurants featuring outdoor seating.

New Commercial Vinyl Awnings for Decks Provide Added Protection


New technologies that are benefiting the vinyl fabric industry are also supporting the delivery of commercial canopy and awning fabric designed to protect furnishings and people from intensified weather. They protect both outdoors and near windows from the sun’s harsh UV rays-- this happens while delivering the beauty of the woven natural-design elements.
 
Patio covering and awnings made with Herculite's® awning fabric provide much more than just reduced energy costs, extra outdoor living space, and  superior protection from the sun. Vinyl awning fabrics can now remain tight on the frame and when kept clean and dirt free, they are mold and mildew proof as well.

All our brands now provide new technologies such as specialized film formulations, adhesive systems and our core stabilized process designed to deliver the greatest possible performance.

Flame, Mildew, Stain, Dirt Resistance: Unquestionable Superior Quality

Herculite®, Inc. is the innovator of awning fabrics. Our company has been specializing in high-performance laminated and coated fabrics for over 60 years. We are founders of the synthetic fabrics industry simply because Herculite® pioneered the usage of laminated fabrics.

Today this means that the Herculite® fabric company provides vast arrays of:

  • brands
  • products
  • marketing
  • design
  • manufacturing
  • consulting 
  • technical expertise

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3 ways to maximize awning energy savings

Posted by Craig Zola on Apr 11, 2013 9:59:00 PM

You have always wanted to enjoy the outdoors without having to be scorched in the hot sun especially during warm summers. To begin thinking about awnings, it is necessary for you to understand which house direction has shade and how the trees help in creating shades. This is important because you can then determine where you want to place awnings. Awnings can be very helpful in saving you air conditioning energy costs from the sun’s rays heating up the inside of a home. Awning energy savings can be influenced by the type of fabric that is chosen.

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Awning Fabric Choice Considerations

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 11, 2013 8:58:00 AM

When it comes to awning fabrics, most people don't know where to begin. The considerations are many as are the applications of awnings. When making decisions between what awning fabrics to choose, the considerations involve:

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Window Awnings Today vs. Yesterday

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 24, 2012 2:19:00 PM

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