Awning are exterior coverings that are normally mounted on top of walls of building with the intention of protecting the wall may be after a fresh paint has been applied or during some seasons in the year where weather conditions are likely to damage the walls. Awning can also be defined as that piece of canvas, acrylic or vinyl that is normally stretched in front of a building, a doorway, deck, window or storeroom in order to keep of rain water or excess sun from entering the protected area.
Awning can also be pitched outside a van or a train to be used for a certain purpose may be as a temporally office or restaurant or simply a place where people can relax for a while. Awning are prone to damages from excessive heat from the sun, strong winds and heavy rains. Some damages may also result from incorrect ways of erection and overall handling. With this in mind therefore, care must be taken to ensure that non of the damages occur and that an awning serves the intended purpose for the anticipated period.
Proper care on awning saves significant amount of time and money for repair and replacement as awnings that are appropriately erected can serve for many years without any need for repair or replacement. Additionally, an awning that is mounted in front of a building protects the inner parts as well as anything else inside the building from damages that may occur as a result of excess sun and rain water into the building. Also, awning enhances the beauty of a place. Inappropriate erection and lack of maintenance results to great damages of both the awning and the item intended to be protected. This article sheds more light on the best ways of maintaining awnings.
Adopt the correct cleaning procedure
In most instances, awnings are cleaned through hosed water that removes the dirt freely. However, in instances where there are dirty spots that cannot come out after hosing, special detergents that are made for cleaning awning should be used to scrub gently on the spots. Hard scrabbling is likely to damage awnings especially those made of acrylic or vinyl. After cleaning,one must wait until the awning drys completely before rolling up so as to prevent formation of molds that may be very detrimental on the awning.
Avoid water collection on the awning
Awning should be well fitted with a top that is steep enough to ensure that water drains off. This is important because any water collection on the awning with exact unnecessary pressure and can lead to tear of the material. Furthermore,this weight can result to a complete destruction of the structure and would cost huge amounts for replacement.
Protect the awning from wind damages
When erecting an awning, one must put into consideration the direction of the wind. This is so because strong winds into the awning will destroy the structure completely or may cause tear. For permanent awning that covers the walls of building, care must be taken during erection to ensure that there are no spaces left that can allow entry of wind. Strong winds in the awning are likely to blow it off completely or cause big tears.
Follow the most appropriate procedure while maneuvering the awning
Some awnings require occasional rolling up and down depending on the use and the season of the year. When rolling up the awning,care must be taken to ensure that it moves freely without forcing any part.The handle should be held at the same angle with the eyelet so as to detect any part that is not folding appropriately as well as to make work easy. Additionally,automatic awning should fold freely up to the required level without stopping. All moving parts should be checked and lubricated often to ensure that they operate as required.
Avoid overexposure to ultraviolet rays
Ultraviolet rays causes significant damages on awnings, therefore,one must ensure that an awning is not overly exposed to the sun.This can be achieved through prompt rolling up of the awning when it is not in use. Moreover,one must ensure that the awning purchased is accompanied by an aluminum covering that protects it during storage time. This covering ensures that the awning is always protected from ultraviolet rays and therefore less or no damages from the sun are experienced.
Make good use of the awning lock
Every awning comes with a lock to secure it when not in use. In most instances, the users forget to tightly fit the lock appropriately and as a result, great damages occur. To avoid such cases, one must ensure that the lock is well fitted and tightened especially during travel as strong winds are likely to blow off the awning. An awning that is blown off by wind can be dangerous as it can cause distraction to other road users resulting to accidents.
Roll up a clean awning
Awnings are stored while rolled up, in some instances, they are stored for a long time.With this in mind therefore, one must ensure that the rolled up awning is free from any debris and drops of water. Debris on a rolled up awning are likely to causes damages. In the case where the debris contain sharp objects, the awning will be pierced resulting to big tears in the long run. Debris also cause molds that ends up destroying the appearance of the awning.
In conclusion, purchasing as well as erection of awnings cost a good amount of money. Furthermore, repair or replacement is not pocket friendly either therefore, one must ensure that care is taken on awnings in order to cut down on any unnecessary expenses. Awning must be cleaned appropriately depending on the material as well as given time to dry completely before rolling up. Moreover, one should ensure that awnings are not over exposed to ultraviolet rays so as to avoid quick wear and tear. When rolling up the awnings, one should wipe off any debris as they are likely damage the awning. Finally, care should be taken in the use of the locks in order to tightly secure the awning and avoid instances whereby it can be blown by the wind during travel.