What exactly is a pergola? What is a PALMIYE pergola system? First, let’s talk about what a pergola is and how it works.

A pergola is basically an outdoor archway or framework that provides shade and can utilize plants as part of its structure. Pergolas are used in backyards, for weddings and other events, at hotels and other businesses that want to add a unique accent to their ambience or décor.

Over time, pergolas have evolved and today can include a variety of features. The PALMIYE shade system shines when it comes to creating a technologically advanced pergola. But what does that mean? Here are some features that the PALMIYE system provides:

  • Attached or free standing
  • Function as a retractable roof
  • Units can be joined together to extend width and projections
  • You can add lighting
  • Motorized and automated extension and retraction
  • Fabrics and frames that withstand harsh wind and rain

PALMIYE pergolas are excellent for residential and commercial projects. Pergolas extend the living area of a home to the outdoors. Businesses can utilize pergolas to expand seating and dining areas which in turn creates more revenue. Just remember, finding the right pergola to fit your needs is essential. Not all shade structures are made the same or created equally.

That’s why at abc Sun Control Systems we are proud to distribute the PALMIYE pergola system. This product is an excellent choice for any outdoor shade structure project. The frame is constructed with a robust aluminum and vinyl cover. When in use, these pergola systems can create a waterproof environment; that means you can still enjoy your back yard even when it’s raining.





Palmiye-RetractablePergolas-013Now that you know a little more about what pergolas and the PALMIYE system, let us know if we can provide further information by visiting us at www.abcsuncontrol.com or by calling us at (818) 982-6989.


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Do you know what UV rays are and how important it is to keep your skin and your home protected? UV rays stand for ultraviolet rays. But did you know there are different classifications of UV rays?

UV Rays are “Electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range of 4 to 400 nanometers,” according to the U.S. Department of Energy. These wavelengths come from the sun and penetrate the Earth’s surface. The invisible wavelengths are classified in four categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC, according to www.skincancer.org. UVC is something we don’t worry about as it doesn’t get pass the earth’s ozone. However, UVA and UVB rays pass through the earth’s surface and reaches down to human’s, animals, and objects.

So why should we care? After all, we’re always being told that the sun’s light gives us vitamin D. While this is true, it’s also important to remember that keeping in the shade, using sunscreen, and properly covering yourself is key factor in preventing the damaging effects that UVA and UVB rays can have on the human body.

In fact, according to www.skincancer.org, UV rays can cause:

  • Premature aging
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Skin Cancers
  • Eye Damage like cataracts
  • Premature skin aging

One way to help ensure your protecting yourself from UV rays is by shading your home or business with an awning or other shade structure. Shade structures are designed with specialty fabrics developed to be UV ray resistant. You’d be surprised to see just how much longer your outdoor and indoor furnishings will last in the shade; especially the color!

And don’t forget, using a shade structure to protect your loved ones from UV rays isn’t the only benefit; you will also save on energy costs to cool your home. And keep in mind, you can always install a retractable or skylight awning so that on cooler, cloudier days you can pull back your shade and enjoy the day.

For more information about shade structures contact us today and let us know if we can provide further information. Visit us at www.abcsuncontrol.com or by calling us at (818) 982-6989.

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Before we start talking about what a lateral arm awning is, let’s look at the definition of an awning.

An awning is a “roof like shelter of canvas or other material extending over a doorway, from the top of a window, over a deck, etc., in order to provide protection, as from the sun,” according to www.dictionary.com.

Awnings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types. From skylight awnings to your traditional over the door hang awning, these shade structures are versatile and can truly accentuate your home. Over the years, awnings have evolved to include motors and other technical functions like retractable capabilities.

Lateral arm awnings are a modern version of the hand crank awning. (In the old days, if you wanted to retract your awning you had to use a crank you turned by hand). Lateral arm awnings use tension arms and a torsion bar to help control the retracting abilities of the awning. Lateral arm awnings are also large and can be as long as 30 feet. Lateral arm awnings also allow for the extension of your shade structure to as far as 18 feet from the wall. Traditional awnings typically are limited to a shorter range of coverage area.

At abc Sun Control Systems, we offer a deluxe lateral arm retractable awning which utilizes the EGE Westin AB system. The product features both motorized and hand crank retractable options. See below for a diagram of the system.


The deluxe lateral arm system we offer at abc Sun Control also features welded seams with a polyurethane based hot melt glue. This produces a flat seam that has no needle holes. What does that mean? It means that the awning has a superior water proof feature. The operation of the lateral arm system can be either by crank or by the Somfy 500 or 60 series motors. Best of all, the motors can be operated by switch or remote control!

Now that you know a little more about what a lateral arm retractable awning is, let us know if we can provide further information by visiting us at www.abcsuncontrol.com or by calling us at (818) 982-6989.

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