Durkin's Blog

Retractable Awnings and Canopies Add Style and Protection to Your Windows

No comments

Whether the warm spring air, the hot scorching summer sun, the brisk fall season or the cold winter temperatures, spending time outdoors with family, friends or even employees is something we all take great joy in.  From backyard celebrations and gatherings, to company holiday events and festivities, the occasions and celebrations are many.  Whether you are scheduling that special birthday party, an Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July fireworks, a Halloween ghostly event or the most festive companywide holiday gathering, ensuring that your guests are both happy and comfortable makes for a successful event.  With that said, the team here at Durkin’s, Inc. takes pride in our top-of-the-line canopies and retractable awnings we offer all our valued clients. 

Here at Durkin’s Inc. our team of highly skilled and experienced specialists are steadfast in their commitment to meet the individual needs of all our clients and to provide only the highest quality products and services this side of the state.  We work right alongside all our clients and assist with decision making when it comes time to choose the right outdoor structure, as well as the right size and style.  When making an addition to your outdoor living space, it is important that your added structure blends nicely with your existing décor in your efforts to not only provide safety and protection as needed but to enhance the look, feel and value of your residential or commercial property as well.  Whether a canopy or a retractable awning is what you are looking for, rest assured you have definitely come to the right place. 

Knowing the Difference Between Canopies and Awnings

What actually is a canopy or an awning?  Let’s being with a simple explanation of each:

  • An Awning – An awning is a stylish canvas covering that extends outward from your home or business structure with a primary purpose of screening or shading an area located beneath a window or door.  Our stylish retractable awnings are the ideal solution for homes and businesses and can be easily stored away if necessary, with a simple click of a button.  They are every bit stylish as they are affordable and a very popular item with both residential and commercial consumers.
  • A Canopy – A canopy is supported by columns and is separate from a house or building structure.  It can extend a good deal further than your typical awning because of its unique column support structure.  Available in many sizes and colors, canopies provide not only protection and safety from the outdoor elements, but provide a stylish aesthetic appeal to your home or business property.

Let’s Look at the Various Features and Components of Awnings and Canopies

The team here at Durkin’s, Inc. wants to begin by saying that if the primary reason you are in the market for an outdoor structure for your home or business is to provide protection from the UV rays of the sun or other outdoor elements, then investing in one of our state-of-the-art retractable awnings is the surefire solution for you.  Our awnings are reliable, sturdy and built tough to be able to withstand the outdoor elements including the strong sunlight.  Our awnings provide comfortable shade to shelter all your family, friends, employees or guests at any outdoor event.  Once your event is concluded or it you simply have no need for the awning at any specific time of year, you can easily retract and close the awning and store it away with ease. 

Canopies, however, lack the same versatility that our premier awnings have.  Although they also can provide protection from the sun, they cannot be stored away as easily when you no longer have an immediate need for them.  In order to remove them, it is necessary to break them down in advance of removing and storing them and surely when it comes time to use them again, the setup can be a bit challenging and typically requires the assistance of multiple persons.   

Our retractable awnings can easily withstand heavy winds and other outdoor elements because they are actually mounted and anchored to your home or business structure where canopies are not.  A canopy can easily sway or fall over from gusting winds and even heavy rain which is why many of our customers find favor with the extensive lineup of retractable awnings we offer.  Not only are they effective, stylish and affordable, but their installation is quick and easy as is opening or closing them depending on usage and time of year.  

The Benefits of Retractable Awnings 

Our retractable awnings help to add comfort to the interior of your home or business by keeping the sunlight away from any windows and contributing to the cooler, more comfortable atmospheres within the interior of your structure.  In doing so, awnings can also help to minimize your utility bills, especially in the scorching hot summer months.  When you choose to install a retractable awning in your home’s backyard or on your business property you are able to take advantage of its many features and, as we mentioned above, host as many parties, gatherings and festivities as you want with employees, family, or friends season after season, all year round.  There is nothing quite as fun-filled and memorable as sharing quality time with those you love.  When you take advantage of our high-quality retractable awnings rest assured the celebration and festivities will always go on.    

For more information about our state-of-the-art retractable awnings or to obtain a free installation estimate be sure to reach out to the professionals here at Durkin’s Inc.  We offer a wide range of colorful, stylish, and affordable awnings that are sure to accent the already existing beauty and décor of your home or business structure.  The holiday season is now upon us and with that said, our team here at Durkin’s wants to send along wishes from our little family to every one of yours for a very safe, happy and prosperous 2021 New Year ahead! 

MackAdminRetractable Awnings and Canopies Add Style and Protection to Your Windows
read more

How to Reduce Energy Usage with Stylish Window Awnings

No comments

Reducing energy consumption is something every homeowner and business owner has made a
priority in their efforts to improve not only the environment and their individual energy efficiency
but their overall utility costs as well. There are a number of measures both residential and
commercial property owners can take with regard to appliances, electronic devices and other
technical components on the interior of their home or business, but very limited measures you can
take on the exterior of your property to reduce overall energy usage. One of the most effective
measures you can take on the exterior of your business or home is that of installing energy efficient
and cost-effective window awnings from the folks here at Durkin’s Inc.

MackAdminHow to Reduce Energy Usage with Stylish Window Awnings
read more

Why Commercial Awnings are a Good Investment for Business Owners

No comments

Durkin’s Inc. has been in business for over 100 years and is recognized as one of the best all round providers of commercial awnings in the Northeast.  Many Connecticut business owners have relied upon our durable, stylish and custom-made awnings for years.  With that in mind, the team here at Durkin’s wants to share some of the many benefits you can enjoy when you choose to install commercial awnings for your business.

MackAdminWhy Commercial Awnings are a Good Investment for Business Owners
read more

What Type of Canopy is Right for You?

No comments

If you are like so many other homeowners, you are always looking for ways to enhance both the aesthetic appeal as well as the value of your home.  There are a number of ways to do that and here at Durkin’s Inc. we can help.  Whether you are looking for shelter from the sun on your backyard patio or deck or perhaps you want to create and design a new outdoor living space, rest assured the professionals here at Durkin’s Inc. have got you covered. 

Here at Durkins we offer a wide range of canopies from pergolas and shade canopies to even stylish garden canopies.   Depending upon your individual needs you can always rely upon the pros here at Durkins to help with all your important-decision making when it comes to the look, feel and comfort of your outdoor living space. 

MackAdminWhat Type of Canopy is Right for You?
read more

Tips for a Complete Tent Rental Checklist

No comments

If you are planning a special outdoor event with family and friends you are sure to find yourself faced with a number of questions and challenges.  When planning any event, you want to ensure that your event is as perfect as perfect can be.  With that said, adhering to a checklist can certainly help you accomplish this very task. 

First and foremost, it makes good sense to work with a professional rental company who can ensure that a) you don’t miss any of the details, b) you stay within budget and c) your event is successful.  When you rely upon a tent rental company you can be sure every ‘T’ will be crossed and every ‘I’ will be dotted.  

MackAdminTips for a Complete Tent Rental Checklist
read more

The Best Awning or Canopy for Your Home This Fall

No comments

Choosing an awning takes planning to figure out which one is right for you. One of the most important factors when choosing an awning is knowing when you plan to use your awning. Some families enjoy escaping the summer sun under the shade of an awning, while others enjoy sitting outside in the cooler spring and fall weather. Different types of awnings are more suitable for different seasons, and it’s important to figure out which one will fit your needs best. 

MackAdminThe Best Awning or Canopy for Your Home This Fall
read more

How to Use a Tent to Promote Your Business

No comments

Tents are not only useful for parties and events, they can also be used for businesses, venues, or expos. Many businesses use a variety of tents small and large for all kinds of purposes. Tents have provided businesses a way to promote themselves to many people, with lots of positive results. Here’s how tents can help expand your businesses when at venues.

MackAdminHow to Use a Tent to Promote Your Business
read more

Why You Should Move Your Venue to a Tent This Summer

No comments

One of the most important parts of planning an event is acquiring the perfect space. From weddings, to business gatherings, to social events, the right venue can be the difference between a successful get together and a crumby one. With the summer sunshine upon us, everyone wants to get outside. The appeal of a warm breeze and fresh air is enough to make anyone want to leave their indoor gathering. So what if you could move your event outdoors? With a high quality rental tent, you and your guests can enjoy all the benefits of being outside during your gathering.

MackAdminWhy You Should Move Your Venue to a Tent This Summer
read more

How to Choose the Perfect Commercial Awning

No comments

An awning is a great way to attract customers and raise the curb appeal of your commercial property. When done right, commercial awnings look great and come with many added benefits for a business. But when improperly chosen, a commercial awning can appear dated, low quality, or plain awkward. Here are some tips for choosing your commercial awning:

MackAdminHow to Choose the Perfect Commercial Awning
read more

Why You Should Invest in an Awning This Summer

No comments

Many homes have decks or patios that rarely get used because it is uncomfortable to spend time on a hot and unprotected outdoor living space. Instead the outdoors in the summertime, families are forced to stay inside to escape the elements. 

Another issue that comes with summer is rising electricity bills. Windows and doors that face the sun can quickly heat up the house when the afternoon heat rules around. Because of this, many people’s cooling bills start to rise, and furniture unprotected from the rays can fade. 

An attractive and affordable solution to these issues lies in the form of an awning. Retractable and stationary awnings are great additions to patios, doorways, and windows. As well, they provide shade and UV protection while reducing energy costs. They can also transform your outdoor living space by making it a cool and comfortable area to relax in. 

Below are three ways that an awning can help your home, especially during the summer months:

MackAdminWhy You Should Invest in an Awning This Summer
read more