Awnings protect your home, family, and property from the rays of the sun and keeping 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!
Slow and deadly, mold is one of the biggest foes of your awning fabric. The daily elements can leave your awning wet and warm. There are some fabrics that can contract it easily, while others help to keep it a bay for a while before succumbing to it. If you see mold, use our awning care tips before it completely ruins your fabric.
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. The heat of constant summer sun can cause your acrylic or acrylic-coated fabric and frame to melt over time and cause mechanical problems with your outdoor awning.
Rain is a serious issue for awnings on the east coast. Awnings don’t just hide you from the sun but they allow you to sit outside and enjoy even the wettest 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.
Snow is a major foe of any awning. From light snow showers to blizzards, snow can pile up quickly on the east coast. 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.
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.