Keep Your Outdoor Space Lively Year-Round

Extend the use of your outdoor space and patio furniture into the cooler months with a few tips from Rainier Shade. Select Elements Designed for the Outdoors Our manufacturing process and products are made to withstand harsh weather conditions. Weather-hardy fabrics and structurally-sound engineering make a big difference in how your outdoor covered space holds up over time. Our team at Rainier Shade develops the most dynamic and sturdy shade products on the market today. Rainier Shade products are crafted from heavy gauge aluminum to provide worry-free use of your screen or awning. These materials eliminate rusting or corrosion from the elements and ensure years of trouble-free use. Our built-in screen cleaning system uses two brushes to clean the screen during operation. This helps prevent dirt, debris, and bugs from entering your home or the housing of your power screen. Invest in Long-Term Energy Savings There’s nothing more satisfying than saving energy on your heating and cooling bills each month. Outdoor shade solutions are wonderful for protection from the sun and light rain, but they also provide up to 60% energy savings. In the summer, cool your home naturally and decrease your reliance on traditional air conditioning. During the winter, use power screens to maintain the heat inside your home without running your furnace all day. Bring the Outdoors In The best way to make the most of your outdoor space during chilly months is to consider outdoor shade solutions. In the cooler times of the year, enclosing your outdoor spaces to life can make a big impact in enhancing the ambiance of your patio. Use power screens to enclose an existing patio into a screened-in porch to maintain the temperature within the room as heat outside rises and falls. If you’re in the process of a home remodel, consider Side Retention Screens (SRS) that live in the framework of your patio or pergola. We house the aluminum-facing elements of your power screen inside the architectural elements of your home to increase durability during stormy days. Cozy Up with Motorized Features Nothing beats the feeling that comes from operating your retractable awning or power screen from the comfort of your favorite chair. If you’re thinking about the best shade solution for your outdoor space, opt-in for motorized features. Rainier Shade products feature dependable motors manufactured by Somfy, allowing you to retract and extend your product using a wall switch, remote control, or an app on your phone or tablet.

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Energy Saving Solutions for Homeowners

Retractable Awning in backyard setting

Shade products are a highly sought-after upgrade for homeowners. They provide unique home styles, shaded patios, increase home values, and reduce energy costs. Rainier Shade products provide fresh and innovative solutions for going green and preserving energy year-round. Having an awning on your home is a great way to shelter from the elements and is a sleek addition to your home’s look and feel. Energy Savings Retractable awnings and power screens will help homeowners cut down on the energy costs of their homes. Not only will they help keep you cool outside, but they will also keep you cool inside during the summer, warm inside during the winter, and save you money. When installing an awning on your home, you can create shade outside and inside your home. You will be able to use cooling systems less which will ultimately save you money on your energy bill – up to 25%! And the bonus: when you use less electricity, you also reduce your carbon footprint! Hooray for sustainability! During the winter months, you can retract your awning to allow the sun’s rays to heat your home. Retractable awnings can even help trap some of the heat around your windows. Dark-colored fabric will absorb light energy, so if you live in a cooler climate, you might want to consider choosing a darker color. We recommend that homeowners in a warmer climate, select a lighter color to keep their awning from absorbing too much heat. Lighter colors will also keep the home interior partially shaded. Choosing the best fabric color for your awning based on your climate is easy because Sunbrella fabrics are fade-resistant. The retractable awnings will maintain their color while helping regulate the temperature in and around your home for years to come. Schedule a free in-home consultation to find the best retractable awning for your home. Click here to find a dealer near you. Fade Resistant Fabric The question we often hear from customers is, “What are your retractable awnings made of, and how will they protect us from the elements?’ We manufacture our Retractable Awnings with Sunbrella® fabric. Sunbrella is among the highest quality and most durable fabrics on the market. Sunbrella fabrics are highly water-resistant, protect from harmful UV rays, and are resistant to mold and mildew. The fabric is 100% solution-dyed and is guaranteed not to fade for ten years. Rather than dying the top of the fabric, which would then fade in the sun, Sunbrella manufactures its fabric by adding color pigments to fade-resistant fibers which are then woven into the fabric, allowing the color to penetrate throughout. Even better, there are thousands of colors to choose from. That means you can create an awning that will complement the color of your home and even add a little pop of color. Learn more about Sunbrella fabrics here.

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Choosing the Best Awning

Rainier Retractable Lateral Arm vs. Sunsetter Retractable Lateral Arm Where are the Companies Based? Sunsetter’s offices are in Massachusetts where they distribute to both their dealer network and direct to consumers online, over the phone, and through national retailers including Home Depot and Lowes. While the company is located in the United States, their product is only “assembled” in the U.S. Rainier Shade has two locations – one in Tukwila, WA, and the other in Statesville, NC. Having two locations protects our production times. We have the ability to move jobs between both locations to keep an even production flow. Mechanical or supply issues do not stop our production, with two facilities in which to manufacture. Who Makes the Component Parts? A number of components in Sunsetter awnings are either manufactured or sourced from countries in Asia – China among others. While these components allow Sunsetter to offer a lower price, their compromise on quality limits their ability to offer long-term warranty coverage on their products. Certainly, cost is an important factor in the decision to buy, but the cheapest option is not always the best value for your investment. Rainier Industries manufactures all the components of its screens and awnings, except for motors and fabric. All housing components are made in the USA. All assembly takes place in the U.S. including metal fabrication, fabric welding and sewing, powder coating, and quality assurance. We are prepared for the worst. Moreover, we have multiple part dies with varying manufacturers so that if they have issues, we are not out of product and can continue producing. Who Installs the Awning? Sunsetter awnings can be ordered through a registered dealer, direct-to-consumer, or through a retailer, who then hires either a local handyman or another company to install the awning. They may or may not be a licensed contractor, and there is no guarantee that the person installing the Sunsetter awning is covered by any form of insurance at all. These are risks that the customer should not have to take. Getting service after the sale could be an issue. Rainier awnings are installed by Rainier employed installers, managed by a team of schedulers and installation managers. And, Rainier uses a certified dealer network across the United States. They are trained in all aspects of selling and installation techniques of Rainier products to ensure a flawless installation every time. This certified dealer network is there to service any Rainier awning, if needed, as it is part of their certification. What Sizes are Available? Sunsetter products are restricted to awning widths of between 10’ and 20’ in preset sizes; there are few made-to-order options. By supplying only fixed sizes and one frame color, Sunsetter can limit the number of choices they offer, keeping their costs down and maximizing profits. Rainier awnings come in widths from X to X with projections from X to X. We offer sixteen standard powder coated colors and custom colors for our metal components, and over 200 fabric options. Rainier custom…

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Feeling Stir Crazy? Use Retractable Awnings to Create Your Backyard Paradise.

guide to color matching your awning color to the exterior of your home

We’ve all heard that there’s no place like home, and while our homes have temporarily become our workspaces and schools, it’s still important to create areas to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  Although there might be a lot going on inside the house, your backyard has a lot of potential to become your own private sanctuary. After all, your home is your castle, and it’s a great time to start up some of those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off.  So, if you’re starting to feel a little cooped up, why not go outside? The possibilities to create your own backyard paradise are endless with Rainier Shade’s retractable awnings! Retractable Awnings Provide Options With sunny days ahead of us, a change in the weather means that we can start enjoying some fresh air on all the cloud-less days to come, and there’s no better way to enjoy your backyard then under a Rainier retractable awning!  It’ll create a shaded area to protect you from the sun, shelter you from unexpected drizzle, and can even help you cool your home or get it to retain heat. So the next time you’re feeling a bout of cabin fever coming along, step outside and imagine what it could be like with a little shade under your head and an alfresco lunch as you take a break from your work at home.  Or better yet, take that laptop outside and get some work done.  An awning can help remove the glare on the screen so that you can easily see your coworkers on your next Zoom call. Plus, how many times have you been at work on a beautiful day and just wanted to be outside…? Well, now you can! Motorized Retractable Awnings One of the best features of our retractable awnings is that they’re motorized. All Rainier shade products feature time-tested, dependable motors and controls  manufactured by Somfy – The world leader in tubular motor technology. Retracting your awning is as easy as pushing a button.  Keeping your awning safe during inclement weather by retracting into the housing with a little help from your remote will extend the life of your awning and the return on your investment. Awnings Help Climate Control During the warmer months in the summertime, an awning will help keep the inside of your home cooler.  That’s because the shade of the awning can prevent UV rays from entering your home and heating it up.  Awnings are useful in the cooler months, too.  One of the misconceptions about awnings is that they can only be used when it is warm.  And this simply is not true.  Awnings can also help keep your home warm in the winter because they act as a layer of insulation when they are strategically placed on your home. As mentioned above, make sure to monitor the weather and retract your awning ahead of bad weather arriving. Choose the Right Color Awnings Choosing the right color awnings is also important, depending on…

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4 Ways that Awnings Help Save Energy

Although we are in the middle of winter, you might want to start thinking about how you can get ahead on your energy savings this summer. More often than not, it isn’t until after that first heatwave, after the AC has run full blast, and after the energy bill arrives that it is too late to start creating energy savings solutions for your home. Before it gets to that point, here are a few things to know about how you can save some dough on your energy bills this summer. Awnings can reduce your cooling energy by 25%. This can result in an annual savings of $200 or more a year, according to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). The first step in cutting your energy consumption is to figure out which side of your house gets shade; this will help determine where you should install an awning. Awnings can reduce solar heat between 55% – 77%. On southern-facing windows, fabric awnings can reduce heat between 55% – 65% and 72% – 77% on western-facing windows. Since the sun’s rays can increase the temperature in your home by as much as 20%, an awning can help keep your home cooler and can reduce your dependency on air conditioning. Shades and awnings work in conjunction with your air conditioner. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, external shade devices like retractable awnings can minimize the heat load of your house. When you reduce the amount of heat coming into your home, you can also reduce the amount of air conditioning used. This will not only help save costs on your energy bill, but it is also environmentally friendly. By using less energy, you can offset your carbon footprint by emitting fewer greenhouse gases into the air. The type of fabric used in your awning can influence your energy savings. Choosing fabric for your awning is important because it can influence how much heat comes into your home and how much energy you can save. Choosing fabrics that are light in color helps reflect the sun’s rays away from your home. Dark-colored awnings absorb heat and are ideal in colder climates that get a lot of light through the windows. Luckily, Rainier Shade offers Sunbrella® fabrics in a variety of colors and patterns. Sunbrella makes one of the longest-lasting fabrics on the market and is guaranteed not to fade for 10 years. For more information on Sunbrella fabric, click here. To figure out how you can cut down on energy costs in your home, check out the Home Energy Saver audit tool. Have more questions on how you can get ahead of the game on your energy savings this year? Schedule a free in-home consultation with a local dealer. They will come to you and help find the best shade and awning solution for your home. Click to find a dealer near you.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year

We’re excited for the reveal of Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue. It also happens to match our branding and logo, so we’re pretty happy about that! This means we are going to see a lot more of this color heading into the new year. If you’re not familiar with who Pantone is, they are the company that creates a color matching system used in a lot of graphic design, fashion, printing, manufacturing, and product design companies. You might have come across some of their color-matching books at a paint store or print shop. Pantone’s Classic Blue represents consistency, confidence, dependability, foundation, and is a representation of the night sky, challenging us to think and look beyond the cosmos. For the past two decades, Pantone has released a Color of the Year, which is chosen based on current fashion and pop culture trends. 2020’s Classic Blue is bound to influence what we’ll see this year for home decor, clothing, jewelry, art, and graphic design. So, how can you incorporate this beautiful color into your own home? We are now offering this color as a powder coat finish for our retractable screens and awnings! Get the timeless and classic look incorporated into your home by scheduling a free in-home consultation with a local dealer today. Although you may not be ready to hang out on your patio just yet, it’s actually a great time to get a head start on your home improvement projects, especially when it comes to scheduling services. The winter is a great time to make an appointment with a local dealer before the busy spring season. A new year brings new possibilities for updating the look, feel, and functions of your home. We hope that 2020 brings you joy, laughter, comfort and color to you and your home!

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