Frequently Asked Questions
What should I look for in an awning professional?
Look for companies that are members in good standing with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). IFAI is the worldwide trade association for the industrial-fabrics industry. In addition, make sure that the firm you select is an active member of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. Lastly, ask for references of similar work provided by the firm you are considering, along with a portfolio of work the firm has done.
Are awnings waterproof?
Can I stay under my awning in inclement weather? There are exceptions, but generally speaking, awning fabrics are water-repellent, not waterproof. The fabric’s water-repellent characteristics allow you to fully enjoy the space shaded by the awning during any weather conditions that aren’t severe. In other words, if the weather is nice enough for you to be outside, then it is good enough for you to be out underneath your awning.
How long does an awning last?
Today’s fabrics are generally warranted for five years. With proper maintenance and care, they should last much longer. The exposure of your awning and care will greatly determine their life. Our aluminum frames should be guaranteed for a lifetime.
How do I keep my awning clean?
Regular maintenance generally means a once or twice-a-year cleaning with additional care if stains or spoilage appears. Also, remember that your awning is an exterior product. In the same way you wouldn’t leave your automobile outside without washing it for very long, you’ll also need to clean your canvas awning to preserve and extend its good looks and service life. Please contact us for specific fabric cleaning guidelines.
Does the fabric color I choose affect how hot it is under my awning? Or, how dark it will be underneath?
Yes, the darker the color chosen, the darker the shade effect underneath will be. There are exceptions. Certain fabrics have a lighter color on the underneath side than the topside, which gives a more pleasing shading effect. As for the temperature, while color choice has some slight impact, the type of fabric chosen and the overall ventilation of the awning will have the greatest effect.
What are the awning frames made from? How durable are they?
Awning frames are made from either galvanized steel or aluminum. Regular maintenance on a frame requires an annual inspections of fasteners, connections and metal condition. Frames are also available with a painted finish for additional protection and attractiveness.
What kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings are primarily for sun protection and should not be left out in windy conditions. However, wind is a very unpredictable force, with a tendency to change direction and speed very quickly. In a wind-tunnel test, which is a very controlled environment, a retractable awning withstood straight-on wind forces at over 50 m.p.h. In “real-life” applications, the general rule fo thumb is: if you are comfortable sitting outdoors dining or reading the paper, then it is probably safe to operate your awning. The concern with wind is the up-lifting effect on the awning rather than the downward force, therefore the greated the pitch, the more wind-resistant the unit is.
Why would I want my retractable awning motorized?
Nothing could be more convenient than simply flipping a switch and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop automatically. You may also stop the retractable in any position with a wall-mounted switch or hand held remote. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual unit.
How can I find out if my product or idea can be made?
That’s simple: Just call us and a member of our team will be glad to assist in your project.
Do you make the products you distribute?
With few exceptions, all of the products we manufacture are custom and fabricated in our facility.
How long will it take to build my awning?
You should expect a lead-time of 3 weeks or more depending on the time of year. Summer is typically the busiest time of the year.