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Dos and Don’ts of Awning Care

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Awnings are a beautiful addition to your property that can offer value and protection to any window or doorway. 

With covers made from a wide variety of fabrics, metals, or glass, awnings are a lightweight, frame structure with supportive structure that’s easy to attach. 

Although created to withstand and last, there are important guidelines owners should keep in mind to maintain their good condition. 

Keep reading to learn all the do’s and don’ts of awning care!


Staying on top of maintaining your awning will pay off in the long run. Here’s what to do:

#1 Clean the awning at least once a month

Cleaning your awning once a month prevents any harmful buildups that can get too heavy for your awning such as sticks, dirt, and leaves.

#2 Store the awning in dry storage

Storing your awning is a dry, mold-free storage area can prevent bacteria and mold from making your awning look dirty and the fabric won’t degrade.

#3 Utilize it during cold weather seasons

Your awning can be a great way to be able to utilize your yard in the winter time. While it does not provide heat or protect from wind, it allows you to sit outside year round. Be conscious of the weather and make sure to keep heavy snow off of it.

#4 Watch out for frame deterioration

It is smart to check for any deterioration on the frame every once in a while before the damage increases. Oftentimes awning care is limited to the fabric itself, but detecting frame malfunctions early on can save you money and time in the long run.

#5 Check out our awning care guidelines

Your awning is a great addition to your home and after buying from Durkin’s Incorporated, make sure to read your awning care guidelines, or give us a call with any concerns.


There are certain things that you may unknowingly do that can harm your awning, causing it to break. Here are some things that you should avoid doing:

#1 Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners or bleach 

When cleaning your awning make sure to avoid using harsh chemical cleaners or bleach at all costs. Over time, these components can wear away and destroy the materials used to create the awning and lead to bigger issues such as mold and mildew resistance. Instead, use a mix of water and a mild cleaning soap.

#2 Neglecting your awning can lead to bigger problems

Ignoring regular maintenance and upkeep of your awning to spot tears, rips, and malfunctions can lead to bigger issues that can result in costly repairs in the long run. Make sure to keep an eye on it on a regular basis and address issues when they appear

#3 Never barbecue under your awning

While barbecuing and an awning do pair together, try not to do it under your awning. Rising of the heat and smoke can deteriorate the awning fabric, or worse, demolish it all together if exposed for too long.

#4 Disregarding foliage build-up

Foliage build-up on your awning can rip and weigh down your awning if the debris is heavy. Make sure to hose it down regularly, especially in the Spring and Summer seasons. 


For the best, highest quality awnings that can last and enhance your outdoors experience, check out our diverse product line. Serving commercial, residential, and municipal sectors throughout CT and NY for over 100 years, Durkin’s can ensure proper installation, care, and satisfactory awnings for all. 

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