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How Day Lighting Can Light Up Your Home

05 Jul 17
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Do you ever find yourself wearing a navy blue sock on one foot and a black sock on the other as soon as you step out of the house? This situation can be really embarrassing! Well we have good news for you. It’s not your eyes that are failing you, but the lighting in your home. Things can look a lot different in natural light than in artificial light. But how do you get this natural sunlight into a room in your home without a window or a skylight? Well, the Sunshine Experts have the perfect solution for you: Solatube daylights. These solar tubes bring natural day lighting to any room in your home through a cylindrical tube that connects to your roof. They can act as a replacement for electric lights, or simply add to them. These daylights also give you even more benefits than just adding more natural light to your home. They’re good for your health, are cost effective and they can be placed almost anywhere in your home.

Live Well

It has been proven in multiple studies that when you aren’t exposed to the sun, it can actually affect your mood. Don’t get down in the dumps; get that extra dose of vitamin D when you’re feeling blue. Sun exposure can increase your physical wellbeing and boost your concentration and energy levels. And these are just a few of the many benefits! When you’re living in Arizona, you’re never lacking in sun exposure. So why not soak up some more vitamin D even when you’re sitting indoors? By installing Solatube daylights in your home it turns your mood from good to great!

Cost-Effective

Installing daylights in your home can actually save you money in the long run! When you’re thinking about adding more natural light to your home, daylights are your most cost-effective option. Other options such as windows and skylights can really break the bank when you take into consideration both the product and installation costs. So, save some extra cash and go with the great option of installing Solatube daylights in your home. It’s a no brainer!

Unlimited Placement Options

Because of the smaller and more flexible design of Solatube daylights, it allows them to be installed in just about any room even if the room isn’t directly connected to your roof. And installation is quick and easy! This is great for closets and rooms that don’t have any or have very few windows. Now you’ll never make the fashion faux pas of pairing black and navy together again!

To light up your home, visit us at our business locations in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Sunshine Experts also proudly serve Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman.

Why You Should Choose a Custom Retractable Awning for Your Home

28 Jun 17
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It can be so relaxing enjoying a morning cup of coffee on your porch or deck in the morning. But sometimes that Arizona sun can be so intense. Even in the morning! And depending on where the sun is at, it can be hard to find shade. That’s why you need to expand your outdoor patio and living area by adding a custom retractable awning to your home. These awnings really give you the best of both worlds! You can have sun or shade whenever you want regardless of the time of day. At Sunshine Experts, we provide you with top-of-the-line Sunesta retractable awnings to enhance your outdoor living area.

Enjoy the Outdoors Any Time of the Day

We all know how hot it can get in Arizona, but Sunesta custom retractable awnings help you stay cool, calm and collected even on the hottest of days. But when you want to soak up those rays, you can. Just make sure you wear sunscreen! Simply turn a handle or push a button and you’re on your way to achieving that perfect summer tan. And to make pulling your awning in and out easier, we have a large selection of optional features such as wireless remotes, automatic sensors and more! This way your awning can function exactly the way you want it to.

Energy Efficiency

Not only do these custom retractable awnings make your outdoor living area more enjoyable, but they also help you save on utility costs. And who doesn’t love saving a little extra cash every month? On especially warm days, you can extend your awning so that it blocks the sun from entering your home, lowering the overall temperature of your house. This means that you don’t have to keep cranking your thermostat lower and lower throughout the day because of the bright sun. And on cooler days, you can retract your awning allowing the sun contribute some added warmth.

Protection for Your Furnishings

Just like how the sun’s UV rays can do damage to our skin, it can also do damage to your home furnishings as well. It can damage and fade furniture, upholstery, drapes and hardwood flooring. This makes your belongings look worn -out and faded faster, and no one wants that! Protect your valuables and prolong their life by installing a Sunesta retractable awning in your home.

The Sunshine Experts are located in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, but proudly serve Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman areas.

How You Should Embrace Solar Energy in Your Home

25 May 17
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Residential solar installation has increased exponentially over the years, and in the last year alone the solar industry has doubled and is projected to triple within the forthcoming year. Homeowners are welcoming this growing and environmentally friendly trend into their homes for several reasons, but helping to reduce energy usage and saving money on energy expenses are probably the two biggest reasons. The Sunshine Experts, located in Phoenix, Tucson, and Tempe, want to show you how to embrace this solar energy trend in your home so both you, and the environment, can reap the rewards.

Solar Lighting
Solar lighting is a great way to introduce solar energy in your home. Solar lighting uses a system of cylinders to channel natural light into and throughout your home, completely replacing the need for electrical lighting on bright days. Solar lighting is installed on your roof, where it collects sunlight and then channels the light into lighting fixtures through a series of tubes. While many people may be hesitant to try out solar energy products because of the hassle of installation, Solatube Solar Tubes eliminate this concern. The tubes are simple to install and can even be installed as a DIY project if need be. At Sunshine Experts, we carry Solatube Solar Tubes, which feature Spectralight® Infinity lining which can help to transfer up to 500% more daylight into your home, more than any other material that is currently in use in the residential solar industry.

Solar Ventilation
Solar ventilation is another great way to venture into the solar energy world. Because attics are in constant need for protection from heat and moisture, fans are commonly installed to eliminate the problem. A solar ventilation fan does everything a traditional ventilation fan would do, but it runs on solar energy to reduce energy costs. The Solar Star Attic Fan is a sturdy and low-profile fan that channels the sun’s energy for operation. Covered in solar panels on its face, this fan is damage resistant from harsh weather conditions and provides maximum energy capture for your home. In addition to utilizing solar energy for your home and saving you money on your energy costs, the Solar Star runs with a high-performance motor that allows a greater level of airflow through your attic and home.

If you are ready to hop on the environmentally friendly and money saving bandwagon, and incorporate green energy into your home, the professionals at The Sunshine Experts can help. The Sunshine Experts, serving Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman, can get your solar energy technology installed quickly and efficiently so you can reap all the rewards. Contact The Sunshine Experts today with any questions you may have about out solar energy products.

What You Need to Know About Solar Shades

25 May 17
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The most popular use of solar shades is to eliminate glare from the rising and setting sun, while also reducing the cost of various methods to maintain a comfortable temperature in an outdoor, covered living space. Understanding a few properties about solar shades, like those from Sunesta®, will help to explain why they are so effective in this application.

Also commonly called sun shades, solar shades use fabrics woven from specially engineered materials to reduce the amount of sunlight that can pass through from one side of the shade to the other. People sitting behind a solar shade can see the landscape on the other side during daylight hours. The most immediately obvious effect of using a solar shade in an outdoor space is the elimination of glare from the sun, especially when it is low in the sky. Less obvious, but well worth considering, is the fact that solar shades provide occupants with significant protection from the sun’s harmful UV radiation.

The fabric weave allows for excellent airflow from one side to the other, as well. In all but the coldest climates, an outdoor space protected from the sun by solar shades create a very comfortable outdoor environment, reducing the exterior temperature by as much as 20 degrees. This effect has a substantial impact on the energy efficiency of the interior spaces, when solar shades are used in South- and West-facing patios, lanai’s and balconies.

The Sentry™ and Zipper™ lines of shades from Sunesta® are a very popular option for spaces that see little use during the buggy season. If you love the openness of your outdoor space but you find that there are certain times when mosquitos and other insects have you thinking about a permanent enclosure, zipper seam technology in Sunesta® shades can solve this problem by creating a bug-free barrier around all sides of the solar shade.

Sunesta® solar shades come in some of the largest panel sizes available in the industry, which makes them ideal for almost any challenging design. These sizes are possible only with the premium materials and components found in all Sunesta® products. Sunesta® also uses exceptional motors, that are under warranty for the first 5 years of ownership.

Here at the Sunshine Experts, we recommend enhancing your Solar Shade application with convenient automation options. We can install control panels for remote operation, convenient wall switches, and smart home automation integration allowing you to control your shades from within an app installed on your smartphone or tablet.

Sunshine Experts provides solutions for all of your sunlight needs, including Solatube® day lighting; Sunesta retractable awnings, sun shades, and roller shades; Velux® skylights; and Solar Star attic fans. We have locations in Tucson, Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, but also proudly serve the following areas: Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman.

How a Retractable Sun Shade Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

26 Apr 17
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If you watched a lot of late-night television in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, then you likely caught an infomercial or two for retractable awnings. While retractable awnings are still available, and can be purchased from Sunshine Experts, they are no longer the only answer to providing shade to your porch or patio. Sunshine Experts of Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona also offers retractable sun shades. These modern shades are versatile, stylish, and energy efficient to boot. Do you want to know more about how retractable sun shades from Sunshine Experts can make your home more energy efficient? Keep reading to find out!

Work Your Way In

Retractable sun shades can be applied to various spots on your home, but one of the most exciting places is on your porch. While the sunshine here in Arizona is one of the best parts about living here, it can also become overbearing, and even dangerous. Overexposure to sunlight without proper protection can lead to skin cancer or sun poisoning, and so keeping your family safe is one of Sunshine Experts’ top priorities. The material that retractable sun shades are made of is specially designed to block UV rays as well as provide shade, meaning that you and your family can spend more time outside without having to fear for your health. And, because you’ll be spending more time outside, you can spend less on your air conditioning, saving you money on your energy bills.

Comfort and Efficiency Go Hand-in-Hand

Many people feel that the measures that are often taken to make our homes more energy efficient inconvenience us in some way. And, in certain situations, this can be true. However, retractable sun shades are designed to be as convenient as they are efficient. While they can be applied to your porch, sun shades can also be installed on your home’s windows, similar to a traditional window treatment. When installed there, they block heat and UV rays from entering your home, making the inside cooler, as well as safer for your family and furniture.

If we have convinced you of the many ways that retractable sun shades can make your home more energy efficient, then contact Sunshine Experts today to order a set for your home. We have locations in both Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, but we proudly serve the surrounding area, including Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman. Contact us today!

 

How an Attic Fan Can Help You Beat the Arizona Heat

26 Apr 17
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We all know at this point that it’s hot here in Arizona. Because of that, we’re all always looking for ways to keep cool. Luckily for you, Sunshine Experts in Tucson and Phoenix are here to help by providing you with all of the solar devices that your Arizona home could need. One unique device you may not have considered, but which could greatly impact the comfort of your home, is a solar attic fan. Not sure what that is, or how your family could benefit from one? Let the professionals at Sunshine Experts explain.

What is a solar attic fan?

Most of what you need to know about solar attic fans is in the name itself: much like a skylight, a solar attic fan is installed in the roof of your home, particularly above an attic. The attic fans from Sunshine Experts, which are Solar Star brand, are solar powered, so the blades of the fan require no electricity, and no hassle, to be operated.

What do they do?

Like a standard fan, solar powered attic fans serve to cool your home, but their placement makes them particularly advantageous. Hot air rises, and so the warm air in your home will rise into your attic, making the upstairs of your home particularly stuffy. And because cool air sinks, any air that is cooled by your attic fan will serve to cool the rest of your home as well.

Do they have other benefits?

They certainly do! A solar attic fan works in much the same way as a bathroom fan does. Because it is actually attached to an opening in your roof, your solar powered attic fan will also serve to ventilate moisture that could accumulate in your home. Moisture leads to mold and mildew growth, which can damage your home, as well as provide a potential health hazard to your family. With a solar powered attic fan, you will not only keep your home cool, you’ll also keep your family safe from mold’s dangerous health impacts.

So, have we convinced you of the many benefits of solar-powered attic fans? If we have, then please do not hesitate to contact Sunshine Experts. We have locations in both Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, but we also proudly serve the surrounding areas, including Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman. Contact us today!

How a Skylight Can Make Your Home Shine

29 Mar 17
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Have you ever thought about adding a skylight to your home? Many of us haven’t. They aren’t the most common addition to homes, but if anything, that only makes them more unique and appealing. But if you aren’t familiar with skylights, it can be difficult to see why they would make such a fantastic addition to your home. If you are considering adding a skylight to your home, let the professionals at Sunshine Experts in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona tell you why a skylight would be the perfect add-on to your house.

Beauty

The obvious factor of why skylights are fantastic would be beauty. Nothing makes a room feel more spacious and luxurious than natural sunlight. If you live in a home that has few or small windows, or in a home that feels small and cramped, a skylight is the perfect way to upgrade it so that it feels larger, brighter, and more welcoming. Also, because of this, having a skylight installed raises the value of your home, so that if you ever decide to sell, your home could feasibly be worth more.

Safety

Many people worry that skylights are not a safe addition to your home. Having a window that can be opened on your ceiling does make people nervous, particularly when it rains, although it only does so rarely here in Arizona. But VELUX skylights are specially designed to be secure, and are made with three layers of water protection, so that if it ever does rain here in Arizona, none of it will be getting into your home. Also, if your skylight is ever damaged, VELUX has a 20-year glass warranty and a 10-year product warranty, so that you will be sure to get it fixed when you need it.

Efficiency

There are a number of reasons why skylights make your home more energy efficient. For starters, by having a skylight placed high on your home’s ceiling, you are able to capture more daylight, meaning that you will be able to wait longer each day to turn on the lights. Also, with a variety of different glazing options, VELUX skylights reflect much of the sun’s more harmful rays, keeping your home cooler and keeping you from running to turn up the air conditioning.

Have we convinced you that skylights are a fantastic addition to any home? If you are ready to get one for your home, or even your business, stop by and see the Sunshine Experts in Tucson or Phoenix, Arizona today. We also proudly serve the surrounding area, including Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman.

Dealing with the Arizona Sun

29 Mar 17
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Sunshine is one of the things that makes Arizona such an amazing place to live. The way the sun works with the desert here in Arizona is absolutely beautiful, but no one can deny that the sun here does present some challenges. Direct sunlight, particularly when you get it almost every day like we do here, can damage your furniture, walls, and home, as well as pose a health risk to you and your family. So what do you do? The professionals at Sunshine Experts in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona have some ways you can help protect yourself from the Arizona sun without sacrificing your love of the great outdoors.

Retractable Awnings

If you love enjoying the outdoors here in Arizona but don’t love the heat or the issues posed by direct sunlight, then a retractable awning from Sunesta is the perfect choice for you and your home. Installed over your patio, Sunesta retractable awnings can be expanded to provide you with shade and UV protection, as well as be folded for easy storage for the evening or those rare cloudy Arizona days. Retractable awnings provide you with shade, which makes your patio space cooler, as well as blocking those harmful UV rays that could damage your patio furniture and your skin. Sunesta retractable awnings come in a wide variety of fabrics, colors, and designs, so you will be sure to find one that perfectly suits your home.

Sun Shades

If you want nearly complete protection from the sun with maximum ease, then Sunesta sun shades are a great option for you.  Rather than being installed over your patio, Sunesta sun shades are installed on your patio or on your home’s windows, providing almost 100% shade when desired. And the best part? They can be controlled via remote or even by a solar sensor, so that you never have to worry about protecting your interior or exterior from the sun again.

Solar-powered Attic Fans

One downside of the sunshine is that it heats up your home as much as it heats up anything else. This results in us cranking our air conditioning to compete with it. But imagine if the sun could cool your home instead of heating it. This may sound crazy, but it is actually possible with Solar Star attic fans. Solar Star attic fans are installed on the roof of your home, and use solar energy to power a fan and cool your house. Not only will you save energy this way, but your home will end up being cooler to boot. Talk about a win-win situation!

Has this given you an idea of how to heat beat the sun for your Arizona home? If any of these options appeal to you, then come down to Sunshine Experts in Tucson or Phoenix, Arizona today to pick up your retractable awning, sun shades, attic fan, or other tools to help you deal with the sun. We also proudly serve the surrounding area, including Chandler, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, and Waddel. We also serve patrons in Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Bagdad, Black Canyon City, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Globe, Gold Canyon, Golden Canyon, Heber, Higley, Laveen, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Maricopa, Mesa, Payson, Surprise, Tempe, Thatcher, Tolleson, Wickenburg, and Wittman

How to Enhance Your Curb Appeal

03 Mar 17
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Keeping the outside of your home looking nice will make you a proud homeowner and will keep your neighbors happy. Enhancing the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you can do a large part of the work yourself if you wish.

What Needs Enhancing?

Before you start improving your curb appeal, try to look at the front of your house like you are seeing it for the first time. Turn away from your house, then turn to face it. What is the first thing you notice? Is it a good thing or bad thing? If what you saw first was positive, think about how you can accent this feature even more. If it was negative, start your improvements by eliminating it or turning it into a positive.

Spruce up the Exterior

We all get busy with our lives and home maintenance can slip our minds. The curb appeal of your home might be greatly enhanced by simply freshening up its exterior. Start by power-washing the entire house and cleaning windows and screens. Once they are clean, if your front door or shutters look faded, give them a fresh coat of paint. New hardware on a door will also give it new life.

Next, look at your driveway and mailbox. Repair any cracks in your driveway and stain it with a concrete stain to hide the repaired patches if your association allows it. A worn-out mailbox may just need a coat of paint, or it may need to be replaced.

Look at Your Landscaping

Overgrown landscaping can look worse than no landscaping at all. Trim bushes and trees to keep them for overtaking the house or sidewalks. Planting annuals can provide an inexpensive, easy-to-install pop of color, and landscape lighting can enhance your home at night. If you have an unsightly utility box in your front yard, hide it from view with grasses or shrubs.

Add Some Upgrades

For a more dramatic upgrade to your home’s exterior, consider adding some upgrades. Give yourself some shade and privacy on your front porch with sun shades. Shades from Sunesta are retractable and provide up to 98% protection from the sun while still allowing you to enjoy the view.

Another way to upgrade your front porch is by covering the concrete slab with tile. This adds color and pattern to your porch without the use of rugs or mats. Or switch out your builder-grade porch railing for a unique one that expresses your sense of style.

Don’t forget your windows when enhancing your curb appeal. Retractable awnings provide shade for the inside and outside of your home and are available in a wide range of colors.

Living in a Southwestern climate means having ample time to spend outdoors. Don’t let the lack of curb appeal of your home keep you indoors or make your neighbors walk around a different block. For help with all of your awning, sun shade and daylighting needs, contact Sunshine Experts, serving Greater Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.

Tips for Choosing the Color for Your Awnings

03 Mar 17
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With summer fast approaching, it’s time to think about ways to beat the heat in Arizona. Retractable awnings provide much-needed shade to your indoor and outdoor living spaces, then retract when not in use. With a 10-year warranty on fabric and a 15-year warranty on frames, your Sunesta awnings will be around for a while, so why not let us help you choose the color?

Home or Business?

Retractable awnings work well for both homes and businesses, but they often serve different purposes at each location. While they provide shade for both, they can also serve as a branding tool and advertising for a business. If your company is adding awnings, make sure they adhere to your branding by using a company color. If you don’t have official colors, use a bright hue if your company is aiming for a fun and modern aesthetic, or a more subdued color if your customer base and products are more traditional.

If you are purchasing an awning for your home, you are probably not using it to lure in customers. But if you are wanting to use a bright or unusual color, make sure it doesn’t violate any rules if you live in a community with a homeowners’ association.

Awning Color Durability, Stain Resistance, and Compatibility

Regardless of the type of fabric or the methods used to protect it, colors will still eventually fade when subjected to the Arizona sun and stains will occur. But some colors seem to be better than others, and certain ones blend more effectively with certain exterior colors.

Black is a no-brainer when it comes to hiding stains, and it is a good option for this reason. However, if you live in a dusty area or have pets with light hair, a black awning can be a magnet for both. Just like black shoes, black awnings go well with a large number of exterior colors.

Red awnings work well with a variety of exterior colors, including tans, yellows and whites, but unless you own a Christmas boutique, don’t combine them with green. Red is good for hiding stains, but it tends to show the effects of the sun’s UV rays more quickly than other colors.

Yellow resists the signs of fading since it is light-colored to begin with, but it will show stains more easily and may require more frequent cleaning. Yellow awnings are best with a white exterior or another light color with a yellow tint.

Both blue and green awnings resist fading and their darker shades also hide stains well. Like the red awnings above, it’s best not to hang green awnings on a red exterior, but they pair nicely with tans or other greens. Blue goes well with many colors, but some shades of blue do not work well with homes with an orange tint, including certain types of brick.

Brown is very unobtrusive when it comes to awnings, and it hides stains well. It can be used on darker exteriors to blend in or on lighter interiors to stand out while still being neutral.

Obviously dark colors win out over lighter colors when it comes to showing dirt or stains, but lighter colors are better at deflecting the summer heat. Just be sure your light awning won’t be too bright in the midday sun.

Serving Greater Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, Sunshine Experts can help you select the perfect color for your outdoor retractable awnings.