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Most Common Problems with Awnings

Awnings protect your home, family, and property from the rays of the sun and help to keep your home cool and comfortable. But doing these things season after season, year after year can be harmful to your awning’s fabric and frame. Let’s take a look at your awning’s biggest natural foes and get tips for how to avoid them in this list of the most common awning problems.


Slow and deadly, mold is one of the most common enemies of awning fabric. The daily elements can leave your awning wet and warm, and if it doesn’t dry properly, mold can start to grow quickly. There are some fabrics that can develop mold easily, while others are more resistant to it. If you see mold, use our awning care tips before it completely ruins your fabric. One of the most important things you’ll need to do is to remember to let your awning dry thoroughly before you retract it or store it.

Sun Damage

Another enemy of your awning is the sun. As your awning blocks the rays of the sun from your home and patio, it comes into contact with a lot of UV rays. These UV rays can cause wear on your fabrics as well as fading. At Eclipse Shading Systems, we recommend choosing fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric for your retractable awning to make sure it looks great for years to come.

The heat of constant summer sun can also cause your awning frame to melt over time and cause mechanical problems with your outdoor awning. That’s not an issue with Eclipse retractable awnings, which are made with ultra-durable frames by Llaza of Spain.


Rain is a serious issue for awnings, particularly in wetter climates. Awnings don’t just hide you from the sun; they also allow you to sit outside and enjoy even the dampest of days. But a badly constructed awning can capture rain instead of directing it away from your home. As it captures puddles of rain, your awning will put pressure on the frame causing warping, malfunctions, and even breaking your expensive awning. Our tough awning frames at Eclipse don’t have this problem, fortunately. In addition, we make sure every awning is constructed to avoid rain capture so it can dry off quickly when the weather clears up.


Snow can also potentially cause trouble for any awning. From light snow showers to blizzards, snow can pile up quickly during the winter months. Heavy snow fall can build up on your awning and cause tears in the fabric, warp the frame, and put major stress on your awning in general. The best thing you can do is to brush the snow off of your awning as soon as possible or have it taken down before snow hits for the winter season. Eclipse awnings are easy to retract before a snowfall or remove from your home’s exterior for indoor storage over the winter.


Bees and pests of any kind can be another hazard for your awning. They can nest within your retracted awning, causing massive amounts of damage to your once beautiful awning. The best way to save your awning from pests is to limit food supplies. Don’t leave sugary drinks, food, or trash in the open.

Use these tips to keep your outdoor awning in great shape. When you choose a retractable awning from Eclipse Shading Systems, you won’t have to worry about many of the most common issues due to the superior materials and design.