How long does an awning
Today's fabrics are generally warranted for five to ten years. With proper
maintenance and care, they should last much longer. The exposure of your
awnings and care given to them will greatly determine their life.
What colors are available?
Today's fabrics come in hundreds of solid and striped colors! (See Fabrics)
How do I keep my awning clean?
Regular maintenance generally means a once-a-year cleaning, with additional
care if stains appear. Also, remember that your awning is an exterior
product. In the same way you wouldn't leave your automobile outside without
washing it for very long, you'll also need to clean your canvas awning to
preserve and extend its good looks and service life.
Why is a welded frame awning
better than a pipe frame awning?
Welded frames are strong enough to withstand the wind load & snow load
that are typical for our area. The
fabric has a tighter fight and as a result, there is less wear on the fabric
so they aren't as noisy on a windy day.
Does the fabric color I choose affect how hot it is under my awning and
also how dark it will be shaded underneath?
Good question. Yes, the darker the color chosen, the darker the shade effect
underneath will be. As for the
temperature, while color choice has some slight impact, the type of fabric
chosen and the overall ventilation of the installation will have a greater
How long does it take to build once I place an order?
As with any custom-manufactured product, there is a short lead time for
quality work to be accomplished. For canvas awnings, this can mean as little
as three weeks. Of course, this varies depending on the time of the year
(summer typically is the busiest part of the year), and it is not unusual for
this lead time to run longer, especially in seasonal climates.
What should be done with a retractable awning in the winter?
By design, the awning is self-storing when retracted. Many owners of
retractable awnings remove the loose hanging valance for winter storage,
while others do nothing more than keep the unit retracted and bring the crank
handle in. And some owners use their retractable awnings all year
long! Removing the loose hanging
valance will extend the life of the fabric.
What kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings primarily are for sun protection and should not be left
out in windy conditions. However, wind is a very unpredictable force, with a
tendency to change direction and speed very quickly. In a wind-tunnel test,
which is a very controlled environment, a retractable awning withstood
straight-on wind forces at over 50 m.p.h. In "real-life"
applications, the general rule of thumb is: If you are comfortable sitting
outdoors dining or reading the paper, then it is probably safe to operate
your awning. The concern with wind is the up-lifting effect on the awning
rather than the downward force; therefore the greater the pitch, the more
wind-resistant the unit is.
Why would I want my retractable awning motorized?
Nothing could be more convenient
than simply flipping a switch or pushing a button and watching your awning
roll out on its own. Once fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop
automatically. You may also stop the retractable in any position with the
wall-mounted switch or a remote control. Consider how few times you would
change the TV channel if you didn't have a remote control.
Are there any other weather conditions I should be concerned about for my retractable awning?
Retractable awnings primarily are designed to provide protection from the
sun's rays and not from rain. However, it can be used in drizzle or misting
rains with proper unit pitch. In heavy or driving rains, the unit must be
retracted to keep water from "pooling" on the fabric and causing
damage or irreversible fabric stretching, then roll it out when the rain has
finished so the fabric can dry.
How can I find out if my product
or idea can be made?
or e-mail a drawing or sketch to us and one
of our design coordinators will contact you and help you pull the concept or
What are the different styles of
Valance Rigid & Loose
Valance Loose Valance Rigid Valance