Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Extend the Outdoor Dining Season with the Industry’s Best Patio Heaters

Is your restaurant losing out on revenue? A comfortable outdoor dining area keeps customers in the seat. Though you’ve already ensured weather protection with an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, this is not enough to ensure comfort in Colorado’s chilly winter climate. To keep customers cozy and within the confines of your venue, the addition of patio heaters to your commercial pergola makes for a wise investment.

How Much Could Patio Heaters Help You Add to Your Bottom Line?
Casual restaurants able to extend the season an additional 15-days with the help of a minimal investment in patio heaters could pull-in an additional $45k in profits given just six 4-top tables and a $25/seat average ticket (10 table turnovers at 50% capacity). Extend the season farther, keeping warmth contained with additional privacy curtains, walls and screens, and further boost your return.

Types of Patio Heaters
Patio heaters come in a variety of styles and fuel types, which affect costs dramatically. Common styles include:

Big, powerful, heavy (but portable), with a refillable compartment for fuel.
Wall or ceiling-mounted and permanent. Typically electric and remote controlled. No footprint is ideal for a pergola patio cover 

Easily movable, electric or propane models.
Natural Gas Powered
Lowest operating cost and ideal for those with access to a natural gas line. Permanent connection eliminates refilling (as with propane).
Zero emissions. Hard-wired or plug-and-go permanent installation with no refilling of fuel tanks. Moderate operational costs.
Portable and easy to use and install, but must be frequently refilled. Highest operational cost.

Be sure to calculate BTUs before choosing a patio heater to ensure you’re not paying for more heater (and fuel) than you need.

Hold Your Horses – and Heater Installation
Before you do-it-yourself – take heed. Depending on where you live, there may be legal restrictions on who can install patio heaters, whether they be electric, gas, or propane-powered. For safety and liability, hiring a professional for installation is best.

Extend your outdoor dining season and boost your profit potential. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more today.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Long Wait? Outdoor Seating Solutions for Restaurants

A full restaurant is an ideal scenario – until you start losing customers to competitors for your known lack of seating. To protect your reputation and keep guests at your establishment where you want them, an outdoor seating area topped with the flexibility of an adjustable commercial pergola makes for a great investment. Providing additional seating space and keeping happy, satisfied customers within the confines of your venue, research has shown patio seating can boost revenue, adding up to 30% in sales.

More than a ‘Fair Weather’ Prospect

With the flexibility of an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, you can count on your additional outdoor seating space year-round. Instead of losing this coveted space to sun, rain, or snow that can shut down seating for hours or days, cutting into your seating space and profits, with a customized adjustable louvered roof system your establishment can make the most of any weather, opening louvers to take in those rare ‘perfect days,’ rotating to provide partial or total shade, or sealing completely to block out rain and snow that would otherwise send diners dashing for the door.

Comfort in an Instant

Weather change? Dial-in the perfect amount of sun, shade or shelter with remote control or smart-device-driven iLouver app operation, or automate your setup with additional rain and wind sensors. Lighting deficiencies? Create your own custom built-in lighting scheme, from dimmable LED pot lights to Edison-style pendant lighting. Glare issues? Motorized curtains and screens provide shade, pest protection, and privacy. Too cold/warm? Integrated ceiling fans and infrared patio heaters ensure guest comfort even in weather extremes.

The Perfect Marketing Opportunity

Providing a living, breathing advertisement for your restaurant’s popularity, a lively patio not only retains existing customers but attracts additional clientele. How much could an outdoor patio addition add to your bottom line? Casual restaurants earning a $25/seat average could see an additional $45k in return with the addition of just six 4-tops on an added patio space that remains open an additional 15-days of the season (10 table turnovers at 50% capacity), offering an extremely rapid return on your outdoor dining area investment. The longer your patio area remains open beyond this given your investment in increasing guest comfort and ambiance, the more considerable your return.

Ready to extend your seating space and profit potential? Now’s the time to incorporate your outdoor seating addition to take advantage of the favored spring outdoor dining season. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more about how a customized Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola can benefit your business today. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Create a Festive Outdoor Holiday Dining Space with these Residential Pergola Tips

Interior gathering areas feel a little cramped around the holidays? Like the partridge in the pear tree, spread your wings and fly outdoors, extending your usable space with a festively festooned residential pergola addition.

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful
No matter how frightful the weather may be, topping your outdoor living or dining area with an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola allows you to get into the spirit of the holiday season without worry. Standing up to heavy winds and snow loads and providing leak-free rain protection on-demand, the Arcadia provides the perfect environment for family and friends to enjoy the holiday at your home. Fully compatible with fire feature additions, decked out with infrared patio heaters, or providing respite from the cold with motorized curtains and screens, all will remain merry and bright beneath its shelter.

What a Bright Time, It’s the Right Time to Rock the Night Away

With the darker ambiance of the winter season, lighting is a must. Ensure adequate lighting with built-in dimmable lighting additions to your customizable Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola. Then, step-up your game for the holidays with holiday string lights along posts and around windows. Pair with or without garland, carefully avoiding the operational components of your pergola. For a traditional feel, fill up vintage or new holiday lanterns with battery-operated LEDs, placing them tabletop or along walkways. Then, set the ambiance with holiday music via outdoor-rated Bluetooth speakers tucked out-of-sight amongst decorations.

Trim up the Tree
Make your home look like Whoville with holiday-inspired décor for adults and kids alike, including North-pole-inspired gift and toy box holiday decorating additions for children and festive garland, wreaths, and lighting for all. For larger spaces with good lighting, potted evergreens such as arborvitae add authentic holiday flare. For smaller rooms, a grouping of tabletop trees in varying heights adds a similar touch.

I Sure Do Like those Christmas Cookies, Sugar

Set up a craft station for the young and young-at-heart, featuring easy mini pom-pom ornaments, antler headbands, or a cookie decorating station. Outdoors there’s little need to worry about the mess! Not the crafty type? Put out a few games and holiday puzzles instead.

But Maybe Just a Half a Drink More… Put Some Records On While I Pour

A sleek rolling cart can be transformed magically into a self-serve bar, making the perfect holiday centerpiece, particularly when stocked with eggnog, hot buttered rum, cider, hot cocoa, coffee, and tea, alongside glasses and accompaniments. Pair with appetizers or desserts for pre/post-dinner snacking.

Later On, We’ll Conspire, as We Dream by the Fire

Draw family and friends together to the warmth and ambiance of a crackling fire, wrapping-up your evening fireside with marshmallows for roasting and hot drinks. With a lightweight, fully-extruded aluminum construction, the Arcadia is compatible with any festive fire addition, from small gas-powered fire pits to large wood burning fireplace centerpieces. Short on seating? Multifunctional poufs and festive, holiday-themed cushions, pillows and throw blankets displayed in baskets or crates fireside ensure no shortage of seating.

Be home for Christmas beneath shelter you can count on. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more about adding your customized outdoor living space addition before the holidays today.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Pergolas Among Hot New Trends in Restaurant & Hospitality

Looking for new ways to maximize your outdoor real estate? Among the hottest new trends in the resort and hospitality market, commercial pergolas deliver. Offering guests a more comfortable outdoor seating option to stay, relax, socialize, and spend at your establishment, Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergolas extend outdoor seating year-round, providing protection from inclement weather, shelter from the sun, or opening to increase ventilation and reveal beautiful sky views.

A Hot Feature at Leading Restaurant and Hospitality Trade Shows
When experienced in exhibits for commercial architects, designers, and developers, hoteliers, hospitality entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and product suppliers, Arcadia adjustable roofs generate amazing feedback. A favored exhibit, it’s easy to see first-hand the appeal of dining and relaxing under the Arcadia and the benefits an adjustable louvered roof system presents. Professionals leave impressed with the technology and design of the system, particularly when under the automobile sunroof-style prowess of the Arcadia Slide.

Maximum Return on Investment With A Pergolas
Engineered to adapt to all types of weather conditions from rain and heavy snow to high winds, sun, and brutal seaside weather, the one-of-a-kind luxury of Arcadia louvered roofs make a low-maintenance addition to any business, offering additional usable space, increasing guest ticket prices, and offering options for rental space for private events such as business meetings, holiday parties, weddings, and more, providing a rapid return on investment.

Perfect for an Array of Hospitality Settings

Offering a controlled outdoor environment complete with customized options such as built-in lighting, fans, and patio heaters, Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergolas are perfect for…

  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Entryways
  • Balconies
  • Verandas
  • Lanais
  • Courtyards
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Swimming & Spa Areas

Customized to Seamlessly Blend Into Your Architecture or Outdoor Setting
Available in single and multi-zone systems in any size, Arcadia pergolas can be custom designed to your exact requirements no matter how unique or eccentric, offering an array of options to match your architecture or blend into any outdoor setting. Choose from customized colors, faux wood wrap, decorative columns, and custom end cuts, alongside functional features to keep guests comfortable and relaxed, regardless of weather, such as motorized screens and solar shades, privacy curtains/walls, built-in decorative lighting, and outdoor cooling and heating options from simple ceiling fans and patio heaters to impressive water and fire features.

Looking for a cure for the hospitality blahs? Add some excitement to your venue with an adjustable aluminum pergola with all the trimmings from Denver Pergola Systems today.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Commercial Pergola Can Boost Your Revenue with Year-Round Outdoor Dining

Time for an update? The National Restaurant Association recommends restaurants, lounges, cafes, and coffeehouses refresh their décor every 5-7-years to ensure fresh, modern feel.  But don’t sell your business short – next time you embark on an update, look beyond your 4 interior walls, boosting your seating and your bottom line by adding a year-round commercial pergola to your business’ outdoor area.

Ensure Year-Round Use, Topping Off Outdoor Seating with an Adjustable Pergola

Overcome unpredictable weather with an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, dialing-in just the right amount of sun or shade for patrons and sealing out the rain with ease with 170-degrees of rotational flexibility. With versatile shelter, you can use your patio space season-to-season, year-round, maintaining consistency in comfort levels and ambiance, while reducing staff maintenance needs with complete precipitation protection. Instantly adjust via remote or iLouver smart device-driven operation, adding rain or wind sensors for automated response. Concerned about your brand image? Customized Arcadia louvered pergola systems are easily designed to align with your space and your brand. Available in an array of complementary colors, wraps, and trims, and topped-off with built-in lighting, fans, patio heaters, motorized screens, and other accessories, you can create a streamlined transition between indoor and outdoor dining areas, drawing added customer attention with your new outdoor addition and look.

Put Wasted Space to Work By Making Your Patio or Deck Seating a Dining Experience

Patio dining space generally provides a quick return on investment, not only increasing seating capacity but raising ticket prices as customers feel more comfortable and relaxed, inspiring them to order more drinks and food. For an exclusive feel, attract guests to your new addition with a special ‘patio only’ menu of unique food and beverages that varies by season: Hot, steaming entrees and drinks for cool winter’s nights and chilled frozen fare when summer sizzles. Treating patio diners on-par with those in your main dining area with a dedicated patio staff and (when necessary) additional kitchen help ensures success, keeping patrons from feeling overlooked and putting them center-stage.

Become a top dining destination. Draw new clientele with the winning advertisement of a happily active patio. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more today.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Maximize the use of your outdoor living area

The cooler weather of fall is rapidly approaching. Is your outdoor living area ready for this seasonal shift? Just a few small changes can help you expertly manage the transition…

Get Ready for Shorter Days with Additional Lighting

Add functionality and ambiance with a variety of lighting for your pergola installation, from scenic string lights and hanging lanterns perfect for sipping wine on a cool fall evening, to built-in track and pot light additions for outdoor cooking and dining tasks.

Enjoy the Crisp Fall Air Beneath a Cozy Throw

When the sun goes down and temperatures drop, take advantage of the warmth of scattered blankets and throws without leaving the comfort of your cushy outdoor seat. Toss a few colorful quilts or cozy wool throws nearby, topping off the arms and backs of seating with bundles of blankets.

Warm Up Next to the Glow of a Fire

The perfect spot for gathering or toasting marshmallows, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit addition will quickly become a coveted cool weather destination. Start off the season fresh with a complete cleaning, then stock your fire feature with fuel, surrounding it with seasonal décor such as pumpkins, gourds, berries, and hurricane lamps and lanterns.

Add a Touch of Seasonal Flair

Switch up the accessories in your outdoor living space, creating a whole new ambiance with the addition of autumn-toned browns, golds, and burnt oranges. Add these shades via the simple swap of throw pillows, area rugs, flowers and foliage.

Extend the Outdoor Living Season 

Make the most of the outdoor living season with the addition of an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola. Customize your outdoor experience with 170-degrees of louver adjustment, dialing-in the perfect amount of sun, shade, or rain shelter with the flick of a button, further accessorizing your pergola with built-in lighting, infrared patio heaters, and motorized curtains for warmth, creating a cozy fall respite.

Maximize your fall porch and patio time. Customize your outdoor living experience, ensuring comfort each and every season with the help of Denver Pergola Systems today.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Draw the Family Together Under Your Pergola with a Fire Pit Addition

Sullen kids ignoring you for their favored smart device? Add a little sizzle to your evening routine with an outdoor fire pit addition next to your pergola pool, spa, outdoor kitchen or patio. The enchanting flames of a fire draw in a crowd like no other, creating a sense of destination your family won’t be able to resist. Trade you that “iThing” for a s’mores?

Tips for Fire Pit Placement
Fire pits are long on charm – just make sure they’re not short on safety:
  • Check local codes.
City/county/HOA regulations often dictate fire pit placement and fuel types. Be sure to check with these organizations before making any fire pit investment.
  • Ensure adequate space.
7-feet of space surrounding all edges of your fire pit is a good rule-of-thumb to allow movement of furniture and foot traffic. Too much space is better than too little.
  • Keep fires contained with hardscaping.
A non flammable surface beneath your fire pit such as brick, pavers, or concrete can help keep flying embers in check. Prefer the natural look? Dig your fire pit in and surround it with gravel to keep stray sparks contained.
  • Keep foliage far away.
Install your fire pit a safe distance from tall foliage.
  • Watch wind direction.
Consider prevailing winds and how they will affect spectator comfort.
  • Build-in permanent seating.
Permanent seating ensures adult and pint-sized spectators remain a safe distance from dancing flames. If built-in seating isn’t practical, opt for larger heavier furnishings, which prevent children from scooting too close, ensuring breathing room for the fire.
  • Consider a custom addition.
While low-cost fire pits are available from big box stores, your local landscaper may be able to devise a safer, custom fire pit solution for your outdoor living area for less than you think. It could pay to make a few calls before investing for a pit that’s a better fit.

Rainy Night? We’ve Got You (& Your Fireplace) Covered
With the addition of an Arcadia adjustable aluminum pergola, rain and snow don’t have to put out the flames of your family’s fireside activities. Safely top your fire pit with the fully extruded aluminum structure of the Arcadia, sealing out rain and snow, or opening up to reveal sky views. Dial-in the ideal comfort and circulation setting with a quick iLouver app-driven smartphone or remote control adjustment, with 170-degrees of rotation at your fingertips.

Don’t fall into the same old dinner and ‘screen time’ routine. Step things up a notch. Uncover a new era of outdoor living with the addition of a fire pit beneath your Arcadia aluminum pergola. Contact Denver Pergola Systems to learn more today.

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