Renovate Your Door Awning Renovate Your Door Awning
A door awning adds a unique look to your home. It adds curb appeal and can increase the value of your home. An old dingy looking awning can do just the opposite. It will draw unwanted attention, be an eyesore, and actually decrease the homes value. Renovating a door awning isn’t a difficult project and more people can do it in a weekend.
Step 1- Check the Frame
As long as the frame is in good shape the renovation will be an easy job. Check for signs of rust. If you see rust you can clean this with a rust remover like CLR or naval jelly. A scrub brush and the rust cleaner should be all you need to remove this. Once you have removed the rust you may want to apply a rust proof coating to the aluminum to avoid this happening again later. Rust can stain the awning and may not come off.
Check to ensure the frame is solid and all boards are secure. If you find a board that is rotting you will only need to replace that one. There is no need to replace the entire frame. This will end up costing you more than it’s worth.
Step 2- Repair Any Tears
If your awning is in good shape minus a few tears you can generally fix this by getting a repair patch. The manufacturer who sold you the awning should be able to match the fabric with a repair kit. If they can’t, you can repair it with a general patch from the top of the awning and the patch won’t be as noticeable.
Step 3- Clean It Thoroughly
A dingy awning generally only needs a good scrub to restore its beauty. You need to be careful when cleaning to avoid damaging the canvas. You can clean the canvas by using a mild dish detergent in a bucket of warm water. Get a scrub brush similar to those used to clean decks, and gently scrub the awning in small sections until you’ve cleaned the whole thing. Use a simple garden hose with a gentle spray setting to rinse away the soap once you’re done.
Step 4- Replace Fabric if Necessary
If the canvas material used for your awning is tattered beyond repair, or it has stained from rust then you will likely need to replace it in order to restore it. To do this you will need to remove the awning itself from the frame. Pick your new material and treat it with a waterproof sealant before you start working with it. Even canvas that boasts being waterproof will benefit from added level of protection. Use a heavy grade thread and sewing needle to create pockets for the frame to slide in to.
Restoring an awning is much more cost effective than replacing it all together. Most often small problems can be fixed and your awning can look brand new again with a little love and care.