Winter Care for Your Aluminum Canopies

January 22, 2020

The fall and winter bring all kinds of additional elements you don’t see at other times of the year. The leaves fall, and there’s likely to be more precipitation, including the potential for snow and ice. The buildup of these elements can cause some damage to your metal canopies after a certain amount of accumulation. With this in mind, it’s important that you know how to perform proper aluminum canopy maintenance in Houston, TX during the winter months to ensure your canopy survives season after season. Here are a few tips for you to consider.

Clear off snow and accumulated debris

The simplest and most important thing you can do to keep your aluminum canopy in good condition throughout the winter is limit the amount of weight it has to bear due to accumulation of snow, ice, leaves and debris.

You might consider grabbing a broom or rake to brush the leaves off the canopy, but keep in mind that this could scratch the finish, opening the canopy up to additional damage and deterioration down the line. Instead, you can purchase a special roof rake, which has been designed to remove large accumulations.

If the accumulation isn’t as significant, there are also specially designed snow brooms, which are much gentler than roof rakes and should be used when you’re working closer to the surface of the canopy. The broom is very similar to a standard push broom, but instead will be attached to a telescopic pole, allowing you to easily and safely remove the snow and debris from the canopy without having to get up on a ladder.

Consider getting professional assistance

If for whatever reason you’re incapable of clearing accumulation from your aluminum canopy or simply are uncomfortable with handling the process yourself, you can always reach out to a team of professionals to get the job done for you. This will also provide a much greater likelihood that the job will be done safely, without risk of damage to the top of the canopy.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when attempting to remove snow from their canopies themselves is that they wait too long to do it, which ultimately results in it melting and refreezing into ice, making matters even more difficult. A professional can handle removal of snow and ice quickly and reliably, without causing any damage to the roof of the canopy.

Yes, it will cost more money to work with a professional, but it also provides you with peace of mind knowing that the job will be done correctly and safely, and you can avoid even the slightest possibility of having to get up on a ladder or the roof yourself.

If you’re interested in learning more about the steps you can take to maintain your aluminum canopy throughout the winter and all year long, we encourage you to contact ABC Awning Company today about our services for aluminum canopy maintenance in Houston, TX. We look forward to working with you and answering any questions you have for us.

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