Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Shari Nelson
The great thing about retractable awnings is that you can have them custom made to fit anywhere inside or outside your home no matter what the window or deck size. Patio awnings as well as other types come in a wide range of colors too. It s easy to match them to your home. And if you purchase a retractable awning for a window or deck you won t have to manually put up and take down the awning every time you go to use it. Awnings can be made of a wide variety of different materials. They are made of canvas aluminum and other materials. Aluminum awnings have different benefits and drawbacks compared to canvas awnings - it depends on what you want to use the awning for. Awnings were quite popular in the 1920s but have been enjoying a comeback in recent years especially because of the high costs of air conditioning. Awnings used to be on every window and porch to keep homes cool before air conditioning was ever invented.
So you need to ensure that all traces of the detergent are taken off the awning fabric. It is also important to check the awning thoroughly and ensure that the soap is removed completely. After rinsing the awning you also have to look for signs of dirt. If you identify any dirt the area needs to be scrubbed again. Cleaning Metal Awnings: Many users find it easier to clean the metal awnings in comparison to the fabric awnings. You can use a quality emulsifying detergent to clean the metal awning properly. However the detergent needs to be applied using a pressure washer. Most of the dirt and grime will be removed from the awning by the high-speed spray. After using the pressure washer allow it a few minutes to set. Use the pressure washer again with plain water to rinse the awning thoroughly.
If you do go for a retractable awning which is generally a good idea in climates which tend to vary between extremes there are further choices. Manual retractable awnings are those which you roll or fold up yourself. Motorized versions have a small electric motor that will do the job with a touch of a button. While motorized awnings seem to offer less work it doesn t always work out that way. Installation is more difficult due to wiring concerns so if you re doing the work yourself it will increase the time it takes you to install the awning. Also with more moving parts the odds of having to perform maintenance and repairs is much greater. Still if you take good care of your awning with preventive maintenance a motorized awning can be a great investment.