Here is a collection of the FAQs we have received over the years. Please let us know if you have a specific question that is not on our list and we will add it.
1. How much wind is safe for my awning? Most awnings should be able to withstand most wind in the Orlando, FL area without any issues.
2. Can awnings be used in the rain? All of our awnings are manufactured to protect against the sun and rain.
3. How long will the fabric on my awning last? It really depends on the material. Our awning fabrics are guaranteed to last up to 10 years.
4. How should the fabric on my awning be cleaned? If the fabric on your awning gets stained by the elements, in most situations, it can be cleaned with a light brushing and dish soap. Fabric with severe stains can be treated with vinegar or bleach (make sure to follow manufacturer recommendations) or can be sent out to be professionally cleaned.
5. What material are the awning support frames made from? Awning support frames are manufactured using either galvanized (rust proof) steel or aluminum. The frames of most awnings will typically last a lifetime. Fasteners, connections and the overall metal condition of the awning frame should be check at least once per year (or twice per year if near the coast). Frames can have a finish added for additional protection.
6. Will I need a permit for my awning? A permit for the installation of your awning may be required by either the city or your HOA (Home Owners Association). Some areas or communities have certain regulations that may apply to size and color. It’s always a good idea to check before having an awning installed.
7. What is the effect of awnings on my utility bills? In a study by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association it was found that fabric awnings can lower cooling costs in Florida by as much as 20%. “The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
8. How long will the awning fabric last? Most acrylic fabric used in the manufacturing of awnings is designed to withstand the elements and prevent mildew and fading. Life expectancy of an awning in Orlando, FL, when maintained properly, is typically around 10 years.
9. How much difference is there from one awning fabric to another? There are measurable differences that will often exist in awning fabrics depending on the application. The material, weaves, coatings, and finish all have a direct impact on the quality and durability. Acrylic fabrics have become extremely popular for residential use. They have a cloth like appearance and offer durability and fade resistance. Vinyl coated fabrics are preferred for commercial buildings and offer the most resistance to water. Mesh fabrics allow for better ventilation and visibility.
10. Can we have my company name or logo put on an awning? Most awning suppliers are able to add logos and lettering, in just about any color, to the fabric of an awning.