SUGARHOUSE IND. REPURPOSES ITS AWNING AND BOAT COVERS FACILITY TO MANUFACTURE FACE SHIELDS

March 24, 2020

SugarHouse Industries, Utah’s largest manufacturer of awnings, boat tops and custom canvas covers has converted its industrial cutting and sewing machines for the purpose of producing much needed Personal Protective Equipment for Utah’s healthcare workers. SugarHouse is making face shields out of the same marine-grade vinyl they use to make windows for boat enclosures. Face… Read More


SugarHouse Industries, Utah’s largest manufacturer of awnings, boat tops and custom canvas covers has converted its industrial cutting and sewing machines for the purpose of producing much needed Personal Protective Equipment for Utah’s healthcare workers.

SugarHouse is making face shields out of the same marine-grade vinyl they use to make windows for boat enclosures. Face shields protect the eyes, nose and mouth from aerosols, spray and splatter. Their wrap-around design provides over-the-top, side and front face protection, extending the life of much-needed N95 face masks.

In addition, the company’s industrial sewing machines are capable of producing thousands of face masks daily. “Our employees are making a meaningful difference in our community,” said Mike Peterson, President of SugarHouse Industries. “We are a local, family-owned business. We want to help our Utah family fight against this terrible pandemic.”

Media Availability: SugarHouse is offering tours of its manufacturing facility to the media on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 9am – 2pm. Mike Peterson, President of SugarHouse, Ind. will conduct the tour and be available to answer questions.

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.


Activities to Overcome Cabin Fever

March 22, 2020

Raise your hand if you are going crazy being quarantined. Fear not! We’ve got some suggestions to help avoid cabin fever and get ready for the warm weather coming our way. Bonus, they can all be done while social distancing yourself six to ten feet from others. Give Your Outdoor Space a Good Cleaning This… Read More


Raise your hand if you are going crazy being quarantined. Fear not! We’ve got some suggestions to help avoid cabin fever and get ready for the warm weather coming our way. Bonus, they can all be done while social distancing yourself six to ten feet from others.

Give Your Outdoor Space a Good Cleaning

This is a perfect time to prepare your yard for spring. We suggest you do a thorough cleaning first. Here are a few places to pay attention:

  • Rake up leaves or twigs that are leftover from before winter and start weeding those flower beds. Pruning trees is also a good idea right now.
  • Power wash your deck and/or patio. Mud, salt, and other debris from winter could be ground in and stuck in corners pretty good at this point so this is a great way to get rid of the gunk. If you don’t have a power washer, using a high powered nozzle on your hose is the next best thing or you can even rent or borrow a power washer.
  • Scrub off the outdoor furniture and upholstery. You may be able to use the power washer here too but be careful, some furniture and upholstery could damage with the sheer volume of water coming out. Better Homes & Gardens put together a fantastic article on how to properly clean outdoor furniture. Then once your upholstery is clean and you decide they need to be updated, check out SugarHouse’s upholstery services. Our experts will have you in tip-top shape in no time for you and your guests to social distance yourselves 🙂 
  • This next cleaning project may be the most important of all – the grill! One of the most satisfying and salivating smells of summer is something grilling. Make sure you get any charred food off with a wire brush or soak the grates in warm soapy water before cleaning with some steel wool.
  • Don’t forget about your awning! SugarHouse provides cleaning services for your residential awnings so your outdoor space will really shine.

Add Some Character

Now that you’ve got everything tidied up, let’s get into a few other projects to add a little essence to your outdoor space.

How’s your deck looking? Staining a deck can be done in about a day from the prep work to drying. This is at the top of the list for my house. After purchasing our home two years ago, we could definitely use some rich color on our back deck rather than the dim shade of the untouched wood from when it was built. 

When you’re done with your deck, you can start planting a few things in your garden. You can start planting cold-weather tolerant vegetables like onions, potatoes, and peas mid-March and broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage aren’t too far behind at the beginning of April. You can start tomatoes and peppers indoors and transfer them outside mid-May when there is no longer frost in the forecast.

You can also start on flower beds to add a pop of color to your outside oasis. The best time to plant flowers is right around the last spring frost so we’re getting really close. Use your time now to get your flower beds ready and plan out what flowers you want to use so you’ll be ready to rock and roll when the time is right.

Time to Play

How does the saying go? “All work and no play…” Well, let’s play then! It has been recommended that we keep up physical activity if we are able to during the quarantine. Here are a few ideas of some activities that you can do to feel sociable but also be a safe distance from others.

  • Ride a bike, take a walk or a run. It’s time to dust of the bike seat and go for a ride around the neighborhood or take a slow or fast stroll. If you are out and about, just make sure to keep your distance from others and look for the least crowded paths available. 
  • Sidewalk chalk isn’t just for kids. Have a contest with your family, friends, and neighborhood to see who can draw the most interesting sidewalk art. 
  • Kick around a soccer ball. Practicing your moves so you can “Bend it Like Beckham” or just a little game of passing the ball to pass the time is a fun way to get in your physical activity for the day.
  • Throw around a frisbee, baseball, or anything else that can be caught. Just remember to clean those items off before and after use for the next little while. 

All of us here at SugarHouse Industries hope these ideas help you get a little more creative with your social distancing and quarantining situations but most of all, we hope you are safe and well. A final suggestion we have to extend your safe-space is to let us create a beautiful awning for the outside of your home. We have so many options available and we would love to help in any way that we can. You don’t have to wait to get started on the custom process as we are doing all that we can to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read our official statement here. Stay safe and stay healthy!

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.


Trendy Shade Options for 2020

March 19, 2020

Spring has seemingly sprung early and we’re not mad about it at all. With the weather turning warm and the sun making more appearances, it’s time to start prepping your outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. Adding some shade can enhance the look of your space as well as make… Read More


Spring has seemingly sprung early and we’re not mad about it at all. With the weather turning warm and the sun making more appearances, it’s time to start prepping your outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. Adding some shade can enhance the look of your space as well as make it more pleasant for you and your guests. And you can do this all while staying up to date on how it looks. We install hundreds of shades each year so let us show you what’s most popular for 2020.

Slide-wire cable canopy

Slide-wire canopies are a great option for managing the amount of sunlight or shade in your patio area. We can install the canopy system to a pergola or another existing structure. We also provide custom-designed aluminum frame structures for the system that are powder coated in black, white, bronze or a custom color of your choosing. 

The slide-wire canopies are long panels that are arranged in overhead swales. They can look, dare I say, romantic and classy? We make them in both woven acrylic fabric and vinyl-coated polyester mesh. Both offer numerous color options and with the acrylic fabric, you can even add a striped pattern. Here’s where you can really start to have fun and add a little 2020 spin. 

The Pantone color of the year for 2020 is classic blue. According to the VP of the Pantone Institute, “It’s a reassuring blue, full of calm and confidence. It builds connection.” It seems like a color that would pop with the green foliage and other colors found against nature’s backdrop while bringing a connection to you and your guests. 

Exterior Drop Shades

Picture this – you have a gathering of your closest friends or maybe it’s just you and your significant other. You’re on your beautiful balcony enjoying some catch-up time with your loved ones with your favorite foods. All of a sudden, the sunshine that you were so thoroughly enjoying gets in your eyes and you are now seeing halos around everyone. Here’s where an exterior drop shade can help you out. With a push of a button or a crank of a handle, you’ll have a little more shade and your 20/20 or 2020 vision restored without completely blocking the view.

Exterior drop shades are a stylish way to gain privacy and limit the amount of light and heat that enters your outdoor living space making it an inviting place where your family and friends will want to spend time. There are extensive fabric options and a selection of product features that we offer including technology trendy enough for 2020. Did you know that you can integrate your drop shade with your home automation system? What about a wind sensor that automatically retracts your awning when strong winds are detected? 

One of the many reasons you should let SugarHouse customize your exterior drop shade is we are able to offer customizable lengths up to 30 ft. and 16 ft. drops. Other companies are not able to offer that.

Retractable Awnings

Outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular in the last few years and covering them with a retractable awning is a very smart and stylish way to bring comfort to the chef when the sun is beating down on them.

There are so many features for retractable awnings. You can even get one that is installed with an optional electric motor that uses a handheld remote control or wall switch. You can also schedule and operate your awning from your phone. But the features don’t stop there. Check out a few others below:

  • Available in well-known fabrics like Sunbrella and Dickson in plenty of striped and solid colors.
  • 10-year limited warranty against becoming unserviceable.
  • Valance at the bottom available in multiple shapes and sizes.
  • Available sun and wind sensors for easy automation.
  • Manual hand crank can be removed and stored, to be used only when needed.

These are just three shade options to take your outdoor space up a notch but we have plenty more. All of our awnings are made out of name-brand fabrics that have fantastic warranties of up to 10 years. Our experts at SugarHouse Industries are so excited to help you customize an awning that will keep you in style for more than just the year 2020. Give us a call or stop by to get going on the customization process.

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.


Benefits of Installing an Awning in the Winter

December 6, 2019

Oh, the weather outside is frightful but your new awning will be delightful, and when the snow melts away, you’ll enjoy your awning right away.  You’ve probably never thought about having an awning installed during the winter, have you? Well, if you’ve been wanting an awning but haven’t found the right time to install it,… Read More


Oh, the weather outside is frightful but your new awning will be delightful, and when the snow melts away, you’ll enjoy your awning right away. 

You’ve probably never thought about having an awning installed during the winter, have you? Well, if you’ve been wanting an awning but haven’t found the right time to install it, here are a few reasons why winter is a great time.

Your awning will be completed faster

Our schedules fill up fast in the spring and summer which means your awning can take a little longer to be completed. With not as many people on the schedule in the winter, your awning will be better positioned to be finished in a shorter amount of time from concept to completion.

More time for consultation

In addition to our installation schedules being more flexible, our awning experts are more available to consult with you. You won’t be rushed on making decisions but rather have time to consider the best awning option(s) for your needs. You can start your research on the different types of awnings we offer by reading one of our previous blog posts about fixed vs. retractable awnings.

Enjoy your yard sooner

We all know the weather can be unpredictable so having your awning done now, you can enjoy it as soon as the weather gets warm. 

Drop shades

Another item to work with our experts on is a drop shade. These are used in the winter to keep the weather out, sun/UV protection, and privacy for things like your outdoor winter hot tub sessions.

We offer a variety of shade solutions. Exterior drop shades are available with electric motors and wireless remotes. A rope operated drop shade provide protection for your enclosed deck or patio. 

The main material used on our drop shades is Textiline. This fabric is exceptionally durable and highly customizable including numerous color options. We offer customizable lengths up to 30 ft. and 16 ft. drops. Other companies are not able to offer that. We recommend using a 90%-95% mesh for optimal shade. Other reasons we recommend the Textiline material is it carries a 10 year limited warranty, it blocks the sun but not the view and are infused with Micronban® technology, an antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing bacteria.

We are ready to work with you and install your awning and drop shade this winter! Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to speak with one of our awning experts.

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.


Four advantages to adding an awning to your home

March 20, 2018

Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home. Read More


Spring is a great time to rejuvenate, recharge and start over. With gentle sunshine but without the sweltering heat of a typical July in Utah, it’s great time to revamp the appearance of your home.

Improve the look of your home

There are many ways to improve the look of your home before this spring. Awnings are an excellent way to give your deck or patio enchanting ambiance without emptying your entire wallet. And not only are awnings a great way to add color and personality to your home, but they also provide shade. In states with intense summers like Utah or
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