As the warm months of summer fade into memory and the leaves start falling from the trees, those of us who live in wintry areas have to start thinking about a little thing called “winterization.” Houses and vehicles are probably the two main things to consider. You have to think about starting up the furnace, getting the windows ready for maximum insulation, cleaning up the garden, and so on.
Awnings are one thing that home owners and business owners alike may have questions about. A few months ago, when the snow was melting and the birds were singing, investing in that new awning seemed like a great idea. It helped define your entrance or storefront. It provided guests and customers with a little extra protection from the rain. And it added a classy, professional touch to the appearance of your home or establishment.
But now that winter is coming, how is that awning going to hold up? Do you need to take it down and store it in order to prevent the colors fading, the materials falling apart, and your investment going down the tubes? You don’t want the hassle of having to install and take down your awning with the changing seasons, but you don’t want it to be ruined by the elements, either.
The answer is quite simple: With a little preparation and occasional maintenance, you should be able to leave your awning outside all year long, even when the weather turns nasty. Gale-force winds are definitely something to be concerned about, and if you live in an area (such as New Jersey) where the occasional tropical storm or hurricane rolls through, you’ll want to get your awning to safety. But the materials are now sufficiently strong and resilient, and it’s no longer necessary to worry so much about the effects of ordinary weather on your awning.
Obviously, things can be dirty in the winter. If passing vehicles on your street will be splashing mud up toward your business awning, that’s certainly something to consider. Overall, for most homes and businesses, and year-round awning is entirely within the realm of possibility — provided you choose a high quality product and have a qualified expert install it for you.
Where to turn for quality awnings
When it comes to finding a quality awning specialist, it’s fairly simple. You’ll want to look for a company that’s been around awhile, and has done business with many others in your area. You’ll want to scan those online reviews to see if people tend to have a good experience with that contractor, or whether problems consistently arise. Finally, you’ll want to get in touch and ask questions. Awnings may seem like a very small part of your home or business, but when you invest on one and things don’t go very well, you’ll wish you’d learned more up front. It’s best to only work with established companies who know awnings and can advise you in the best possible way, whether you’re thinking about a new installation or have questions about your existing awning.