With South Africa’s vast range of weather conditions our awnings are exposed to the best and worst of Mother Nature. Our hot and humid summers, cool and rainy autumns and dry and chilly winters leave our awnings health a little damaged at times. But don’t worry, carry on reading and you’ll have the best tips and tricks to keep your awning happy and healthy.
Firstly, make sure your awning and gutters are clean and there are no leaves or debris blocking the awning. Your awning can be clean in two different ways; you can DIY like most people do. This would mean you can use either a soft or medium bristled brush with warm water and a mild, natural cleaning agent or soap. If you have a large awning that is exposed to harsh weather conditions or is exposed to leaves, sticks or debris, a high-pressure cleaner or a leaf blower will do the trick. if you would rather reduce the risk of falling off your awning into the pool, you can always hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you. Regular monitoring of your awning will help decide how often you need to clean it or clear it from leaves and debris.
Secondly, if you live in a very windy area or there are predictions of high gusts of wind we highly recommend that ,if you have an adjustable awning, you close the awning until such a time is safe for your awning to withstand the force of the wind. If there are extreme winds, opening your awning could allow the wind to flow through it so it doesn’t damage or rip the panels off. If you do this, make sure your belongings underneath the awning are safe and secure.
Lastly, if you are living in a coastal area. This could mean that you have a lot of salt collecting in the parts of your awning. To sort out this problem, simply hosing down your awning regularly will do the trick to protect it. If you have an adjustable awning, simply opening the awning and cleaning the panels from the bottom will help maintain your awning. With the non-retractable awnings, be sure to conduct regular hose downs as a precautionary measure.
As you can see, Mother Nature plays a huge role in the condition and health of your awning. All these tips and tricks as well as regularly maintenance will prolong your awnings life and will leave it looking better and better every day.
If you have any queries regarding the health of your awning, be sure to get in touch with us today and we will be sure to assist you.