As an owner of a retractable awning, you have undoubtedly seen how many advantages they have. They are a worthwhile investment as they provide shade and add style to your exterior. They also allow you to spend more time with your family and friends outdoors and have a more comfortable place to relax when the weather is warm.
Although the initial investment of time and money is not at all small, retractable awnings will save you money in the long run. They will keep your home cooler thanks to providing shade. Therefore, you don’t have to turn on the air conditioner constantly, or in other words, they reduce your electricity bills.
In addition, retractable awnings protect not only the exterior but also the interior of your home, including keeping furniture, curtains and carpets from fading. And let’s remember how well they stand in a commercial setting.
Last but not least, retractable awnings are much more convenient to use than fixed ones. You can retract them whenever you want to make them more convenient. It will protect them from heavy rains and winds.
But along with the pros, there are some cons, one of the biggest being mandatory maintenance and replacingretractable awning parts. However, first, we need to start with what types of parts there are and what is specific to each type.
Types of retractable awning parts
Fabric and valance
These two parts of an awning are some of the essential components. They are the reason for having lovely shade in your yard so that you can enjoy the sunny weather.
Therefore, you should choose the fabric and valance carefully. They should feature a high-quality, stylish design and be resistant to intense UV rays, moisture, rain and wind. Make sure the size fits your awning.
Manual and electrical parts
Manual parts include brackets, bolts, chains, etc. These are considerably cheaper than electrical parts, with models varying in design, brand and materials from which they are made.
Electrical parts, on the other hand, are significantly more expensive. They are designed for motorized retractable awnings. For example, an automatic motor can fail, but they are a substantially more costly part. Remember that the installation cost is separate from what you pay to purchase a part.
Whether you buy manual or electric parts, they should be tailored to the specifics of your retractable awning. Carefully choose parts that will fit your model.
When choosing any retractable awning part, we recommend carefully researching each offer’s brands and products. Check for customer reviews and trust brands that have proven themselves with the high quality of their products.
We recommend that you avoid buying parts made in China. Their price is significantly cheaper, but the quality is deficient, which means you will have to replace them again very soon.
Retractable canopy parts made in Europe are much higher quality and durable, so the investment in them is worth it.
Regularly maintain your retractable canopy
One of the reasons retractable awning parts need to be replaced is years of use and wear. However, another reason is improper and irregular maintenance of the product.
When you take care of your retractable awning and follow the operating instructions, you extend the product’s life, saving yourself money on repairs and replacement parts.
Above all, you must clean your retractable awning regularly. It will protect the fabric from wear and fading whilst keeping it looking new for much longer.
We also advise you to repair any damage that has occurred on time. Please don’t wait for it to get worse, as it will result in significantly more extensive damage. It may even require replacing the retractable awning with a brand-new one.
You should contact the manufacturer or supplier if you have any concerns or questions so that they can assist you in the most effective way possible.