How-To Guide: Tips to Maintain Your Retractable Pergola
A retractable pergola or awning in a backyard is undoubtedly one of the valuable possessions for many homeowners in Australia. Retractable awning will provide more shade, and it helps you enjoy your days during summer without the effect of scorching heat. One of the main advantages of having awning is it requires little maintenance. But when it’s time for winter, you can’t leave the pergolas as it is, as the cold weather and icy snows can damage the pergolas.
Here are the few things you need to do to increase the lifespan of your retractable awning and maintain it in good condition. Follow the below steps to protect your worthy investment – Retractable pergola or Awnings.
Maintain Your Retractable Pergola
Just like everything else, you should clean your awnings at least twice a year as it accumulation of dust and debris. If not cleaned properly and regularly, it will develop into stains and rust. To clean the awnings, you can get help from professionals or else you can also do it using soft bristled broom and some soapy water.
Protect your awnings from rusting! Make sure to check regularly to find out whether there is any rust present in the poles and the awnings mechanism. Rust might be caused due to the presence of moisture and it contributes to the development of rust in awnings, especially at the screws and joints. The right solution to get rid of rust is lubrication. Also, check for mold in the fabric. As mold could break down, use anti-molding agents frequently to protect the fabric from stains and mold growth.
Hanging twigs, branches and leaves cause damage to the awnings or pergolas. The leaves can also cause stains on the canvas which requires hard bristled brushes and detergents to clean that could cause fading and reduce the shelf-line of the awning.
The main purpose of retractable pergola roof or awnings is to protect your home from scorching sun and not from strong winds and hails. So make sure to retract your awnings, when it is windy or there are snowing pretty. This will significantly increase the shelf life of your awnings.
Keep in mind that shrubbery and vines shouldn’t be allowed to grow near the awnings. As they have acidic content, that can damage the fabric.
Retractable awnings are only meant for sun protection only and it’s not recommended for strong winds and hails. So don’t forget to retract during harsh weather conditions.
Now, you were well aware all about how to maintain the pergolas. Follow all the steps given above and enjoy the proper functioning of the pergolas for years to come.