Looking after awnings and canopies


Fabric awning cleaning instructions:

What You Need Before You Start

Required Items:
Chemical Sprayer, Garden Hose, Garden Hose Nozzle, Brush or Sponge for Scrubbing Awning, Vinyl or Fabric Cleaner, Vinyl or Fabric Sealer, Ladder, Extension Poles

Applying Cleaners

Use cleaners that are specifically formulated for vinyl or fabric materials.
Apply cleaner to a dry awning. Wetting the awning often reduces the effectiveness of the cleaners. 

Apply cleaner evenly and with a saturating mist. Apply from the bottom up. Do not let cleaner dry on the awning.

Scrubbing the Awning

Vinyl Awnings:
 Hand scrubbing with a soft sponge is the best way to clean a moderately soiled awning, although a soft bristle brush is also safe and effective. Never use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers.

Fabric Awnings:
 A soft or medium brush or similar scrubbing device works best.
1. Wash in a consistent fashion with even and usually up and down strokes.

2. Apply uniform pressure when scrubbing.

3. Start from bottom and work up.

4. Overlap your strokes. This will guarantee that no sections are missed.

5. Apply cleaners to all underside surfaces and let dwell for 5 to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Usually scrubbing of the awning interior is not required.

Note: If awning is still not clean, repeat the above process.


Garden hose or pressure washer. Pressure should not exceed 300 p.s.i.
Thoroughly rinse the awning until the water runoff is clear. Residual cleaner may leave a chalky appearance on the awning after it dries.

Special Tips

Pressure cleaning is a common cause of permanent awning damage, and it is very ineffective. A pressure washer can be used as a water delivery system for rinsing your awning after cleaning or for removing debris (cobwebs, bugs, leaves, etc.) from the inside of the awning. Pressure should not exceed 300 p.s.i.
If limited mildew exists, then a chlorine-free “mildew cleaner” can be used. If mildew is severe, than diluted liquid chlorine is necessary. ALWAYS do a Q-tip test in a hidden spot to make sure the material is colorfast.
When using chlorine:

1) use it as diluted as possible but to still be effective,

2) use only where necessary,

3) do not let it dry on awning, and

4) thoroughly rinse so chlorine is completely flushed from awning. If there are plants nearby, they should be sprayed in advance of treatment to prevent burning of plant leaves and roots.

Fabric awning sealing instructions:

What You Need Before You Start

2 pint or 1 gallon pump sprayer, Ladder
Vinyl Material

The Product:
Vinyl sealers are typically water based silicone products and will last from two to four months.
The best way to apply the sealer is with a small pump sprayer. Lightly mist the product on the awning and rub in with a sponge or clean terry cloth towel.
The sealer is a barrier between the elements and the environment. They offer UV protection, slow the growth of mildew, and leave the material supple and shiny. Another benefit, is they make future cleaning easier.
Fabric Material

2 pint or 1 gallon pump sprayer
The Product:
Fabric sealers can be water or solvent based product. The water based products last six months, are easy to work with, and easy clean up. The solvent based sealers offer the longest protection.
The sealer is a barrier between the elements and the environment. They offer UV protection, waterproofing, and slow the growth of mildew, and make future cleanings easier.

Special Tips

Awning Interior:

It is usually not necessary to seal the bottom side of a fabric awning. If you are trying to waterproof a patio awning, then sealing both sides can be very helpful.

All about awnings and canopies


An awning is a covering which is attached to the exterior wall of a building. It may not need support of it’s own but is often supported entirely by the building

A canopy is different in that it generally is supported entirely on it’s own by a structure generally made from iron or aluminium sometimes wood.

Awnings and similar structures have been used for centuries for their beauty as well as their function.
They offer endless possibilities for enhancing a building’s beauty and decor.
They add shape, dimension and color, and can be custom-designed to fit any structure’s unique character and style.


Energy Conservation It’s official – awnings can help you save energy and reduce your summer cooling bill.

A properly installed awning can reduce heat gain up to 65 percent on southern windows and as much as 77 percent on eastern and western windows.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says this percentage may be even higher, and that awnings can reduce the heat entering a building by as much as 80 percent.
(Note that in the event of a hurricane, awning covers can be removed relatively easily by the owner. This allows the wind to pass through the frame and avoids serious wind damage. The cover can be professionally reinstalled after the storm.)

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Design Benefits

Awnings and similar structures have been used for centuries for their beauty as well as their function.
They offer endless possibilities for enhancing a building’s beauty and decor.
They add shape, dimension and color, and can be custom-designed to fit any structure’s unique character and style.

Today’s awnings can assume a wide variety of shapes and sizes, which makes design options virtually limitless. Awning fabrics and frames are also available in a wide variety of styles and materials.

They can emphasize attractive or unusual architectural features or improve the appearance of a building via a variety of innovative designs.

Awnings can add drama and impact – even turn your front door into a grand entrance. And they can add softness and color to any size, shape or style of structure.
In many instances an awning can dramatically change the look and feel of the entire building.

Practical Benefits

•    Awnings are an excellent medium to advertise your business.
•    A backlit awning provides excellent night-time exposure for your business while at the same time providing security lighting.
•    Also, don’t forget how harmful the sun’s rays are to your furnishings, art and decorations.
•    Not to mention the well-documented health risks associated with too much sun exposure.


Let’s define the difference between an awning and a canopy.

Typically, an awning is attached to a building without any support columns.

A canopy, on the other hand, utilizes columns to support all or a portion of its weight.

Canopies can be constructed of steel or aluminum framing and covered by many different types of materials. The most frequently-used covers are aluminum panels or fabric (vinyl or canvas).

Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the two most common covers:

Fabric Cover

More aesthetically pleasing, with more colors and design options.

Can be designed to fit curved or irregular walkways, patios, etc.

Fabric can be removed in the event of a hurricane.

Can be used for signage.
Fresh Fabric — new colors easily added to frame.

Much easier to repair than aluminum.

5-10 year life span.
Fabric can be torn.

Periodic cleaning necessary.

Fabric can stain or fade.

Slight wrinkling provides texture and shadows.

Aluminum Cover

Long life expectancy.

Built-in gutters.

More impervious to inclement weather.

Paint fades after 2-3 years.

Aluminum bends and dents easily.

Limited design options.

Limited colors.

Smoking Shelters

You can buy an array of various sizes and styles of smoking shelters.

Offices are moving employers away from the entrance to designated smoking areas.

Many states and cities are prohibiting smoking in all indoor areas. For restaurants, a canopy is an excellent way to draw smoking customers without offending nonsmokers or violating laws or ordinances. Such a canopy will also add extra seating.

An excellent way to increase ambiance is with an outdoor seating section.

Frames are constructed of 1″ x 1″ or 2″ x 2″ steel or aluminum square tubing using either 16 gauge galvanized steel or 12 gauge extruded aluminum. The frames are carefully welded together and are engineered to provide the greatest amount of strength using the least amount of material.

Once the frame is completed, the cover is sewn from your selected fabric. Fitting the fabric cover to the frame is a critical process. Any errors in measurement or sewing will produce either sags or wrinkles – or if the cover is too small, it can cause thread to weaken and break prematurely.

Thread is a potential weakness in most awnings. Some manufacturers use thread that will fail after just two to three years of use. The labor involved in removing the fabric, resewing and reinstallation is very expensive.

Once the cover is sewn, it is either laced on with small diameter rope – or in some instances (on aluminum frames only) it is securely stapled into position.
Frames are mounted to the wall using stainless steel bolts and, if necessary (on larger awnings), attached to posts anchored in concrete similar to how scaffolding works.

Choose from fabric (canvas, vinyl or permeable fabric) or aluminum covered structures. We can build to your plan or design and build to meet your needs.

Consider the following:

Protecting vehicles from the sun’s damaging rays and hailstones has always been an elusive and expensive goal for many of our commercial customers. The benefits of shading and protecting a vehicle are obvious as shown by this chart:

Temperatures in an automobile left in the sun can reach 152 degrees. The combination of heat and ultraviolet rays will permanently damage leather, plastics and paint. Hailstones, acid rain are other threats to vehicles.

Commercial Applications:


Apartment complexes, office buildings, condominium and auto dealers can see immediate tangible bottom line results from providing their customers covered parking.

Condo’s, apartment and office buildings can boost occupancy rates, get premium rents and and in some markets — charge for covered parking.

Car dealers — expand showroom space and provide for an enjoyable test drive in a much cooler and comfortable vehicle.

Protecting cars from hailstones can dramatically reduce insurance rates.