How To Fix A Retractable Awning
If you have a broken retractable awning it can be frustrating. Your perfect and peaceful space beneath the awning just will not be the same again until you can get it fixed the way it was when you first put it up. Fixing your retractable awning may not be as difficult as you think if you just follow these simple steps. All awnings are different and you will need to know the manufacturer of the awning if you will need parts. There are forums on the internet with people to guide you through the process if you need extra help repairing your awning as well. They can help you with broad questions or very specific problems. Here are a few basic steps that will help you along the way.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
Awnings can rip due to high winds after a storm, especially if you have had them for a few years. You will need to know exactly what type of fabric it is and whether or not it can be repaired or if the fabric needs to be replaced. Small rips can be repaired with a special tape of adhesive glue. This can be found at any store that specializes in awnings, and most hardware stores.
Step 2: Contact the Manufacturer
The manufacturer of the awning may have simple solutions for you. If the awning was installed by a prior owner, check the internet and do a google search for your model and brand name. Each awning from each manufacturer is unique to that awning. You will not be able to use parts from one manufacturer to repair a problem with a different manufacturer.
Step 3: Replace or Repair
Determine whether or not it is better to replace the entire awning or to buy another one. Sometimes if wind damage is very severe, it would cost as much money to buy the parts to fix the retractable awning as it would to buy a whole new one with new technology. If the fabric is just ripped, that should not be expensive. But if the swing arms are bended and broken, you might be better off installing an entire new retractable awning. If you go through step 2, the manufacturer would be able to give you a good idea about whether or not replacing the model would be less expensive than repairing it.
Having a retractable awning can add beauty to your home as well as value. But having a broken awning could take value away from your home as the new home buyer might consider the expense of having to fix it. There are plenty of easy fixes available for fabric tears. Check with the manufacturer before you begin and ask them for their advice. They might be able to replace it for free if it is under warranty. In any event, you will be able to enjoy your outdoor living space a lot more again once it is fixed.