Awning Selection Dos and Don’tsWhen selecting an awning, the following tips may help home and business owners:
- DO consider the primary purpose of the awning, whether for shade, marketing, or decoration
- DO consider the location and the weather patterns
- DO decide upon awning graphics and material in advance
- DON’T make a final decision before doing research
- DON’T make a selection without consulting experts
- DON’T go cheap, as costs saved up front may translate to issues down the line
Awning Installation Dos and Don’tsThe biggest DON’T for awning installation is to try a DIY method of installation. Home and business owners may save money on the cost of the awning by installing the awning without the help of professionals, but the headaches and expenditures that are likely to result from the decision may be much steeper. Improperly installed awnings may become damaged earlier, be susceptible to component failure, and even fall and cause injury. These issues may end up causing a lawsuit as well as costing the home or business owner time and money for repairs.
DO have qualified professionals install the awning instead. Professionals understand how to install awnings, so there is no guesswork that may cause issues down the road. Professionals also generally back their work, so component failure or awning damage repair may be free if it is a result of improper installation methods. Additionally, professionals can quickly and easily make alterations in the awning design or setup if home or business owners are not satisfied with the look and function of the awning after repair.
Awning Care Dos and Don’ts
After an awning has been installed, the following tips will help to keep the awning looking great and functioning properly for as long as possible:
- DO keep shrubbery and vines trimmed back from awnings
- DO clean awnings regularly to remove mildew and dirt
- DO check the condition of awning frames frequently
- DO pull up drip awnings when winds are high
- DON’T spray insect repellant on awnings, as it may cause stains and reduce water resistance
- DON’T continue to use damaged awnings
- DON’T allow water to stand on awnings, as it may cause stretching and water pockets
- DON’T fold or roll awnings when temperatures are extremely cold
Awnings are stylish and all-weather protection; when installed and cared for properly it is a very wise investment.