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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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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