HERCULITE BLOG

How to Keep Your Boat Windows Clean Between Trips

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 20, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Maintaining crystal-clear boat windows should be important to boat-owners for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Stained or cloudy vinyl windows around your full boat enclosure or dodger make for a sub-par boating experience. Not only that, it can make navigation difficult, particularly in wet weather. The most common issue your boat windows face is diminished clarity, which leads to a hazy or cloudy appearance.

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Topics: Window Awnings

Awning Fabrics Comparison: What’s Right 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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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, commercial awning fabrics, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings

Types of Awning Sun Shades

Posted by Craig Zola on Feb 19, 2014 6:28:00 PM

Awning sun shades offer a lot to the consumer.  Designed for use in residential as well as commercial applications, the right type of sun shades will offer several key benefits.  By taking the time to determine what you need in the way of awning shades for your home or business will make it much easier to evaluate the different types and decide which one is right for you.

Vinyl Awning Sun Shades

You definitely want any awning shades to wear well in all sorts of weather.  One approach is to check out vinyl blends that have the look and feel of a natural fiber, such as the Herculite Natura product.  While the material will be soft to the touch and easy to work with, you can bet that it is strong and capable of withstanding direct sunlight for years.  The right blend of vinyl material will also retain its color, no matter how much light it is subjected to over the years.  

The water resistance of vinyl is also another reason to consider this particular solution.  Owing to the weave of the fibers, you can rest assured that anyone standing under the awning will remain dry, even if a thunderstorm is rolling through town.  This feature is especially important for storeowners, since potential customers are more likely to head for the awning and eventually find their way into the shop until the rain passes.

Polyester and Vinyl Blends

Another option for awning sun shades is to go with a polyester and vinyl blend.  This type of material offers the benefits of providing ample protection from the sun and the rain.  In addition, the blend will have fire resistant properties.  For commercial business owners, this option lends itself well to customization.  For example, if you would like to display the company name and logo on the surface of the material, it can be added without a lot of trouble.  

Products like Herculite’s Coastline Plus, Patio 500 and Vanguard are worthy of consideration for these reasons and more.  The fact that the awning material will fit snugly on the frame and resists shrinking will mean that you can use the same awning for several years before a replacement is needed.

Backlit Awnings

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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, awnings for decks, residential awnings, Window Awnings

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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Topics: Awning Fabrics, awnings for decks, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings

How An Awning Investment Can Make You Money

Posted by Craig Zola on Oct 9, 2013 3:26:00 PM


There are a number of ways to save both money and energy with your awning investment.   Awnings lower solar heat when blocked and increases it when removed. Properly placed awnings can drop indoor temperatures significantly and then be retracted to bring the temperature back up.

According to the department of energy - carefully chosen, well placed fabrics can help lower solar gain by 65 percent for south facing windows and by 77 percent on the west side.

Quality Awnings For Energy Savings

Herculite®, Inc. is a market leading, innovative fabric company. We have specialized in  high-performance fabrics that can be laminated or coated for more than 60 years.  As one of the founders of the synthetic fabrics industry, Herculite® pioneered the use of laminated and coated fabrics for many industries.

Today,  Herculite® fabrics deliver a vast array of brands and products for the awning market. We support businesses through our marketing, design, manufacturing, consulting and technical expertise.

We make all our technological advances available for the common market. We continue working for the benefit of our customers and their businesses in order to continue contributing our technology to the advancement of the culture, our markets, the environment and our ever-improving fabric offerings.

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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, awnings for decks, commercial awning fabrics, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings, Flame Resistant Textiles, Fabric Strength

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.

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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, commercial awning fabrics, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings, revenue with commercial awnings

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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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, awnings for decks, commercial awning fabrics, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings

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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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, awnings for decks, Window Awnings, awning energy savings

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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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Awning Fabrics, commercial awning fabrics, residential awnings, Window Awnings, awning energy savings

Window Awnings Today vs. Yesterday

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

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Topics: Vinyl Awning Fabric, Window Awnings, awning energy savings