Winter weather can be tough on awnings. Maintaining your awning during the winter months is the best way to protect your investment throughout the winter and beyond. While Houston rarely sees snow, ice, rain and hail are all common during the season, so you should consider winterizing your awning to protect it during the winter weather.
Here’s a closer look at how to keep your awning safe, no matter what the season has in store:
- Inspect your awning and frame: It’s smart to conduct periodic awning inspections. Look for damage to the fabric or frame, like worn spots, tears or places where the fabric is starting to unravel. Valances are particularly prone to wear and tear since they flap in the wind, so check them carefully.
- Fix tears immediately: If you spotted any tears, be sure to fix them immediately. Tiny tears quickly become large holes, especially when the wind picks up. Grab that needle and thread, and stitch them up—they don’t need to be perfect as long as they stop the hole from getting bigger.
- Clean mildew: If you notice any mildew, make sure to clean it immediately. Mildew is prone to forming in humid climates and can quickly destroy the awning fabric. If the manufacturer provided any information about cleaning the awning, follow that. Otherwise, use a gentle dish soap and warm water. Soak the awning thoroughly, letting the mildew and dust wash away. Then rinse it, starting at the highest area and moving to the lowest. Allow to air dry thoroughly.
- Dust and wash your awning: Even if your awning is mildew-free, it’s still a good idea to dust and wash it. Shake the fabric until the bulk of the dust is gone; then wash the awning according to the instructions above.
- Store removable parts: If your valances are removable, take them off; wash them; dry them; and store them for the winter. You can replace them in the spring or summer when your awning gets more use.
- Tuck in loose fabric: If there are any loose pieces of fabric coming off your awning, tuck them into the frame. Otherwise, they can loosen further or tear in strong winds.
- Use a winter cover: There are winter covers available which can protect your awning from inclement weather, mildew and insects. They’re a great way to continue using your awning even throughout the winter.
- Store when not in use: If you’re not planning to use your awning in the winter, consider storing it away. Wash and dry the fabric; then store it until the weather is pleasant once more.
Protecting your awning during the winter is an easy way to protect your investment. Simply follow the steps above to ensure that it stays attractive and functional for years to come.
When you need quality awnings, carports, patio covers and more, call or stop by ABC Awning Company. We can help you find the perfect coverings for your home, business and more.
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