Awning Maintenance

Get That Awning Ready For The Summer!

Get That Awning Ready For The Summer!

After the up-and-down winter we’ve just had. I’m sure we are all ready to do some relaxing in the sun.  Before we start enjoying our awning there are a few things we need to do to make sure our investments lasts for the years to come.  We are going to assume you followed the steps we listed in our post about how to winterize your fabric awnings and get right into the steps we should take this spring. A good amount of the stuff we should do are the same steps we took in the fall only because we winterized our residential or commercial awning correctly this should take less than half the time. Extend your retractable awning completely if you are working on a fixed fabric awning lay out the fabric on an area free of debris and dirt. Remove any dirt or debris from the awning that might of collected during the winter months. Make sure to start from the top edge of the awning and work your way down toward the bottom edge. Inspect the fabric for any discolorations or stains. Pay close attention to any areas that may be susceptible to build up. Hose off the awning to remove dirt that is stuck. You can use a soft-bristled brush to get out stains or dirt spots. In a bucket Mix a small amount of mild dish soap in warm water to eliminate stubborn stains. Scrub the awning in a back and forth motion. Be sure to keep the brush damp and rinse frequently to avoid spreading the dirt around. Rinse the awning thoroughly with the hose. If your awning has a hanging valance remove it. Clean the valance by hosing it down and scrub it with mild soap and a soft-bristled brush you used in step 3. Fully open your retractable awning and listen for any squeaky noises, if you hear any a gentle lubricant on all the hinges should clear it up. Be sure not to get any of the lubricant on the fabric   Learn More About Awning Cleaning & Maintenance...

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Beacon Falls Senior Center Gets New Front and Rear Entrance Awnings!

Beacon Falls Senior Center Gets New Front and Rear Entrance Awnings!

The NH Awning Crew was at it again, but this time we visited Beacon Falls Senior Center to install some front and rear entrance awnings. We used Sunbrella fabric number 4663 to match the existing window shutters along with 1″x1″ stainless steel poles for the front supports.     After taking a look at the above before and after photo we’re sure that you can see how upgrading your existing awning can create instant curb appeal. Not to mention that this senior center chose to extend the length of the front structure to include covering the stairs. This simple add on will drastically cut down on snow and ice buildup in the winter as well as keep the entrance cooler during the summer months.   Is it time to upgrade your existing awning? Contact Us Today!...

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The Sunbrella Fabric Durability Challenge

The Sunbrella Fabric Durability Challenge

For a while now we’ve been talking about how durable Sunbrella Fabric really is. Sometimes you just have to see it to believe it. Below is a video of multiple people attempting to stain this incredible fabric. They try everything from red wine to chocolate sauce and in the end using just some tap water the fabric remains clean and stainless. To top it off they even go as far as to show that any color awning fabric made by Sunbrella can be cleaned with a simple bleach and water mixture without any loss of color. Is it time to recover you old or faded awning? Contact New Haven Awning now to keep that canopy shining for years to come. Check out more videos on our YouTube...

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Gateway Apartments Get A Great Entrance Awning

Gateway Apartments Get A Great Entrance Awning

The mini neighborhood that’s dubbed “Downtown West” by The Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust now has a great new entrance awning with custom graphics. To keep the black fabric popping we used Sunbrella fabric. This remarkable material resists fading and regardless of the color can even be cleaned with bleach with the loss of color. Unlike others Sunbrella fabrics are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments making it extremely resistant to fading and because the fabric is 100% acrylic it also resists tears and frays. Stay tuned for more on this magnificent fabric. Next week we will have a video of this material truly being put to the test.   Breaking ground on a new project? Contact New Haven Awning for all your shading needs!...

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The Best Way To Remove Snow From Your Canopy Or Awning.

The Best Way To Remove Snow From Your Canopy Or Awning.

In many areas of the country, snow buildup on awnings and canopies can be a very serious concern and very dangerous in many ways. Luckily in Connecticut having to remove snow from your canopy is a rare occurrence. Although canopies and awnings do a great job keeping the snow off your patios and walkways if snow or ice is allowed to build up excessively on your structure it could be subjected to a higher than normal weight load, which could put excess strain on the structure. There are many different tools that can be used to clear the snow from your awnings without causing any damage. Using incorrect tools can scratch metal, aluminum, or wood awnings or fray and tear some fabric awnings. Below are some of our recommended methods used in removing snow and ice from your awnings. If you are unsure about doing this job yourself it is always best to hire a professional. Use a Snow Broom Snow brooms are great to use on fabric and metal awnings alike. They are soft bristled with an extendable handle. This helps protect your awning while removing the excess snow. Simply push or pull the snow off the awning until you can see the fabric or metal.  There is no need to scrape the awning clean.  The sun will do the rest of the work for you. Pro Tip: Be sure to store the snow broom inside where it is warm enough to prevent the bristles from freezing and becoming rigid to prevent damaging your awning. Use a Leaf Blower This method really only works for light dusty snow but can save you a lot of time if the conditions are right. The benefit of a leaf blower over the above mentioned snow broom is that it can be done from a distance and can completely clear the awning of snow with very little effort Pro Tip: Instead of climbing a ladder try to find an adjacent window to remove the snow. This is safer and can be done while staying warm. Use a Roof Rake This method is for metal and wood awnings only. Do not attempt to use a roof rake on a fabric awning. With a roof rake you just have to gently place the rake on the structure and pull towards you. Do not push the rake down to hard, after all we are just trying to remove the bulk of the snow to help lighten the structures load. Pro Tip: Wait until you are done removing the snow to shovel the areas below. it may make moving around a little more difficult but your back will thank you later. That’s all there is to it. Care should always be taken when clearing awnings and canopies to protect the items below from becoming damaged by the falling ice and snow. The area should also be blocked off during this process to prevent patrons from walking under the structure and getting injured. If you have any great ways of removing snow from your awning or canopy feel free to share them in the comments...

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Winterize Your Fabric Awnings!

Winterize Your Fabric Awnings!

Window awnings can drop your cooling costs by up to 61%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The heat reduction that awnings provide will keep your home feeling cooler in the summer. While you dream of sunshine during the winter, you should tuck away your awnings. Winterizing your awnings before putting them away will protects the fabric from damage due to cold temperatures, strong winds, ice and snow. Done correctly, a awning winter-prep routine leaves awnings looking fresh and ready to block the elements when spring finally returns. Brush off any leaves, dirt or debris from the awning. Make sure to start from the top edge of the awning and work your way down toward the bottom edge. Hose off the awning to remove dirt that is stuck. You can use a soft-bristled brush to get out stains or dirt spots. In a bucket Mix a small amount of mild dish soap in warm water  to eliminate stubborn stains. Scrub the awning in a back and forth motion. Be sure to keep the brush damp and rinse frequently to avoid spreading the dirt around. Rinse the awning thoroughly with the hose. Let the awning sit fully opened until it is completely dry. Closing the awning when it’s even a little damp will encourage the growth of mold and mildew, which can ruin the awning. If your awning has a hanging valance remove it. Clean the valance by hosing it down and scrub it with mild soap and a soft-bristled brush you used in step 3. Allow the valance to dry completely. Roll it up and store it in a cool and dry area. Retract the awning completely and check for loose or hanging fabric that might tear during winter storage. If there is any tie the fabric out of the way to protect it. If you do not have a retractable awning then remove the awning from the frame. Fold the awning to prepare it for winter storage. If your awning is retractable lace the winter cover over the awning. These special covers go right over a retractable awning to protect it from winter weather.   Learn More About Awning Cleaning &...

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