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Retractable Awnings Offer Many Solutions

Great for Any Purpose Retractable awnings can be both flexible and versatile, making them ideal for nearly any kind of residence or business. You can choose from a variety of colors made from high-quality fabric that blocks out different amounts of light  Choosing a retractable awning will complement your personal taste and the style of your home.  It’s a natural extension, and not an awkward add on. You can also choose the length of the awning, so that it does not extend beyond your area or leave out parts you want to protect. Cost-effective Typically, these awnings only have attachments […]

How to Clean Your Awning Fabric

While the awning is on the frame, you can conduct light cleaning. Brush off loose dirt with a soft bristle brush. Hose down fabrics on a monthly basis with clean water, which helps prevent dirt from becoming deeply embedded in the fabric and eliminates the need for more thorough cleaning. Typically, a thorough cleaning of your awning will be needed every two to three years. For tough cleaning jobs to get rid of dirt and mildew, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap or dishwashing liquid. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub away dirt and debris. Allow […]

Common Awning Installation Issues & Troubleshooting

If you are looking to spend time outdoors with family under a retractable awning, this is the perfect time! During nice, warm and sunny weather many homeowners choose to sit under an awning or shade to enjoy their outdoor living areas. Yet, after many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions. Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is completely […]

How Retractable Awnings Work

Retractable awnings for the patio or deck are a convenient solution to protect you and your family from the sun and rain. Whether you are hosting an outdoor party or relaxing in the shade, awnings allow you to enjoy time spent outdoors. Have you ever wondered how awnings work and what they are made of? Among the best things about retractable awnings are their convenience and storability! Retractable awnings can be taken out during the warm months and put away during the winter. When you are not using it, the awning rolls up into a cassette and is protected from […]

Most Common Problems with Awnings

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! Mold 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 […]

What Makes an Awning?

Did you know that the tradition of relaxing under an awning started in Ancient Rome? Nowadays, awnings are used to block the sun and rain, to make our homes more inviting, and to make businesses stand out. There’s a lot that goes into the process of creating an awning. Many awnings, especially one’s made for businesses, are custom designed and tailored to fit the clients’ needs. Here’s what’s involved behind-the-scenes before your awning is delivered and installed. Fabric The whole process begins with the fabric. The colors have to be eye-catching as well as pleasing, and sometimes a business-owner will […]