How to fix a broken awning

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Awnings can perform several different functions. They can reduce the amount of sunlight that enters through a window, protect a specific area from rain, or act as a decorative addition to a property. When awning repair is needed, the proper fix will be largely dependent on both your installation’s design as well as the material (usually wood, metal, or heavy fabric) that it is made of.


Step One

Awning Life Expectancy - As is the case with most home components, the decision to repair or replace a damaged awning will likely hinge on the age and average life expectancy of the installation. Wood and metal awnings can last for decades with proper maintenance. Fabric awnings often carry a warranty of 5 to 10 years, but can certainly last much longer under the right conditions. Unless they were installed improperly or they are made from inferior materials, wood and metal awnings will likely be good candidates for repair (rather than replacement) for 20 years or more. Since fabric awnings vary quite a bit in their durability, the length of time in which repair is a better option than replacement is far more difficult to generalise.


Step Two

Frames and Automation - Awning frames, particularly metal frames, can last a lifetime. Even if awning fabric ages rather rapidly, it is very likely that the frame underneath will still hold up for many years. The motors that operate automated awnings are generally durable; much like the motor that operates a garage door, the length of time these units will last is influenced by proper sizing, good installation, the initial quality of the unit, and how frequently the unit is operated.


Step Three

Fabric Awning Repair - Small rips and tears as well as failing seams will eventually be an issue when dealing with fabric awnings. Repair kits for rips and tears are, however, readily available and designed specifically for do-it-yourselfers. The practicality of stitching up failing seams must be taken on a case-by-case basis, and is largely dependent on the integrity of the fabric surrounding the seam. Awnings that are relatively new but are no longer under warranty may be excellent candidates for these kinds of repairs, but in many cases, the presence of multiple rips, tears, or seam failures are a sign that the fabric should be replaced. Fading is definitely a factor when it comes to fabric. In most cases, it is the quality of the initial fabric coating that will determine how quickly an awning fades. Those who live in areas where cloud cover is minimal should definitely consider a higher initial investment in a good-quality fabric coating.


Step Four

Repairing Metal and Wood Awnings - As is the case with many outdoor installations, moisture and rain play a large role in how soon (and how frequently) repair and maintenance will need to be performed for metal and wood awnings. If the installation is still under warranty, the best way to have these fixtures repaired is obvious. If, on the other hand, a metal or wood awning is past its warranty, the company that installed it may not be the most cost-effective route in every case. Handyman services specialise in performing small repairs of all shapes and sizes. When metal or wood awnings become damaged and the warranty is no longer valid, it can be very beneficial to hire a handyman service for the job. Not only will these professionals be able to remedy this problem, they can also tackle a number of other small repairs you may need around the house. This means that with a single call to a single company, you may be able to have several carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and/or other fixes performed throughout your home in addition to the awning repair. If you go this route, make sure to let the handyman service know ahead of time exactly the kinds of repairs you want performed so that your service professional can arrive at your home with all of the parts, tools, and equipment he or she will need to complete each task.


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