The summer months bring fine skies and beautiful weather, and also, an urge for many to get out and relax in the garden. That being said, whilst the weather definitely looks inviting, the sun during these months is often too harsh (and the temperatures too hot) to stay out in the open with no cover. This is why many people have awnings and shades installed in their gardens – these allow them to remain outside and enjoy the summer whilst being in the shade as well. Whilst these shelters are relatively low maintenance, it is nonetheless important to regularly check-up on them in order to make sure they are in their optimal condition. Here are some helpful tips on how to do so:
- Check their condition regularly – whether you got your awnings in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia, you will have to do regular inspections on them. This is to ensure there are no abnormalities and damages in the frame and fabric. Even the sturdiest of awnings can get damaged over time, so do be thorough in your inspections – after all, it is easier to repair small issues than to replace the entire awning later on. When inspecting for damage, look at the frame for any potential signs of rust and decay; on the other hand, the fabric should be inspected for signs of tears.
- Wash them monthly – it is also important to have your awnings cleaned regularly, with once a month being ideal for most varieties of canopies. Of course, it is also recommended to get your shades professionally cleaned – you can find plenty of professionals offering shade sails Central coast cleaning in Central Coast or anywhere close to where you live. Keep in mind that, when washing the shades yourself, you should take care to not be too rough with the fabric; this includes not using harsh chemicals and power washers, both of which can damage the fabric.
- Retract them during bad weather – another important tip to ensure that your awnings are always in perfect condition is to retract them when they are unused, and most importantly, when the weather gets bad. Awnings are built to protect you against the sun, not to act as rain shelters, meaning that the accumulation of snow or rain can damage them (and even tear them under the weight).
- Let them dry out properly – and finally, in any circumstance where your awnings do get wet, make sure that they are properly dried out before you retract them. This can either be after you washed them, or accidentally let them get wet. The reason why awnings should be properly dried before being retracted is because mould can easily grow otherwise (and you certainly want to avoid this!).