Options abound at Awning Design and Fireside Pros

Staff Writer

When it comes to protection from the elements, Awning Design has its clients covered — in more ways than one.

Having just celebrated the company’s 25th year of creating, manufacturing and installing awnings for residential, commercial and industrial use throughout New Jersey, owners Mark Pedersen and Alan “Gordy” Techner are continuing to expand their business with their dedicated and experienced staff.

Awning Design’s projects can be seen in public places and in private homes. “Commercial, industrial and institutional awnings make up a large part of the business operation and we are proud to have our awnings grace businesses in downtown Freehold, along Route 9 and throughout Monmouth County,” Techner said.

With showrooms at 916 Business Route 33 East on the Freehold Township-Howell border, at 1392 Route 130 South in the Windsor-Robbinsville area, and at 1865 Route 35 South in Wall Township, the owners welcome the public to visit seven days a week and explore a wide range of fabric, vinyl and aluminum awnings, canopies and more, custom made in their Freehold Township-Howell manufacturing shop.

Each showroom has a variety of shade products on display. The Freehold Township-Howell site is the largest building, with the addition of a new showroom dedicated to a subsidiary of the company that focuses on fireplaces and stoves.

Fireside Pros, established in 2010, offers high-efficiency fireplace-insert and stove appliances in wood, gas and pellet. The firm designs and installs hearth products by Regency, Hampton and Hearthstone for residential and commercial use.

The Windsor-Robbinsville showroom features Fireside Pros products on display as well.

“What’s nice about the showrooms is that we have a lot of different working products on display,” Techner said. The Freehold Township-Howell showroom has five motorized retractable models of awnings on display, as well as fabrics by Sunbrella, Para and Sattler that may be selected for the awnings.

The company also has a sun structure that rides on a track instead of arms. It can be used with its own support system or on top of a pergola. “There is quite a variety of products for all different weather applications,” Techner said.

He said freestanding cabanas with removable covers and insulated flat panel roof systems that overhang from a structure to provide permanent shade are very popular. The firm also sells and installs three-season rooms, replacement windows and shutters.

“We do full enclosures, custom canopies, awnings and signs, full-on graphics and standing seam metal roofing, as well, and all different types of applications,” said Ian Wittmann, general manager.

Wittmann uses computer-aided design software to design every non-motorized project to each client’s specifications before the project is created in Awning Design’s expanded sewing and fabrication areas.

He said they also provide repair and seasonal put-up and take-down services for clients. Wittmann said the staff at Awning Design and Fireside Pros works as a team and takes pride in the finished product — from sales people who educate clients about the latest trends and options to the designers, fabricators and installers.

“Customers like our style,” Techner said. “They find us very friendly and knowledgeable and willing to help them. We enjoy what we do and we like the satisfaction people get once something is installed, whether it be at home or at a business. We want to invite everyone to our showrooms.”

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