Having an awning installed within your home is essential. They not only provide an easy shelter but also remove the need to carry out unnecessary constructions for a few days event or an emergency shelter. Made of a fabric which is hoisted to the external walls of a building, awnings are essential to shelter during family occasions or meetings while enjoying the outside environment. It also provides shelter for your automobile where a garage is not available. However, there are some common mistakes which may render the awning fail in providing its intended purpose.
Failure to choose the right fabric
Awnings are manufactured using a variety of fabrics. These differ with manufacturers and hence differ in quality. While some are resistant to various weather conditions, others are not. In this regard it is important to shop for the best fabric which will be able to withstand varying weather conditions. Man-made fabrics which are solution dyed are known to last longer than the natural fibers. They are also known to be resistant to rot and are easy to maintain.
Awnings are normally fixed on the wall mostly above windows and doors. To fix them, a structure is required which will act as a support for the fabric. When choosing the right structure for the awning, it is important to choose one which will support its weight ideally. This can further be enhanced by ensuring that the fabric you acquire is light enough so that it does not weigh heavily on the support structure. In this regard aluminum is an ideal material to use for construction of the structure owing to its undisputable strength. This also is due to the fact that awnings are not supported from the ground and heavy weight of the fabric will cause unnecessary sagging of even falling when least expected. When laying out the awning it is important to ensure that no sagging spots are left. Incase of rains, the sagging sports will hold water which makes the weight of the awning to rise and thus straining the support structure.
Getting the right dimensions
Awnings are used to provide shelter along an exterior wall. However, you may fail to get the actual length of the wall and the area which requires the awning. This mistake will result in having one which is either too small or too large for the area. An excessively large fabric will result in having the awning sagging and as well resulting in wastage of the fabric. On the other hand, a small fabric will mean that the area required will not be adequately catered for resulting in a shoddy outcome. This should also be considered for the support structure by ensuring that they are cut to the correct size of the awning. Checking out the supplier credentials is also important to ensure you do not fall into the hands of quarks.
Getting the right supplier for the material
In Singapore, there are a number of manufacturers who engage in provision of awnings. These manufacturers normally produce fabrics of varying quality. Shopping around for the best manufacturer will ensure that you get the right quality. This can be done by visiting their shops and valuing the fabric which is offered for display. Getting recommendation from neighbors and contractors is also essential to ensure that you get the best recommendation. Shopping online for these fabrics can also yield results where you have a chance to sample various fabrics which are on offer from various manufacturers and online stores.
Getting the right maintenance for your awning is essential. This not only provides the awning with longevity but also ensures your own convenience. Among the most valuable procedures is ensuring that the fabric is not stored when it wet. Storing it wt results in development of mildew and also produces a bad odor. In this regard when used for outdoor activity and rained on it is important to ensure that it dried up completely before storing. In situation where the awning develops mildew, it is essential to consider having appropriate bleach for the fabric. This is because various fabrics will react in varying ways to certain detergents. Mixing a paste of salt and lemon juice is ideal bleach which works perfectly in removal of mildew