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Tags: suspended awning | mounted awning | patio | terrace August 12, 2019

Thinking about adding a shading structure to your home or business? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Fortunately, there are many shading options available on the market, but knowing which one is best for your home or business can be a daunting process, especially if it’s your first time investing in an outdoor awning. This article will focus on two awning options: suspended and mounted awnings. Read on to find out which option is best for you and what factors to consider...


Ombrasole recently had the privilege of being featured in the IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) award-winning magazine, a non-profit trade organization comprised of over 2000 members in the international specialty fabrics marketplace. Awarded the 2011 and 2012 International Achievement Award (IAA) by the IFAI, and receiving the Canada Honors' Program in 2014 and 2015, Ombrasole has been recognized for excellence and innovation in the design...


Outdoor renovations can be a daunting process, especially if you’re thinking about adding a shade structure or roofing option to a condo unit. While there are many options available on the market, retractable awnings are actually a great choice for condos, because they can adapt to the existing architecture and create a seamless continuity between your indoor and outdoor spaces. But before making any addition, alteration or improvement, make sure you are aware of your...


When it comes to finding the perfect shading structure for your home, business, or restaurant, outdoor retractable awnings are an unbeatable choice. Not only do they enhance the look of your space, provide shade and protection from outside elements, but they can also expand your business’ commercial footprint and accommodate more customers (for increased profits!). Outdoor awnings come in a variety of shapes, styles and materials, so choosing the right retractable...


Are you a restaurant, bistro or café owner? With a highly competitive environment like the food service industry, it’s no surprise that gaining a competitive advantage is key to running a profitable business. Because of increased competition, high operating costs, and a rise in consumer expectations, restaurants and eateries are left with no choice but to exceed their customers’ dining experience to retain and attract more clients; And a great way to achieve this goal...


Winter months can be challenging for many businesses. As the temperature drops, seasonal changes and weather inclement can negatively affect your sales, increase your utility costs, and become a hassle when it comes to maintaining your establishment. We usually think of installing commercial awnings when warm weather sets in, but what business owners oftentimes overlook is that outdoor shelters can also be a great option during the wintertime. From freezing rain to...


When summer kicks into high gear, soaring temperatures can quickly make us yearn for a cool reprieve! And while cranking up the AC can offer immediate relief on a hot summer day (if you’re lucky to even have it), running it for long periods of time will inevitably increase your energy bills. Luckily, there are few alternative options to keep your home cool without resorting to air conditioning. Below are 4 low-energy ways to buffer your home from the blistering heat. 1. Start...


Just like any other room around your home, your patio is an integral part of your living space that should not be an afterthought. With a little tender loving care, it can quickly be transformed into a beautiful and inviting lounging area that reflects your personal style. With so many decor ideas and furnishing options available, many homeowners are enhancing their outdoor living space with furniture, trendy fabrics and upholstery, decorative accessories, dreamy...


Whether you’re a home or business owner looking to enhance the look and functionality of your property, outdoor awnings are a convenient and affordable way to provide your terrace with style, shade and weather protection year-round. In addition to the structure, selecting the right fabric to dress up your awning and shield your patio is also a key factor. Many homeowners do not take full advantage of their outdoor space because of its inadequate shelter from heat, rain, or...


So you’ve decided to make home improvements and enhance the look and functionality of your outdoor living space? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Now that summer has officially arrived, you’re probably excited to host family get-togethers and entertain guests in your patio or backyard. But with so many outdoor options available for homeowners - from gazebos, to freestanding pergolas, solariums, awnings and more - how do you decide which one is better suited for your...


Terraces and patios are great spots to relax and unwind with family and friends during warmer months. And just like any room around your home, they also deserve some tender loving care! Rev up your patio this summer and turn it into your sweet escape with these 6 simple decorating and landscaping ideas. From furniture to lighting and finishing touches, we’ve got you covered to create a picture-perfect terrace that will draw you in the moment you head home. 1- Add Some Stylish...


Summer’s just around the corner and you’ve finally set up your outdoor terrace awning and created a beautiful outdoor terrace to cater to the busy months ahead. But although the natural sunlight will illuminate your patio during the day, have you considered your lighting options when the evening sets in? Light up those beautiful summer evenings on your deck or terrace with outdoor light fixtures. They will add a touch of charm to your outdoor dining experience and create an...


So you’ve finally decided to enhance the look of your patio this year with an outdoor awning? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Decorative and practical, home awnings will dramatically embellish your outdoor space, making it functional and enjoyable year round by providing shade, outdoor entertaining and a cozy dining area no matter what the weather holds. There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing an awning, and with so many different options...


It’s time to gear up for summer! The temperature is finally starting to warm up, and you and your family are excited to kick back, relax and enjoy some fun in the sun. If you're planning a season filled with backyard barbecues, outdoor activities, gardening projects and pool parties, you will need to consider getting some extra sun protection. The sun’s UV rays are at their peak during the summer, and unprotected skin can get sun burnt in less than 15 minutes. While applying a...


With springtime just around the corner, it may be high time to consider remodeling or revamping your business’ outdoor patio or space to prep for the busiest months of the year. Whether you’re looking to expand your outdoor seating capacity, build a custom entryway to attract new customers, or get complete weather protection, Terrace Awnings are a must-have for all your business needs. Versatile and highly functional, they will transform any outdoor area into...


In a highly competitive landscape like the restaurant industry, gaining a competitive advantage and keeping up with latest trends is critical to running a successful and thriving business. A great way for restaurant owners to stand out from the competition and grow their revenue is by enhancing the look of their patio and maximizing their seating space thanks to commercial awnings. Having an outdoor terrace can have a significant impact on a restaurant’s appeal and...


With BBQ season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about revamping your patio with an updated refresh! While investing in new patio furniture is a viable option, a long-lasting and practical way of reviving your patio décor without breaking your bank is by adding an outdoor awning. It’s astonishing how outdoor retractable awnings can quickly transform your deck or patio into a beautiful and inviting lounging retreat to entertain family and friends,...


We all know the food and beverage industry is highly competitive. New restaurants, cafés and eateries keep surfacing, especially during the summertime, which is why gaining a competitive edge is critical to running a successful and thriving business. So how can restaurant owners stand out from the competition and grow their revenue? The answer may be as simple as enhancing the look of their establishment and maximizing their seating space with the help of commercial...


Discover the benefits of retractable awnings versus Aluminum Pergolas with pivoting louvers. Choosing the perfect shelter for your backyard is never an easy task. There are different factors to so that outdoor furniture could meet your home’s decorative requirements; A retractable pergola or awning must meet safety and practical standards, and also be well immersed with the exterior design of your home and garden. Discover Ombrasole's canopy awning solutions...


With the arrival of spring and everybody keeps up with the cleaning inside and outside the house. For those who own retractable or window awnings it is time to discover the state of the textile and its condition after the winter period especially if the recommendations of the manufacturer were not followed properly. Old fabrics are the most at risk for the proliferation of bacteria and mold; Care must be taken to carefully examine each corner of the canvas to avoid the...


Winter is almost over; Here some ideas to give a total new look to your backyard patio or terrace: Spring makes us think about summer dinner al fresco on our patios and terraces, unfortunately, once we look outside all that we can see are dry plants, wasted wood floors and what’s left of ice and snow. Suddenly, we start thinking about the amount of work we have to go through trying to refresh that cozy space where we usually enjoy spending time with friends and family. Clean the...


Ombrasole Awnings offers you a new solution for your outdoors that protects from the dangerous U.V. rays and gives style to your patio.A balcony, a terrace or a small garden, you can create a game of shades, without engage in long and expensive handwork. When we think about easy and economic solutions, we always imagine some kind of cheap outdoor umbrella or gazebo ; cheap quality, a fragile structure and approximate designs.If you are looking for a new economic outdoor...


You are interested in a shelter for the entrance of your house, a pergola or awnings with a retractable canvas? Find out why you should buy one that comes directly from Ombrasole’s factory, awnings specialists in Québec.1. In contact with an outdoors specialistSend us your ideas for a garden pergola or window awnings here. You will be put in touch with one of our specialists in exterior design.This relationship allows you to have a product adapted to all your requests. So we...


Add a Motorized Pergola to your patio, increase the value of your property and take advantage of your terrace canopy all year long. The best option if you are looking for the perfect mix between a contemporary pergola design as an alternative to traditional patio canopies/awnings. The key in the design of our Motorized Pergola is in its modern and refined lines which reflect in today architecture and outdoor landscaping. Ombrasole adds functionality and durability...


Mosquitoes are always a problem when the good weather arrives. Everyone wants to get rid of flies and annoying insects to enjoy sunny days to the fullest.We give you some advices on the best known methods and the most popular:1-ClothingWear long clothing that your skin is not easily accessible by these flies and use colors near white would help keep mosquitoes away! Also, avoiding creams and skin products with a fragrant smell could be an advantage.2- Ultrasonic...


1) Which types of residential shade options Ombrasole offers ?OMBRASOLE designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of EXCLUSIVE products such as Retractable Awnings, Fixed Retractable Awnings, Pergola, Gazebo, stationary awnings, Parasol, Garden Furniture, Windscreens, window awnings,…………. intended for the intelligent management of outdoor areas.Ombrasole is the only company in North America that manufactures shade products  made of extruded...


Tags: awning | awning fabric | retractable awning June 7, 2016

In 1830, the manufacturing Thimonnier Bartholomew invented the first sewing machine. He filed the first patent for a “mechanical sewing” built of wood, with a continuous thread in chain stitch, sewing 200 points per minute. He produced 80 copies to honor an army uniforms command. Many inventors of this time bet on the reproduction of the movement of the hand, which limits to a simple sewing needle.Then there have been many sewing machines more effective than others and now...


Tags: awning | retractable awning May 16, 2016

When the rain passes through the seam of the canvas of a retractable awning it becomes a big concern especially when you have spent a few thousand dollars. We want to be certain that our canvas will last a long time and that water will not pass through the seam.For centuries the traditional sewing for awning canvas is done with machines with a single or double needle. Many companies until nowadays use these machines, but what makes the difference is the quality of the needle...


Tags: retractable awning April 19, 2016

Q- What happens to the retractable awning in the winter?  R- By their design, Ombrasole retractable awnings are auto- stored when retracted. Customers affected by severe winter conditions, can protect by covering with a sheath of fabric or plastic.Q What type of wind resistance, an Ombrasole awning can handle?R- Retractable awnings mainly for sun protection and should not be left open in very windy conditions, or when the area covered by the product is not used. The...


The first uses of the pergola reach back to the Greco-Roman antiquity. It’s an English, John Evelyn, who put the principle forward, discovering the term in 1645 during a visit to Rome in the cloister of the Trinità dei Monti. Originally, the pergola was a supported advanced on the house. The roof, consisting of widely spaced horizontal beams, welcomed plants that provided shade and coolness. Since there have been many changes, because now the pergola can be independent, an...


1) What types of residential shade options do Ombrasole offer?OMBRASOLE designs, manufactures and markets a complete range of EXCLUSIVE products such as Retractable Awnings, Fixed Retractable Awnings, Pergola, Gazebo, stationary awnings, Parasol, Garden Furniture, Windscreens, window awnings, etc. intended for the intelligent management of outdoor areas.Ombrasole is the only company in North America that manufactures shade products  made of extruded...


Tags: wall pergolas December 8, 2015

One of the most important aspects of your home’s value is its appearance – not just its location or size. The way it looks and how it is decorated can automatically give it more curb appeal and increase its value. By investing in improving your outdoor situation, you can make your property worth a good deal more. The experts at Ombrasoleare here to help. Add value to your home immediately with these 3 locally made quality products from Ombrasole.Retractable...


Although we usually think of awnings as something we put out for nice summer weather, our Ombrasole products are tough enough to get through even the toughest winters. If you want to keep yours out on your restaurant or home, then there are some winter tips for your awning that you should be aware of. Make sure you take the following to heart to ensure that yours is healthy and ready to go come spring time.Step 1: decide whether you want it in or outThis is a big decision. Some...


Tags: Awning accessories | Retractable awning October 19, 2015

Having a beautiful, sturdy, effective awning to cover up an outside area at your home or to add a little flair to your business is a great investment that will pay big dividends down the road. If you are in the market for one, trust the experts at Ombrasole to find the very best quality awning in the business.What sets us apart is our dedication to customer service, our wide variety of well-built models, and our impeccable taste in color and variation. Customizing your purchase...


September 24, 2015

Choosing the right canvas awning can be a difficult decision. It depends on several factors: your area (wind, sunlight levels),its use, your taste and of course your budget – the denser  the fabric the more it costs.Your awning is going to be given the duty of protecting your home and outside area from the sun. You are going to want to make sure that what you get is capable of doing its duty.The standards for determining the protective abilities of your awning’s fabric are going...


September 24, 2015

Your business is the most important thing in your life, which is why you probably dedicate nearly all of your waking hours to it. If your business involves a storefront, you are going to want it look as good as possible. Many people realize that appearances matter quite a bit, and that a professional demeanor will garner respect from prospective clients or customers.Although many realize the importance of indoor décor when it comes to commercial establishments, not nearly...


September 24, 2015

These days, it seems that our lives are full of great new technology, and just about everything we have is smart or automated. Well, now you can add your home’s awning to the list, too. Having one with advanced technology is a great way to shade your home from the sun, but it offers many other advantages besides that. So let’s see what the advantages of a motorized awning are.ConvenienceThis is the number one feature of a motorized awning. We are all looking to make our lives...


It’s hard to find true quality products these days. We are so often drawn to big-name manufacturers and outlets because of the convenience, and often we sacrifice quality and durability in doing so.All OmbraSole products, such as the ATTICO Terrace Awnings, are built to withstand the tests of time because they’re manufactured with care here in Quebec from the best materials available.You know that when you purchase an OmbraSole product, it will be fit to stand the...


There’s nothing better than a good old fashioned summer barbecue. And while we all want to have the perfect space for outdoor entertainment, landscaping a backyard can be daunting. It can be especially difficult for those who are doing the work themselves, or are starting from scratch. Not to mention landscaping can be an expensive and timely project.If you’re looking to breathe a little life into your patio and make it a finished backyard space, here are some quick tips to...


If you’re looking for ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption, retractable awnings are a great idea. Not only do they help protect your home and family from the sun, but their cooling effect also reduces the amount of energy used by your air conditioning system during the summer.Awnings placed over an area with glass patio doors, for example, can reduce heat transfer into the home by almost half. Exposed glass doors and windows of that size let in a lot of sunlight, which...


Tags: awning | ombrasole awnings | stationary awning May 20, 2015

Many people have backyards that often remain unused, especially during the colder months. However, with a few simple additions, you can turn that empty looking space into a perfect outdoor area for your Sunday brunch, barbecue or family get-together.If you’ve got a backyard, it’s time to use it to its fullest potential. In order to do this, you need to transform your dull backyard into an inviting environment that stimulates outdoor living. Here are a few additions that...


Earlier this month at the IFAI Canada Expo in Vancouver, we received the 2015 «Canada Honours Program award» for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications for our Oasis Sun Protection Project.The IFAI Canada Honours Program is an annual competition that recognizes the latest advancements in specialty fabric design and manufacturing in Canada. Our project was selected by a panel of industry experts based on the following criteria: complexity, design,...


When you decide to enhance your home or business with a retractable awning, there is some important information that you need to know before making your decision. There is much variation when it comes to the quality and reliability of currently available retractable awnings.If you’re tempted to purchase your awning online or at a large retailer such as Costco, there are several reasons why you should think twice, and consider buying from a local manufacturer...


The eco-chic homeowner recognizes the importance of environmentally friendly options in their own backyard. Here are some tips to help you create an eco-friendly outdoor space:Repurpose and RecycleLook for products made of recycled materials such as garden furniture, accessories, an awning, gazebo or pergola. Many of today’s outdoor fabrics contain recycled materials perfect to add finishing touches to your garden. The garden is the perfect place...


Looking out the window at the dreary, wintry weather, it is hard to imagine spring will ever arrive. However as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and February begins to wind down, it is the perfect time to start considering the fantastic upgrades you can make to your outdoor space.Here are some of the spring/summer trends you should be watching for 2015:Colour Trends of 2015For 2015 you will see a number of colour trends that are ideal for outdoor living. One of the...


February 5, 2015

As a business owner you have to use all the tools at your disposal to draw attention to your establishment and grow your business. There are a number of options to take advantage of your location to not only advertise, but also to add much needed space for restaurant owners.Window AwningsWindow awnings can work for any business to enhance your image and highlight your name, website and phone number. They offer an upscale look in a number of colors designed to complement...


Tags: auvent | auvent rétractable January 28, 2015

There are many varying reasons a homeowner might decide to install awnings on their home. One of which can be to provide your backyard with a shady spot from the sun or in some cases to reduce the amount of heat and glare from south facing windows. Retractable awnings are usually chosen when a homeowner’s reason is to have the choice of sitting in the sun or the shade. Other reasons can include an escape and protection from the rain so you are able to enjoy your backyard even when...


Whether you are a homeowner looking for a garden awning or a business owner looking for awnings for your patio or to add a touch of charm to draw attention to your location, awnings are an affordable asset to your property. There are many different types of awnings from which to choose and making sure you are selecting the proper canvas for your awnings is important to ensure longer wear.Here is the difference between waterproof and water-repellent canvasses to help you...


In order to have a long lasting, well-maintained awning, it’s important to follow a few steps when the awning is being used often as well as right before the cold, snowy winter months. As a continuation to our previous blog, Enjoying Easy Maintenance & Cleaning of Acrylic Awning Fabrics, we expand on the topic of maintaining your awning fabrics and share the necessary steps and tasks needed for optimal care before the winter begins, when it’s time to close up...


OmbraSole offers stunning, high quality awnings ideal for Canadian homes with many choices designed to allow you to get optimum use from your backyard. However due to the volatile nature of Canada’s weather you should be aware of the proper care and use of your awnings during the winter months. If you have recently purchased an awning for your home you might be uncertain if you should be leaving it opened or closed during the winter months. Here are some basic tips for...


It’s quite common for people to think that buying a custom-made garden furniture set manufactured in Quebec is much more expensive than one that is mass-produced and imported from a foreign country like China. However, OmbraSole is best known for its high quality, unique European design, and affordable outdoor furniture with special features that common store-bought products don’t have. View the comparison below :Surviving Harsh WintersAll too often we find...


Tags: acrylic | awning | garden | garden furniture | gazebo | pergola | retractable awning December 17, 2014

If you have been living with the same unfinished backyard year after year the New Year is the perfect time to make a commitment to creating a brand new garden. Make a New Year’s resolution to create a stunning garden oasis for 2015 following these easy steps to spruce up your backyard:1. Do some researchUse the internet to find inspiration for ideas to create your dream garden. Look for great backyard ideas that will work well with the style of your home and size of your...


Many homeowners overlook their garden awnings as the perfect decorative touch for special holidays and occasions. Both a stationary and fixed retractable awning make an ideal feature to add some sparkle and color. Here are some ideas to dress up your awning using festive lights for holidays and parties all year around. Consider the OccasionFirst consider the occasion in order to decide what color and style of lights will be the most effective. There are so many...


If you have been seeking the perfect solution to help control the weather in your backyard, a fixed retractable awning might be the answer. Fixed Retractable Awnings require minimal work for installation and offer the best of both worlds: perfect flexibility and convenience.The Benefits of Fixed Retractable AwningsHere are a few of the benefits of the fixed retractable awning:A fixed retractable awning is extremely low maintenance. Unlike a canvas gazebo there...


November 26, 2014

You know your Canadian summer only allows for a short window to get out there and enjoy your backyard. More and more Canadians are looking for options that allow them to get more use out of their outdoor space. With a little planning you can find a four seasons retractable gazebo that will allow you to enjoy your backyard all year round.Below is a list of what to look for in a four seasons gazebo:Retractable GazeboThe OmbraSole retractable gazebo is new to the Canadian...


Window awnings are a great way to dress up your home’s windows for a more dramatic, colorful or charming look. Not only do they give your home a more attractive appearance but they also provide protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays.Easily Retractable & ProtectiveWindow awnings can either be fixed for year round usage (traditional) or retractable. Both have the capabilities of protecting your curtains, furniture, flooring and carpets inside the house against...


Tags: pergolas November 13, 2014

Now that summer is over, you are probably already thinking of disassembling your outdoor mosquito nets that have been protecting you throughout the warm summer months. We all know that these nets are essential especially for houses located in the countryside near lakes and ponds, where mosquitos and flies are more likely to be.However, more and more city homeowners are requiring mosquito net systems for their windows and doors on the patio or terrace since more children...


Winter tends to send us all back inside where we feel warm and protected. We say goodbye to the lovely gardens we have worked so hard to nurture and return to cooking heavier meals in the oven. However with a four-seasons fixed retractable or stationary awning it is possible to continue to enjoy your patio and even BBQ throughout the fall and winter months. Here are some warm and cozy ideas to help you enjoy your patio and deck all year round.Built-in Seating: Built-in...


As much as we look forward to the warm sun of summer, we still have to remember how harmful the sun’s UV rays are even with short intervals of exposure. If your backyard has exposure to the sun you should consider adding protection so family can enjoy being outside without the worry of sunburn.Here are some of the benefits of awnings, pergolas and gazebos:Relief from the Heat: Although it is nice to feel the sun on your face, on those extremely hot and humid days most of us...


Ever look at the top of your awning and see quite a bit of dirt? No need to fret. Sunbrella & Dickson Shade fabrics, made with acrylic cloth, are primarily used at OmbraSole. OmbraSole awnings and other shade structures and furniture are made with acrylic, as it is one of the best fabrics to use for easy care and cleaning. You can now keep your awnings looking great with little effort. From light cleaning to removing tough stains, there’s an easy and quick solution that can be...


Business awnings are all the rage nowadays. As mentioned in our previous blog, they add a certain charm and elegance to a storefront. Restaurant awnings are not only chosen for a nicer look but they are also quite useful over patios or terraces. Restaurant owners choose OmbraSole awnings for their enterprise, just like the owners at Madisons New York Bar & Grill, to transform their look and expand their terrace.Restaurant Terrace AwningAs a restaurant owner your...


Your storefront is your branding signature that will draw people in or chase them away. If your storefront is not warm and welcoming, interesting and intriguing or charming and whimsical chances are people will pass you by without a second glance. The addition of a business awning can add a touch of whimsy, charm or elegance with the right colour choice and design and in an instant your business becomes a recognizable landmarkNoticeable DifferenceA commercial...


Tags: auvent | auvent rétractable September 24, 2014

Summer 2014 proved to be the year of the awning with homeowners embracing their outdoor spaces and learning how to get the most out of their backyards. Awning design trends encompassed a number of key elements of style as well as a nod towards eco-friendly choices using recyclable materials. Here is a look at backyard awning design trends for 2014:Colour CoordinatedThe savy homeowner took their cues from their homes and gardens to coordinate their fixed retractable...


Whether you are looking for a way to transform the look of your home, improve your home’s energy efficiency or provide much needed shade in your outdoor space awnings can prove to be the perfect accent that is not only practical but attractive. Here are some wonderful ways to use awnings for your home:Curb AppealWindow awnings can add a distinctly different and welcoming look to your home. They come in a number of designs and colors making it easy to find the perfect...


Your backyard is an extension of your living space ideal for dining, relaxing, entertaining, cooking and most importantly spending time with family. In order to create the perfect backyard environment you have to consider the function, the light and the overall layout and use each area wisely.Pool AreaThe enjoyment of your space is often dependent on the way the sun falls. For example, if you have a pool, sunlight is a welcome element as it provides a natural way to heat the...


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