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The Dorchester Awning Company: A History of Excellence

Digital Strategies Support - Sunday, February 25, 2018

Tradition. History. Heritage.

These are words that hold a lot of meaning for New Englanders.

At The Dorchester Awning Company, we take great pride in the fact that we have been helping local residents get the best awnings and canopies for their needs with superior service since 1901. When you work with us, you are joining a long tradition of satisfied customers and beautiful, durable awnings.

Products and Services to Fit Your Specific Needs

We understand that every house or business is unique, which is why we offer a wide range of products and services to fit every type of project. If you’re a retail storefront looking to attract more customers, we can help you create the stylish, highly visible branded awning you’ve envisioned. If you’re a hotel owner who wants to provide shade and comfort to customers year-round, we will work with your landscapers and hotel management team to meet the needs of you and your guests.

One of our most popular products is the retractable roller awning, which allows you to have “sun when you want it and shade when you don’t.” Especially in New England we know the type of winds and other inclement weather that your awning has to withstand. For that reason, we offer the very best in retractable awning systems for decks, patios, pools, windows, and more. Based on our decades of experience selling retractable awnings in this area, our designs utilize top-of-the-line materials including stainless steel hardware and the most durable fabrics.

In addition to a long list of awning and canopy product offerings, we provide awning repairs and cleaning services to keep your fixtures looking great for years to come. If you’d like, we’ll even help you take down, store, and re-install your awnings after winter. 

From Initial Concept and Design to Installation and Beyond

Something that sets The Dorchester Awning Company apart in the industry is our thorough custom design process. We strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with their end results, and that starts from our very first meeting. We’ll take the time to learn about your requirements, style, and price range so we can develop the perfect solution for your home or business. 

After we’ve created a computer model or mock-up of your awning or canopy, we’ll work with you to make sure we’ve got it right – which sometimes means going through several iterations before receiving final approval. Finally, our expert installers will come in to set up your new awning, letting you know if any final adjustments need to be made.

Every step of the way you’ll be working with our team of experienced, friendly professionals whose #1 goal is to put the customer first and make sure you’re delighted with your new awning or canopy system.

Your Awning Company for Life

Unlike other awning companies in Massachusetts, The Dorchester Awning Company has been in this business for over 110 years. It is our impeccable service and attention to detail that keeps our customers coming back time and time again. In fact, we are so confident in our commitment to our customers and the quality of service that we provide that we feature real local reviews on our very own website. With their support we have remained a leader in the New England awnings industry since 1901. We know you have many options when it comes to awning companies in Massachusetts. To learn more about The Dorchester Awning Company difference and work with us on your next project, contact us today

Impress Your Guests with a Professional Hotel Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Sunday, February 11, 2018

As anyone in the hotel business knows, first impressions are everything!

From the way people are greeted at the front desk to the way they find their room upon entering, the customer experience can make or break a hotel. Especially in today’s super-connected world of social media and online reviews, it’s important to create a positive guest experience start to finish.  

What many people may not realize is that their first impression of a hotel or resort starts even before walking through the front door. When a guest pulls up to the front door in their car or taxi, what kind of statement are you making? Will they be able to make it inside comfortably, no matter the weather? Does your front entrance have the same elegant, professional feel that the rest of your reception area has?

Keep reading to find out how the right hotel awning can help you wow your guests every time.

Hotel Awning Options

Miriam Webster defines hospitality as the “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests.”

To give your guests the best treatment possible, you don’t want to cut corners when it comes to selecting a hotel awning for your main entrance. Even an awning that looks relatively simple and straightforward may have been carefully selected to deliver the perfect customer experience.

There are many things to keep in mind when selecting the right awning style to represent your brand, including: color, safety features, strength, stability, drainage options, and more.

Besides your front entrance needs, consider the following questions:

-        Does your hotel or resort offer wedding or event services that might require a pop-up or stand-alone tent or canopy?

-        Do you have an outdoor pool or other outdoor areas that require shade?

-        Are you interested in an entrance awning that offers side panels and/or screens to protect from insects and extreme weather conditions?

Every hotel and resort has different requirements when it comes to the architectural style and overall “look” that they want to achieve. No matter what your goals are, the experienced professionals at The New Dorchester Awning Company will work with your team to find the best solution for you.

All in the Details

The ability to customize your hotel awning is important to creating the perfect “branded” look that you want. With The New Dorchester Awning Company, you can customize the fabric choice, logo and/or other graphics, awning style, and more. During our collaborative design process we work with you and your team to create the best awning possible for your site. 

Choosing the Right Awning Company

When you are considering new awnings or canopies for your hotel or resort, you want to know that you’ll receive an excellent product for a fair price. You shouldn’t have to settle for a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, you deserve the care and attention of a dedicated, professional team who puts the customer first.

At The New Dorchester Awning Company, we strive for 100% customer satisfaction on every job. Not only can we help you find and design the perfect awnings and canopies for your hotel grounds, but we provide additional services including cleaning and put-up/take-down. Our work isn’t done when your awning is in place – we’ll continue to provide support as you need it. 

Welcome Spring with a beautiful new hotel awning. Contact us today to get a quote and learn more about our custom design process.

What to Look for in a Great Awning Company

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, January 25, 2018
Whether you’re looking for an awning company to handle your commercial or residential needs, there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a company. We’ve been in the business since 1901, and over the past century we’ve seen it all!

Do they have clear pictures of their work?

Being able to review a portfolio of completed work is crucial when deciding between awning companies. A strong portfolio should give you an idea of the range of options the company has to offer, as well as give you inspiration. Look for images in the portfolio that resemble what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a residential awning and they are only willing to share images of their commercial work with you, ask them why that is. A comprehensive portfolio is the mark of a company proud of its high-quality work across a variety of contexts.

Are they willing to listen to your needs?

Nowadays, many businesses and consumers alike love the idea of a one-size-fits-all solution that can be quickly identified and applied. When it comes to matters such as custom awnings, this mindset might not always be best. A great awning company should take lots of different factors into consideration, and ask you lots of questions: What will the awnings be used for? How often will they be used? What does your building and neighborhood look like? This attention to detail and willingness to take time to solve problems is an indication that an awning company is invested in getting the job done right.

Have they published any reviews or testimonials?

A great awning company should have at least a few testimonials from satisfied customers that they take pride in. Checking reviews on websites like Yelp, Google, Better Business Bureau, Home Advisor, and Angie’s List, can give you a more comprehensive idea of the company’s reputation. While online review sites are a great place to start, it’s important to look at the testimonials that the brand itself displays. Do they have testimonials or positive reviews to share? These can be a great indication that the company takes pride in its customer service.
These are just a few qualities to look for when you’re choosing an awning company to work with. At Dorchester Awnings, we have more than a hundred years in the business! Over time we’ve built up a great understanding of how to satisfy the myriad of clients that seek out our services. Reach out to us today to tell us more about your project!

Like New: How to Keep Your Awning Looking Great Year-Round

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, January 11, 2018

At Dorchester Awnings, we want to keep your custom awning looking and working great for years to come! Follow these simple maintenance tips to keep it clean and in good working order.

A great custom awning is an investment, and at Dorchester we’re proud of the beautiful awnings we design for our clients every day. Many people don’t know that awnings can benefit from some simple regular maintenance, just like any other part of your home. Here are a few simple tips to keep your awning looking great year-round!

Keep an eye out during bad weather!

Many awnings are designed to provide refreshing shade in sunny weather. Heavy wind, rain, and snow can wreak havoc on your beautiful awning. Water can create puddles that stretch the fabric, strong winds can damage the metal supports, and motors can strain under the pressure of retracting an awning that has frozen in the cold or been weighed-down by water. Don’t let a storm ruin your awning, be sure to take the time to retract it if you know bad weather is coming. If your awning isn’t retractable, do what you can to ensure that water and snow don’t pile up on top of it. Of course, always be sure that your awning is dry when you retract it.

At Dorchester Awnings, we can create awnings for homes and businesses. Reach out to us today to learn more about how our various styles hold up in inclement weather.

Take the time to clean them

Just like your house paint, rain gutters, and driveway, your awning is exposed to the elements and can benefit from some simple regular cleaning habits. Use a broom to remove dust or dirt so your awning looks sharp. For a deeper cleaning, find a cleanser that’s been designed to clean awnings and give it a good scrub. Keep in mind that some cleansers are designed for vinyl awnings while others are designed for canvas- be sure you find the right cleanser for your awning. Once you’ve rinsed the cleaner, be sure to let your awning dry completely before retracting it. Cleaning your awnings is an important way to guard against problems like mildew.

These are just a couple of ways that you can ensure your custom awnings stay looking and working great for years to come! Reach out to us today to learn more about the custom awnings we offer at Dorchester Awnings!

What Type of Awning Best Suits Your Needs?

Digital Strategies Support - Monday, December 25, 2017

Installing an awning brings with it a number of important benefits to residential and commercial buildings alike, including better curb appeal, a lowered energy bill, and creation of a sun/wind/rain shelter. But the fact is there are numerous, almost endless, varieties of awnings on the market today. You can even have your own special design custom-built, as well, if you like.

It's true that acrylic is a superior material choice, in many contexts, but even here, you might opt for a different industrial fabric or wish to go with vinyl or aluminum. Adding bright, durable colors is great for commercial use, and you can add your businesses specific color scheme and logo. But beyond your own hyper-specific custom design, what are the main types of awnings? And what does each one have to offer?

Stationery or Retractable?

Probably, the first decision to be made is whether you want a fixed-frame or a retractable model of awning. If you are covering a patio, deck, or pool-side area, a retractable awning can be a great way to prevent inclement weather from cutting short your parties or family outdoor time, and yet, allowing full sun when it's "beautiful" out.

Windows, doors, and entry areas generally take stationery awnings, on the other hand. But even this is not a hard and fast rule.

Outdoor or Indoor Awnings?

While you might suppose that all awnings are on the exterior, in reality, there is such a thing as indoor commercial awnings. These will be prevalent inside of malls and shopping centers, and occasionally may even be found inside of the actual store. Indoor awnings are entirely for decorative and advertising purposes. Outdoor awnings do that and more and are by far the most common.

Attached or Freestanding?

While most awnings are directly attached to your building, there is also a use for awnings that are freestanding, usually near but not touching the building. A smoking shelter at a restaurant, a bicycle or motorcycle parking zone, a picnicking spot, or an all-weather "sales booth" are all possible uses of a freestanding awning.

Which Shape and Style of Awning?

Most awnings will be attached, outdoor, and stationery. But within this broad scope, there are many particular styles and shapes. First, you have window awnings or small over-door awnings in the following shapes (and many more):

  • Concave
  • Convex
  • Domed
  • Elongated Dome
  • Triangular Slope

The dimensions, of course, can vary to fit the opening you want to cover. And there are many customized shapes as well.

Second, there are entrance area awnings that attach to the building but project from the building and are held up by support poles. These can be a variety of shapes – curved top, A-frame etc. and can include covered sides with roll-up or more permanent panels. The point is to provide a convenient, "weatherized" entry point from curb to door for customers/guests. Some entryway awnings are very long, covering whole walkways; others barely cover the front step.

Which Awning Company Should I Choose?

Installing an awning can be a difficult task for the inexperienced, and you want a sturdy, durable, high quality installation job. Use a professional awning company with many decades of experience, like Dorchester Awning, and you can have a professional team design, build, and install your new awning.  Dorchester Awning will even design, fabricate and ship awnings around the country.

Dorchester uses the highest-quality materials in constructing your awning, and our experienced crew will work quickly and carefully to give you a quality look you will be proud of. If you have any questions about selecting or installing an awning on your home/business property, do not hesitate to contact Dorchester Awning today for immediate assistance.

Troubleshooting: How to Fix Awning Problems When They Arise

Digital Strategies Support - Monday, December 11, 2017

Awnings can help protect you and your home from hot weather, giving your balcony, patio, deck, and even outside windows a break from the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Quality awnings can also add style to your home and give each part of your house a unique architectural touch. Even high-quality awnings can start to look worn over time, especially if they’re getting hit by UVA and UVB rays all day long. That doesn’t mean you need to start shopping for new awnings right away.

Keep reading to learn more about awning care and how to fix common awning problems when they arise. With a little work, you can make many issues that pop up as awnings age a thing of the past. These tips will work for many residential and commercial awnings as well.

Cleaning Dusty or Fading Awnings

Your awnings protect you and your home from the sun, but to do that, they need to take a beating from the sun, snow, rain, wind, and any other outdoor conditions that are prevalent in your area. Over time, that means that awnings start to look a little worse for wear even if they’re very well made without proper awning care.

One of the best things you can do to make sure your awnings look their best is to clean them properly. To start, you’ll want to sweep or clean awnings with a broom to remove any debris and dust. You’ll want to do this before you use any sort of liquid. Taking your awnings down whenever possible will allow you to remove as much dust as possible. Heavy-duty vacuums can also be used to get embedded dust and debris out of your awnings before further cleaning.

Washing Outdoor Awnings

Once your awnings get dirty, they won’t look as good as they did when they were new. The good news is that awning care for items designed for outdoor use is easy.

Use a pressure washer on the lowest possible setting to remove embedded dirt and debris that can’t be removed with a broom or heavy-duty vacuum. Or, if you are concerned about the integrity of older fabric or seams – use a medium to stiff brush with soapy water solution (rinse thoroughly).  On Solution dyed acrylic fabrics (such as Sunbrella) – you can include a cup or two of bleach per bucket of water.  It won’t hurt the fabric, but be careful of anything below the awning.  If you have removed them from the building,  allow the awnings to dry after washing before storing them away.  Damp awnings can also promote growth of mildew.  

Moving Parts

Awnings that go up and down—often referred to as retractable awnings—have moving parts like rollers, springs, cables, chains, etc - which may not work as well as they used to once they age. In many cases, moving parts will begin to squeak or the mechanism may no longer be smooth.

To fix these moving parts, first inspect them for damage. In most cases, moving parts won’t be damaged unless something has hit them. Apply a lubricant like Silicone or Teflon Silicone to your moving parts, taking care not to get the lubricant on the fabric material (or items below the awning). If using a spray applicator, consider using painters tape to cover areas before spraying.  Use a tarp to protect furniture and the deck from spills and drips until any excess lubricant has stopped dripping.

Tears and Damage

Tears and damage in residential or commercial awnings can make yours less effective and unsightly. For large tears, it’s best to contact the experts at Dorchester Awning directly so we can help you make durable, long-lasting repairs. In other cases, it is possible to fix awnings by gluing on patches over small holes or even stitching patches in place. Commercial customers who have large awnings can purchase patch repair kits from Dorchester Awning.  For smaller or residential awnings Dorchester Awning can work with you to assess how to address a repair.

Avoid using items like duct tape to repair awnings since it can ruin the finish of your awning or damage the material permanently, making the problem worse. Contact Dorchester Awning to learn more about repairing aging awnings and making existing ones look new again. The New Dorchester Awning Company can also help you retrofit or replace existing awnings.

Why Do Business Awnings Matter?

Digital Strategies Support - Saturday, November 25, 2017

Looking for a way to stand out from the competition and draw more customers to your business? Business awnings can help you do that and improve your store's energy efficiency and curb appeal as well. 

At Dorchester Awning, you can customize the materials, color scheme, and logo design to match the branding image of your business. Commercial business awnings offered at Dorchester Awning could increase your sales, increase your usable space, and get more customers through the door. 

Whether you need a canopy or awning for your business, we can help. In fact, Dorchester Awning is full service and provides seasonal takedowns, awning storage, customized awning designs, and fabrication of brand-new awnings. 

Tangible Benefits of Customized Commercial Awnings 

Commercial awnings have been shown to increase the visual, aesthetic appeal of your business storefront and let customers know exactly how they can stay in touch. 

Along with your business name and logo, you can put your business phone number, email address, and anything else that you think would help customers get in touch on a business awning where everyone can see it. 

Stand Out From the Competition 

Putting yourself in the customers' shoes, you can see how a customized business awning would be a huge attention grabber. Customers walking or driving by might not distinguish one storefront from another unless there's something that really draws their eye in. 

Commercial business awnings and business canopies come in a variety of engaging colors that are sure to turn heads. Dorchester Awning offers literally hundreds of colors, patterns, and fabric material combinations so that you can stand out from the competition. 

Provide Shelter From the Elements 

Business awnings can provide a much-needed respite for your customers as they're scrambling to get out of the rain. 

The closer those customers get to your business the better. You might even find that a business awning both attracts customers looking to avoid a downpour and keeps the front of your storefront cleaner

Having a business awning protect your storefront from rain and snow could mean that customers get more of a chance to see the deals in your window and that your store stays cleaner since customers won't be tracking as much of mother nature into your store. 

Increase Your Usable Space 

Business awnings and commercial canopies come in a surprising array of different styles to serve your business needs. 

Concave and open-wing awnings are popular choices for restaurants. Dome awnings, on the other hand, are a great match for condos and apartments. 

If you're looking to offer outdoor tables at your restaurant, for example, then you might also want to consider commercial stationary awnings. An outdoor awning in front of your restaurant can let you put up a chalkboard of the day's specials; if you're running a cafe, an awning out front lets your customers enjoy their morning coffee and the fresh air. 

The fact is that exterior commercial awnings can dramatically improve your restaurant's usable space: You can easily match the awning's color scheme to your brand's colors. 

Restaurants, universities, libraries, and small businesses could also benefit from offering customers awnings over outdoor bike racks and smoking shelters. 

Energy Efficiency and Commercial Awnings 

A good share of your store's heat gain in the summer is probably coming through your front windows. Installing an awning effectively blocks the sun and lets you save more money that would otherwise go towards cooling down the store. 

If you're looking to corral more customers, expand your usable space, and make your business more energy efficient, then contact Dorchester Awning to get started today. Quotes are absolutely free! 

Prepping for Winter: Caring for Your Home Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Saturday, November 11, 2017

Home awnings can significantly cut your energy expenses and utility bills and, at the same time, increase your home's curb appeal and usable space. The U.S. Department of Energy says that home awnings can cut heat gain on east-facing windows by more than 75 percent. 

Commercial awnings provide similar benefits in that they allow business owners to enlarge their outdoor space (e.g., shaded area at a restaurant) and reduce the amount of solar heat gain affecting their properties. Those are huge perks of installing awnings. 

You might be wondering if you have the know-how and time to learn how to install your home awning or commercial awning.

The good news is that Dorchester Awning can design and install your awning and take it down and store it when winter comes. We are truly a full-service awning company that is there with you from requesting a free quote through installation and maintenance. 

Getting Your Home Awning Ready for Winter 

Durable awnings that are made from high-quality acrylicslike New Dorchester's awningscan last for ten years or more and make it through some pretty tough New England weather. 

That said, dirt and debris can accumulate on your home awning throughout the spring and summer, so it might be a good idea to give your home awning a rinse before retracting it for the winter or having our experts take it down and stow it away for you. 

Clear Away Debris and Stains 

Brushing off dirt, debris, or any twigs that have collected on your awning throughout the spring, summer, and early part of fall is a great way to keep your awning looking great

Use a gentle brush and stroke downward from the top of your home's awning to the lower edge. Some dirt might have adhered to your awning. If that's the case, then gently spray water on your awning using a hose and try to brush the dirt away. 

New Dorchester home awnings are designed to be affordable, energy efficient, and durable. Window, door, and stationary awnings are all options along with aluminum awnings and ever-popular retractable awnings. 

Obviously, it can be a little tougher getting stains out of aluminum awnings than the fabric of retractable or window awnings. Home awnings made from fabric can be safely cleaned using a mild soap like Dawn dissolved in warm water. You only need to use a tiny amount of Dawn to create an effective stain remover. 

Simply dip the brush that you were using to sweep away dirt and debris into your home-made solution, gently brush the dirty areas, and use your hose on a low setting to wash away dirt or stains. 

Removing Your Awning and Troubleshooting Tips 

After you've gotten your home awning clean, you can go about removing or retracting it back in for the winter. 

Before you start bringing your awning in, though, make sure that it's completely dried out from your washing it. Why? Because, like towels, awnings are made of fabric that's susceptible to mold if bunched up while the fabric is still damp, let alone wet. 

Once you're ready to bring your home awning in, you should check for tears or damage. If you have a non-retractable awning that needs to come down, then make sure to neatly fold it and stow it away in a dry area without too much moisture through the winter. 

Protecting your investment in a home retractable awning with a winter awning cover is also a great idea. Retractable all-weather structures are hard to beat. Contact New Dorchester to get started today. 

Why an Acrylic Awning Fabric Makes the Best Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Awnings have been around since the time of the ancient Romans. They were made of linen shade cloths, which were essentially flax fibers woven together. This was very similar to the sails made in that day, and when covered with wax or oil, they became weatherproof.

A large awning was made to cover part of the Roman Colosseum, and in fact, sailors who had experience raising and lowering sails were put in charge of this same task to shade the spectators. Of course, linen, being a natural fiber, soon eroded from the suns rays, water damage, mold, and mildew. Even though patches were made, and linen was the best material for the job, it was just not suited to remain constantly exposed to the elements for a long period of time.

Canvas and Cotton

When America was discovered, two brand new materials became available for awnings: canvas, a coarse cloth made of hemp, and cotton. Canvas was heavy and durable, and when coated with oil, or other water repellant substances, it became extremely weatherproof. But it was heavy and unwieldy, and although it worked well for commercial use, it was not a perfect material for consumer or residential use.

Cotton seemed to solve all of the problems. It was lightweight, it could be made weatherproof, and it was easy to handle. While it was a good choice in many ways, it lacked the durability needed for an extended year after year usage.

The Acrylic Solution

The best awning fabric made is constructed out of acrylic resin and textile fibers. The acrylic penetrates the fibers, making them completely water and weatherproof, enhancing durability while still remaining flexible at virtually any temperature. The acrylic solution has taken awnings into the new millennium.

Dorchester Awning uses the finest awning fabric available. It is a mix of acrylic resins, textile, and microfibers. Using this modern fabric not only makes awnings relatively lightweight, but it also makes them virtually impervious to the weather. Plus, an added benefit from using acrylic makes them easy to clean, many times by just using a hose to rinse them off, and they will resist mildew as well. This fabric also takes to coloring, so acrylic awnings can be colored to your choice.

Acrylic awning fabric is also the best material for retractable awnings too. It stays flexible all year long, so retracting or deploying is never a hassle. If they get wet, simply allow them to dry before retracting, and the acrylic material will never mold or mildew.

Dorchester Awning has specialized in awning manufacture and installation since 1901. From fixed awnings to retractable models, commercial to residential, we serve Boston, Cape Cod, and all of Eastern Massachusetts. Contact us for a free quote.

Keep Your Commercial Awning in Great Shape with These Tips

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Having a commercial awning installed was a great move to boost business by making your business' main entrance, windows, porch, or another area more noticeable, more attractive, and fit to protect clients from inclement weather. But in order to keep your awning looking its best and "working its magic," consistently, year-round (and year after year), it will need to be periodically cleaned. 

It's true that today's top-of-the-line, antimicrobial fabrics and rain-shedding coatings minimize the amount of maintenance that awnings require. But there still are a few tips you should know.

1. General Awning Cleaning Procedures

As Fall approaches and leaves or small sticks begin to accumulate on top of your awning, the most obvious awning cleaning procedure quickly comes to mind: brushing off the debris. A sturdy, well-planted ladder and a tough bristled brush or a broom will do the trick. You could also employ a leaf-blower if you have a long enough extension cord and can get close enough to your targeted debris. Also, brush off any loose dirt or dust you find clinging to your awning's surface.

Next comes washing your awning. First, wet it down with a hose. Then mix a mild solution of water and simple dish soap and scrub your awning gently with a brush or a rag. You can also use a solution made of a third-cup mild detergent, two-thirds-cup tri-sodium phosphate, and a gallon of water. Let the awning soak in the soapy water a few minutes before rinsing it off with the hose. Then let it air-dry.

For tougher stains, you will need to use a stronger cleaning solution and apply a little more "elbow grease." But don't scrub too hard and risk damaging the fabric or the water-resistant coating. Cleaning your awnings need only be done, at most, once or twice a year, if they are high-quality to begin with.

2. Protect Your Awning's Color

Never over-scrub or clean your awning too often. Never use harsh chemicals on an awning. And never put bleach on it! Your awning's bright, vibrant colors are catching the eye of passersby and bringing in extra business, so you don't want to diminish the effect.

Some with especially bright-colored commercial awnings opt to clean them monthly, and that's fine if you do it gently and correctly. But it usually isn't strictly necessary unless your business is in a very dusty or bird-frequented area. However often you clean your awning, never use hot water to do it. Cool or warm is fine. Don't power wash it, unless it is made of aluminum, another metal, or wood. Even then, use only the low-pressure setting.

Finally, you can also further protect against color fade by getting your awning equipped with a UV sealant by a professional awning company.

3. Tips for Retractable Awnings

A few special comments are necessary about retractable awnings. First, some of them will allow water to pool on top after a rain. You can either retract the awning before the rain comes or allow it to sun-dry after the rain but before retracting it.

What you want to avoid is letting your cloth awning get soaked and then retracting it, giving mold and mildew a chance to fester. Even with anti-microbial fabrics, you want to implement good awning management practices. If you do get mildew/mold on any part of your retractable awning (or any commercial awning), use a solution of three parts water to two parts sodium hypo-chlorite (5% solution) to get it out.

To learn more about commercial awning maintenance or for a free awning quote, contact Dorchester Awning today!

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