Lake Gaston


Why We Do What We Do...

Custom Awning by Kenny Cales and Crystal Cantrell wins 2014 IFAI award

Family history of melanoma dedicates us not only to high quality products and workmanship, but also to helping our clients protect  the lives of their loved ones, visitors and customers.

We have lived and worked in the Lake Gaston area for over 40 years, and we know how important it is to you to protect your property from damage caused by sun and weather.

Our master craftsmen have over 40 years’ experience in canvas and metal fabrication – you can trust us to work with you to find a solution that meets your needs and requirements – and we’ll get it right for you.

2014 IFAI Award of Excellence - Baseball Cap

Lake Gaston Awning received the 2014 IFAI Award of Excellence for its Concession Baseball Cap project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Commercial Awnings and Canopies category. Click Here for the Press Release.

2010 Outstanding Achievment

In 2009 Lake Gaston Awning continued to impress the Industrial Fabrics Association International and won the Custom Marine Upholstery for custom design work - read more. Then in 2010 we won for our unique unattached sun room design - read more.

IFAI Award of Excellence

We've done it yet again! Industrial Fabrics Association International presented Lake Gaston Awning with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award for its Flip-Up Dock Shade project. The project was recognized in the competition’s Exterior Shades and Screens category. - read all about it here.

Winners of 2007 International Achievement Award

Crystal Cantrell & Kenny Cales also won the 2007 International Achievement Award from IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) for their custom designed shades for the South Hill VA Library.

  • You will experience unsurpassed customer service – we’re local and we care about our reputation.
  • We will work with you and with our suppliers and craftsmen to deliver premium quality coverings and shades at a fair price – you may be able to find a cheaper option, but no one can beat us on value.
  • We offer the top warranty terms in the marketplace.
  • Custom welded frames of heavy aluminum or galvanized steel square tubing.
  • Painted to compliment your choice of hundreds of available fabrics.
  • Sewn with Tenara™ thread, impervious to sun, weather or water damage.
  • Covers attached with fabric-covered aluminum strips, screwed directly onto the frame. No ropes, no sagging, no staples, no plastic strips.
  • Hundreds of fabrics to choose - from breathable, mildew-resistant and fade-resistant solution dyed acrylics to back-lit translucent vinyl suitable for commercial signage - we can meet your lifestyle or business needs every time.

When Quality Counts...

You're Covered With Us!!

Your trust and delight assure our future.

  • LOCAL PRESENCE - Make sure you can visit your dealer and see the various shapes and configuration of covers and shades as well as trying out the motorized or manual controls for ease of use.
  • BRACKETS - Extruded heavy-duty aluminum; this is the first thing attached to your property and skimpy brackets means a skimpy job!
  • ARMS - Double cable to reduce wear and increase tension in arms; hinges move independently for maximum protection in high wind.
  • PAINTED FRAMES - We custom-weld stationary frames and use an exclusive Sherwin-Williams product to paint frames to match your choice of covering; if you choose black or white, the painting is FREE.
  • THREAD - Our stationary covers are sewn with Tenara™ thread, impervious to sun, weather, or water damage; guaranteed for the life of your cover.
  • STITCHING - We do not chain stitch; we use a unique lock-stitch method that ensures should a thread come loose in one spot, the seam still stays secure.
  • INSTALLATION - Custom made spacers on site to accommodate masonry, vinyl or wood siding.
  • WARRANTY - "Lifetime" warranties offered by most companies are actually for seven years - the average life span of an awning manufactured by one of the national chains - our 10-year warranty represents "Lifetime" PLUS three years!

Lake Gaston Awning Frame

Our Strong Frame Structure
  • Welded Thick Wall - Aluminum Maximum 24"
  • Painted with Sherwin Williams DTM Acrylic Paint
  • Covers are sewn lock stitch with Teflon thread (will not unravel or rot)
  • Covers attached with aluminum strip in sewn-in sleeve

Competitors Frame

Competitors Cheap Frame Structure
  • Slip-Fit with lace on cover
  • Bare Galvanized metal
  • Cover is chain- stitched with polyester thread (subject to unravel & rot)
  • Not Painted