Awnings are excellent for protecting us year after year, especially considering their contact with the hot summer sun, rain, frost, smog and wind. It is quite clear that each of these elements affects both their functionality and handling systems, as well as their aesthetics. This is why regular, periodic maintenance including lubrication and cleaning is essential; if carried out correctly, it considerably extends the life of awnings. Awnings should be lubricated and undergo maintenance at least twice a year: in spring before the summer season and at the end of autumn, before their winter break when they are almost never opened, but left rolled up for a few months. The lubrication of their supports must be differentiated according to the type of movement mechanism: arm, collapsible, garden or hood.
The arms of the awnings are pivoted on the sides of the winding roller and an internal steel cable creates the traction that can be motorised or manual (depending on the width, the arms can also be pivoted along the roller’s extension). All joints and drive systems (mechanisms, gearwheels, etc.) can be adequately lubricated with WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant, which has excellent lubricating properties that ensure the perfect movement of the parts. The product does not attract dirt and insulates from moisture after quickly drying. Its formula is compatible with all metals, plastics, rubber and wood.
Collapsible awnings are used for windows and balconies, especially those that already have a roof. They do not have extendable arms, but lateral supports of various types (fronts guided by steel cables; free-fall fronts; arms fixed to the wall; fronts guided laterally by aluminium guides; arms that slide on aluminium guides). Lubricate them as above, in the awnings with arms.
Garden awnings have a canvas that slides on side rails fixed to the wall and the ground. They offer frontal and upper coverage. They are a great solution for creating shade in the green spaces of gardens or on balconies, or to ensure privacy. These awnings are also installed as design elements that enrich the furnishings of our homes. They are ideal for covering surfaces, courtyards, terraces, living environments and patios. These garden awnings are supported by an aluminium frame with side rails through which the canvas slides, and supports perpendicular to the rails. Lubricate the awning along the side sliding guides.
With hood awnings, the various elements are lifted with a cord operated manually or by a motor. They can have many shapes: trapezoid, round, shell-shaped or square. Depending on the model, the shapes can have any curvature, adapting to spaces in oval or elliptical shapes. They must be lubricated at the two side joints on which the supports of the various sections are centred.
After you have finished lubricating the necessary parts, it’s important to clean the canvas. First remove any dust or dirt (leaves, bird droppings, any mould…) deposited on it. Then wash it well with a sponge or a damp cloth and lukewarm water to remove any excess lubricant. Do not use a pressure washer (as some do) because you risk tearing the canvas, and don’t use solvents, ammonia or hydrocarbons either. After washing, let the canvas dry completely. Remember to always close the awning when it rains, and then open it up to dry once it has stopped.
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