Q: I live in a development governed by a homeowners' association. Are awnings allowed there?
A: Because canvas awnings are colorful, attractive energy-saving design features, most homeowners’ associations are receptive to adding them to the exterior decor of a building. Typically, the association’s architectural committee reviews these questions. Your awning professional should be well qualified to assist you in this process.
Q: How long does an awning last?
A: Today’s fabrics are generally warranted from five to ten years. With proper maintenance and care, they can last even longer. The metal frames, when properly built and with little maintenance, will last a lifetime.
Q: What colors are available?
A: Today’s fabrics come in more than 500 solid and striped colors! Remember, too, that most of the time you are enjoying your awning you are relaxing underneath it (not outside looking at it), so the underside color is probably the one you will see more often.
Q: How do I keep my awning clean?
A: Regular maintenance generally means a once-a-year cleaning, with additional care if stains appear. A mixture of dish soap and water is usually enough to clean the awning and considerably extend the covers life. Also, your local awning professional can provide you with manufacturer approved soaps and sealers specifically designed for awning fabrics.
You can also visit our Care & Cleaning page for more info.
Q: Does the fabric color I choose affect how hot it is under my awning? Or, for that matter, how dark it will be shaded underneath?
A: Good question. Of course, the darker the color chosen, the darker the shade effect underneath will be. There are exceptions, however. Certain fabrics have a lighter-colored underneath side than the topside color, 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 installation will have a greater effect.
Q: Are awnings waterproof? Can I stay out under my awning in inclement weather?
A: Generally speaking, vinyl fabric awnings are waterproof and acrylic awning fabrics are usually water-repellent, not waterproof. There are exceptions, though, so consult with a local awning professional to chose the best fabric for you.
Q: What are the support frames made from? How durable are they?
A: Metal support frames are made from either galvanized steel or aluminum and will last a lifetime! 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.
Q: How long does it take to build once I place an order?
A: As with any custom-manufactured product, there is a short lead time for quality work to be accomplished. Give us a call and one of our experienced sales rep can assist you.