Suntamer and Rayblock: Get Your Shade On

August 12, 2021

This summer has been a hot one and we’re not done yet! It can definitely be hard to find places to enjoy outdoor activities and still be cool. So, create a place of your own with our tension structures and shade sails.  Our Suntamer tension structures and Rayblock shade sails are an advancement in shade… Read More


This summer has been a hot one and we’re not done yet! It can definitely be hard to find places to enjoy outdoor activities and still be cool. So, create a place of your own with our tension structures and shade sails. 

Our Suntamer tension structures and Rayblock shade sails are an advancement in shade technology using complex geometric formulas to create free-standing shade solutions that offer both form and function.

Benefits of Tension Structures and Shade Sails

Tension structures are great for both residential and commercial spaces. One of the biggest benefits of Rayblock is it can be used over playgrounds. This helps keep kids cool while playing and not obstructing their play area. It’s also great for over swimming pools, parking lots, patios and decks, and other public areas. 

Suntamer can be used to create a space for kids to hang out outside. It can also provide a place for employees to enjoy lunch or breaks outside and extend outdoor seating at restaurants. Both the Suntamer and Rayblock can be permanent or temporary. So if you only want to use it to provide shade in the hot summer, you can remove it for the winter. 

Other benefits include:

  • Keep your family, home, and furniture safe from harmful UV rays.
  • Create an entertaining area that is inviting and comfortable where your family can gather.
  • Cool your home inside and out during the hot summer months saving you energy and money.
  • Block the sun while still allowing you to enjoy the beautiful view.
  • Enhance the appearance of your outdoor space making you want to spend more time outside.

Why Rayblock and Suntamer?

If you were to Google tension structures or shade sails, you would probably end up with a myriad of options. So what sets Rayblock and Suntamer apart? We are so diligent when it comes to using only top quality fabrics, frames, and hardware. You can trust that you are getting a product that is not only beautiful but built to last.

High-quality features include:

  • Mesh fabric
    • Panels are made with reliable, name-brand outdoor fabrics.
    • Carry a 5 year limited warranty.
    • Block the sun but not the view – our vinyl-coated, polyester-fiber mesh fabric stops 80-95% of UV rays.
    • Come in numerous color options.
    • Are infused with Microban technology – an antimicrobial that diminishes the growth of stains and odor causing bacteria.
  • Frame
    • A tension panel system can be installed to an existing structure like a pergola.
    • We can also do custom design and manufacture aluminum frame structures to which the panel system can be attached.
    • Our aluminum frames come powder coated in black, white, grey, or bronze. Custom colors are also available.
  • Hardware
    • Spring buckles on the fabric panel allow the panels to be easily removed.
    • The webbing attached to spring buckles can be adjusted to keep the panels taut.

We would love to help keep you comfortable for the rest of the summer. You can’t go wrong with either one of these options. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to get on the installation schedule and cool off!

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.


Keep Cool this Summer with Verticool

May 17, 2021

April showers brought May flowers and the outdoors are just lovely right now. But the weather is heating up and getting prepared for the summer heat can be a daunting task. However, our Verticool drop shades will keep you and your family cool all summer long.  You have the option of Rope-operated or Exterior Drop… Read More


April showers brought May flowers and the outdoors are just lovely right now. But the weather is heating up and getting prepared for the summer heat can be a daunting task. However, our Verticool drop shades will keep you and your family cool all summer long. 

You have the option of Rope-operated or Exterior Drop Shades that have a motor or manual crank. Which is the best for you? Let’s find out more about each one including the benefits.

Benefits of Drop Shades

Have you ever been catching up with friends in your beautiful outdoor seating area and a ray of golden sunshine blinds you? This is just one instance when a drop shade can benefit you. You can lower the shade but still enjoy the beautiful weather, view, and go on with your visit.

There are plenty of other instances like wanting to be near your kids while they are outside playing but not wanting the heat right on you. Or maybe you have an unsightly open outdoor storage space that you need hidden. Verticool will not only keep you cool but your house looking cool!

Other benefits include:

  • Protects your family and friends from harmful UV rays.
  • Allows you to use your backyard space during colder seasons.
  • Enhances the look of your home.
  • Reduces cooling costs.
  • Gives privacy.

Why Verticool?

We know you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing drop shades. However, when it comes to making this long-term purchase, Verticool is a product that you can have confidence in. 

Verticool is made from well-known and reliable fabrics like Textilene® and Awntex®. These mesh fabrics carry a 5-10 year limited warranty. Other features of the fabrics include:

  • Provides 70-97% sun protection while still see-through.
  • Rope-operated is also available in Sunbrella fabrics, providing 100% protection but not see-through.
  • Comes in numerous color options.
  • Infused with Microban® technology, an antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing bacteria.
  • Blocks the sun but not the view.

Operation is made easy. With the rope-operated, the shades simply drop when the rope is released and raised by pulling on the rope. They are very similar to standard window blinds. Cleats attached at the side and bottom of the screen secure the screen when it is extended or retracted. Tie-down ropes are attached to the bottom to secure the shade when it is rolled down. They can be fastened to an existing object like a handrail or tie-down cleats installed by us. This helps when it is windy! 

You can choose between motorized or manual exterior drop shades. Motorized shades include wireless remote controls to lower the shade with a push of a button. This is a major bonus if height is an issue. 

Manual shades use a hand crank to raise and lower the shade. If you don’t have access to power, this is the way to go. The crank is super easy to use and it is removable so you can store it when not in use.

Verticool Options

As mentioned, there are several material and color options. There are a few more options to quickly highlight. If cost is a factor, the rope-operated are the most affordable with the manual coming in second and motorized third. 

Other exterior drop shade options:

  • Wind sensor.
  • Sun sensor.
  • Remote control.
  • Interior wall mount control.
  • Home automation integration.
  • Cable guided.
  • Soffit mount brackets.

Verticool can be installed on existing and free-standing structures. A few places we have installed are on decks, patios, and our beautiful Timberpeak pergolas and backyard awning series. Take a look at our online gallery to see what we’ve been able to do with Verticool. Then give us a call at 801-563-9600 to stay cool with Verticool!

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.


A Chat with Sugarhouse Presidents

April 22, 2021

Our 80th Anniversary Celebration continues with a chat with our current president, Mike Peterson, and SH’s former president, Walt Peterson.  We asked Walt what he thought his dad, and SH founder, would think of celebrating 80 years in business. This is what he shared with us: In 1991, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sugar… Read More


Our 80th Anniversary Celebration continues with a chat with our current president, Mike Peterson, and SH’s former president, Walt Peterson. 

We asked Walt what he thought his dad, and SH founder, would think of celebrating 80 years in business. This is what he shared with us:

In 1991, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Sugar House Awning and Canvas Products.  My father, Walter Peterson Sr. was then 87 years old and I remember talking with him about what an amazing thing it was to see his little startup business reach that milestone.  He worked many long, hard days to keep the business afloat in the early years, and was justifiably proud to see the fruits of his efforts.

To celebrate those 50 years, we ran a large newspaper ad and invited customers and friends to come to celebrate with us.  We were then located in Sugar House, at 2005 South 1100 East, in a 10,000 square foot building.

Fast forward another 30 years and here we are celebrating our 80th anniversary.  The company has re-branded itself as SugarHouse Industries, reflecting the very diverse nature of our goods and services.  I’ve never doubted the business would continue to carry on and even thrive.  The leadership at SugarHouse is very much focused on caring for the employees (SugarHouse family) as well as providing world-class products and service to its customers.  I just couldn’t be any prouder of the company today.

Watch the interview below to hear Walt’s first memory of working at SugarHouse, what it has been like to pass the business on to his son, and other memories of the last 80 years.

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.


Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts

April 19, 2021

Want to give something more creative than chocolates, flowers, or perfume for Mother’s Day? SugarHouse has got you covered with ideas for perfect Mother’s Day gifts.  This is a great time of year for new projects and updating your outdoor space. Whether the lady in your life wants a place to cook and entertain or… Read More


Want to give something more creative than chocolates, flowers, or perfume for Mother’s Day? SugarHouse has got you covered with ideas for perfect Mother’s Day gifts. 

This is a great time of year for new projects and updating your outdoor space. Whether the lady in your life wants a place to cook and entertain or somewhere to go to get away from everyday chaos, we’ve got something for her. We’ve paired a few of our favorite products together with some other ideas to create a backyard she will truly love.

Contemporary and Stylish Pergola

Our new Timberpeak Pergola is an update on the classic pergola. This beautiful shade structure is made out of Douglas Fir that boasts the highest strength to weight ratio of any wood. The wood can be stained in multiple finishes of Messmer’s stain. You can have this as a freestanding structure or a wall mount is also available. 

Mom will enjoy her new pergola especially if you dress it up for her. Here are a few design concepts to consider:

  • An outdoor dining room. This is perfect for family dinners, especially during the summer. 
  • Hanging baskets of plants and flowers can brighten things up. You can even build some planter boxes around the pergola.
  • Add Verticool drop shades to give you more shade and privacy. More info on these drop shades coming up!
  • A cute porch swing or a hammock will give mom a place to relax. This macrame swing chair from Bliss Hammocks combines the two and will have her swooning! 

Whatever you decide to pair with this pergola, we’re certain it will look amazing and will have everyone wanting to spend time under the Timberpeak.

Roll with It

Bringing shade to your outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to block your view or install an unattractive shade. Our open roll Verticool drop shades are the answer. The rope-operated are perfect for free-standing structures just like the pergolas mentioned above. They also work well with our new Backyard Series Awning

In addition to free-standing structures, you can install the rope-operated or our Verticool exterior drop shades on your deck, patio, or windows. Mom will love this especially if she likes spending time on the deck. Sometimes sunshine streaming in on us is nice but other times, say if mom is out relaxing with a book, she may want a little bit of shade. 

Choose between motorized or manual. Motorized shades include wireless remote controls to lower the shade with a push of a button. Manual shades use a hand crank to raise and lower the shade.

Optional Shade

Create a shaded spot for mom to hang out with family and friends with a retractable awning. Retractable awnings are not only attractive but they protect from harmful UV rays and also cool the inside of the home. 

The frame’s unique arms move easily to full extension and can also stop anywhere in between to make sure your shade is just right. In addition to length, the awning’s pitch can also be adjusted. 

Our retractable awnings come with the option of being motorized or having a manual crank that can be detached and stored when not in use.

Now that you know a little more about these awnings, let’s plan what you can do to complete this Mother’s Day package. You might already have the majority of the items used in these ideas so you just need to get the awning and you’re done!

  • Again, you can’t go wrong with an outdoor dining area. Place a table and chairs under your awning so you can enjoy eating outside at any time of the day.
  • A retractable awning over a cook area is also desirable. Build a small outdoor kitchen or barbeque area where the chef can have some shade. Just remember, moms get the day off on Mother’s Day. 🙂
  • A nice seating area where the girls can gab is a must. Comfortable chairs, a couch, table, and ottomans to give mom a place to put her feet will be the perfect touch. 

We’re eager to get going on your backyard makeover for mom. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to find the best shade solution for her.

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.


Trendy Shade Options That Your Yard Needs

March 31, 2021

The smell and feel of fresh spring air. It’s something we look forward to every year. We also look forward to the blooming of flowers, birds chirping, and everything outdoors. We’re excited to get out there and we’re sure you are too.  Spring weather can be unpredictable. One day it can be nice and warm… Read More


The smell and feel of fresh spring air. It’s something we look forward to every year. We also look forward to the blooming of flowers, birds chirping, and everything outdoors. We’re excited to get out there and we’re sure you are too. 

Spring weather can be unpredictable. One day it can be nice and warm and the next, cool and rainy. To keep you covered, or uncovered, we have some trendy shade options that your yard needs. There’s nothing like being in your yard and feeling like you have your own getaway to walk out to.

The Modern Pergola

We are delighted to introduce our Backyard Awning Series. Not only does this awning add shade and beauty to your yard but you can decide whether or not you want us to install it or do it yourself! I know what you’re thinking, why do it myself when someone else can? However, this awning comes without the delivery and installation frustration with prefabricated kits offered by large-box retailers. That means you can actually enjoy working on a project and make your friends think you are a skilled craftsman by the look of it.

Features:

  • Robust aluminum frame. Made from commercial-grade materials that are 100% rust-free and 4-times stronger and more durable than what is available through large-box retailers.
  • The adjustable panels block up to 95% of UV rays without trapping the heat or airflow.
  • DIY or white-glove service with expert and fast installation. 
  • Extremely durable with a UV protective powder coating, for a long-lasting hard finish that is fade, scratch, and chip resistant.
  • Multiple color options are available for the frame and panels.
  • The Premium Series includes 3 Verticool rope-operated drop screens that match the fabric and color of your adjustable panels and lighted posts.
  • Lifetime limited frame warranty and 5-year fabric warranty backed by 80 years of craftsmanship experience and over 200 5-star Google reviews.
  • Made in the USA.

With the option of DIY, you can pick-up your backyard awning today and install it when it is convenient for you. If you would rather have the white glove service, no problem! We are happy to get you scheduled for an installation.

Create an Intimate Space with Style

The new shade options and structures just keep on coming. We are excited to bring you the beautiful Timberpeak Pergola. This is a beautiful Douglas Fir wood pergola that brings style to an intimate space. It can be freestanding or wall-mounted giving you different design options. Check out more features:

  • Three sizes: 12×12, 14×14, 16×16.
  • Made with Douglas Fir.
  • Freestanding or wall mount.
  • Messmers Wood Stain – Multiple finishes.
  • Concrete footings optional.
  • Extra stain for the homeowner.
  • 5-year structural warranty.

Decide If You Want Shade or Sun

With a louvered roof, you can control the amount of sun or rain that comes into your patio or deck. This beautiful patio or deck cover has motorized louvers so you can adjust them to be 100% open, closed, or slanted. You can enjoy your patio year-round whether the sun is shining, it’s raining a little, or snowing a lot. The louvered roof can also withstand 60 lbs. per sq. ft. of snow and 180 mph winds.

Frame features:

  • Sturdy extruded aluminum that will not rust.
  • Louver Roof can be built up to 16 feet.
  • Beautiful, designer crown molding extruded aluminum gutters and screens to keep leaves out.
  • Opens in just 12 seconds.
  • Remote-controlled and/or hardwired switch as well as in-home wall remote.
  • Carries a 16-year limited warranty.

The weather is beautiful so let’s make your backyard beautiful, too! Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to get the trendy shade options that your yard needs.

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 Your Yard for Spring

March 20, 2021

Springtime = project time and we love project time! There are so many possibilities to turn your backyard into your vacation destination this spring. But before we start planning, let’s take a look at what you can do to prep your space. Spring Cleaning Clean it up! Grab that power washer and spray off all… Read More


Springtime = project time and we love project time! There are so many possibilities to turn your backyard into your vacation destination this spring. But before we start planning, let’s take a look at what you can do to prep your space.

Spring Cleaning

  • Clean it up! Grab that power washer and spray off all the gunk that has accumulated over the winter.
  • 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. 
  • Rake up leaves and twigs from your lawn. You can find other helpful tips in preparing your lawn in this article by Sears Home Services.
  • Weed the flower beds and get planting.
  • Prune your trees.
  • If you have an awning already, don’t forget to schedule a cleaning for it. We can definitely help you out there!

Now that we’ve cleaned everything up, let’s start planning your spring projects.

Spring Projects

Whatever you are thinking or dreaming of for your yard this spring, we’re ready to help. Give us a call at 801-563-9600 to get started on your projects.

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.