1. How do I store the awning for winter?
Retract the awning or canopy for winter. If your awning has a hanging valance, remove it by sliding it out from the front bar. Put it in a well ventilated dry area where it won’t be bothered by squirrels or mice. Don’t store it in a plastic bag, as this will trap moisture and could produce mildew.
2. Can I install the awning myself?
We recommend professional installation for your awnings, to achieve the best use and operation.
3. What awning options are available?
- Our awnings come with a variety of options and the best way to find out about them is to contact Betterliving Patio & Sunrooms of Pittsburgh today.
- Motor options include remote control operation, switch operation, motorized with manual capability for areas with frequent power outages, and automatic sun and wind sensors.
- Telescoping legs for extra stabilization
- Vario Valance for additional screening
- Awning light bar
- Exterior solar shades
4. How effective are the awnings at providing shade?
Awnings block 97% of the harmful UV rays. They significantly improve the comfort of your patio or deck.
5. What is the effect of awnings on my utility bills?
Awnings, canopies and shades will lower your cooling costs. In addition, the benefit of retractable awnings is that you can allow the winter sun into your home for extra warmth.
6. Can the awnings be used in the rain?
Awnings and canopies are primarily a sun shade, not a rain cover. As such, the fabric is designed to “breathe” so you don’t swelter under your awning. Our Teflon® coating helps repel moisture, but it is not waterproof. Keeping the awning extended during a heavy rain will cause water to collect in the fabric and could cause the awning to collapse.