During these times of social distancing and isolation, a lot of us are looking around the house for our next project to keep us busy. Replacing the faded or damaged fabric on your retractable awning is a great way to occupy your time while making your home look even better. Below are all the steps needed to complete the job with as little frustration as possible.
Get the Measurements:
Below the list is an image to help you measure everything correctly. You can use this worksheet to keep track of your measurements.
- Measure the exact width of your retractable cover (The cover will be slightly smaller than your front bar width)
- Measure the projection of your awning when fully extended.
* Add 12 inches to the projection measurement to allow for roller tube wrap.
** Projection measurement does not need to be exact, you can round to the nearest inch
- Measure valance height (Usually 6-9 inches)
Order Your Fabric:
- Visit our Retractable Awning Replacement Covers page and fill in the required fields and complete your order.
- Sit back and relax while we take care of the fabrication. We will notify you when your order ships.
Removing the Existing Retractable Awning Cover:
- Retract the awning fully and secure the folded arms by tying them at elbows to the torsion bar (square bar).
( IMPORTANT) Next, tie the two halves of the arms together.
Both steps are designed to keep the arms fully closed while you work on the awning.
You can conrm your tying skills by extending the awning a foot or two – if the arms didn’t move, you can proceed to the next step.
- Send the awning out approximately one foot.
The fabric will start to loosely roll off the top of the roller tube while the framework remains stationary.
- Remove front bar end caps and fabric locks if equipped. Next, slide the valance out of the front bar, including the PVC tubing.
- If awning has a hood, remove pivot end side cover rst
- BE SURE ARMS ARE 100% SECURED
- Your cover ships with new PVC tubing. The tubing will need to be trimmed to match the original length of your tubing.
- Unroll the awning cover completely with the crank handle until you see the metal roller tube and the slot in the tube is facing towards you. Mark the roller tube where the cover starts as a reference point for the installation of the new cover.
- Slide the cover off of the roller tube on the pivot side (not the motor or gear side).
Installing the New Fabric On To Your Retractable Awning:
- Reverse the steps above!
* When installing the cover, be careful at the seams as you slide the fabric onto the roller tube and front bar.
** IMPORTANT… DO NOT UNTIE THE ARMS UNTIL THE COVER IS FULLY INSTALLED AND COMPLETELY ROLLED ONTO ROLLER TUBE. THE ARMS ARE SPRING LOADED AND CAN PUSH FORWARD WITH GREAT FORCE.
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