As daylight savings time ends and the skies fill with gray clouds, homeowners everywhere should begin to think about getting their residential awning ready for winter. Fabric awnings left to their own devices over the winter months can develop mold, mildew, and holes by the spring. But what can do you do get your awning ready for winter? Follow these steps to get it ready for the winter storms ahead!
Dirt and Debris
The main thing to do to get your awning ready for winter is to clean it. This means brushing off leaves, dirt, and debris that could be caught in your awning. One a sunny, mild day, take a bucket filled with a mild dish soap and water. Use a brush to gently scrub the awning in a back and forth motion to remove stubborn stains and caked on dirt. Use a garden hose to rinse the awning thoroughly and leave it out to dry. Your awning can be put away once it is completely dry. Putting an awning away that is slightly damp can promote mold and mildew growth. Repeat this process with any hanging valances on your awning, making sure to remove them from the awning frame.
Storing Your Awning for Winter
There are three different methods of storing your awning. The first method is to leave it retracted against your home. If you choose this method, check your awning for loose or hanging fabric that could be torn during the winter winds. Tie the fabric down with straps to ensure it is safe from wind and the elements. Use a winter awning cover to keep you awning safe. Another storage method is to remove your awning fabric but to leave your frame. Make sure to keep your awning in a safe, dry place to wait out the winter and to tie your frame against your home in order to keep it from being blown around. The last method is to call Carroll Awning for an awning storage service. This method is popular among homeowners because it is easy and keeps their investment safe. Carroll Awning will come to your home before winter and remove your awning. They will store it in their safe, temperature controlled storage facility where it will be safe from the winter weather. Then in the spring, they will come to your home and reinstall your awning. For a small fee, this storage option is no-fuss and will keep your investment safe all winter long! For more information on winter storage, call Carroll Awning today!
Call Carroll Awning Today!
Carroll Awning provides the best quality energy efficient awnings and frames for any business or restaurant, as well as homes and apartments, for any time of the year. For a free estimate, call 1-800-999-5617 or click here to contact us online.