It’s getting hotter, but you can beat the swelter with a custom patio cover from Stuart Awning

FEATURE — Even though Mother Nature has been kind so far this year, sparing Southern Utah of its early summer swelter, with temperatures now starting to climb, many residents are thinking about ways to escape the unbearable heat.

Custom designed patio cover by Stuart Awning, date and location unspecified | Image courtesy of Stuart Awning, St. George News

“If the sun is shining on you constantly, it can drive you back indoors,” said Adam Stuart, manager of Stuart Awning and BBQ Hut of St. George. He added that his goal is to make sure your outdoor living space is habitable, enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

Stuart Awning design professionals are the shade experts. Having been in business for 43 years – with the past 25 years in Southern Utah – the family-operated business has become the premier outdoor living resource in the area, helping families continue to use their yards all through the summer.

Stuart said they understand the sun and how to protect from it, and they have always operated by one simple motto: “Treat every client like they are your only client.”

If someone can dream it, Stuart Awning can build it

Almost everything on the exterior or inside your home pays a price from the sun, either by allowing heat to come in or deteriorating from exposure – from damage to the stucco to light coming through high-quality glass and custom doors. Stuart said if you aren’t keeping the sun off surfaces, they are losing the battle day after day. 

Custom designed patio cover by Stuart Awning, date and location unspecified | Image courtesy of Stuart Awning, St. George News

The most immediate benefit of building an awning or custom patio cover is controlling solar heat gain in the home, but at the same time, it should allow the homeowner to preserve their initial investment and enhance its livability. Homeowners want covers to be functional but also want to create a destination that allows them to get the most use out of their space.

Stuart said the company’s experienced design professionals have been in the industry a long time and act as personal liaisons to fulfill each customer’s experience to ensure they get the same treatment every time. That’s why each Stuart Awning designer is also your personal project manager, responsible for seeing the project through to completion. Another one of their slogans states: “The guy that makes the promise is the guy that keeps them.”

An open-lattice style cover that complements a fully-covered space in an existing home is the best option for some customers, while others need a new fully-protected space from the rain and sun. Regardless of your needs, Stuart said the focus at Stuart Awning is to help you be outdoors with your family and friends – and of course, make memories.

“To the degree that someone can dream it, we can design and build it,” he said. 

One important thing to keep in mind is that outside covers should require no maintenance over the long term. Along these lines, Stuart said they focus on products and designs that allow a homeowner to make an initial investment in their home and then trust that the investment will pay off even to the day they sell, regardless of when that is.

All of their covers are built out of an aluminum material that comes with a lifetime warranty finish that prevents cracking, peeling, chipping and oxidizing. It is really the standard for all outdoor materials, Stuart said. 

“It will last year after year after year, and our warranties will back that up.”

When you build a cover with Stuart Awning, you end up with a lifelong product. In fact, he said, anyone in Davis County can still drive past an awning his father built 43 years ago that is still doing the exact same job it was created for on day 1.

“It’s pretty cool that a homeowner can make that kind of investment and trust that is going to be there and do that job forever.”

Take advantage of the outdoors despite the heat

Generally speaking, Stuart said he believes they can reduce the solar heat gain in your home relative to the spaces they’re working in anywhere between 10-30%, depending on the particular situation, while also increasing your livability outside.

Our goal with every design, whether it’s a $100 window screen or a $10,000 custom awning, is to find that sweet spot where we’ve designed something that meets your needs – something that aesthetically gets you excited to be around it or be underneath it – that meets your budget and doesn’t ask you to be uncomfortable when it comes to the investment you’re making in your home.

The fastest growing part of their business – and subsequently, their happiest group of clients, Stuart added – is the installation of retractable solar screens that give vertical sun protection on demand. Stuart said many homes have an exposure where the sun hits either in the early morning hours or later in the evening, and it can render even a 50-foot deep patio pointless because the sun can reach underneath it. 

He said these situations demand a vertical solution, and retractable screens are often the best accessory to a good patio space.

Custom designed patio cover by Stuart Awning, date and location unspecified | Image courtesy of Stuart Awning, St. George News

In addition to awnings and patio covers, they also build custom outdoor BBQ kitchens, islands, fire pits and fireplaces, and Stuart said there is no limit to what they can create. You dream it and they’ll design and build it, and you’ll love it forever, he said.

“We figure that if we’re going to help you be able to sit in your backyard more that it’s only natural for us to help entertain you and increase the enjoyment of your outdoor space.” 

Stuart said he loves being able to discuss new options with homeowners and find ways to turn their backyard into a summer paradise, and he encouraged everyone to get a free and prompt estimate from Stuart Awning.

After all, they are the shade experts.

For more information about how the team at Stuart Awning can improve your home’s outside livability, call Stuart for a quote today at 435-673-0100 or visit their website.

Written by ANDREW PINCKNEY, St. George News.

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