There are a number of things you can do to take care of your retractable awning so it lasts for years to come. Here are 4 tips to to assure your retractable awning is ready when you are to enjoy your outdoor space.
- Retract Your Awning – If severe weather is in the forecast, it is important to retract your awning before the storm hits. You should also make sure to retract your awning when you are not at home to assure that any unpredicted strong winds do not damage your awning while you are away. Strong gusts can not only damage the fabric, but can compromise the alignment of the frame, or cause part breakage as well, if strong enough.
- Do Not Hang Items On The Frame – Although decorating your outdoor space with plants can enhance the beauty of your outdoor space, you should refrain from placing hanging baskets on the actual frame of the awning. Baskets and pots should only be utilized in areas on or around the actual deck or patio area. Hanging objects from the frame may cause the awning undue stress, which could cause misalignment or breakage to occur. Hanging items on the frame can also deter you from retracting your awning during times when it is unclear if a storm will actually occur, which could in turn result in wind or storm damage.
- Clean Your Awning Prior to Storing – Clean your awning before it is put away for the winter to help keep your fabric looking newer longer. Stains can degrade the beauty of your awning, but cleaning it on a regular basis to remove dirt and debris can help.
- If Your Awning Is Damaged, Get A Professional To Help – If your awning is damaged and is not working properly, it might be tempting to try to fix it yourself – but this could result in further damage if you are not experienced in awning repair. Contact a professional awning installer, such as Mr Awnings, to assure your awning is fixed right – the first time.
Spending time outdoors relaxing with family and friends can be the highlight of your day. But if your awning isn’t working properly due to the lack of regular care and maintenance, it can quickly turn into the most stressful part of your day. By following these 4 tips on how to take care of your retractable awning you can increase the lifespan of your awning and assure it is ready when you are to enjoy your outdoor space.