Tips To Help You Care for Your Awnings
FOR ALL AWNINGS:
New canvas Awnings need alternate exposure to rain and hot sun on them several times before they fit properly. We refer to this process as "Weathering In".
Although never really waterproof, this Weathering In process also causes the needle holes in the seams to swell over time to provide better water resistance.
To clean your Awnings we recommend that you LIGHTLY rinse your Awnings off with a fine spray garden hose to wash away airborne dust.
Tree sap and leaves are big enemies of Awnings. We recommend pruning all overhanging trees back to prevent the accumulation of tree sap and leaves which may stain the fabric.
Retractable Awnings are a "shade only" product. NEVER leave a Retractable Awning extended in wind, rain, sleet or snow. It will be damaged!
NEVER leave items susceptible to damage from moisture, such as televisions, out under your Awning in rainy conditions. As indicated above, Awnings are water resistant not waterproof.
Velcro straps are fastened around each of the overhead rafters of your new Awning. These straps help to hold the fabric in place.
Should any of them become dislodged, simply reconnect them as tightly as possible.
Patio/Deck Awnings are not designed to accept any snow loads. Therefore, Patio/Deck Awnings must be taken down and stored indoors for the winter. We can provide this service or we would be pleased to show you how it's done.
WINDOW AND PORCH AWNINGS:
Window and Porch Awnings should never be exposed to heavy winds or weather and must be taken down and stored indoors for the winter.
When your Drop Curtain are installed the folds or rolls are "set" and left in the full up position. They should stay like this for a day or two so that the fabric will develop a "memory" for the folds.
Drop Curtains should never be exposed to heavy winds or weather. They are a "shade only" product. Drop Curtains must be taken down and stored in doors for the winter.
CAUTION! Never allow small children to play with or around Awning Ropes! The child could become entangled in the ropes. Never tie Awning ropes together. Awning ropes should be left separated at all times.