If you’ve made the investment in window awnings for your home or business, you already know all the benefits they provide. If you haven’t, they provide shelter from the weather, including shading your windows from the heat of the direct sun, which can drive up your home cooling costs when windows are not protected. While strong, window awnings are not impervious to damage, and once you have them installed, you have to take care of them for them to last.
Keep Them Clean
The number one thing that can decrease the life of your awning is dirt. Awnings are outside and constantly exposed to wind and weather. The wind blows dust and dirt up on to the awnings, and it settles in creases and folds. Over time, that dirt can eat away at the durability of the fabric. The first thing you should plan to do is spray your awnings down with the hose at least twice a month. If they do require more thorough cleaning, make sure you have the right tools. Using the wrong cleaning solution can weaken the fabric of the awning as well. Of the cleaning solutions available, each is used a little differently. If you’re unsure what to use or how to use what you have, consult an awning specialist.
Care For The Frames
Don’t neglect the awning frame while you’re caring for the fabric cover. Most people assume that as the most sturdy portion of the awning, the frame can be left alone. On the contrary, over time the frames can get damaged by their exposure to the elements. It’s important to check them over seasonally so that any issues are caught early. If you do find an issue with your awning frame, get it repaired right away.
Store Them Properly
If you remove the awnings seasonally (like during the winter), it is important to store them correctly. Even if you don’t remove them seasonally, you’ll be taking them down to clean them occasionally, and during that time storage matters too. Make sure you store them somewhere dry. Damp conditions can lead to the growth of mold and mildew which will weaken the fabric. If you store them near sharp objects, you run the risk of the fabric being accidentally cut.
Avoid Extra Heat
Most awnings are intended to block the heat but don’t add to the load. Don’t grill under the awnings, as the heat and smoke can cause serious damage to the fabric, including staining it.
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