New Mexico gets HOT in the summer! That sun blazes down from Las Cruces to Taos whether there is a breeze or not. With Las Cruces at 3,900 feet and Santa Fe at 7,000 feet, part of the issue is altitude. There are quite simply more UV rays penetrating a thinner atmosphere at altitude than at sea level.
Screens and awnings help keep your home or business cool, but what about the garden? the lawn? the pool and the patio?
Shade sails are custom designed and fabricated in our workshops of commercial grade 90% UV protection Coolaroo or Comtex materials. The cloth is designed to let breezes pass through and resists mold, mildew, insects and won’t fade. Each shade sail is designed to the specific requirements of the space, shaped with curved sides which nearly straighten when stretched to fit their moorings, and sewn with Gore Tenara thread. Our shade sails can last 15 years for May through October use. Do remember to take them down in the winter, as they are not meant to bear the weight of snow!
We enjoy the amazing sight that shade sails create for our customers’ landscaping. It’s an elegant enhancement to outdoor living spaces like forms in flight. As the sun passes over during the day, the shadows move beneath like huge birds above the patio. The array of colors to choose from means you can make an artistic statement with something bright like yellow, a neutral sand colored collection, or the drama of complementary colors.
Early this month Santa Fe Awning Co. re-covered a section of a large Fabric Building. Originally constructed more than 7 years ago, we replaced a third of the 100ft. building with new 10 year warranty fabric covering a large area of the top section and one end.
More than 6,000 square feet of sturdy fabric was measured, cut and fabricated in our workshop, and transported to the site. Requiring a boom lift and a scissor lift, it took four men to maneuver and secure the new section. It was a beautiful, sunny day as so many are in New Mexico, but spring winds are a factor, and we were lucky enough to catch the timing and take advantage of a change of direction. While many jobs of this size take 2 or 3 days just for the installation, our crew was able to complete the job in a single day. Fabricating the section in our workshop took much longer. That’s Jeff and Charles Maul in the photo. Experience counts!
Plan your weekend at the 24th Annual Santa Fe Home Show at the Community Convention Center. Booths are sold out this year for the 2 day event. Santa Fe Awning Co. will be showcasing some of our best designs to enhance your home or business, expand your outdoor spaces, and increase energy savings.
Twenty years ago in 1994, when he was still a young whippersnapper, Jeff Maul found himself with little money in his pocket, the single parent of 2 children and no immediately visible means of support. So he started Santa Fe Awning. Working out of his own house, he did everything. He sewed in the living room, completed design work and drafted proposals at the kitchen table, and did painting and welding steel on the back patio.
Welcome to the Santa Fe Awning Blog and our beautiful new website! In the coming weeks and months you’ll find articles, information and our calendar of events for upcoming shows and expos where you can visit with us in your area and talk with Warren and James about design solutions for your doors, windows, patios and gardens.