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5 Measures that could save your awning from bad weather
Retractable awnings are an excellent way to protect your home from the blaring heat Sydney’s hot days bring, especially the summer months. Although awnings are built to sustain moderate weathering, some weather such as heavy rains and strong gusts of wind can unexpectedly cause damage to your awning.
Keep reading for a few foolproof measures you can take to protect your awning from bad weather.
1. Research and select an awning to suit your local weather
If you’re thinking ahead and haven’t invested in awnings yet, you’re asking the right questions. “How can I save my awning from bad weather?”. Awnings are built to last throughout most weather conditions. Some awnings and awning structures are more durable than others in particular contexts.
Make sure you choose products that are made specifically for the purpose and area you desire. For example, a folding arm awning is perfect for homes that aren’t prone to heavy winds and where weather is more predictable as the folding arm awning be stored away with ease almost instantly, whereas an electric retractable awning may be better suited for larger areas that are difficult to reach for a person and can be used in instances where weather may be heavier and more unpredictable.
If you live close the beach, consider a stainless-steel self-frame and guide rails that will help reduce the impact of the salty sea air on your awnings.
If you’re not sure how to find the right awning to suit your specific needs, Eureka Awnings, long-established experts in their field, can turn your vision into a reality.
2. Regular maintenance
Maintenance is the most important aspect to awning care as regular inspection and repairs will extend the lifespan of your awning way beyond its years. Regular maintenance will also ensure there are no weaknesses or problematic points in the structure that could compromise the safety and integrity of your awning in bad weather.
The first step to upholding regular maintenance practices is to carry out inspections as often as possible. Inspect the awning for damage, wear and tear, stitching and that everything is fastened and secure.
If any issues arise, make sure to get a problem repaired or reenforced as soon as possible. Unexpected weather can creep up on Sydney homeowners. Tiny tears can become large holes and lose bolts can quickly become hazardous situations in high winds and heavy rain.
3. Store away when bad weather is expected
It might be obvious to Sydney homeowners, but safely storing away outdoor blinds and awnings in bad weather is critical to ensure longevity and maintaining the awnings good condition.
When homeowners prepare for oncoming storms by closing windows, clearing gutters and tank screens and putting away items such as bikes and tools, awnings are often forgotten and left in the damaging weather.
Storing away, retracting or securing your awnings should be a mandatory part of preparing your home for the incoming adverse weather conditions.
4. Wash and clean your awning
Much like any item in your household, retractable and straight drop awnings that have a fabric cover need regular maintenance to keep them looking good and provide the best protection from sun for your home.
Mould or mildew will discolour and damage your awnings if not cleaned off on a regular basis. The best way to protect your awnings from fungi growth is to hose them down every month to remove any dust or dirt since mould and mildew grows on the dust itself, not on your awning’s fabric.
Try to avoid using detergents or chemical cleaners which could remove the coating that protects your awnings from dust and stains. If your awnings become stained with mildew, use a mildew remover rather than bleach. While bleach will kill the mildew it will also cause discolouration to your awning’s fabric.
Make sure to rinse well after cleaning and treating your awning, then leave your awning unrolled or fully extended in the sun until completely dry.
5. Plant or build a windbreak
Give your awnings a break from the heavy winds by putting up a windbreak. A row of trees or a tall bush can help reduce the wind damage because as the wind hits the windbreak, it slows down before it reaches your awning.
You could also consider using potted trees or even a place a garden shed or wall near your awning.
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