Awning Maintenance: Routine Care Will Extend the Lifespan of Your Awning

November 29th, 2021, 2:35 PM

Residential awnings are an investment for your home, so like any other investment, you want to maintain it well to ensure the longest lifespan. Stationary awnings, retractable awnings, and window awnings can reduce your overall energy usage to heat and cool your home throughout the seasons, making it a worthy investment. 

There are many other benefits of awnings that span from functional to aesthetic. Porch valances keep the rain from your gutters from spraying on your porch during heavy rainfall. The cool shade offered by awnings helps you get the most out of your outdoor space in the spring and summer. Stationary canopies can prevent rust from accumulating on outdoor items such as grills and patio sets, keep your patio couches and chairs dry, and provide an ideal spot for shade-loving potted plants. 

If your car is showing signs of damage, such as loose brakes, you would want to get that repaired as soon as possible so that it doesn't evolve into the brakes going out entirely. The same principle applies to maintaining your awning. With routine cleaning and repair of the awning fabric and structure, you can make your investment last up to 15 years.

While all of our retractable awnings come with a 10-year warranty, both stationary and retractable awning frames can last up to 30 years, and the canvases, on average, can last up to 15 with routine cleanings and repairs.

Keep Your Stationary Canopy Looking Good as New

Take down your awning during the winter months 

Harsh winter winds, freezing temperatures, and snow can cause damage to your awning frame and canvas fabric. Generally, the frames for stationary awnings can stay up all year while the canvases are removed. For seasonal awnings, the whole structure needs to be taken down and stored. Not sure how to take it down? No worries, we recommend leaving it to the experts here at Al's Awnings. We offer services such as awning removal, storage, and reinstallation

Have your awning regularly cleaned 

Regularly cleaning your awning reduces the risk of damage to the fabric from common issues such as mold and algae. A buildup of grime, mold, and dirt can weaken the integrity of the fabric and make it more susceptible to tearing and fraying. Keeping your awning clean and crisp can also raise the market value of your home or business. We recommend getting your awning cleaned every 3-5 years.

Keep your awning free of debris (leaves, sticks, basketballs thrown by the kids, etc.)

All of these materials could potentially damage the fabric or integrity of your awning's structure. Sticks can tear holes in the fabric while a buildup of leaves can cause mildew and stress on the fabric. Basketballs, footballs, and other outdoor toys are best enjoyed away from your awning, especially considering the dents or stress tears they can cause on the awning structure and fabric. Although it may be fun for them to have a new surface to add dimension to their games, it is important to explain to your children that your awning is not a toy. Doing so could save you a lot of money in the long run. 

Make repairs to your awning as needed

Once you notice damage to your awning, it is important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Repair services offered by Al's Awnings include restitching, awning hole repair and braiding repairs. Our highly-trained team of awning experts can add years to your awning's lifespan. We recommend booking a repair appointment alongside your takedown appointment at the end of the season.

Have professionals install (and during consecutive seasons, re-install,) your awning

This limits the damage done to the awning. Having the same professionals who installed your awning the first time be the ones taking it down ensures that your awning is handled with care and know-how. Our team also has all the necessary tools to take down and put up your awning without any damage. In addition, we have the storage space to keep your awning in great condition all throughout winter. 

Connect with Awning Maintenance Professionals to Increase the Lifespan of Your Residential Awning

When it comes to residential awning services, Al's Awnings are the awning care professionals Erie, PA, and the surrounding area trusts most. There are many ways to increase the lifespan of your awning, with most of them being maintenance-oriented. From installation to cleaning and repairs, our team is highly-trained and skilled in what they do. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about your awning or about getting an awning installed by us.

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