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There’s no escaping it — with winter just around the corner, it’s time to prepare your home or business for the cold and wet season ahead. If you’ve recently purchased an outdoor awning, you may be wondering how to properly care for it now that the cooler months have set in. While a quality retractable awning offers adequate protection from inclement weather, extreme conditions could potentially damage it if it’s not properly cared for (depending on which type you own). As a...


Don’t let your backyard take a back seat this summer! Far from being a plain outdoor space, a terrace or patio can be the ultimate spot to relax and unwind during the warmer months. It seamlessly bridges the gap between your indoor and outdoor space and provides an inviting, contemporary area to host friends and family get-togethers. While there are many backyard decor styles to choose from, going for an urban contemporary design will give your patio a timeless and classic...


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...


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...


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...


The beautiful summer weather has finally arrived and you’re ready to create your own little patio escapade with outdoor furniture to accommodate your friends and loved ones. Garden furniture brings comfort and functionality to any outdoor living space. Complemented with a table, comfortable chairs and a sofa, a basic patio can be quickly transformed into a welcoming dining destination or lounging area during the warm season. However, there are a few key factors to keep...


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...


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