Awnings are the perfect way to provide a little extra shade to your yard. However, much like all other parts of your home, you have to maintain it if you want it to last. Follow these awning maintenance tips to ensure your awning lasts as long as possible.
Proper Awning Maintenance Means Only Using Your Awning When Needed
Your awning is meant to offer you shade to protect you from the sun, and that’s it. It’s not meant to serve as anything else. Don’t use it for any other reasons. Don’t pretend it’s a trampoline. Don’t use it to protect yourself from other weather like rain or snow. If you don’t use your awning properly, you’ll shorten its lifespan.
Retract Your Awning When It’s Not in Use
Part of proper awning maintenance is knowing when your awning doesn’t have to be out. That’s why you should retract it when it’s not needed. Leaving it exposed unnecessarily leaves it vulnerable to various types of damage.
Inspect Your Awning’s Mechanical Parts Regularly as Part of Your Awning Maintenance Routine
A traditional part of awning maintenance is checking on your mechanical pieces to make sure that everything is still in functional condition. By inspecting mechanical parts, you can find out if anything needs repairing or replacing before any serious damage takes place. See if any parts of your awning are broken or rusty. Also, you should lubricate all of your awning’s moving parts annually and replace any broken pieces as soon as you notice they’re damaged.
Clean Your Awning Regularly
Awning maintenance doesn’t just mean fixing broken parts; it also means keeping your awning clean. Clean your awning fabric and frame once per month. If you keep up with this routine, it prevents rust and dirt from piling up, and it stops the metal or fabric from breaking down. Use a broom to clean off debris that you find, wipe your frame down, then use cold water to rinse off your fabric. One time per year, you should remove your fabric so you can clean it more thoroughly.
Trim Nearby Trees and Shrubs
Help keep your awning safe by trimming trees and shrubs that are nearby your awning. Falling branches can harm your awning’s fabric. Also, trees have a type of acid that will damage your fabric over time.
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Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top quality craftsmanship and service.