Shade awnings, available through Blinds Express Inc., are rugged and durable and do not usually require much maintenance, as long as they are used correctly. However, there are a few ways of caring for a shade awning which increases the useful life of the product and assures its trouble-free operation.
Opening and Closing the Awning
If your awning opens with a manual hand crank, make sure that the crank is always turned gently with the handle held in line with the eyelet. If the awning starts to sag as it is opened, retract it until the fabric tightens up again.
The arms that hold the awning open should never be fully straightened when opening. Attempting to open an awning past the gear stop to straighten the arms can cause damage to the gear and the arms. It is possible to install a stop to prevent accidental over-extension on manually retractable awnings.
Caring for Awning Fabric
Awnings are made with water resistant fabric, but seams can hold moisture longer than the surface of the fabric. Retracting an awning before it gets wet is the best way of preventing rot and mildew problems, but sometimes it is not possible to do.
- If an awning gets wet, try to let it dry out completely before rolling it up, keeping in mind that fabric seams are going to take longer to dry. If you must retract a wet awning, open it up again as soon as possible so it can dry out completely. While it is not recommended, if you do expect your awning to withstand some rain, make sure it is mounted with an adequate amount of slope to allow water to run off completely.
- If an awning gets wet and freezes, trying to retract it can damage the motor or gears inside the housing and should not be attempted until the awning is dry and unfrozen. Also, remember that awnings are only for creating shade. Cats, children, and everything else should be kept off of the awning at all times.
For help with installation and care of a shade creating awning at your High Desert home or business, contact the experienced staff at Express Blinds Inc.