Although we’ve most likely got a month or two of warm weather left to take advantage of our outdoor space, we also know that before long, the cold and snow will make its way to Ottawa. Unfortunately, winter weather can wreak havoc with your retractable awning. To keep your awning looking and functioning at its best so that you can enjoy it to the fullest next season, you need to prepare.

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Here are three things that you can do to winterize your awning:

1. Make any necessary awning repairs.

Today’s retractable awnings are extremely durable and should last you many years, but that doesn’t mean there will never be any issues. Now that it is the end of the season, carefully inspect your awning and check for any damage to the fabric or opening mechanism. While a small tear may seem like no big deal, that tiny tear can become much bigger if you allow it to.

If you do find any problems with your awning, now is the time to have them fixed.

2. Clean your awning thoroughly.

Before retracting or taking your awning down and storing it for the winter, you will want to ensure that it has been thoroughly cleaned. Start by brushing away any leaves, dust, and debris that may have accumulated over the Ottawa summer.

Next, you should wash your awning using water and a mild cleaner such as gentle dish soap. Do not use anything harsh or abrasive to clean your awning.

3. Retract your awning properly for the winter.

Winter winds and snow can cause a lot of damage to an awning, so you will want to ensure that it is fully retracted. Before retracting it, make sure that it is completely dry first.

Having a retractable awning is a great way to extend the use you get from your outdoor space. While awnings are generally low maintenance, now is the time to ensure they are winterized so that they don’t get damaged during the harsh Ottawa winters.

By following these steps to care for your awning before the cold weather hits, you can help ensure that you and your family will be able to enjoy your retractable awning for years to come.

Contact Jans Awnings today

Do you have questions about the care and maintenance of your retractable awning? If so, contact Jans Awnings and Rollshutters today to speak to a member of our team.