Retractable awnings are a wonderful addition to your home and outdoor area. Offering shade and protection from the elements, all while looking great, they allow you to spend more time outside.
To keep your retractable awnings in good shape and to ensure you can enjoy them for many years to come, we have compiled a range of maintenance tips to follow.
Handle with Care
Whether you manually open and close your retractable awnings or simply click a button, you must handle with care. Rough usage of the awnings can damage the material and function, which greatly affects performance over time. It’s also important to note that awnings need to be opened and closed in regular intervals during off-seasons. This will help maintain the awnings mechanism and save you from having to battle against a shade that won’t open properly when you need it to.
Retract in Wind
Designed to shade you from the sun, retractable awnings are not made to protect you from strong wind. Therefore, it is always recommended that you close your awnings during storms, hail and excessive winds. Using your awnings for their intended purpose will save you in the long run, but if you happen to use them during strong winds, be sure to check for damage before retracting. Look for holes in the material, malfunctioning joints and general irregularities.
Protect from Vegetation
Maintaining a safe distance between your retractable awnings and vegetation such as flowers, shrubbery and vines is essential. Such vegetation can creep into the mechanism and play havoc with the function of the awnings. They can also produce acidic contents that can damage the material, so, make sure you place your retractable awnings in a safe, clear space.
Find Awnings You Love
Adding retractable awnings to your property is a great way to enjoy your exterior spaces and add value to your home, so it’s important that you seek out high quality awnings and expert advice if required. And our team at Mal Glanville & Co can assist you in just that.
We are more than happy to help you find the perfect solution for your unique property. Contact us today.