Sonya Awning March 31st, 2018 - 12:00:48
Part of the appeal of retractable awnings, and one feature which makes them a practical asset for both home and business owners, is how easy it is to keep them looking beautiful and functioning smoothly. For a retractable awning, "maintenance" boils down to occasional washing and routinely closing it to keep the awning fabric and frame in prime condition. Gentle Cleaning The major concern for retractable awning fabric is stains caused by leaves, vines, tree sap, and other elements like smoke, particularly in autumn as leaves fall and plants begin to die back. Cleaning an awning has only two steps: 1. Use a broom to gently remove leaves and debris. 2. Hose down the awning, making sure to avoid the end of the awning with the motor, if motorized.
Installation in a Few Easy Steps The general installation process for both traditional retractable awnings and drop screens is pretty simple: attach the correct number of mounting brackets using the appropriate fixing and insert the torsion (square) bar. The simplicity of installing awnings is what makes them ideal for do-it-yourself weekend projects. The exact installation steps, naturally, vary depending on the awning being installed (so always read the manufacturers specific instructions!), but these are the general processes. For a drop screen:1. Assemble the screen itself, putting together the roller (called the headerbox), similar to an old-fashioned shade.2. Install the mounting brackets at the top and around the door frame or the beam of the gazebo or porch.3. Snap in the headerbox, making sure that the bottom rail of the screen is toward the inside of the room.4. If there are vertical side guides, measure and cut them according to the height of the opening, and then screw them in place and snap them in position with the headerbox. If there are guide wires, screw the bottom brackets into place, and attach the wires to the cassette. Be sure everything is level and plumb.
One important note for drop screens: not every manufacturer has a do-it-yourself style, so make sure you dont need a contractor before ordering the screen. A retractable awning installation is slightly more complicated than a screen installation, so follow the manufacturers instructions:1. Locate the bricks, rafters, studs, or joists to which to mount the awning.2. Install a pressure-treated board at the install location if mounting onto siding. It is extremely important that the awning be mounted on a flat, level surface, which isnt always possible with siding, shingles, and brick. 3. Install the mounting brackets, with the end brackets about three inches inside the edge of the awning and the other brackets evenly spaced between them. The number of mounting brackets depends on the width and projection of the specific retractable awning. 4. Install and attach the optional hood about 1 inch above awning location. 5. Lift the retractable awning, and insert it in the mounting brackets.6. Tighten the retaining bolts.
How easy an awning is to maintain depends a lot on how it is made, and there are differences between retractable awnings. The fabric on low-quality awnings, particularly cheaper fabrics like canvas and vinyl, is the component most vulnerable to damage: rotting or mildew from rain and humidity, sun exposure, frayed seams, cracking, and fading. Quality retractable awning companies use solution-dyed acrylic, a chemical fiber with the color embedded into it. Solution-dyed acrylic is a woven fabric, so it dries quickly, avoiding mold or mildew. Since is a synthetic fiber, it doesnt rot. And, since the color is part of the fiber itself, it lasts as long as 15 years before being replaced.