If you are interested in extending the life of your awnings, it is critical to have a preventive maintenance schedule in place. This will help you save money as you will not have to replace a damaged awning. By going the preventive maintenance route, you never have to worry about replacing the fabric or hardware of your awning.
Here are some wonderful tips to help you extend the life of your awnings so that you can enjoy your outdoor living space without too many worries.
Perform Function Check Regularly
Whether you have a manual or automatic awning, make it a point to conduct a function check during off-season. Just extend or set up the awning to prevent the hardware from going stiff or blending together. This will save you trouble when you use the awning. Whether you use or do not use the awning, set it up and perform a visual and mechanical inspection once a month. This way, you will save time, money and effort during the season when you want to use the awning.
Inspect the Joints and Hardware
When you are setting up the awning, carefully check the hardware and joints. You should keep an eye and ear open for kinks, dents and squeaks in the poles. It is prudent to remember that wind can sometimes prevent the awning from aligning problem while you are opening or closing it. As a result, it can develop dents and bends. Looking for these problems will help you find an apt solution to the issue and ensure it does not occur again.
Never Roll a Wet Awning
Many homeowners end up rolling a wet awning. This is one of the worst mistakes you can make as it will ruin the fabric within no time. The moisture will stay on the fabric, causing mold and mildew to proliferate. The fungi will damage the fabric. After a shower, let the awning, air dry thoroughly before you decide to roll it up. It is best to remember that on a humid day, it will take longer for the awning fabric to dry.
Protect Your Awnings from UV Rays
Have you ever seen a tarp that has been left out in the sun for a few months? Well, that is exactly what will happen to the awning fabric. A faded and damaged awning fabric will need replacement, which can be expensive. However, if you take measures to protect the fabric from harmful UV rays, your awning can last a lifetime! When purchasing an awning, press the button for one that has a flexible aluminum coating. This coating covers the fabric and prevents it from damage due to sun exposure.
Clean the Hardware Regularly
Use a broom to clean the joints. Dust and dirt can damage the awning hardware without you realizing. It can even result in scratches on the pole, stripping away the paint. When paint peels off, it exposes the poles, resulting in rust formation. You should look to use a broom once a month on the poles to get rid of the dust and other dirt to keep the hardware prim and proper.
Inspect the Awning Fabric
The moisture, rain, wind, and snow can damage the awning fabric or cause it to tear. Many times, with use, the seams of the awning can fray. It is best to get the seams repaired so that wind cannot cause the tear to extend or become bigger. A stellar way to repair frayed seam is to brush on clean nail polish on the affected area. Ask you wife first though! That is probably not your territory!
If you are single, you can buy nail polish at any number of retail outlets.
Clean the Gear Box
Your awning may have a gear box or pulley system, depending on the type of awning you have. Unfortunately, this component attracts dirt, bugs, dust, and leaves which can hinder the operation of the pulley system or the gear box. You can clean this part of your awning with a can of compressed air so that it is not affected and does not hinder the extension or retraction of the awning.
Inspect the Tension of the Awning
Make it a point to tension the awning correctly. A properly tensioned awning is less susceptible to tears. So read the manufacturer’s instructions and tighten the frame correctly. If necessary, use a tensioning tool to do the job correctly. It will take a little bit of practice to tension the awning correctly, and with time, you will be able to master this task.
Cleaning the Awning Fabric
Refrain from using detergents and cleaning agents to clean the awning fabric. These cleaning products will damage the waterproofing coating on the fabric. Instead, use cold water and a soft-bristled brush to clean the awning fabric. Use a broom to clean the inside surface of the awning as it can attract dirt. Do this once a week to prevent stains and the dirt from adhering permanently to the awning and causing mold formation.
Awnings have the ability to expand your living space. They allow you to enjoy the outdoors irrespective of the season. Taking care of the awnings will help extend their life and help you save money.