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Awning Maintenance 101: How to Keep Your Awning in Top Shape

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Stephen Carruthers

Stephen Carruthers is an expert patio roof builder combining years of construction experience and local climate knowledge to create inviting, durable outdoor spaces.

Awning is an important feature of any outdoor space, providing shade and protection from the elements. However, like any other feature of your home, it requires regular maintenance to ensure that it remains in top condition.

Here are some basic awning maintenance tips to help you keep your awning in top shape:

Clean awnings regularly.

Depending on your location and the amount of exposure your awning gets to dirt and debris, you should aim to clean it at least once every six months. This will prevent dirt and debris from accumulating and causing damage to the awning material over time.

Start by removing any loose debris, such as leaves and branches, with a soft-bristled brush or a broom. Next, mix a solution of mild detergent and water, and use a soft-bristled brush or a sponge to gently scrub the awning material. Rinse the awning thoroughly with a garden hose, and allow it to air dry completely before retracting it.

Look for damages on awnings.

Regular inspections can help you identify any damage or wear and tear on your awning before it becomes a major problem. Inspect your awning at least once every six months, or more frequently if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions.

Look for signs of damage, such as tears, holes, or loose seams, and take note of any areas that require repair. If you notice any damage, it is important to address it as soon as possible to prevent further damage and prolong the life of your awning.

Apply lubricant on moving parts.

Awnings have moving parts, such as joints and hinges. Apply lubricant on its moving parts to ensure it can move and operate smoothly. Invest in a silicone-based lubricant to lubricate all the moving parts. Be careful not to over-apply the lubricant. Too much lubricant may cause stains on other awning materials, which could be challenging to remove. 

Protect awnings from harsh environments.

Sun, wind, and rain can all cause damage to your awning over time. Take a few simple precautions to protect your awning from harsh weather conditions. Retracting your awning during heavy rain or windstorms is better to prevent debris damage and avoid water pooling on the fabric.

You may apply a waterproofing spray to your awning to help it resist water and prevent mould and mildew growth. Moreover, if your awning is not in use for an extended period of time, consider covering it with a protective cover to prevent damage from the sun and weather.

Properly store your awnings.

If you need to store your awning for an extended period of time, it is important to store it properly to prevent damage. Start by cleaning the awning thoroughly and allowing it to dry completely. After which, retract the awning and secure it with any straps or ties that came with the awning.

Do not forget to cover the awning with a protective cover to prevent damage from the sun, wind, and weather. Store the awning in a dry, cool place, such as a garage or basement, to prevent mould and mildew growth.

Final Takeaway

With a little bit of regular maintenance, you can keep your awning in top shape for years to come. Clean your awning regularly, inspect for damage, lubricate moving parts, protect your awning from the elements, and store your awning properly to extend its life and keep it looking great.

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