HAND CRAFTED AWNINGS FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
Manufacturing awnings is a family trade that has been handed down through each of our four generations.We are able to create many custom products for your home. Below are a few examples of what you can find from within our shop.
Awnings can transform your business from a flat store front into an attractive centerpiece drawing attention and gaining customer appeal all in one. Below are some examples showing the wide variety of awnings we can create for your business.
We proudly sell and service ECLIPSE SHADING SYSTEMS® retractable awnings and solar shades. Whether you are covering a window, a patio, or you need a motorized drop shade to block some sun and wind, we offer Eclipse's full line of shading products. Below are a few of our most popular items.
FABULOUS FABRICS OF ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY
We work with only the very best fabric manufacturers producing materials of the highest possible standard. All fabrics have a unique characteristic setting each job apart from the next giving you a one of a kind bespoke awning specifically created for your home or business. Each material also carries a 10 year manufacturers warranty giving you peace of mind over the years to come.
You can start exploring the materials by clicking the links below or alternatively contact us to discuss options.
Great businesses have great beginnings, and ours is no exception. Our family has owned and operated Berges Trenton Awning for over eight decades. Below is a brief history of how we have become a part of the local Southern Jersey fabric.
In 1927, George Berges’ son, Louis Berges, was looking to establish a new business. Living out his American dream, Louis decided what better place to secure the future for his family than to move to “America’s Playground”, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Drawing from his own abilities and his wife’s seamstress skills, Louis founded an awning company. Paying homage to his first home in the US, he named the new venture “Berges Trenton Awning”. Right at the start, his wife, Mary, set the bar high and coined our famous motto:
“AWNINGS JUST A SHADE BETTER”
The very first shop was on Missouri Avenue, which later moved to Melrose, and finally made its permanent Atlantic City home in the inlet on Massachusetts Avenue. Beginning in the early 1930s, we were the premier awning shop on the island and made awnings up and down the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk showcasing many of the landmark buildings of the day. Continuing with the custom nature and quality product that had been set forth by Louis, his oldest son, Ronald Berges, joined the business in the 1940s. Together, father & son made their awnings better than ever. Bringing their product to even more customers, the business continued to grow.
In 1957, a third generation of awning men was born, Richard Berges. When Richard began working at Massachusetts Avenue in 1975 the future of BTA was firmly entrenched. However, his contributions brought BTA to a crossroads. With the need for more room to produce and house awnings and the imminent pressure of new casinos and big business looming over the Atlantic City shop, it was time we moved once again. After a short search, we jumped off the island to our current location here at 12 West Washington Avenue in Pleasantville. We converted Southern Dry Cleaners into our best shop to date. We built sewing machine tables, cutting tables, and production rooms and were back in business within no time.
The 1980’s were some of our strongest years to date. Our customer base grew as we took on more residential work and we were firmly established among the best in the South Jersey custom awning business.
In 1985, the fourth generation entered the world, Nathan Berges. For as long as I can remember, I spent every free day, and all my summer breaks by my dad’s side.
In 1997, we celebrated our 70th year in business.
By 2004 I was working fulltime and proudly celebrated our 80th Anniversary along with my father, and my grandfather still minding the shop. Never resting on our laurels, we continue to search for new products and push our awnings further so we can provide you, the customer, with only the best. Coming from the humble beginnings of a young American, we have watched Berges Trenton Awning turn into a multi-faceted business and have a continued strong foothold for a bright future. We look forward to celebrating 90 years in business with many more to come.
Be sure to have a look at our nostalgic photo gallery (see link below) showing images from our early history up until today.
Our ancestry set forth a path of hard work, dedication to innovation, and a goal to continually create the best product anyone could buy. Now four generations strong, we operate with an uncompromising commitment to excellence in all areas of our business and provide products and service that exceed our customers’ expectations. The only way to create exceptional products is to start by using the best materials and machines.
In our materials section, you will find a selection of only the highest quality fabrics that each have a unique characteristic to set every job apart from the next. To bring the fabric together, our seams are state of the art thanks to our Miller Weldmaster fabric-welding machine. Sealing our work at well over 500 degrees Fahrenheit, our seams create a leak-proof seal that is ready to stand the test of time and brave the outdoor elements.
Each awning is then meticulously measured and carefully cut one by one. Now, the awnings are ready to be sewn together and we do so using industry leading thread, GORE® TENARA® Sewing Thread. These are only the beginning details that go into each awning, time after time. Reinforcements are sewn in, patches are placed near potential wear points, and each awning is sealed with our personal label so that when it leaves our shop and is placed onto your home or business, we can proudly present to you an awning that is truly “Just A Shade Better” in every way.
PROUDLY TAKING CARE OF ALL YOUR AWNING NEEDS SINCE 1927
AREAS WE SERVICE
Berges Trenton Awning has been a local staple for over 89 years. Some have asked if the Trenton in our name is because of our location, but it has stayed with us to pay homage to Louis Berges, our founder, who initially settled in Trenton, NJ when his father first came to America. We offer our full line of custom shading products throughout Southern New Jersey including Atlantic County and Cape May County. Our awnings are found on many homes and businesses throughout the islands of Margate, Longport, Ocean City, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and down through Cape May. We also service non-shore towns like Linwood, Somers Point, Northfield, Mays Landing, and others in Atlantic County.
Every awning is installed in the same, taut fashion, from one project to the next. We tighten every corner, fill every grommet, and check every piece that goes into each awning, whether it is found on a window, porch, or storefront. We pride ourselves in hanging each awning correctly, because great quality needs to be served with great presentation.
To set up an installation for your awning, please contact us and we will schedule you into our work orders.
To help preserve your awning, we suggest having it taken down at the end of the season. During colder months the greatest concern is the possibility of snow. Just like shoveling snow, when it’s light and fluffy, there is little problem. However, once the light and fluffy snow sits for a day or so, it will harden and become much heavier to move. In the same way, the weight becomes burdensome to your awning and frame structure as it lies on top and settles in place. By simply having your awning taken down prior to the coldest months of the season, these problems can be avoided.
We have on site, temperature controlled storage for all of your awnings. Once removed, your window awnings are labeled, canopies are gently folded into small bundles, and your porch awnings will be rolled up. Each one is marked or tagged for its placement on your house before being placed into our storage areas.
Once an awning has been in the elements for a few years there may be the need for some repairs. Small tears can be patched, and larger tears will be brought in for sewing. We use the same care with awnings that need repairs, as we would with a brand new awning.
To ease the burden of one more phone call during your busy day, we provide you with something we call the “Automatic List”. It’s sort of like a VIP list for your awning service. You can call ahead at any time during the year, and once you know the timing of when you would like your awning hung or taken down, we’ll put the specified time into our computers. Once we have logged that, every year we will perform your services within a timely manner of when you asked us to arrive, either spring or fall. It’s that simple. It’s another service we offer to make owning your awnings a bit easier. Contact us for more information.
MAKE A PAYMENT
You can make a secure payment to us online by using PayPal – the quick, easy, online way to pay. Just fill in your payment information and the amount to pay below and you will be taken to a secure PayPal page to complete the transaction. You will then receive a payment notification email from PayPal. Please ensure that you enter the correct amount so as not to cause any delay to your services or products. Please note that you do not need a PayPal account to make a secure payment.
EXAMPLES OF OUR AWNING WORK FOR CUSTOMERS HOMES
EXAMPLES OF OUR COMMERCIAL AWNING PROJECTS
SOAK UP THE HISTORY OF BERGES TRENTON AWNING
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AWNING COMPANIES?
At face value, most awnings will look the same to the average consumer. From one company to the next they all resemble the same overall shape, but that is where the similarities end. Berges Trenton Awning continues to set the standard and raise the standard of quality and precision when designing your awning. If you read through our core values page you’ll see that we take each part of the awning manufacturing process to the top degree and make sure each awning is created with the best materials and craftsmanship that can be found anywhere. The same applies to our retractable awnings. We searched far and wide for the manufacturer that we felt met that same level our hand made awnings are scrutinized to and Eclipse Shading Systems met our criteria. You can be sure that when purchasing any awning from us that we have done the thinking for you and your awning is built specifically for your needs.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklin
DO YOU PROVIDE ESTIMATES?
We proudly offer free estimates all year round. Please use our contact information below to get in touch with us and we will set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.
ARE YOU A FULL SERVICE MANUFACTURING FACILITY?
Yes. We take pride in having expert, knowledgeable staff in each area of our company to accomplish each project that comes through our doors. We have learned many crucial things over our 89 years in business that put our awnings in a league of their own. From beginning to end, we have our hands on every aspect of your awnings to see that they are crafted to the best tolerances and most scrutinizing details. This goes for our services we provide as well. We take care of each awning as though they were our own.
WHAT WILL MY METAL AWNING FRAME BE MADE FROM?
We traditionally use galvanized steel for all our window and porch awning frames. For canopy frames we are able to provide you with either steel or tig-welded aluminum framing. Depending our your location and shading needs, our product specialist will give you the best option that fits your home.
HOW LONG DO AWNINGS LAST?
If the awning is serviced yearly, installed in the spring and taken down for the winter months, we have seen awnings last 8 to 10 years before the canvas needs to be replaced. A canopy frame structure and accompanying window frames are made once, and will out last the canvas in almost all situations.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEAN MY AWNING?
We recommend a natural cleaner such as Simple Green. Using a soft brush you’d use to wash your car, simply spray on the cleaner and scrub the cleaner around the awning, being gentle near stitching and seams. Then hose off the cleaner and you’ll be on your way. We do not recommend using a power washer, as they are a bit too powerful for the strength of some older canvas and can cause more trouble in the long run for the life of the material. We gladly offer seasonal cleaning as well. Be sure to ask one of our representatives when discussing your services and we will add you to our cleaning list.
SHOULD I LEAVE MY AWNING UP ALL YEAR ROUND?
Depending on your location, the natural weather elements and salt air from the ocean are the toughest abrasives your awning will meet. Having your awning serviced is a great way to ensure that the worst local weather, cold snowy winters, won’t damage your awning and will also prevent any further repairs to be needed if your awning is more then a few years old.
DO YOU APPLY GRAPHICS TO COMMERCIAL AWNINGS?
We are able to apply simple addresses through to your business logo. Be sure to make us aware of these requests when you get in touch with a sales associate for your new awning.
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