The Awnings Blog

The Awnings Blog

Stylish and Energy Efficient? 5 Reasons Why Awnings Are a Great Idea

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, May 25, 2017

A cool, shady spot in your yard makes relaxing outdoors so nice. Having a barbecue, unwinding after work, and spending time with your family are all more comfortable in the shade of an awning. But backyard comfort isn’t the only benefit of adding an awning to your home. These installations add to the appearance of your home, save money on energy, and a variety of other benefits.

Keep reading to learn more.

#1 Added Style Factor

House awnings are available in styles that match any home. Whether your style is ultra-modern, farmhouse chic, stately colonial and everything else in between, you can find an awning that will complement your home’s exterior. Nowadays, house awning styles incorporate weight, light, shape, color, and profile to create a statement or blend seamlessly with your home.

In addition, there can be no doubt about the benefits of curb appeal. If you are going to sell your home down the line, making sure it is attractive from the outside can only help. Lovely shades and awnings make your home more appealing from the outside and show prospective buyers how they can use the spaces.

#2 Money Savings

When you add a house awning, look at it as an investment. In addition, using awnings to shade your windows makes the house more energy efficient, saving you money on the costs of keeping it cool in the summer. An awning blocks some of the sun from coming in through the windows and heating up your house, which can save you money on electric bills in the long term. Not only do awnings block the heat, but they keep a glare off your TV and the sun off your nice furniture and carpeting, helping to prevent sun damage over time.

#3 Protect from the Elements

Probably the most obvious benefit of an awning is that it gives shade on a hot summer day. Shading your windows, patio, and deck from the sun keeps you cool when you are outdoors and protects expensive outdoor patio furniture from getting bleached and discolored by the sun. Even more importantly, sitting outdoors under an awning protects you from the sun’s harmful rays which can cause premature signs of aging or skin cancer. An added benefit is that you can enjoy your outdoor space even when the weather is bad, as the awning protects from rain as well.

#4 Low Maintenance

Because awnings are so beautiful and functional, you might think that they are high maintenance. This is not true! A high-quality house awning requires little care to keep it in top shape. If your awning is retractable, bringing it in when weather is bad will help keep it strong and pristine. Even stationary awnings only require spot cleaning and the occasional washing to keep it looking sharp.

#5 Long-Lasting Value

Modern awnings are made with high-quality fabrics and frames, which make them last for years. With proper care, an awning can bring energy savings and an added style factor to your home for 7-10 years.

You can enjoy all these benefits when you add an awning to your home. For the awning experts in Dorchester, Massachusetts, contact the Dorchester Awning, Company!

8 Ways to Keep Your Awning in Tip Top Shape

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, May 11, 2017

When you have invested in an awning to keep your outdoor space shaded, caring for your investment is essential. Proper awning care can help ensure that your awning lasts for years.

The best way to take care of your awnings is to do regular maintenance and cleaning. Think of it like taking care of your carpet: You vacuum regularly to keep dirt from getting embedded in your floors, which makes semi-annual steam cleaning go much more smoothly. Regular maintenance keeps everything in your house in tip top shape, and your awnings are no different.

Read this blog to learn some of the regular awning care that will keep your investment looking good.

Seasonal Awning Care

Sweep all loose dirt off both the top and bottom of the awning. Not only does this keep the fabric looking bright and pristine, but it prevents dirt from building up over time. Use a broom with soft bristles to protect the fabric from wear.

Trim all shrubs, vines, and trees to keep them from touching or rubbing on the fabric. Many plants contain an acid that wears down awning fabric, causing discoloration. In addition, branches and twigs can tear or poke holes in your awning, so it is best to keep these plants from coming into contact with your investment.

Check for any sign of holes or tears. Small holes or tears are easy to repair, so if you notice something small, get it fixed immediately before it becomes something big.

Yearly Awning Care

Keep your awning on its frame for washing. In most cases, you do not need to take your awning down to give it a proper cleaning, making the whole process easy.

Spray the entire awning with cool water on both the top and the underside. This rinses off the more stubborn dirt that might not come off with sweeping. Spray down your awning on a hot, sunny day to help it dry. If you have a retractable awning, ensure that it is completely dry before you retract it. Retracting wet fabric allows for mildew growth, which you want to avoid at all costs.

Wash the top with a solution of water and mild soap. Use a soft bristle brush or cloth to work the solution into the fabric from the bottom to the top, and then allow some time for the solution to soak in. Next, rinse the awning thoroughly with a hose, until all the soap residue is gone. Rinsing is incredibly important in this process, as soap residue can cause discoloration or provide a place for mildew to grow.

Spot Clean as Needed

Watch for things like bird droppings, tree sap, oil, paint, and rust. All of these can leave stains if they aren’t treated quickly. As soon as you notice a stain or spot on your awning, clean it off properly to keep stains from setting in.

When you see spots such as these, contact Dorchester Awning Company for advice on how to remove them. Do not use chemicals or cleaning supplies unless we recommend them, as they may cause damage to your awning.

Protect Retractable Awnings from Weather

If you chose a retractable awning, taking proper care of it is easy! Lucky for you, retractable awnings can be brought in to protect them from the elements. High speed winds, rain, and snow can all damage your investment, so retracting your awning during weather conditions such as these protects them.  

Have questions about keeping your awnings in tip top shape? Contact Dorchester Awning Company to get your questions answered by a member of our team.

Finding the Perfect Awning for Your Business

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The phrase “beauty is only skin deep” applies nicely to humans, but it doesn’t have the same ring of truth when it comes to businesses and building facades. The fact is that consumers like a good-looking product and want to shop at locations that are aesthetically pleasing. And arguably one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to give your buyers a reason to stop by your shop is with the simple curb appeal boost of an outside awning.

Whether you own a sports bar or boutique furniture shop, an outside awning is an affordable building addition that goes a long way in making your storefront stand out from the crowd. Of course, not every outside awning is for every business. Consider the following tips to ensure you find the perfect look for your business:

3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Awning for Your Business

  1. Know its primary purpose. While outside awnings are generally designed the same—they are rooflike structures installed above a window or door—the exact design differs based on its desired purpose. For instance, a high-quality metal awning is ideal for businesses wanting to enhance a storefront’s visual appeal, whereas a water-resistant fabric awning helps protect guests and employees from inclement weather. The latter is an especially important aspect if you want an outside awning to protect an outdoor seating area from the sun and light rain or if you want it to be attachable to pathway awnings or a standalone awning.
  2. Consider how you want your business to be represented. Awnings come in a variety of styles, such as ornamental and waterfall sloping, and colors. When you work with a shades and awning company such as Dorchester Awning, they will ask you about the nature of your business and colors that represent your brand and logo. They will help you sift through the many different styles, shapes, and colors available to help you choose the best grouping to represent your business. For example, a financial institution should have a different aesthetic from a children’s arcade shop. 
  3. Examine your business location and where you want commercial awnings installed. The final major aspect you will need to consider is the location of your storefront and the structures over which you want to install outdoor awnings. A business on the corner of a country intersection will generally want to use different materials and have a different style of awning than a storefront in the middle of a major market or outdoor strip mall. Are you trying to get the attention of drivers or pedestrians? Will your consumers generally be trying to search you out, or are you trying to capture their notice while they’re waiting at a nearby stoplight? It is important to take all of these considerations into account before making a decision on the your awning’s size, design, and color and the layout of how and where your business logo will be printed.

You will also want to consider your budget. A quality company will ensure that you are able to put all the above aspects into practice without going over budget so that you can get the great look you want for your business at a price you can afford. 

Dorchester Awning Company is New England’s leading brand in the manufacture and installation of custom commercial awnings. Our friendly and experienced service staff is here to provide you with a full consultation and to assist you in finding the perfect outside awning for your commercial property. Contact us today to get started.

Enhance Your Branding with Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

As a business owner, you’re accustomed to burnishing your brand. You advertise it whenever you can afford to. You tout it to anyone who will listen. And you protect it at all costs, knowing that you must be selective about the forums in which it appears.

It’s hard work, the business of burnishing a brand. And sometimes it can feel like a full-time job—as if your actual job description were brand ambassador.

As you exert energy to burnish your brand (and hopefully reap the returns), don’t overlook one of the easiest and most effective ways to advertise, tout, and protect your brand: installing an awning right over your business’s front door:

Advertise Your Brand by Installing an Awning

  • An awning advertises your brand because it is a literal canvas for your business’s name and logo and, if room permits, your phone number and web address, too. You’ve heard business owners lament that they struggle to find ways to “get their name out there.” An awning achieves this goal every day, exposing your good name to whomever walks and drives by.
  • An awning advertises your brand repeatedly after a one-time investment, so an awning is one of the most cost-effective purchases you can make. You know what you spend on other forms of advertising and marketing. Every exposure and every mass “drop” of direct mail costs you money with no guaranteed return on your investment. An awning pays huge dividends every day for as long as you keep it.

Tout Your Brand by Installing an Awning

  • An awning touts your brand by trumpeting you as an innovator. Awnings are still the exception, not the rule, in many business districts, partly because it takes time, effort, and the right company to produce a high-quality awning. When you put your good name on an awning, you’re announcing to the world (or at least your corner of it) that your business is of the highest caliber, too.
  • An awning touts your brand by differentiating you from other businesses and your competitors. In a world in which so many people want to follow the leader, the distinctive nature of awnings sets you apart as the leader. Take a step back from the curb sometime and look up and down the street. There is no doubt that businesses with awnings “pop” and catch the attention of passersby. And for any business that is combating the influence of online competitors, this is a powerful differentiator indeed.
  • An awning touts your brand if you’re savvy enough to capitalize on the space underneath it. Awnings add instant style and accentuate architectural details from a distance. Up close, they provide an opportunity to bring people in (underneath them), and not only in inclement weather. Awnings offer shelter for booths and displays so that you can promote your business with displays, demonstrations, and product giveaways.

Protect Your Brand by Installing an Awning

  • An awning protects your brand because your business name, logo, and other information appear on a durable, vibrant, and easily cleaned fabric with a color-sensitive application. Many business owners are rightfully nervous about turning over their business font, colors, and especially logo for reproduction. They know that if these elements are not expertly handled, the final result will impugn the integrity of their brand. When business owners work with the premier awning company in eastern Massachusetts, they know that their brand will be treated with the utmost precision and the most studied attention to detail.

Your business—and your brand—deserve the best, which is why your business deserves the New Dorchester Awning Company. Call us for a consultation and ensure that the first impression your business makes is a lasting one. 

5 Frequently Asked Questions about Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Awnings are an excellent way to enhance home aesthetics, control sunlight and heat gain, protect property materials, and much more. And with spring and summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to start thinking about upgrading your home with inside or outside awning materials. 

If you’re like most homeowners, you likely have a question or two about these products and the steps necessary to make the best purchase for your home. Consider the following answers to the five most frequently asked questions we get at Dorchester Awning Company to get started:

1) Is an awning right for my property?  

Awnings are great for providing sun and rain protection and for making a building more aesthetically pleasing. If you own a small business, awnings can bring attention to your business, increase outdoor seating areas, and provide a great space for signage. Homeowners often choose awnings to improve the overall look of their home and increase the usability of their patio and similar outdoor spaces.

2) Are awnings waterproof? Will I be protected from inclement weather if I stand underneath an awning?  

With a few top-tier exceptions, most types of outside awning fabrics are sold as water-repellant and not 100% waterproof. Plus, because awnings are typically open on three sides, blustery winds can send water or snow sideways underneath the canopy. That said, an outside awning still provides excellent overall weather protection for your property. For example, during snowy Boston winters, awnings shield stairwells and doorways from the worst of sleet and snow build-ups.

3) What should I look for in a professional awning company?  

Hiring an experienced and quality-oriented awning company will go a long way in ensuring your outside awning enjoys a long working life and looks great through even the worst Massachusetts winters. So it’s important to do a bit of background research! Begin by reading online testimonials and location reviews. Ask a prospective company for references of work similar to the type you are considering and a photographic portfolio of before, during, and after an inside or outside awning was installed. If the company has a storefront location with a showroom, be sure to visit and spend time looking at the available options.

While many awning companies will provide you with a free in-home consultation that includes product samplings, nothing beats a store visit where you can get a much clearer idea of the professionals you are hiring and the options they have available for you. 

4) What matters more: Fabric color or type?  

A professional awning company will walk you through all of the facets of purchasing and installing inside and outside awning materials. However, it’s important to note that although color matters, the type of fabric you choose will play a larger role in heat control. The darker a fabric is, the warmer it tends to get underneath, but the type of fabric you choose has a larger impact on how hot or cold it will feel in the awnings’ shade. 

5) How long does an awning last?  

Most awning manufacturers will warranty their products for five years, depending upon the type of fabric included. But with proper care, cleaning, and maintenance, an outside awning can last upward of 15 years, with some frames slated as lifetime purchases. At Dorchester Awning Company, we offer a range of maintenance and restorative services in addition to product sales and installations.

For more information about installing an outside awning, contact us today at The Dorchester Awning Company.

4 Uses for Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Awnings have been popular additions to homes and businesses around the world throughout history, and for good reason. Available in a wide variety of styles, these versatile products enhance the beauty of existing architecture and can offer an abundance of additional benefits to home and business owners.

Here are four uses for awnings:

#1. Cutting Heating and Cooling Costs

If you are interested in slashing the heating and cooling costs for your home or business while maintaining a comfortable environment, awnings might be the perfect option. In the summertime, awnings are a wonderful choice for reducing heat gain, and the savings they create might surprise you. By preventing direct sunlight from penetrating doors and windows, awnings can reduce heat gain by up to 77 percent. As a result, air conditioners can run more efficiently, and electricity usage can be reduced by as much as 25 percent.

#2. Increasing Curb Appeal

Whether you are a homeowner who is ready to enhance to beauty of your residence or a business owner who wants to draw more customers to your door, awnings are an effective and affordable way to increase your building’s curb appeal. With an extensive selection of styles and designs, The New Dorchester Awning Company can help you find the perfect awnings to complement the look of your home or building.

#3. Protecting Furniture

Many homes and businesses in Boston and the surrounding communities are filled with expensive furnishings or items that have significant sentimental value, and sunlight can wreak havoc on those belongings. According to the Library of Congress, inadequate protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays can result in substantial fading of draperies, flooring materials, and furniture. By reducing the amount of sunlight to which your furnishings are exposed, awnings provide excellent furniture protection for your treasured belongings.

Enhancing Outdoor Living Spaces

Awnings are a fabulous choice if you are interested in enhancing the outdoor living spaces at your home or business. In addition to providing furniture protection in picnic areas, strategically installed awnings can provide sheltered areas for you and you guests to enjoy all year long. In the hot summer months, awnings can significantly reduce outdoor temperatures and protect individuals from the damaging rays of the sun. When the skies cloud over with threats of rain or snow, awnings provide protection so that outdoor areas can still be used.

Are you ready to learn more about the many ways awnings can enhance your home or business? Contact the New Dorchester Awning Company today!

Want to Cut Energy Costs? An Awning is the Perfect Solution

Digital Strategies Support - Friday, March 03, 2017

To block the harsh rays of the sun, you wear sunglasses, flip down the visor in your car and, on the most sweltering days of summer, maybe even prop a sun visor on your windshield.

Blocking the sun pays instant dividends by cooling things down—and, by extension, saving energy, too.

It stands to reason, then, that awnings perform the same function. But if you’re leaning toward installing an awning on your home or place of business, you probably want more than common-sense reasoning to support your quest to save money on your energy bill. Some third-party authentication would probably help, too. You can count on The New Dorchester Awning Company to provide it—and not from only one source, but three.

First, Size Up a Window

Appreciating the shielding effects of an awning requires an understanding of what it is shielding in the first place: a window. A window is just one component in what is known as the building’s “envelope.” The other components are the roof, walls, subfloor, and doors.

Of these components, the most energy is lost through glass doors and windows. In fact, on a hot day, more energy seeps through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall.

Installing an Awning Reduces Heat Gain

To reduce heat gain—and cut down on glare—some people install tinted glass or window film. But these methods are inferior to awnings, which “substantially increase energy saved over the film and tinted glass alternatives,” according to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

In fact, studies by this group show that when the sun shines directly on southern facing windows, a fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. On western-facing windows, the reduction in heat gain ranges from 72 to 77 percent. With savings like these, any homeowner or business owner can quickly recoup the cost of purchasing and installing an awning.

Installing an Awning Cuts Energy Bills

A study by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save building owners as much as $200 a year by reducing the load on air conditioners. The industry leader conducted the study in 50 cities across the United States, including Boston.

In fact, in nine northeastern cities, including Boston, awnings were shown to cut energy costs by 25 percent during years with average temperatures and by 23 percent during years with hot temperatures.

“While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy,” said Byron Yonce, chairman of the association.

Installing an Awning Helps in Winter, Too

As you might expect, the U.S. Department of Energy advocates the installation of energy-efficient windows to reduce energy costs while also realizing that for many homeowners and business owners, this transition constitutes a major investment.

As an intermediate step, the department recommends installing caulk, weather stripping, and awnings to enhance the efficiency of existing windows. It also notes that significant improvements have been made to awnings to enhance their appeal.

“In the past, most awnings were made of metal or canvas, which need to be re-covered every five to seven years,” the department says. “Today, awnings are made from synthetic fabrics, such as acrylic and polyvinyl laminates that are water-repellent and treated to resist mildew and fading. Whatever the fabric, you should choose one that is opaque and tightly woven. A light-colored awning will reflect more sunlight.”

The department also extols the virtues of adjustable or retractable awnings, which can warm a house or office in the winter.

“New hardware, such as lateral arms, makes the rolling up process quite easy,” the department notes.

To learn firsthand how installing an awning can save you money every month on your energy bill, call The New Dorchester Awning Company for a consultation.

Four Differences Between Pergolas and Retractable Awnings: Which is Right for You?

Digital Strategies Support - Friday, February 24, 2017

Retractable awnings are an amazing way to increase your living space and decrease the amount of money you spend month-to-month on energy expenses.

The beautiful thing about retractable awnings is that they give you sun protection and are incredibly easy to use and operate. In other words, you can block out the sun's harmful UV rays without blocking the view. 

In fact, retractable all-weather awnings are designed with vibrantly colored fabrics that resist fading and wind damage...and provide UV protection. 

Discreet rails will keep your awning looking great 365 days a year, and home retractable awnings come in a variety of different shapes and styles to suit the look you're going for. A collaborative design process can help you nail it! 

Differences Between Pergolas and Retractable Awnings 

Both retractable awnings and pergolas can be attached to the sides of buildings or homes to offer around-the-clock sun protection. Pergolas, unlike awnings, can actually be either freestanding or attached to the side of a home or building. 

Many people think of pergolas as a cross between a stationary awning and a gazebo. This is because pergolas are freestanding archways that deliver the sun protection of stationary awnings—when supplemented with a pergola cover—and the aesthetic appeal of gazebos. 

Difference #1: Materials Used 

Residential and commercial awnings are typically made from a durable, all-weather fabric. While both awnings and pergolas can be supported by posts and be attached to your home, pergolas are typically freestanding and made mostly or entirely from wooden beams and lattice work. 

You might see a pergola with fabric or cloth draped over the top from time to time, but the basic structure is usually constructed from wood—although sometimes the posts will be cemented in or supported with metal at the base. Pergolas are extremely sturdy structures overall. 

Difference #2: Sun Protection 

When a pergola is attached to the side of a house, it serves many of the same functions as an awning. Even a stationary awning, however, might have a slight advantage over a pergola, since awnings provide sun protection and can be twenty degrees cooler than unprotected areas nearby. 

Pergolas can look beautiful and lend a wonderful aesthetic to an outdoor space, but if you're looking for sun protection then you'll probably want to go with an awning. An awning's top layer is made of UV-buffering fabric, whereas many pergolas let in some sun. 

Difference #3: Aesthetic Flexibility 

Pergolas can be breathtaking. A pergola made of mahogany overlooking a pool can give you and your guests a wonderful backdrop for relaxing times by the pool, bonfires, and parties. 

Pergolas, though, are typically found only in backyards. In that way, they're more of a niche accessory compared to an awning. Because of the versatility and customizability of awnings, they can work well over back doors, above store fronts, over windows, and, of course, in backyards. 

Awnings can also be retractable or stationary. Pergolas, by contrast, are extremely sturdy structures that nonetheless can't easily be relocated from one place to another. You can zip back a retractable awning when the weather turns. 

Difference #4: Ease of Installation 

Retractable awnings are made from lightweight yet durable materials that make installation a breeze. Awnings can also be installed in homes and businesses that have very little space to work with. 

Pergolas, though, need quite a bit of space for the posts and surrounding infrastructure. Pergolas also take quite a lot of time, effort, and expertise to install. For more information on the differences or to get started on the design process, contact Dorchester Awning today. 

Choose Only the Best for Your Hotel Resort or Club Awnings

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Dorchester Awning is your go-to source for awnings in Boston. No matter what the season, awnings will improve your guests’ experience at your hotel, resort, or club. Not only that, but they can benefit your business' bottom line as well. But don't just take our word for it—read on to find out why!

Benefits for Your Guests

Your guests are at the core of your business, so it is important that you do everything you can to ensure that their stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The outdoor areas of your property host guests all year long, and awnings are a versatile solution for many common weather issues.

In Summer

It can get quite hot in Boston in the summer months, so it is crucial that you provide a shady respite for your guests, allowing them to get out of the sun when they need to. Strategically placed awnings around your property's pool area can offer just enough shade to give guests a break from sunbathing during the hottest hours of the day.

In Winter

When the snow starts to fall, your walkways need to be clear so that both your guests and your staff will have an easier time getting around. By placing awnings over your outdoor walkways, you can save yourself a lot of time and money on snow removal services. Keeping the snow away also contributes to making your property safer for everyone.

In the Rain

There is nothing worse than waiting for a taxi or trying to unload your luggage from the trunk of your car while it is pouring rain. Awnings at the entrance of your property help to keep your guests dry as they leave, arrive, or step out for some fresh air. In addition, awnings add curb appeal to the front of your property, attracting the attention of those walking by on the street and generating new business.

Benefits for Your Business

The benefits of awnings in Boston aren’t just limited to your guests, though; they can also be of great assistance to your business as a whole. 

More Repeat and Referral Business

Guests who have had an enjoyable time at your resort or club are much more likely to recommend your venue to their friends than those who only had a mediocre experience. Awnings can help improve the guests’ comfort and experience, among other factors, that will make customers want to return and give you their business again and again.

Save on Energy Costs

Air conditioning is one of the most expensive aspects of operating a business. After all, you want your guests to be comfortable inside your facility at all times. Awnings can help to reduce your energy costs, particularly in the summer. By providing shade near the entrances and exits of your property, less heat enters into the building each time the door is opened, resulting in less energy being required to keep the interior cool throughout the day.

Trust Dorchester Awning for All Your Awning Needs

When it comes to awnings in Boston, you can’t do better than Dorchester Awning. We are proud to serve customers throughout Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. We work with both residential and commercial clients, helping them to choose awnings for their homes or businesses that are as beautiful as they are functional. We would love to tell you more about our awnings in Boston. Get in touch with us online, or give us a call at 1-800-649-8686 for a free, no-obligation quote today!

Protect Your Outdoor Awnings from Wear and Tear Just Follow These Simple Steps

Digital Strategies Support - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Outdoor awnings are made to last a lifetime under normal circumstances, and many people believe that they are maintenance-free. And, for the most part they are—with very little care or maintenance needed to keep them looking great every day.

There are, however, some simple steps you can take to keep outdoor awnings looking great day after day and year after year—and by performing them, your awnings will maintain their good looks in every weather condition and during every season.


Outdoor awnings don't need much in the way of cleaning, as they are resistant to ground-in dirt. Plus, since they are off the ground and mounted on an angle, many types of debris will just fall off of them. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your awnings looking great, and it won't take much time or effort.

  • Brushing—A good way to remove any dirt or debris, like leaves, small twigs, and branches, is by brushing. You can use a soft bristle brush for this, and if mounted on an extending handle (much like those made for RV units) you'll be able to brush it from top to bottom any time you need to.
  • Rinsing—Perhaps a better way to remove debris on an awning is by rinsing it off using a hose. You won't have to reach upwards at all, just aim the hose stream at the top of the awning and gravity will pull the water back down, bringing dust, dirt, and debris with it. Simple, easy, and effective.
  • Washing—If you really want to give your awning a good cleaning, then washing is the way to go. Just mix up a gentle dishwashing solution in a bucket, dip your soft bristle brush into the mix, and spread the soap and water onto the awning. Brush gently and rinse it off. You can also use an organic or natural dishwashing soap as a better environmental alternative.

Retractable Awnings

Although the mechanism for retractable awnings is permanently lubricated at the factory, there may come a time when the joints or hinges begin to squeak. This is a normal occurrence, particularly if the awning has been exposed to harsh weather conditions.

If you do encounter squeaking, you can add some dry graphite lubrication at the point of the squeak. This will silence the problem and allow the retraction mechanism to work as well as it did when it was new.


When an awning gets wet, it needs to dry completely before either being retracted or put away. Although it is true that the water itself will not harm the awning material in any way, if retracted or put away when moist, the folds in the material won't dry correctly. They will trap the moisture and the potential for mildew or mold growth becomes a possibility.

But if you always allow the awning to dry thoroughly, you'll never have this problem, and once dry, it can be retracted or stored safely until needed again.

By following these simple steps, your awning will look great at all times of the year. But if you have any questions about awning care, maintenance, or cleaning, please contact The New Dorchester Awning Company. We are proud to be Boston’s awning company since 1901, serving the Cape Cod and New England area. As always, please contact us for a free awning quote.

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