Friday, June 19, 2015

Reducing Heat in Your Home: Awnings

It's the time of year where our homes can really start to heat up.  Not only inside, but outside on our patios and decks.  

One solution to is to have an awning installed that will reduce the heat and glare coming into your home.  It will also give you an outdoor covered area to get some relief from the heat!  

An aluminum awning will cut the most heat but it you want to let in more light, skylights can be added throughout.

Aluminum Awning / Patio Cover with Skylights

Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic/lexan awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Parksville, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Making Your Deck or Patio More Usable

A family of four was wishing they could use their deck more often, even in the rain. They suggested it would also be nice to have some shelter from the sun or shade, and be able to sit out on their deck on a hot summer day.  Additionally, they wanted to be sure their home was not too dark with a patio cover just outside their sliding glass doors.

An aluminum awning with a mixture of aluminum pans and skylights was the perfect answer.  The awning skylights provided enough light, and the aluminum pans stopped the sun from scorching the back deck on a hot summer day.

Deck Cover / Patio Cover with skylights

More fun to be had by all under their new outdoor awning.

Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic/lexan awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Parksville, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Awning Skylights - What are they made of?

You have several options for your awning, one of them being 'all aluminum' panels, without any skylights.  Many people choose to have some skylights in their awning to let in some light.  Some people want their awning to be 'all skylights' to let in the most light over their deck. 

What are the skylights made of?  The product we use is called lexan thermoclear.  It is an extremely durable twin walled polycarbonate that is 250 times stronger than glass, offering superior durability and strength.

Lexan thermoclear skylights


Lexan thermoclear 'all skylight' awning

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about your awning options.


Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic/lexan awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Deck Cover & Railing - Extends Outdoor Space

We mentioned previously that deck covers will extend your outdoor living space.  Below are some photos of an awning and railing project just as we are getting started with the framework of the awning.  You will then see the completed installation of aluminum deck cover and railing.

Deck before awning & railing installed - framework started


Deck cover & railing complete

Aluminum panels with some skylights & railing

The completed project gives the homeowner a nice large area that is now usable space, and fits with the style of the home.

Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca

Monday, March 2, 2015

Patio & Deck Covers: Before and After Project

You may think a patio cover or awning can detract from the look of your home, but it is just the opposite.  If done correctly, keeping the design of your home in mind, it can enhance your home as well as provide you with extra square footage of usable space.

Decks before awning

Decks after awnings

These awnings give the customer some relief from the direct sun that hits their decks and heats up their home.

You will also notice that aluminum awnings can be customized for number of skylights you would like.  Over one deck the customer wanted fewer skylights for additional shade.


Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cover Your Deck - Extend Your Outdoor Living Area

The weather has been unseasonably warm this year, and we are already spending a lot more time outside.  Covering your deck or patio with an awning gives you an added space.  You can choose to cover part of your deck, or all.  You can also choose to cover certain areas like over your barbecue or hot tub, or have a free-standing awning (carport).



Aluminum and acrylic skylights mix


All aluminum cover / carport on mobile home

Patio covers come in all shapes and sizes which can be customized for your home.

Awnings Unlimited specializes in aluminum awnings, aluminum patio covers, acrylic awnings, carports, roll up awnings. Serving the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island - Lake Cowichan, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cobble Hill, Mill Bay, Shawnigan Lake, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Nanaimo, Victoria and more!  We offer Free Estimates. See our website for more photos and details: awnings-unlimited.ca