Retractable Awnings FAQs

Retractable Awnings FAQs

  • What is an awning?

    An awning is a secondary covering attached to the exterior wall of a building. It is typically composed of canvas or acrylic cloth, which is stretched over a light structure of aluminium, iron, or steel, and occasionally wood.

  • Who makes the best retractable awnings?

    In the UK, reputable manufacturers of retractable awnings include companies like Markilux, Weinor, and Luxaflex. These brands are known for their quality, durability, and wide range of designs.

  • How do I install a retractable awning?

    Installing a retractable awning typically involves securing the mounting brackets to the wall, ensuring they align with the wall studs for support. The awning must be level when extended. It's advisable to seek professional installation to ensure it is securely attached and operates safely.

  • Where can I buy retractable awnings?

    Retractable awnings can be purchased from home improvement stores, specialist awning suppliers, or directly from manufacturers. Many suppliers offer custom designs that can be tailored to fit specific requirements.

  • How do I know which retractable awning is right for my home?

    Consider the size of the area you want to cover, the typical weather conditions, and the style of your home. Look for awnings made with durable materials if your area experiences harsh weather. It's also wise to match the awning's design and colour with your home's exterior.

  • How long do retractable awnings last?

    With proper maintenance, a quality retractable awning can last between 5 to 15 years. The lifespan depends on the material, frequency of use, and exposure to weather elements.

  • How does an awning attach to a house?

    Awnings are attached using brackets that are bolted into the wall. These brackets support the awning's weight and the dynamic forces it experiences when extended or retracted. It's crucial to ensure the wall structure can support these forces.

  • How to repair a retractable awning

    Common repairs include replacing worn or torn fabric, fixing mechanical issues with the retraction mechanism, and addressing rust or corrosion on metal components. Some repairs can be DIY, but complex mechanical issues are best handled by professionals.

  • How do I measure for a retractable awning?

    Measure the width along the wall where the awning will be mounted. Ensure there is enough vertical space for mounting the awning at least 2.5 metres from the ground. Consider the extension length to cover the desired area adequately.

  • Can a retractable awning be used all year round?

    While retractable awnings can provide shade and shelter from light precipitation, they are not typically designed for heavy snow or severe storm conditions. It is advisable to retract them during harsh weather to avoid damage.

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