How to Repair an Aluminum Window Awning
Repairing aluminum window awning damages at their earliest stages can reduce the possibility of dealing with major damages in the future. In connection to repairs, regular maintenance should also be followed. Here are some ways to repair aluminum window awning damages.
Step 1 – Preparations
Determine the problem or damage that needs to be repaired. It can be a simple aluminum corrosion issue, a damaged part that needs to be replaced, or just some loose joints here and there. If the seals have been stripped off naturally by the changing weather, prepare some aluminum corrosion remover and new seals and sealants. If the problem is a loose joint or hinge, make sure to identify the locations. If the problem is a damaged part, make sure to identify the part and buy matching replacements.
Step 2 – Dealing with Corrosion
Aluminum corrosion may not be as noticeable as rust, but it is a clear indication that the sealant needs to be replaced. Aluminum oxide or aluminum rust is actually a naturally occurring phenomenon that protects the metal from further corrosion. If the aluminum window awning needs to be resealed, the rust has to be removed first. To remove the corrosion, use a rag and aluminum corrosion product to wipe away the residue. If not, prepare a solution composed of one part water and one part vinegar and use it instead of any commercial product.
Step 3 – Securing or Replacing Damaged Parts
The awning can become unsafe if any of the parts are loose or damaged. Remove the window or the window sash first and check the internal parts of the awning. Test if they are simply loose or damaged beyond repair. For loose parts, simply tighten the screws, the nuts, bolts or any other mounting hardware. However, if any of the bolts, nuts, or hinges are broken, make sure to buy an exact replacement. Remove the damaged part and install the replacement.
Step 4 – Resealing
Check the seals if they are still intact. The seals prevent water from entering the sides of the awning and accessing the underside. When water reaches the underside, the aluminum’s susceptibility to corrosion is increased. Therefore, make sure to inspect all seals and remove them if they are already damaged. Reseal the entire window awning to reduce the damage caused by external factors. The aluminum window awning can also be coated with waterproof sealant to prevent corrosion.
Step 5 – Deciding to Replace the Entire Awning
If the structure is heavily damaged, it may be best to replace it entirely with a new one. Before deciding to do so, consider asking for a professional’s advice. Have them install the replacement as well if necessary because it may require more people to complete the project.