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If you are purchasing an awning for your home in Ottawa, you will quickly start learning some new terminology. One of the terms you may have already started to hear while shopping around for an awning is the term “pitch.”

 

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What is Pitch and Why is it Important?

In the context of an awning, pitch refers to the angle or slope of the awning from back to front. The pitch of an awning is not merely aesthetic, but it actually serves a very important function of allowing rainwater to properly run off the awning and prevent it from puddling. If too much rainwater puddles on top of the awning fabric, it can cause the awning to fall and become damaged. If people or pets are nearby, this can even be a serious safety hazard.

The steeper the pitch of an awning, the more quickly water will run off. When awnings are set at the minimum pitch, it will still be possible for some rainwater to collect on top – even if the fabric is tight. Another benefit of having a steeper pitch is that it will allow your awning to provide you with even more shade protection on sunny days.

Even a few extra inches of pitch in your awning can make a huge difference both in how quickly water runs off and how much shade your awning provides.

Changing the Pitch of Your Awning

If you are installing your awning yourself, you will be able to adjust the pitch of your awning yourself by changing the position of the back and front bars. Since you now understand the importance of pitch, be sure not to make the pitch too shallow.

Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

Your Awning in the Rain

It is no secret that Ottawa gets its fair share of spring showers and summer storms. While your retractable awning is a great way to enjoy a little protection from light rain, it is not meant to remain extended during severe storms – no matter what the pitch.

Fortunately, the extent of the pitch doesn’t matter when the awning is retracted. It is a good idea to keep your awning retracted when it is not in use. That way, you won’t have to worry about what the weather forecast is.

If you have your awning extended during rainfall and you notice that water has started to pool on the fabric, simply use a soft broom to push the fabric outward from underneath so that the water rolls off. If this continues to be a problem, contact us at our Ottawa location so that we can correct it.

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The struggle is real: you want to enjoy some time outside on a windy day but don’t want to be blasted by the sun’s UV rays. Can you use your retractable awning or will it quickly become damaged by the wind?

 

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Knowing the type of wind load that your retractable awning can handle can help you determine when it’s safe to use – and when it’s best to leave it protected.

Awnings and Wind Ratings

Your retractable awning was purchased for protection from the heat and UV rays. As such, they are not built for extreme wind conditions. In fact, most self-supported retractable awnings have been tested to meet the wind speed of only 30 – 40 kilometres an hour. Oftentimes, that testing was completed without ongoing or irregular wind conditions!

Many of the higher specification awnings come with their wind rating based on kilometres per hour or the Beaufort scale. However, wind can be highly unpredictable. In no time at all, it can change direction and/or pick up speed very quickly. That’s why it’s best to use your retractable awning for sun protection on calm days only.

The Benefits of Wind Sensors

Wondering if a little wind is okay to use your home’s retractable awning? Ask yourself this: am I able to read a newspaper comfortably outside right now? If so, it’s probably safe to operate your awning.

Another option is to install a wind sensor or motion sensor fitting which will safely retract the awning during windy conditions. These are especially useful in commercial spaces, where awnings aren’t managed 24 hours a day. Although they can only be used on electric awnings, they provide many home and business owners with peace of mind on windy days.

The Damaging Effects of Wind on Your Retractable Awning

Awnings with higher pitches are more resistant to the damaging effects of wind conditions, as are stationary awnings or canopies. Designed to tolerate fairly high winds as well as rain, stationary awnings and canopies are a solution for homeowners wanting to avoid regularly retracting their awning.

Large retractable fabric awnings are also usually better in windy conditions. That’s because their covering is held in place on all four sides and the supporting posts are at the front.

When shopping around for your retractable awning, choose a strong vinyl fabric that is better suited for windy conditions. Many times, these fabrics are used alongside reinforced struts and aluminum framework systems that help control the wind better.

If you don’t want to worry about windy conditions any longer, you could always consider installing a screened room. Built to fit your existing property, screened rooms provide the ability to enjoy the outdoor conditions without having to operate a retractable awning.

Contact us to learn more about our retractable awnings and screened rooms today!

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Adding an awning to your home has many tangible benefits. It can enhance your home’s outward visual appeal and also increase the resale value of the property because it sets your home apart from the rest.

 

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Adding an awning is a very inexpensive way to extend the exterior living space of your home while offering maximum protection from the sun’s harsh rays. An awning can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special.

When an awning is strategically placed on your home, you create sustainable savings by lowering cooling costs. These savings occur by blocking and/or reducing the amount of solar heat and UV radiation that traditionally gets absorbed; thereby, reducing the amount of energy it takes to cool your home. Your return on investment accrues over time because you have an attractive and controllable way to manage your interior cooling expenses.

Considerations for Fabric Choice

Choosing the fabric is the fun part and should complement the interior and exterior of your home. Sunbrella fabrics have Teflon woven right into the fabric to make them water and mold resistant, so whatever pattern or colour you choose, you know it will last.

Here are a few of the most common decisions that need to be talked about when it comes to awning fabric choice and installation:

  • You can use the awning fabric colour to blend with your deck furnishing or pull out accents to accentuate your trim colour. A contrasting colour doesn’t have to be loud to be effective. Subtle changes in colour help to create a relaxing effect.
  • If there is nature around you, natural tones are going to look great. If you want the exterior of your home to stand out in your neighbourhood, there are also lots of bold colours to choose from.
  • Choosing the right style of awning will help keep the appearance of your home balanced and pleasing to the eye.  The style of your home is the deciding factor for awning fabrics. If you have a traditional style, you’ll want to match that with clean lines. If you have a lot of angles in your roofline, choosing a solid colour will look better than introducing a pattern. You can always dress it up by selecting a complementing valance. If you have a contemporary style home, it may lend itself to other design elements such as scalloped edges or wave patterns.
  • Awnings are made out of a variety of materials including canvas, vinyl, resin, aluminum or galvanized steel. The material the awning is made of can determine how effective it is at protecting the windows or how much light is allowed into the home.
  • An Awning can be customized by colour, style and material. You can have ornate awnings built to your specific requirements, including colour, material, size and style. When a basic template is used, awnings can be designed that account for odd sized windows. They can be made in specific colours using the material you want.

Installation

Once you have made your awning choices, your awning installation professional will be ready to attach the awning and accompanying hardware to your home. The awning will be secured so that you don’t have to worry. The professional will also make sure that the awning they offer will fit in completely to the intended area.

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Awnings can dramatically improve the look of your home and enhance your outdoor spaces. They can make these open areas livable and enjoyable all year round

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Retractable awnings are an essential investment to the aesthetic landscaping and functionality of a home. Not only do they extend outdoor living spaces, but they also lower energy costs and improve your home’s curb appeal.

The most significant factor in the quality of the awning is the reputation of the company selling it. Purchasing from a knowledgeable company makes all the difference in getting the right awning for your house, including ease of installation, long-term service and warranty.

Here are some fundamental tips for selecting a top-rated awning company.

Judge Product Quality

Quality awning frames can last more than 25 years, while low-quality awnings last only five years or less. The biggest distinction between good and poor quality is the quality of materials.

  1. Look for both the place where the parts are manufactured and the types of materials used.
  2. Look for manufacturers with outstanding reputations.
  3. Look for breathable fabrics, man-made fabrics, such as solution-dyed acrylic that resist rot and fading. These are better than natural fibres and last six times longer.
  4. Look for frames that are heavy duty aluminum and straps, rather than rust-prone steel cables in the arms.

Certifications and Endorsements

An essential tool in the quality determination is engineering certifications or endorsements, which means that each component was independently tested to meet high-quality standards.

  1. Look for frame/arm certifications. For example, lateral arm test requirements include opening and closing the frame 11,000 times (equaling 50 years of use) and keep the awning in winds of up to 35mph depending on size.
  2. For the awning fabric, there are endorsements, such as UV-protection approval. All certifications or endorsements should be noted with the product information.

Browse Their Selection

High-end manufacturers offer a variety of designs which are constructed for specific needs, such as window and door awnings, patio/deck awnings. An awning can be custom-designed for width, how far it extends and awning’s slope.

There are different kinds of sensors to control awnings according to light, precipitation, motion, or wind levels. There are even hundreds of different fabric options. Cheap, low-quality awnings tend to be restricted to a single style, only a few standard sizes with limited fabric or vinyl options and accessories, while high-quality dealers will provide multiple styles and custom made sizes from numerous suppliers with many colour choices.

Customer Service is Number One

A seamless installation process begins with quality planning. A good awning company guides buyers through the process of finding an awning. Premiere awning companies provide search databases or render 3D “preview” images based on customer photographs to pinpoint the best awning type, size and colour.

Pre-sale planning should even cover installation methods so that the actual installation process is clear and painless. A reputable awning company can recommend repairs and parts if the awning is ever damaged and provide online and telephone support installation instructions.

The Company’s History

The manufacturer/fabricator is not the same as the retailer. The manufacturer/fabricator is key to long-term replacement parts, service, and warranties. The longer the manufacturer/fabricator has been in business, the more likely that it will provide support over the lifetime of the awning.

References & Referrals

Repeat business and referrals are big indicators of both service and product quality. Ask for a list of past customers and/or their referral list and check them out. You can also look them up in the Council of Better Business Bureau Directory.

Do Your Homework

The main issue in selecting a professional awning company is top quality and customer service. Their standards will show in the kinds of materials, the certifications or stamps of approval, and the selection they offer. Service shows in the company’s reputation, repeat business, and planning.

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Are you considering installing an awning onto your building? Great decision! Although you probably already know about the fantastic benefits awnings provide, you may not know how they attach to your building. We’ve got the answers for you here!

 

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Installing Awnings Safely and Easily

Usually, awnings and canopies are attached to the face (side) of the building. Regardless of whether your building has brick, aluminum or vinyl, an awning can be mounted relatively easily.

Created to be self-supporting, retractable awnings extend off the building wall. Internal springs found in the awning’s arms work in conjunction with a torsion bar. Although installations can differ depending on manufacturers, they all follow roughly the same procedure.

An awning rail, which provides the awning’s foundation, should be positioned at an appropriate distance from the window or door. After ensuring that it’s level, the awning rail can be secured in place.

To hang the awning, the casting needs to be completely secured to the awning’s arms. Check that the canopy’s level and adjust as needed. Install the bolt heads outwards to avoid fabric tears.

Next, attach the bottom mounting bracket to the awning arm using crews or rivets. Release the preset tension by using the pull strap to open the awning. Check the awning requirements and make any needed adjustments.

With the awning fully open, attach the window straphanger at the awning’s centre. Keep the hanger at a comfortable distance from the top rail to avoid tearing.

Installing Awnings around Barriers

Although the majority of awnings can be installed using the method above, some situations require a unique approach.

For example, many of our customers are concerned about attaching an awning around a chimney or other type of obstruction. But there’s no need to worry! Your awning can be easily mounted on roofs, around chimneys and more when you hire one of our expert installers!

Enjoying a Motorized Awning

Who doesn’t like convenience?!

Motorized awnings can be easily activated with the help of a remote control. After installing the awning and plugging the cord into an electrical outlet, effortlessly extend and retract the awning with the touch of a button!

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters: Expert Awning Installers

We know from customers’ experiences: installing an awning may seem easy at first but can quickly become a frustrating process.

It can sometimes be challenging to keep the awning level or know how to set the tension properly. Instead of struggling with the installation yourself and possibly creating damage to your awning, it’s best to hire an awning specialist.

At Jans Awnings and Rollshutters, we have a dedicated team of professionals that have years of experience attaching awnings to buildings. We know how to complete the installation so that your awning can be safely and reliably enjoyed for years to come.

Contact us today to learn more about our awning selection as well as our installation process.

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When you own a business, you want to do everything in your power to keep it safe and protected. Any business owner knows that it’s a frightening thought to have their business exposed to a thief or intruder. Unfortunately, every year, unprotected businesses and commercial buildings incur thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and lost profit from vandalism and theft. This is not a problem you want to encounter, but there is something that you can do to eliminate the threat.

 

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It’s a known fact that intruders always seek the fastest method of entry, which is often through windows and doors. Rolling security shutters are designed to safeguard your property against these situations so that you can have peace of mind knowing your business is safe and secured. They help protect what matters most to you, your business. Talius commercial roller shutters have earned a reputation for protecting businesses from break-ins across North America.

There are several reasons why roller shutters are the ideal method of securing your business. From saving you money to protecting your assets, these aluminum shutters offer the most secure method of keeping your business safe. They are the ultimate solution for preventing forced entry. Additionally, they can be customized and branded to fit your business aesthetics.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider security roller shutters:

Enhance Security & Privacy

A significant reason for having rolling stutters is that they provide added security and privacy to your business when you need it most. Regardless of the location of your business, especially on a busy road, you won’t have to worry about prying eyes,  a passer-by or would be thieves when the business is closed since they block the view completely. The shutters are made from top quality aluminum which makes them incredibly durable. This added strength helps to diminish crimes such as burglary or vandalism.

Energy Efficient

Rolling security shutters are energy efficient. They can help with regulating indoor temperatures by minimizing the amount of cold air that seeps into space in addition to keeping the heat from seeping out. They reduce the need to install costly heating and cooling systems to regulate indoor temperatures on a temporary basis. Their superior insulation help to keep your energy bills down, which is an essential aspect of running any business.

Reduced Noise Levels

Security roller shutters can reduce noise levels by half. This is an essential feature for any commercial setting. Not only will the outside noise be reduced from entering your building, but the inside noise will also be diminished. This enables people from being distracted or disturbed who may be working or walking around the inside of your facility.

Ease of Operation

Security rolling shutters are simple to use. They are designed to open and close quickly. This operation prevents unnecessary heat loss while allowing for hassle-free, ease of operation. Since rolling shutters offer a vertical opening, there is space left at the opening which can be utilized for other things, like parking or loading/unloading items.

Weather Resistant

Rolling security shutters stand firm against the elements and adverse weather conditions. Without some protection, your business is exposed to strong winds, heavy rains, blistering snow/hail storms, etc. These weather conditions can play havoc with your building, costing thousands of dollars of damage and profit loss.

Stay Safe & Secure

When you evaluate your business, there are many aspects that you must consider. Safety and security of your premises are especially important in your deliberations. By installing security shutters for your business, you protect your investment and prevent any unauthorized intrusions with an affordable, secure and strong system of protection.

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Last spring, how many times did you try to enjoy time outside but instead got uncomfortable from sun and insects?

Whether it’s from a lack of shade or annoying bugs, enjoying the warmer months outside at your home or cottage can be difficult.

With a retractable screen, you are no longer limited to how long you can spend outside! Here’s why you should be making plans to install a retractable screen at your home or cottage next spring:

 

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1. They Provide Protection Without Creating an Obstruction

One of retractable screen’s most significant benefits is that they protect without obstructing your backyard view. Available in a variety of mesh types, retractable awnings are barely visible when in use.

When not in use, quickly and easily retract the screen into its protecting casing by pushing a button.

2. They Get Rid of Insect Problems

Insects are one of the biggest annoyances that prevent us from enjoying the outdoors. Add food and drinks while sitting outside and your insect issue becomes even worse!

Without a retractable screen to protect from insects, it’s only a matter of time before you are forced to move back inside to comfort.

3. They Provide Privacy and Security

One of the lesser known benefits of installing retractable screening is that they help improve privacy and security around your home. Extend the time you spend outdoors by creating your private sanctuary with the help of a retractable screen!

4. They Help You Enjoy the Outdoors without the Sun’s Heat and Glare

Stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays while still enjoying your time outdoors! With retractable screens, you can enjoy natural ventilation without being exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.

As a versatile product, retractable screens can be easily installed on your garage, patio, porch, gazebo or another large opening. They also help lower the energy costs associated with cooling your home!

5. They Maintain the Integrity of Your Home’s Design

Choosing a colour and model to match your home’s aesthetics is easy with retractable screens. Able to be mounted on existing structures, retractable screens can be integrated into every type of architectural style.

Whether your home, garage or porch is constructed from wood, brick, stucco, natural stone or concrete, a retractable screen can blend in beautifully.

To fully showcase your home, completely conceal your retractable screen when not in use.

Now’s the Time to Book Your Retractable Screen to be Installed for the Spring!

Although it may seem like a long way off, spring will be arriving in only a few short weeks.

After our long, cold winter, a retractable screen at your home or cottage will help you to maximize the enjoyment of the warmer weather.

Jans Awnings and Rollshutters is Ottawa’s specialists for motorized retractable screens. Make the most of your outdoor living space during the warmer months!

Contact us today to get your retractable screen ready to be enjoyed this spring!

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Some people may initially think that adding special awnings to cover pergolas is an odd idea. After all, doesn’t an awning make a pergola – well, not really a pergola? But if you have much experience with pergolas, you might realize how smart an idea this can actually be.

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Remember when you first had your pergola built or installed? You probably had romantic ideas of warm summer evenings with your significant other or with close friends. Perhaps you imagined sitting under it on a lazy summer day with a good book, or maybe you envisioned sitting with your sweetie with a couple of nice glasses of vino. Hopefully, you have been able to enjoy your pergola in this way!

But there were most likely less comfortable experiences with it as well. Remember that time when the sun was so bright and hot that your eyes could barely focus on the gleaming white pages of that book or when a cold drizzle brought your romantic evening to a swift end. Most people who enjoy the beauty of pergolas at some point find themselves a little frustrated with the lack of shelter they provide.

Pergolas can add a stately and beautiful quality to any outdoor space, but they don’t always give you as much protection from the elements as you would like. While they can provide a bit of shade, bright midday sunlight can still find its way through to beat down on you. And if you’d like to stay outdoors during a light rain shower, forget about staying dry under a pergola.

But what if you could add more function to your pergola? One way to do this is to use special awnings which can cover the top of it. Adding an awning to your pergola effectively turns it into your own outdoor room where you can enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about getting wet in the rain or being exposed to too much sun.

You can even take it a step further and add retractable shades for added protection against the wind.

Besides sheltering you and your guests, over pergola awnings also help protect your patio furniture, BBQ, or any other item you may be storing underneath your pergola. And even if sitting outside during a rainfall isn’t your thing, at least you know that you will not have to sit on wet cushions should you decide to go back out once the sun reappears!

Here at Jans Awnings and Rollshutters, we offer beautiful Shade FX Retractable Canopies that can cover up to 600 square feet of space and can be extended or retracted at the touch of a button. These awnings are available in a large selection of fade-resistant fabrics. These awnings can adapt to existing structures, so no additional wall is needed.

If you would like to add a bit more function to your pergola by adding an awning, then contact us today to learn more.

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What’s been holding you back from purchasing an aluminum awning?

The potential associated maintenance work? The fear that it will not last through Ontario’s harsh winters? Or the concern that it will take away from your home’s aesthetic appeal?

Many of the worries homeowners have about awnings are simply not true! In fact, installing an aluminum awning is a wonderful improvement to your home. Here are the five most significant benefits of choosing an aluminum awning.

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1. Aluminum Awnings are Low Maintenance

With the amount of yard work that you already do, it’s understandable that you do not want anything requiring more maintenance! The good news is that aluminum awnings require little to no maintenance, making them one of the lowest-maintenance awning options available.

Rainwater simply drains off the aluminum, making them much easier to clean than a fabric awning. If any dirt or grime accumulates, a hose can simply spray it off. Window maintenance is also reduced since awnings stop a lot of the weather elements from contacting with the glass.

The best part? Since they’re designed to be a permanent fixture on your home, aluminum awnings don’t need to be removed before winter. Although not necessary, any icicles that form along the awning’s edge can be carefully removed with an ice scraper.

2. Aluminum Awnings are Built to Last

Year after year, an aluminum awning will be able to withstand heavy wind, rain, snow and heat.

Aluminum awnings remain firmly in place – and intact – since they are screwed into beams and braces. Regardless of what the weather has in store, there’s no need to fear that an aluminum awning will tear!

3. Aluminum Awnings are Energy Efficient

Although washing machines, furnaces and windows are popular ways to save on energy, aluminum awnings provide energy efficiency, too!

Strategic placement of your aluminum awning will ensure that the sun’s heat is absorbed, thereby reducing your air conditioning costs. Their insulated layers help the area stay cool underneath the awning. In fact, areas, where aluminum awnings are located, can be 20 percent cooler than the rest of a home!

4. Aluminum Awnings Add to Your Home’s Aesthetic Appeal

Available in various colours, styles, shapes and sizes, aluminum awnings provide an excellent opportunity to add to your home’s aesthetics.

Whether your home has a modern or more traditional style, there is an aluminum awning available that will blend in beautifully!

5. Aluminum Awnings are Affordable

The associated cost normally plays a huge factor in choosing to install an awning. Aluminum awnings are more affordably priced than metal awnings. Aluminum awnings provide an incredibly cost-savings measure for adding protection around your home. Plus, aluminum awnings are built to last many years!

Want to experience the benefits of an aluminum awning yourself? Contact Jans Awnings to speak to one of our awning experts today!

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Awnings offer homeowners both style and beauty while bringing valuable shade to your home. Retractable awnings protect your family from harmful UV rays as much as 94%. They extend the living space of your home, so it’s like adding a low-cost room extension. They can add charm and personality to your home and transform a plain façade into something special. Awnings can set your home apart from the rest.

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Energy Savings

Awnings have proven to substantially lower air conditioning bills plus protect your furnishings and carpet from fading. In addition to their attractiveness, awnings keep your home much cooler during the heat of the summer months. They help reduce air conditioning costs by decreasing the amount of heat that infiltrates the inside of your home by as much as 77%.

Fabric & Colours

There are numerous sleek, innovative fabric designs known for their durability. Sunbrella® manufactures the fabric used in most high-quality awnings. This material is recognized for its superior fade and stain resistance plus it’s easy to clean and maintain.

Along with the many benefits of installing a residential awning that protects your living space from inclement weather, your awning will also contribute towards making your home more stylish by choosing an awning colour that blends with the exterior colour and décor of your home. By picking an awning colour that complements the usage of the covered area, you will add a touch of panache to the exterior.

There are many colours to choose among but here are some of the most popular:

  • Red: If the exterior of home is painted with yellow, white or tan colour, you can consider any shade of red awnings.
  • Blue: The blue awnings are considered the best choice for white homes.
  • Yellow: Normally, the awning colour complements homes painted in colours having different amounts of yellow. The yellow awning colour will also complement white home exteriors perfectly.
  • Brown: Many people opt for brown awnings due to their effectiveness in adding dimension to the home’s exterior. 

Cleaning the Awning

Retractable aluminum awnings do not require a great deal of care to keep them looking fresh and new, but you do want to clean them on occasion and before closing up for the season.

With a gentle spray from the hose or a broom, remove any leftover loose debris on the awning and begin cleaning the awning from the bottom up. Wash all parts of the awning before tackling the cleaning of the fabric.

If there’s dirt on the awning, use warm water and a soft bristled brush along with a mild soap, like Ivory Flakes. Stay away from any harsh detergents because this can damage the fabric of the awning.

Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue on the fabric since leftover soap will leave marks and a chalky appearance. Allow the awning to dry out naturally and entirely before retracting it.

Final Word

An awning can last for many years if properly maintained, cleaned, lubricated and protected. They are designed for durability so that you can enjoy their beauty and protection from the sun’s harsh summer rays while creating an extended living space for your family and friends to enjoy.