Awnings are a wonderful investment for your home. They can protect your porch, patio or other spaces from heat and the sun. If you’re thinking about getting awnings for your home, you may wonder how long you can expect them to last.
How Long Do Retractable Awnings Last?
Retractable awnings offer convenience, allowing you to enjoy full sun when you want and shade when you desire. However, these awnings go through stress and wear and tear each time they are retracted. Awning material lifespan will depend on a few factors, including the treatment as well as the fabric used.
Untreated canvas awnings can suffer from rot and tearing over time as well as mildew. On the other hand, acrylic and treated man-made materials are water-repellent, so they can last longer. A product like the Aristocrat Manor Retractable Awning comes with lifetime coverage on the frame, five-year coverage on controls and motors and 12 years on the Craft-Bilt Collection Fabrics.
How to Make the Most of Your Awning’s Lifespan
The lifespan for an awning will depend on many factors, including the materials and quality, your environment and the way you use your awning. In New Jersey, awnings can last five to 15 years on average and the frame can last even longer.
There are also a few things you can do to extend the lifespan for an awning:
- Buy quality awnings: A quality product like the Eko retractable awning from Aristocrat comes with a 12-year warranty on the fabric and lifetime coverage on the frame, giving you peace of mind. Quality awnings are made to last, and plenty of reputable companies stand by their products with warranties.
- Protect your awnings: During inclement weather, retract your awnings to protect them from wind, hail and damage. Do not allow leaves or snow to remain on your awnings, as moisture can cause rot. During the winter months, have your awnings removed and stored.
- Store awnings safely: Store your awnings in a dry space during seasons when you’re not using them. Make sure your awnings are away from dust and extreme temperature changes. You may wish to store them in a box or otherwise covered to protect them from accidental tears and rips.
- Clean and inspect monthly: At least once a month, take a close look at your awnings and clean them according to manufacturer directions. In general, you should use very mild soap and water. This process will keep them looking their best and will ensure any small flaws don’t become larger issues later. Address any tiny tears or problems as soon as you notice them.
- Rinse often: Wind can blow debris onto awnings, and sometimes spiders or other insects try to set up space on these surfaces. Rinsing with a hose at least twice a month gets rid of these problems before they cause any damage to the fabric.
- Position your awning correctly: Keep your awning away from barbecue areas, as smoke and heat can damage the fabric and frame. You should also keep your awning away from the pool if you have one. Chlorine, water and other chemicals can cause damage.
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If you’re looking for quality awnings for your home so you can enjoy a stylish look and better comfort for your outdoor space, buy direct from Liberty Door and Awning. We carry only the tried and tested top manufacturers of awnings, and we always strive to help customers with honest advice and quality service. An awning can be a great addition to your home, condo, lake house or other property. Contact us today to find out more about our services.