Look Cool, Stay Cool: SugarHouse Knows Boats

June 27, 2021

“We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave…” The first day of summer was welcomed with some incredibly hot temperatures. You can either hide in your house and run the AC and every available fan or you can get out on the water. The latter sounds way more fun! Our line of marine… Read More


“We are having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave…” The first day of summer was welcomed with some incredibly hot temperatures. You can either hide in your house and run the AC and every available fan or you can get out on the water. The latter sounds way more fun!

Our line of marine products will have you out there in no time. Whether you need to add some shade to your boat with a top, a cover to protect it when not in use, or need repairs made to your existing tops and covers, we can do it all. Because SugarHouse knows boats!

Look Cool, Stay Cool

Creating an attractive top for your boat is a strong skill for our SugarHouse specialists. So not only will your boat look cool, it will provide shade so you can stay cool. Boat tops and biminis provide shelter that can easily be put up or down. We have a variety of tops and biminis including:

  • Standard Bimini top: designed with premium Sunbrella marine fabric and a 3-bow metal frame with nylon fittings that easily installs and collapses when not in use. An optional storage boot is available to keep your bimini clean and protected when not in use.
  • Tower Bimini top: the most popular of the tops since they not only add value to the boat but keep your passenger cool while still towing a rider. This top is tall enough to allow you to stand and move around freely and range from 6-8 ft in length depending on the placement of the tower and customer preference. 
  • Wakeshade Bimini Extension: our brand new Wakeshade Bimini Extension is a universal retractable and removable bimini extension. It’s super fast and easy to mount and doesn’t need any drilling. It’s available in two sizes: 66” W x 62” L and 75” W x 62” L.
  • Convertible top: instead of a free-standing top, the convertible top attaches to the windshield of your boat. They cover a portion of the cockpit area while allowing stand-up clearance.
  • Camper Boat top: want a snug cabin on the water? The camper boat top encloses your vessel with quality marine canvas to expand the livable space on your boat and extend your use early/late in the season or at night.

Keep Your Boat Clean

Boat covers keep debris and dust out of the boat, repel water, prevent mold, and the list goes on. All of our boat covers are custom-made for a particular fit. 

Our snap-on covers are a great option for protecting your boat and gear while you are on the road. These covers can also be altered to fit custom frameworks and towers. 

You’ve probably seen tie-down covers before but ours are a little bit different. We reinforce them with heavy-duty webbing that creates a tight fit and doesn’t tear the material. The underside is also reinforced with heavy-duty vinyl on all the critical wear points.

Cinch covers provide a sleek look with a durable strap and ratchet fastening system. Like the tie-down cover, it has strong webbing so it creates a tight fit without tearing the material. 

In addition to new covers, we can also repair existing ones. Just let us know if you need a repair and we’ll be happy to help!

Replace Old Upholstery and Carpet

Is your marine upholstery outdated and worn-looking? Maybe you just need one piece fixed and don’t want everything replaced. We can do either! Our marine craftsmen are so precise with their work that your boat will look completely new again. 

We can also replace marine carpet. All work is sewn and completed in-house which means you are getting a true custom fit. 

Protect Your Accessories

We know how expensive a boat is and all the things that go with a boat. Our accessory covers can help prolong their use. 

  • Motor covers: made with Weathermax 3D, available in two sizes, 5-year warranty against fading.
  • Speaker covers: made with Weathermax 3D, 8”, 5-year warranty against fading.
  • Swim platform covers: made with solution-dyed polyester, bungee is sewn in the hem and other straps added for security, 5-year warranty. 
  • Sleeping pads: these pads give you a nice place to rest on long boating trips. They are perfect for both kids and adults. Available in sets of four or five. Size: 32” x 78” x 4”.

There’s definitely a reason why SugarHouse Industries is well-known in the boating world. We safeguard your investment with beautiful craftsmanship. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to protect your boat and get out on the water!

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops, and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.


Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2021

June 2, 2021

Need a Father’s Day gift idea that’s memorable and will last? SugarHouse’s Verticool Drop Shades, Backyard Series Pergola, and Wakeshade Bimini Extension are great options. In addition to giving dad excellent shade solutions, you’ll be spending time with him and helping with some much-needed projects. Organize Garage and Patio Storage We all know it happens… Read More


Need a Father’s Day gift idea that’s memorable and will last? SugarHouse’s Verticool Drop Shades, Backyard Series Pergola, and Wakeshade Bimini Extension are great options. In addition to giving dad excellent shade solutions, you’ll be spending time with him and helping with some much-needed projects.

Organize Garage and Patio Storage

We all know it happens – our junk spills out of the garage into different patio and yard areas. Our first suggestion of what you can do for dad is to help him clean and organize those spaces. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.

  • Decide what things should and shouldn’t be stored in the garage. Here’s a great article about things you shouldn’t store in there.
  • Take everything out of storage and start to purge. Donate or trash the things that you don’t need. 
  • Once you have decided what to keep, organize them in cupboards, containers, and other DIY storage solutions. There are so many creative ways to store things outside that end up looking really nice. For instance, you can make a garden tool rack out of an old shipping palate.
  • Get a broom and get to work. Sweep up any debris and then hose everything off. 

Close off the storage area from the outdoor living area. Use our Verticool Drop Shades to decipher the two spaces. Also, these drop shades can double as an outdoor movie screen! Dad will love that!

Build an Awning

Do you and your dad love building things together? Maybe you’ve always wanted to but don’t know where to start. Our Backyard Awning Series pergolas are available as a DIY project. What makes ours different from others on the market? The delivery and installation are frustration-free unlike other pre-fabricated kits from large-box retailers. 

The pergolas are designed to be mounted on any surface including a wooden deck, concrete slab, or in grass. Add a grill and it’s a perfect space for chef dad and all his summer BBQs. You can even add some Verticool Drop Shades down the sides to create even more shade. And if you want, there’s also a white-glove service available for set-up. Just in case you and dad want to sit back and enjoy a cold drink while we do the work for you.

Hit the Water

Another easy project that you can do with dad is install a new Wakeshade Bimini Extension on your boat. The Wakeshade is a universal, retractable, and removable bimini extension. It mounts in minutes with no drilling or customization required and folds compactly for storage. You can adjust the height to accommodate speakers, surf line, and lights. And you and dad can enjoy the shade on your boat all summer long! 

Other features include:

  • Available in two sizes: 66” W x 62” L and 75” W x 62” L.
  • High-strength canopy material with long-term color retention and tear-resistant qualities.
  • Hand-crafted in the USA.
  • 5-year limited warranty.
  • Made of high-quality anodized aluminum parts.
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We know one or more of these ideas will make this Father’s Day more personal. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 and we’ll give you a quote for Verticool. You can also order your Backyard Awning pergola and Wakeshade from us over the phone or online.

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops, and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.


Prepare and Store Your Boat for Winter

August 31, 2020

The end of the summer. Those who love fall and winter are counting down the minutes. Others are hoping for an Indian Summer to extend their boating days. Whichever one you are, we want to help you prepare and store your boat for the winter.  One of the most important parts of winterizing your boat… Read More


The end of the summer. Those who love fall and winter are counting down the minutes. Others are hoping for an Indian Summer to extend their boating days. Whichever one you are, we want to help you prepare and store your boat for the winter. 

One of the most important parts of winterizing your boat is covering it properly. Protect your investment from winter weather and any critters looking for a place to hibernate. 

We have a few different types of boat covers that can be used during the season and while being stored. All can be customized to fit your boat perfectly. All of our covers are made from Sunbrella® fabrics – the most exceptional all-weather marine fabric available on the market.

Let’s take a look at your different options.

Snap-On Covers

The snap-on boat cover is perfect for frequent travelers looking for a fast and convenient way to protect their boating gear from dirt and adverse weather while on the road. If you’re preparing for a boating trip in a hurry, simply put your gear in the boat, snap the cover on, and take the quickest route to the lake.

Each snap-on cover we make is custom-made to fit the exact make and model of the boat it protects.

In addition, our snap-on covers can be altered to fit any type of custom framework and towers. To offer further protection, the underside is reinforced at each critical wear point, including the windshield, cleats, and mounts.

Tie-Down and Cinch Covers

The look of our covers including cinch and tie-down are very different. But, the way they are made are similar because of the premium fabric and craftsmanship. 

For cinch covers:

  • Heavy-duty strap and ratchet fastening system for a secure fit.
  • Easy to install and remove.
  • Custom cut-outs where necessary ie: fuel.

For both cinch covers and tie-downs:

  • Reinforced with heavy-duty webbing, which creates an extremely tight fit without tearing the material.
  • The underside of the cover is reinforced with heavy-duty vinyl on all the critical wear points.
  • Each cover is made from premium marine fabrics that are resistant to water and mildew.

If you’re wanting to extend your season a little bit longer, you can invest in one of our boat enclosures. They safeguard people and upholstery from harsh UV rays by offering shade and help protect against wind and rain. 

We can also repair cover rips and tears. Let us know if you need a repair service.

Store Your Boat

When you are ready to give up your fun in the sun, we’re ready to take your boat off your hands for the winter. Our secure, gated facility in Midvale has plenty of room to store your boat until next season. We’re conveniently located just off the 7200 South exit for quick and easy access. Call us for pricing.

Browse our selection of covers and find the one that is right for you.

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.


Show Us Your Boat and We’ll Show You the Money

July 1, 2020

Update: Congratulations to our photo contest winner: D.C. Coates from Alpine, Wyoming. Check out his boat photo at the bottom of this post. Show us your boat and we’ll show you the money! We’ve been honored to customize a lot of boats for our customers and we want to see them in action. Send us… Read More


Update: Congratulations to our photo contest winner: D.C. Coates from Alpine, Wyoming. Check out his boat photo at the bottom of this post.

Show us your boat and we’ll show you the money!

We’ve been honored to customize a lot of boats for our customers and we want to see them in action. Send us a photo of your boat showcasing the modifications that SugarHouse has made and you’ll be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card

Taking the boat out for some 4th of July festivities? Snap some pics and send them in. Show us how you’re enjoying the summer on the water.

Email a photo to toni@sugarhouse.us by Wednesday, July 15 at 5pm MT for your chance to win. We’ll announce the winner through email and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

*By submitting and sharing your photos, you agree to let SugarHouse use them for promotional purposes.

Happy boating!

Contest Winner:

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.


Refer a Friend, Receive an Amazon Gift Card

June 25, 2020

Wow, what a start we’ve had to 2020! It has been a crazy few months and we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We are grateful for our customers and are happy to help extend everyone’s safe space beyond the walls of their homes with our products. We also want to help people… Read More


Wow, what a start we’ve had to 2020! It has been a crazy few months and we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We are grateful for our customers and are happy to help extend everyone’s safe space beyond the walls of their homes with our products. We also want to help people feel a renewed sense of safety for the rest of 2020. 

The best way for us to reach those who need our help is through our existing customers. If you are one, we invite you to send us your referrals and in return, you’ll receive $50! For every one of your referrals who purchase one of our custom awning or boat products, you’ll receive a $50 Amazon gift card and they will receive 5% off their purchase. Some restrictions apply. Offer expires 08/31/2020.

Your referrals can give us a call at 801-563-9600 or email us at info@sugarhouse.us and mention your name. We will contact you once their purchase is complete.

Don’t forget to show them our custom products on our website at https://sugarhouse.us/. And if you see something that piques your interest, we would love to continue working with you!

It is our privilege to bring a little safety and happiness to people at this time. Thank you for allowing us to help you and your friends and family.

SugarHouse Ind. has served its clients in the Intermountain West since 1941. In that time, we have become Utah’s largest provider of awning, boat tops and specialty canvas covers. After nearly 80 years, our focus is still to provide customers with the highest quality products and the best prices. We remain a family-owned company, and we remain committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That’s why we make every product that we offer in our 30,000 ft2 facility in Midvale, Utah.


Ask the Expert: How Do I Choose a Bimini Top?

May 7, 2019

Bimini tops made with Sunbrella marine fabrics set the standard for durable, high-quality marine coverings. Enjoy more time on the water, where you belong, without worrying about sun or rain. Proper covering can not only enhance your fun but protect the condition of your boat as well, especially in the harsh Utah sunshine. To help… Read More


Bimini tops made with Sunbrella marine fabrics set the standard for durable, high-quality marine coverings. Enjoy more time on the water, where you belong, without worrying about sun or rain. Proper covering can not only enhance your fun but protect the condition of your boat as well, especially in the harsh Utah sunshine. To help make your shopping experience easier, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about bimini tops below.

What’s the fabric made of? Does the fabric have UV inhibitors so it doesn’t fade and special finishes so it doesn’t grow mold or deteriorate over time? 

 With a 10-year warranty against fading, Sunbrella fabrics hold their vibrant color even with constant exposure to the sun, salt, and chlorine of harsh marine environments. All Sunbrella fabrics are mold- and mildew-resistant. If exposure to dirt, debris, and the elements does lead to mildew or mold, Sunbrella marine canvas is quickly and easily cleaned with a simple bleach solution without losing color. And unlike some marine fabrics that trap heat in, Sunbrella fabrics allow air to pass through, creating a comfortable boating experience for all aboard.

Are there any issues that can come up when using aluminum tubing with stainless steel fittings?

 When combining these two metals, you can run into what’s called a galvanic reaction. This is where the combination can cause corrosion of the aluminum. Although this can sometimes be an issue, in desert-like conditions with low humidity and freshwater lakes like Utah, it is not very common. Any time you are building a bimini for ocean use, or for use on the Great Salt Lake in the case of Utah boat owners, be sure to use only all stainless fittings, tubing, and rivets to prevent corrosion from happening.

Is the bimini top frame made of aluminum or stainless steel? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both stainless and aluminum tubing?

 For most small runabouts, an aluminum frame is sufficient to supply the strength and durability needed for a bimini top. The other advantage of aluminum is that it weighs less than stainless, which can cause less wear on the boat and on the mounting locations in the fiberglass long term. The plus of stainless steel tubing is that it is very durable. It also has a nice polished finish, unlike aluminum. Stainless tubing is typically seen on higher-end boats of any size and all cruisers. Another big advantage of a stainless steel frame, besides strength, is its malleability. This flexibility allows the frames to bend but not break. It can also be bent back into shape. Although it can be a pricey upgrade, stainless steel could prevent customers from having to replace the whole framework if something unfortunate were to happen.

Is the hardware made of nylon or stainless steel?

 There are multiple options for bimini hardware. We find that nylon fittings give a flexible and durable fitting that gives you years of use at an entry-level price point. The stainless steel fittings not only are very durable but they are available in a variety of different options to fit your style of mount. The stainless mounts look great as well. Some boat shops do offer a fitting made of diecast zinc alloy, called Zamac. These can look nice, but they tend to break fairly easily if put on a bind. We ourselves don’t offer them, because we don’t believe there are enough advantages to justify the price.

What does the hardware include?

 All the connecting pieces between the ends of bimini bows are referred to as the hardware. Most of our standard bimini tops include 6 eye ends and 4 jawslides. Some customers opt for upgrades such as support bars, which add an additional 4 eye ends and 2 jawslides.

What are the connector pieces made from? 

 Most marine connecting pieces on the market are made in either nylon, Zamac (a cheaper metal that is more brittle and less durable), or stainless steel.

What speeds are bimini tops rated up to?

  Industry standard is that bimini tops should not be used at speeds faster than 35 mph while deployed on and off the lake. Thirty-five mph covers most speeds used during watersports, such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, knee boarding, or wake surfing. For any type of freeway travel, tops should always be wrapped up and stowed in the storage area, especially for long trips.

What optional features are available? 

 Bimini tops can be made to custom fit any boat. Customers buying a custom bimini top have the option of choosing the length (up to 8’ long) and the height (most commonly between 5’9” and 6’4”.) Optional surfboard pockets are a popular add-on among our customers.

Is the bimini American made? 

 YES! We are proud to manufacture all of our bimini tops in our Midvale, Utah, facility.

What’s the warranty on a bimini?

Our bimini frames come with a 2-Year Workmanship Warranty. The canvas component of the bimini top comes with a 10-Year Material and Workmanship Warranty.

How soon will the bimini be ready? 

 Custom biminis can take as few as four days and as many as seven, depending on the time of year and current backlog of orders. We will do our best to always deliver before the deadline, but be sure to give yourself at least a week before you plan on using the bimini top.

Why not just buy a bimini top online?

Although the price might look enticing online, you do get exactly what you paid for. Tops purchased online are likely mass produced and require assembly. The framework will most likely splice together in several spots across the top and, once assembled, will be very flimsy. Mass-produced frames also usually have a mounting width and top width designed to fit a large range of measurements. Chances are, once the top is installed on your boat, it will look out of place with a bad fit. It may be too tall or not tall enough for what you desire. Our custom-made tops are designed for your boat with a specific mounting location decided before the top is ever made. Our frames are bent in house and constructed out of one continuous piece of tubing, giving it extra strength and durability. The assembly and installation will be done by one of our trusted professionals, and our custom tops are usually finished before your online purchase has even arrived.

Our custom-built bimini tops are made of the highest-quality materials, right here in the USA. When you shop with SugarHouse Industries, you not only get a custom fit that lasts longer but every frame we sell is backed by a warranty. Take care of your boat with attention to detail now, and you’ll be sailing worry free for years. Contact our marine top experts today!

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Cleaning Your Marine Upholstery the Right Way

July 25, 2018

Your boat is your refuge, your summer sanctuary. It’s also an expensive piece of machinery that requires constant upkeep to stay in the best condition so that it can be ready to go when you are. As a boat owner, you know all too well the mechanical chores; but it’s just as important to keep… Read More


Your boat is your refuge, your summer sanctuary. It’s also an expensive piece of machinery that requires constant upkeep to stay in the best condition so that it can be ready to go when you are. As a boat owner, you know all too well the mechanical chores; but it’s just as important to keep the outside of your boat clean as it is the inside.

While vinyl marine upholstery is engineered to resist mold, that doesn’t make it invincible. Even if you’re careful and put a cover on every time you’re done, prolonged moisture can still penetrate and cause smelly mold growth. Regular cleaning will prolong the life of your upholstery and keep your boat in re-sell condition, plus it will help you avoid extensive renovations in the future.

The most popular type of cleaning products for boats are bleach-based. Bleach is effective and cheap, but unless it’s used carefully, it can do more damage to your fabric, particularly to the stitching. In the sunlight, bleach residue will eat away at the stitching on your vinyl, causing breaks and holes. Bleach residue will also, over time, yellow and crack your fabric in the sun. If you’re going to use bleach, it’s best to only use it on small mold spots before they get too big. Always cut bleach with water, making sure to rinse it away completely.

When cleaning with a mold-killing product, don’t make a quick job of it. Let the product sit for a bit, and after the cleaner has had time to do its job, you can use a very soft-bristled brush to scrub away debris, dirt, and mold. Using a soft brush is important, especially on vulnerable spots like your seat seams. Scrubbing too hard or with particularly tough bristles can damage your vinyl and make it look worn before its time. After you’ve loosened dirt and mold, it’s important to rinse very well. This is true even if you’re not using a bleach product but something gentler like ammonia and water or vinegar and baking soda. Once you’re done rinsing, dry everything carefully. Mold spores can feed off any left behind cleaning residue, and drying your vinyl thoroughly helps prevent mold from even getting a foothold.

We’ve always loved Driven Premium Polymer Wash for the hard finishes on our boat, not only for its effectiveness but also because it’s 100% biodegradable. When it comes to vinyl and rubber, we also recommend Driven Vinyl/Leather/Rubber protector. After washing, use a soft sponge to gently rub the protector into your seats, and let it sit for thirty minutes. Then use a soft microfiber towel to buff the formula into the seats. This will help protect your seats against extreme sun and cold and stain-protect them against spilled drinks and fluids without being greasy or slippery.

Get into good boat habits this summer by adding regular cleaning into your routine. Next spring, you’ll be glad you did.

 

SugarHouse Industries is the largest provider of custom awnings, boat tops and specialty canvas covers in the Intermountain West. Established in 1941, our family-owned business remains committed to putting a personal touch into everything we do. That is why we custom-make every product we offer to fit the unique needs of our clients. Read our Google Reviews to see why our customers have been choosing SugarHouse for the past 75 years.


Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps

March 20, 2018

Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that… Read More


Boating season is upon us. It is finally time to begin getting your boat ready for the Utah boating season. Dewinterizing your boat can seem like a daunting task, but it is essential to have the boat in tip-top shape to ensure a fun, and safe, boating season. At SugarHouse Boat Covers, we feel that there are necessary steps to get your boat ready for the water. In Utah, the boating season begins as early as spring so it’s important to start your boat start up as soon as possible. Continue reading “Get Your Boat Ready for the Water With These Four Steps”


Proper boat launching etiquette in Utah

March 12, 2018

Boating season is officially upon us in Utah. Time to take those boat covers off, put the swimsuit on and get that boat in the water. Boating is a favorite summer pastime of many Utahns. No matter where you take your boat, Jordanelle, Pineview, Willard, Flaming Gorge, or even Lake Powell, it requires some proper… Read More


Boating season is officially upon us in Utah. Time to take those boat covers off, put the swimsuit on and get that boat in the water. Boating is a favorite summer pastime of many Utahns. No matter where you take your boat, Jordanelle, Pineview, Willard, Flaming Gorge, or even Lake Powell, it requires some proper etiquette to launch it into the water. Too many times we have seen people clueless as to how to properly drive it off or on the trailer, or park it in the way of everyone else while they take off the boat Continue reading “Proper boat launching etiquette in Utah”