If you are in the market for a new retractable awning or have just recently purchased one, you may be concerned about how long it will last and how to protect it. While awnings are great for protection from the elements, they can accumulate damage from the elements. Here are some common causes of wear and tear for awnings and how you can avoid them.
While awnings are designed to protect from the rain, it’s possible for excessive rain to damage your awning. If the fabric of your awning is loose, it can actually capture water and cause stress to the frame. To prevent this from happening, you should always make sure that your awning is tightened to prevent the pool from forming. You should always avoid using your retractable awning during heavy rainfall.
In the winter months, snow buildup on your awning can be devastating for your retractable awning. To avoid any damage, you should always store your awning in the fall, just make sure where you store your awning is dry and free of debris.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew are the two most common culprits of awning damage. Because your awning is exposed to the sun and the rain, it often gets warm and wet – this makes it the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. A monthly cleaning will help prevent the buildup or a mildew remover can be used for existing buildup. You should also avoid storing your awning in wet and damp locations as that can promote mold and mildew growth.
While the main purpose of an awning is to protect you and your family from the harmful rays, certain fabrics can become damaged from prolonged exposure to the sun. Excess sun damage can lead to discoloration, fading, cracking/tearing and brittleness. Combat this by using UV protective coatings and by retracting your awning when it’s not in use.
If you are considering an awning for your home or business in the Chicago or Milwaukee area, give Apple Annie Retractable Awnings a call today! Contact us at 1-866-AASHADE. We have been providing high quality awnings and outdoor systems for 30 years!