As you are probably aware of, more and more homes today come with potentially comfortable outdoor spaces. By adding retractable awnings or retractable shades, they are making these spaces cooler and more relaxing.
Fall is officially here and the temperatures here in Texas have not declined. It is still a good time for you to consider adding shade to your outdoors. It not only adds comfort but will save on your utility bill. Simply give us a call and we will come to your home and show you what we can do for you.
Today’s awnings come in two basic types: manually operated models which are opened by hand and motorized models which operate by electricity. Each offers its own advantages. Benefits include low-cost affordability, easy adaptability to almost any deck or patio, and support arms that can be angled back against the house or set vertically on the deck or patio floor. These arms provide extra support and stability which some owners prefer in windy areas, and increase the awning’s versatility by making the attachment of certain accessories available.
Motorized awnings have no vertical supports. Instead, they have retracting lateral arms, creating an unobstructed shaded area. These awnings are operated by an electric motor, generally hidden inside the roller bar of the awning. The arms open and close the awning at the touch of a wireless remote control or a wall-mounted switch.
A retractable awning extends the comfort of your home to your outdoor space. By choosing a motorized awning, you can create instant shelter with just the touch of a button, protecting you from light rain and glaring sun alike. You’ll enjoy spending more time outdoors on your deck or patio.
Buying an awning may cut into your summer vacation budget, but while a vacation lasts a week or two, your new awning will last for years! Spending time in your backyard will feel like you are on an extended vacation, and you can enjoy the comfort and relaxation into the spring, summer, and fall.
You can feel even more comfortable knowing that Excel offers one of the best warranties in the industry; our retractable awning components are covered for ten years, Sunbrella fabric is ten years, and all Somfy motors are covered for five years. With that kind of peace of mind, sitting under the shade of your retractable awning will feel just as relaxing as sitting under an umbrella on a tropical vacation.
Well folks, it's almost here. I'm talking about the hot Texas sun. Now is a good time to begin preparing for it, and a great way to do it is obviously by adding retractable awnings or shades to your patio. Then you can have sun when you want it, and shade when you need it.
1. Before cleaning any awning fabric, consult the fabric manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions. 2. Brush off all debris.
3. Clean from the bottom and work up.
4. Gently scrub the awning and valance with a soft bristled brush and a mild dish soap such as Ivory Snow, Dreft or Woolite. 5. Wash all parts of the awning. Missed spots show when dry.
6. Thoroughly and completely rinse awning. Film left on the material will leave marks and a chalky residue.
7. About once a month rinse your awnings down with a garden hose and keep the underside of your awning clean by simply brushing with a clean household broom.
8. Keep shrubbery and vines trimmed away from your awnings, they contain acid that can damage fabric. In addition, check awning frames for rust. Though rust is not likely, it can cause deterioration of the frame and lead to fabric stains.
FOR MILDEW AND STUBBORN STAINS
1 cup chlorine bleach
¼ cup mild soap
1 gallon of water
clean with soft bristle brush
allow to soak in fabric for up to 15 minutes
rinse until all soap residue is removed
allow to air dry
repeat if necessary
RE-TREATING THE FABRIC
As part of the finishing process, fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish which enhances water repellency. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning. We recommend using 303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ as the preferred treatment. Fabric should be re-treated after a thorough cleaning or after five years of use. For more info visit www.303products.com ( Product is available at Home Depot and Lowe’s ).
Ron Eberhart Co-Owner of Excel Awning and Shade