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Purchasing A Fabric Awning? Here Are A Few Tips

In addition to providing your backyard with much needed shade, an awning can also add to the overall elegance and appearance of your home. If you’re considering purchasing an awning for your home, you might not know where to begin. Before you purchase a product that isn’t right for your needs, budget and family, here are a few tips to help you buy the right fabric awning for you: The Fabric Options Available In most cases, residential awnings are available in two different materials: aluminum or fabric. Aluminum awnings are sturdy, require little maintenance and will last for several years. However, if you are considering a fabric awning, you will have three main options to choose from: Polyester – If you’re looking for an inexpensive option, polyester is a great choice. Polyester awnings are available in a wide variety of colors and the unit will last for several years. Cotton – Cotton is a great option for awnings because the fabric is all-natural and more breathable. Most cotton awnings are coated with a protective layer of acrylic paint, which makes them much more durable. Cotton awnings are also available in a wide variety of colors. Vinyl – Finally, if you live in an area that is prone to rain, vinyl is your best option. Just like polyester and cotton, vinyl awnings are available in several colors. What About Color? Once you’ve chosen the ideal fabric for your needs and budget, chances are your next consideration is the color and pattern. The style of awning you should choose is dependent upon several factors. For example, if your home is more traditional and doesn’t feature several prominent architectural features, consider purchasing an awning that has a bold pattern or color. This will help your property stand out. You also need to consider the style of your home before choosing a color or pattern. If your home is modern, consider a more understated, neutral color or a simple pattern that doesn’t clash with your exterior. Extending the theme or your home’s interior is another great option. For instance, if your home features a nautical theme and features several varieties of blues and greens, consider utilizing these colors in your awning, as well. This will make your home’s deck or patio feel more like an extension of your home. If you’re simply having trouble choosing the right style and color awning for your property, […]

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3 Tips For Maintaining Your Neon Sign

Neon signs are a great way to draw attention to your business when they’re placed outside. They can also be used to give your place a little extra personality when they’re used as interior décor. They’re also affordable, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. If you have a neon sign, or if you’re planning to get one for your business, it’s important to know a little bit about what kind of maintenance they need. Take a look at some simple tips that will help you take care of your neon sign. Cleaning The most important thing that you’ll have to do to keep your sign in good shape is keep it clean. When neon signs aren’t kept clean, they eventually stop looking bright and welcoming and start to look dingy and uninviting. Dust and grime really show when they’re located on top of a brightly-lit tube. Before you start cleaning your neon sign, make sure that you unplug it. It’s easy to think of neon signs as safe to handle because they don’t get hot when they’re lit. However, they’re still powered by a transformer that can give you a dangerous shock if you’re not careful. To remove dust, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to get rid of as much of the dust as you can, then wipe down the tubes with a nylon brush or a soft cloth. A paintbrush can be a useful tool to clean out dust located in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Depending on where your sign is located, dusting the sign regularly might be enough. However, some signs accumulate more grime and need deeper cleaning. For example, neon signs located near the grill in a restaurant tend to accumulate grease, and neon signs located in the smoking section of a bar can end up covered in nicotine stains. To clean away grime, spray an ammonia-based cleanser onto a soft cloth and use that to gently rub the dirt off of the sign. Don’t apply too much pressure – you don’t want to break the glass tubes. Once you’ve removed the dirt, spray a new clean cloth with water and use it to remove any residue of the cleanser before plugging it back in. Keep Bugs Away If your sign is indoors, you’re probably already doing everything you can to keep bugs from coming indoors. But if you have an outdoor neon sign, bugs […]

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Offline Marketing: Is It Worth The Expense?

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the importance of digital marketing for your small business: With 87 percent of Americans online and using websites, blogs and social media sites to conduct research on local companies, it makes good sense to concentrate your marketing dollars on strategies geared toward the 21st century. Before you let your outdoor signs spiral into disrepair due to neglect or stop printing out business cards and brochures, however, it’s important to remember that there are still many people who are going to be swayed to buy by your offline marketing. Do You Live in a Small Community? While people in small towns are just as likely to be technologically up-to-date as their big city counterparts, there’s often a feeling of loyalty toward small businesses in the area. If you are running what could affectionately be called a “mom and pop” shop, it’s important to make sure the outside of your building, including your signage, looks just as good as, if not better than, the inside. Remember that anywhere you are, whether your business is located in a large city or a tiny village, people are talking. Don’t think that they won’t notice that you are not paying attention to your sign, your stacks of brochures or your billboards, and they might assume that you no longer care. Are You Considering the Impulse Shopper? Even the most stringent planners occasionally stop in a shop on a whim, and your offline marketing needs to be positioned to encourage them to stop in your shop when they get the notion. Since those out and about on a drive aren’t likely to be consulting their smartphones (or at least, you hope that’s not what they’re doing while their eyes should be on the road!), your signage, billboard and even a radio spot could be the factor that gets them in the door. Is your lettering still readable from the street? Are your sign’s colors bright and attractive? Be sure to drive by at night if you’ve already left for the day before the sun goes down; is the neon still well-lit without flickering? Any deficiencies in these areas could dissuade someone from stopping, no matter what it says on your website. Do Your Customers Feel Rewarded for Their Loyalty? Direct mail pieces sent through the postal service can go a long way toward making your customers and clients feel appreciated. Implement a […]

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5 Ways To Use Banners Effectively Inside Your Business

Banners are commonly used to gain consumer interest on the exterior of the business, but once they are on the inside, the large print advertising does not need to stop. Using banners on the interior of your business can help promote new products, highlight sales, and are great for showcasing quick customer information. When choosing interior banners for your business, there are five tips that can help you get the most effective use from the banner. Banner Stands Instead of hanging banners in permanent locations, you can use a banner stand to easily place banners around your business. There are many benefits and features when choosing a banner stand. Vertical Banners: Banners with a vertical design can save extra space inside of your business and a custom stand can easily equip the design. Placement: When using a banner stand, you have the ability to place the banner anywhere in the business. This includes crucial areas like the front doorway or center of your location. Durability: Attaching a banner to a stand prevents the tug or wear on the banner itself. This can help the banner last for numerous years. Retractable Banners Saving space is crucial for any business. Each square foot matters and this includes storage space. Instead of wasting backroom space with banner storage, you can work with a commercial printer to have a retractable banner printer. This way, when the banner is not in use, it can roll up into its own case and save room at your business. Along with saving room, retractable banners are ideal for temporary sales or events. For example, if your business hosts a two-hour door buster sale then the banner can get pulled down as it’s needed. It can help avoid customer confusion and the banner can quickly get put away when the sale ends. Window Banners Instead of leaving a banner outside of your business, you can reach the exterior through the inside using window banners.  Window banners are a great compliment to display items that are featured in the window. You also have more options for fabrics and designs without having to worry about weather elements. When hanging window banners, you want to press them as close to the glass as possible. This can help prevent shadows and glare on the banner. Any hindrance in the readability of your banner can lessen the effectiveness. Interior lights that shine on the […]

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