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How to Boost the Value of Your Home

Adding value to your home is easier than you think. Whether you are looking to sell your home or simply wish to add long-term value to your home, increasing the value of your home is beneficial for every homeowner. Making improvements to your home is easy and affordable, here are some tips to get you started. Update kitchens and bathrooms Kitchen and bathrooms are arguably one of the most important features for home buyers when deciding on a home. A simple repaint or adding an island can bring new life to a dingy kitchen. You can replace older appliances with...

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Benefits of Retractable Patio Awnings

During those hot summer months of the year, do you ever wish that you could get a little bit of reprieve from the heat and the sun? Perhaps your backyard doesn’t have any trees, so you can’t sit in the shade anywhere. If this is the case, then it’s time to consider residential retractable awnings. But which option is the right one for you? At Apple Annie Retractable Awnings, we offer different options for you to choose from. Below are several benefits of retractable patio awnings for your yard. Protection from the Sun Residential retractable awnings offer protection from the...

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Are Awnings Better Than Patio Umbrellas?

When the weather is hot, having shading is important to enjoying time outside. Events like barbecues and pool parties always benefit from having adequate solar protection. With awnings and patio umbrellas being the most popular choices for outdoor shading, how can you determine which is best for you. Here are some reasons awnings can be better than patio umbrellas. Elemental Protection When it comes to protection from wind, rain, and sun, both awnings and patio umbrellas are suitable options. While patio umbrellas are portable, they can often be damaged at high winds and do not provide as much coverage as...

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How to Clean An Awning Made of Sunbrella Fabric

It’s the perfect time to take out your awning, but what if it is dirty? Cleaning your retractable awning made from Sunbrella acrylic fabrics can be easy with these tips. While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years. For tough cleaning jobs to...

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Best Uses for Awnings

Many homes and businesses in the Midwest and across the country consider awnings as a part of essential outdoor shading systems. Awnings are versatile and available in a variety of styles and colors that will complement any property. There are many other benefits and uses for awnings: Cut Heating and Cooling Costs Significantly reducing heating and cooling costs can be achieved for your home or business through the use of awnings. Awnings are a great option for warmer months and in the Summer, because they reduce heat gain by 77 percent. Awnings also are great for preventing the sun’s rays...

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Common Awning Installation Issues & Troubleshooting

If you are looking to spend time outdoors with family under a retractable awning, this is the perfect time! During nice, warm and sunny weather many homeowners choose to sit under an awning or shade to enjoy their outdoor living areas. Yet, after many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions. Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is completely...

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