The retractable awning is not just good for one type of weather. You can use it during the hottest part of the day for shading it or even open it up when you want to spend some time outside and it’s raining. It reduces the heat and glares of the sun and can shade your room to protect the carpet and furniture from the extreme heat. A retractable awning can help you save the electrical cost on your air conditioning.
It provides you with multiple conveniences which is why it is very important to maintain your retractable awning well. Maintenance will increase the lifespan to ensure quality services and reduce any extra costs in the future. The life span of your awning will depend on how well you take care of it.
The material may play a large factor on the lifespan but maintenance is largely as important.
Since the awnings are featured outside, over time the fabric will become vulnerable to the weather and wildlife. These factors will have a negative impact on the awning if you fail to do proper periodic maintenance. Here are 5 ways you can maintain your retractable awning:
1. Clean the retractable awning routinely
One of the best and easiest ways to take care of the retractable awning is to come up with a regular cleaning schedule and maintain it. You can either clean it while it is still on the fixture or remove it for a thorough clean; whichever works best for you. Cleaning the retractable owning will prevent accumulation of dirt, and long term stains.
Sometimes, debris from your roof will fall directly on to the awning causing all kinds of damages.
To keep the awning fabric looking new and fresh, only use a soft bristle brush when cleaning it. Rough bristles may cause some scratches which can develop into tears in the long run. Clean the retractable awning with mild natural soap and some lukewarm water. Hose it down to ensure the soap and dirt is completely removed from the surface.
Note that harsh soaps and detergents may damage the fabric so use a milder cleaning solution.
2. Operate the awning properly
Before installing the awning it is best that you read the operating instructions. Awnings are not intended to be used in all weather conditions. To increase the lifespan, you need to retract it and turn off the control systems when you are going away for a long time or when expecting heavy rain, snow or strong winds. These weather conditions can damage your awning.
If you are not using the area under the awning then it does not need o be installed. You should never apply any force while you are operating the awning otherwise you will ruin it. Operating it in freezing weather will also reduce its lifespan.
The awning motor is designed with small heat generating gears. The heat is distributed slowly and insulated by the fabric roll. The heat sensors in the awning will prevent usage until the motor is cooled if you keep operating the awning.
3. Constant inspections on the awning
First, ensure there is no wear and tear on the fabric of your awning. If you find any you should act immediately. Find matching fabrics and material and try to patch up the tears before they grow any bigger. Every time you are opening the awning including the first time you have to inspect the fabric and make sure there is no stain or mildew. If you find any, you can rinse that out with a hose.
Inspecting the framework of the awning is also important. Even though maintaining the framework is typically not required but it is important. Wipe the framework to ensure it remains clean and does not attract any permanent stains. The movable parts of the awning should be lubricated regularly to ensure they are running smoothly and do not stiffen up over time.
Since you will be moving the awning a lot, ensure the screws and bolts do not become loose over time. You can simply tighten them on your own.
4. Proper storage of the awning
If you store the retractable awning while it is not completely dry, you risk mold, mildew growth and rotten material. Take your time to clean and remove dirt from the material and ensure it is completely dry in all parts before you store it. Storing it in a travel position will make it very easy to remove and reassemble. The only way to extend the fabric life is to ensure the awning is stored correctly.
You do not need to take the awning down during the short winters because the frames will not corrode easily. To be safe, make sure you retract and store the awning during the winter to avoid damaging the original paint job and finish.
5. Proper use of the awning
Proper maintenance also means that you have to take care of the awning while it is in use. Avoid using any kind of grill or fire under the awning. Charcoal grills produce soot which leaves some stains on the inside of the awning. Taking off the soot is difficult and it may become a permanent stain over time.
The permanent stain will damage the aesthetic of the awning. Remove the leaves and twigs hanging over the awning. They can destroy the structure and fabric permanently. They can cause great damage and tears or permanent stains.
The final word
Having a retractable awning is very important, especially in the hot weather. The awning can make a 20-degree difference and the temperature allows you to get some fresh air. Retractables are much larger that umbrellas and cover more space. They can also ameliorate your home.
You can use it to cover different areas like putting shade on your eating table or any outside sitting. The best thing about retractable awnings is that you can use it whenever you want to.