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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7 Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Patio All Year

Just because we’re headed into cold weather season doesn’t mean that you should pack away the patio furniture and stay indoors until Ground Hog Day. With the right planning and preparation, you can enjoy your outdoor living space all year long. Here are 7 tips to keep you living the good life in your own backyard. 1. Cover Your Patio with a Retractable Awning Sitting outside in rain and drizzle is no fun when you don’t have anything over your head keeping it dry. Hiring a contractor to build onto your house to create a patio roof can be an expensive and lengthy project. Luckily, Rainier Shade offers retractable awnings that allow you to extend the area of your outdoor living space, will keep you dry outside during the rainy season as well as cool and shaded in the summer. Just to make sure to retract the awning during inclement weather or when not in use. To find out what type of awning would be best for your home, contact a dealer near you and schedule an in-home consultation. 2. Stay Warm with a Power Screen When the wintertime comes around, there’s no better way to enjoy your patio than a warm area and a hot cup of cocoa. Rainier power screens can help keep the cold out and the warmth in, especially with a heat source. It can also offer a level of privacy so that you can stay out while no one looks in. Learn more about Rainier Power Screens here: https://www.rainier.com/shade/power-screens/ 3. Get an Outdoor Heater Depending on where you are in the country, this winter’s going to get a little chilly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit outside and do some star gazing or sipping on hot cocoa. Investing in an outdoor heater will not only keep you and your guests cozy, it will also add an extra layer of ambiance outside. You can find tall propane heaters, table style fireplaces or octagon stoves like this one from Rainier Outdoor: https://rainieroutdoor.com/kwik-kamp-octagon-stove.html 4. Warm Up in a Hot Tub One of the best things about having a hot tub is that it can be used year-round. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub on a cold night, or better yet, a snowy night! Doubling as your own private spa, it can also help relax and soothe achy muscles. 5. Add Some Mood Lighting No outdoor living area is complete without lighting. Gather some hanging patio string lights or candles and watch the ambiance of your seating area change in an instant. Once you know what kind of lighting you want, make sure you know how to light them up. LED lights will last a long time, and traditional lighting might need some extra electrical wiring outside. 6. Weatherproof Furniture If you really want to enjoy your outdoor space year-round, you’ll need weatherproof outdoor furniture so that you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor living area for years to come. Look for furniture…

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South Sound and 425 Magazine

Rainier Shade has been featured in the 2018 Northwest Idea House presented by South Sound Magazine and 425 Magazine in the November editions of both publications. They teamed up with Zetterberg Custom Homes for its annual Northwest Idea House. The beautiful home features the newest and best ideas in building and innovation, including our power screens and retractable awnings. We were excited to be part of the project, and the results were simply stunning. Our power screens allow for indoor-outdoor living. We enclosed the outdoor kitchen space for entertaining year round. Our retractable awning provides shade over the patio, creating an outdoor oasis that can be enjoyed even on hot summer days. For more about the project, please visit https://southsoundmag.com/modern-meets-farmhouse  

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Traditional Home Magazine

  Rainier Shade was featured at the first ever Dallas Showhouse hosted by Traditional Home magazine! This was created by Texas real estate developer Paul Moss’ Marina Bay Development Corp., and his wife, well known designer and TV host Donna Moss. The home featured high end home products, including Rainier Screens. Even better, the event benefited a great cause and the proceeds from selling the house will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. The association is committed to eliminating the disease, including care and support for those with Alzheimer’s, and reducing the risk of dementia by promoting brain health. We are proud and humbled to have been part of this event that benefits such a great cause, and one that affects so many people. Creators Paul and Donna Moss both had parents affected by the disease. Rainier owner Scott Campbell’s father who previously owned Rainier, Robert Campbell, also had Alzheimer’s. Rainier donated the screens that were featured, and our dealer Southwest Shade Solutions in Dallas donated the installation by their expert crew. Below are some great photos of our screens installed in the house, and click here to see how Rainier Shade Power Screens were incorporated into the Traditional Home Dallas Decorators Showhouse.     __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Which Shading System Is Right For You?

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “what’s the difference between awnings and screens?” Both awnings and screens provide shade from the sun, but the two offer different types of sun protection. Let’s start with the basics: An awning shades your outdoor space We build a few different kinds of awnings, but by far the most popular ones are our retractable awnings (pictured here.) A retractable awning extends to create a wonderfully shaded outdoor space.  Usually, our customers who choose retractable awnings have a deck or patio where they’d like to sit and enjoy a refreshing drink in the summer months, but the afternoon sun makes it too uncomfortable! Retractable awnings retract (that’s why we call them retractable!)  and are self-storing when you’re not using them.   Screens block the sun without sacrificing your view Like our awnings, we have a full line of screen products to choose from, but our most common is the exterior side-retention system, which is pictured here. Screens made with mesh fabric extend straight up and down, making them the perfect choice for those west facing windows where the afternoon sun turns your living room into a sauna and creates glare on your TV! Using an awning or exterior screen to cool a home is more energy efficient than traditional air conditioning. We participated in funding and research for an independent study which found that shading with a screen or awning can reduce cooling costs here in the Seattle area by over 60%! Our exterior screens keep as much as 85% of the heat from the sun from cranking up the temperature in your living room. Making the right choice for your home Choosing the sun solution that’s right for you, really depends on which problem you have to begin with! We offer free in-home consultations, so we’re happy to come take a look at your situation and discuss which solution fits your needs and your budget. And don’t worry – our consultations are easy-going and low pressure 🙂 Click here to request a consultation, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Six Questions To Ask Before You Buy An Awning

So you want to buy an awning.  It’s a smart move!  But it’s a big purchase, and you’re a smart buyer so you’ll want to do some research before you sign the dotted line. These are six questions to ask your salesperson (whether you’re considering an awning from Rainier or one of our nationwide dealers.) We hope these questions will help you make an informed purchase decision. Where will the awning be installed? For most of our customers, the awning will be over a deck or a door.  Ask if the location will fit your needs and provide the protection from the shade you’re hoping for. How will the awning be mounted? The awning can be mounted to the exterior wall, to the roof above the gutter, or to the eave under the soffit.  This is an important discussion to have, because this will affect the height of the awning, and thus, the pitch (or, how steep the slope is.) The mount will make a difference when it comes time for the awning to be installed. What does the warranty cover? This can be a little confusing, because the different components all have different warranties. On all products, our frame finish is warranted to be free of defects in workmanship and materials under proper use and no closer than 1 mile from the ocean, for five (5) years from the original date of purchase. We warranty our installation for the first year. We use Sunbrella fabric that is warranted by the manufacturer for ten (10) years; and the motor is warrantied by Somfy (the manufacturer) for five (5) years.  Be sure to ask your salesperson for more detailed information. Is motorized or manual the best option for you? We’re biased, but we highly recommend motorization for your awning! We’ve learned from customer surveys that the customers who have motorized awnings are much happier with their purchases than those who have manual. Motorized awnings are convenient (you can even control the awning with an app on your smartphone) and you won’t have to use your arm muscles. However, many customers choose manual operation. Often because they don’t have electricity on their decks and having it installed would be too costly or, in some cases, their home owner’s association would not allow for it. What is the lead time? You’ll want to make sure that the awning can be installed at a time that is convenient for you. Who will install the awning?We recommend working with a company who uses professional installers – like our skilled team! Some of our customers choose to install their awnings themselves, but be aware that this will affect your warranty.

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Going Green with a Rainier Screen

Well, it’s another hot summer here in Seattle!  The Rainier team is committed to sustainability, and we know that being environmentally friendly is important to our customers, too.  Here are a few of the ways that an awning or screen can help you go green this summer: Using an awning or exterior screen to cool a home is more energy efficient than traditional air conditioning.  We participated in funding and research for an independent study which found that shading with a screen or awning can reduce cooling costs here in the Seattle area by over 60%! Our exterior screens keep as much as 85% of the heat from the sun from cranking up the temperature in your living room. Nearly all of the components of our screens and awnings are manufactured in-house, so they’re not being imported from overseas.  It’s estimated that about 25% of the total carbon footprint generated today comes from the movement of goods between international companies.  This is called “embedded emissions,” and it’s pretty interesting –  Carbon Trust is the company leading the way in research on the topic, and you can read their article on embedded emissions here. And if you’re still not convinced, here are a couple of Rainier’s bragging points: We are ISO 14001:2015 certified – we have a sustainability plan in place and keep track of seven key measurements for our overall carbon footprint. Those are things like the quality of the air in our production facility and how our employees are getting to work (many of them regularly commute by bike!) We were the City of Tukwila’s #1 recycler in 2012!  We recycled or composted 99 tons of waste (that’s 82% of the total waste generated!) in the first quarter of 2013. We were also one of King County’s best workplaces for recycling and waste reduction five years in a row, from 2012-2016!

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Block The Sun, Not The View

“Stay out of the sun.” We’ve all heard it before, and it’s good advice. But beautiful sunny days are too rare in the Pacific Northwest, so we all want to be outside enjoying the sunshine when we can! Retractable awnings offer the benefits of sun protection without compromising your view. A lateral arm awning will block the sun’s rays from directly overhead, so you can enjoy the outdoors without the negative effects of UVA and UVB rays (click here to learn more about sun protection.) If your home faces west (especially if you’re one of the lucky ones to live on the waterfront!) a drop valance under the front edge of the awning adds extra sun protection. A motorized drop valance needs the simple touch of a button to block the sun and reduce glare in the afternoon and evening when the sun is lower in the sky. Most homeowners choose mesh drop valances, which allows you to see through and appreciate your view without the sun in your eyes.

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Do You Wear Sunblock Every Day?

We were asked this question recently and asked in return why do you have to wear sunblock?  Awnings are designed to keep you and your loved ones safe the sun’s harmful rays, enabling you to enjoy your time outdoors. In addition, we use Sunbrella fabrics which have been proven to provide up to 98 percent protection from the sun’s harmful effects. After passing rigorous testing, Sunbrella fabrics earned the “Seal of Recommendation” by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the only global organization concerned exclusively with cancer of the skin. Here are some pictures of awning installs that provided SPF — and it didn’t come from a bottle!

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Sun Protection

Want to preserve the healthy glow of your furniture and your skin? You could try moving to Antarctica, but a more practical solution is to extend your retractable awning! UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage your skin, as well as fade pigment in your furnishings, interior flooring, and drapes. Blocking the sun with a retractable awning will protect you from sunburns. You’ll look cool, and feel even cooler. A lateral arm awning blocks the sun’s rays from directly overhead, and if your home faces west, a drop valance adds shade into the afternoon and evening when the sun is lower in the sky. We call it sunblock, but an awning blocks the sun better than that stuff in a bottle, and won’t leave you with greasy fingers!  

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