Gardening For Aesthetics

Gardening For Aesthetics

3 Of The Biggest Threats To Your Fabric Awning

by Scarlett Ross

If you have a patio or outdoor living area that does not have a stationary awning, you really are missing out on the best that your outdoor space has to offer. For many homeowners, the easiest solution is to have a fabric awning professionally installed. These awnings are easy to have installed, and they allow you to enjoy your patio or porch in spite of the rain, sun, or weather. However, because they are made out of fabric, they can be susceptible to certain types of damage. Take a look at some of the biggest threats to the well-being of your fabric awning. 

The snow and ice are major damage inducers for fabric awnings. 

It is always best to go ahead and take your awning down during the winter season, especially if you will not be using the area, and the weather in your area involves snow or ice through the winter. If snow and/or ice accumulate on the fabric awning, it can cause the seams to rip from the support system. While the seams of the awning can be repaired, if the rips are too large, it can be more financially logical to have the entire awning replaced. 

The rain is something to be mindful of with your awning. 

Yes, your fabric awning is designed to repel the rain, and it will likely do a good job of that. However, it is always a good idea to leave your awning open for a while after the rain to allow it to dry before you retract it. Likewise, if you plan to remove the awning to store it, make doubly sure that the unit is completely dry. Any remaining moisture particles trapped in a rolled awning can lead to mold and mildew development, which will not only discolor the fabric but also compromise the strength of the fabric. 

The pests and wildlife in your location are a threat to fabric awnings. 

Many homeowners are surprised just how much the birds love their fabric awning. If there are any loose threads on the awning, birds will try to pluck out the threads to use in their nest-building activities. Birds also may try to nest in the awning when it is retracted. All of this can be damaging to the fabric awning. Likewise, bees, wasps, and other flying insects may try to create nests in a retracted awning. If you spot any of these issues, it is best to do what you can to eradicate the issue before it causes your awning damage.

Contact an awning repair service today to learn more about awning maintenance.


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Gardening For Aesthetics

If you aren't interested in growing your own fruits and veggies, gardening becomes more about aesthetics than it does about functionality. I started thinking carefully about what I could do in order to make my yard more beautiful a few years ago, so I began tearing out the weeds and focusing on creating a more welcoming space. I added a few trees and shrubs, renovated my flower beds, and started focusing on finding ground covers that would look great. This blog is all about gardening to improve the aesthetics of your yard. Check it out to learn how you can make your land more beautiful.