Awnings make excellent additions to any home, business premises, or RV. They can create shades, beautify your space and increase the energy efficiency on your property. Research indicates that awnings and canopies reduce heat gain by 55%-65% on southern-facing windows.
Your Awnings Lifespan
It’s only natural that the awning fabric and frame experience wear and tear from exposure to nature’s elements. The rigid, durable materials typically have a lifespan of between ten to fifteen years with proper care. Awning repair procedures such as re-covering may help keep your canopy in top shape.
Part of your responsibility as a homeowner may be to identify features and systems in your home that may require a repair, retouch, or replacement. Here are five instances in which you should consider getting an awning re-cover.
1. The Fabric Is Frayed
The constant exposure of your awning to snow and rain may cause it to sag, which results in fraying. Holes may start to emerge at the edges, quickly expanding across the fabric. Large tears may pose a risk to the structural integrity of your installation. While a minor patchwork from an awning installation company may hold for a while, the best solution would be to replace the fabric. Sagging, torn, or illustrating fabrics can be a nuisance, destroying the curb appeal for your property.
2. Extreme Sun Splotches and Fading
Most canopy fabric manufacturers advertise their products as UV-resistant. Sadly, some colors, patterns, and designs will fade under the sun’s rays quicker than others. If you notice large stains or sun splotches on your fabric, it may be time to consider awning re-cover. Replacing the fabric provides you with a chance to pick out colors that are less likely to fade under the sun’s exposure.
3. Heavy Mold or Mildew Build-up
The moisture accumulating from snow or rainwater build-up may support the growth of molds or mildew on your awning fabric. If left unchecked, the mold colonies can quickly spread across, posing a health risk to patrons using the canopy for shade. Generally, some mold growth developments can be eliminated through chemical washing. However, extreme cases may warrant an awning re-cover.
4. Bent/Rusted Frame
Hail, snow, and wind storms are notorious for causing structural damage to the frame. Pointed aluminum tubing can easily rip or cause a tear to the fabric, necessitating an awning re-cover. If your frame accumulated rust, it is essential to consider a professional cleaning before your re-cover. Extremely damaged awnings may require a complete replacement of both the frame and the fabric.
5. Your Fabric Is Out of Style
Fabric manufacturers often come up with different styles, colors, and designs for their products. The awning or canopy that you bought ten years ago may be slowly going out of style. An awning re-cover may help you provide a fresh look to your exteriors. You can choose the right material, pattern, and design for your new fabric. If your business is re-branding, an awning re-cover is an excellent way to pass your new brand message.
Awnings and canopies are excellent architectural elements that add to the beauty and functionality of your exteriors. The tips above can guide you in knowing when to call in Awning installation companies for a replacement. For a comprehensive quote on awning re-cover or repair, reach out to Parasol.