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Common Problems and Solutions with Retractable Awnings and Shade Sails



A retractable awning or shade sail might be the perfect solution to create a comfortable outdoor setting for your home or business. The covered area protects from the sun and rain, helping to expand the functional floor space that is available, regardless of the weather conditions outside.

If you are considering the installation of a new retractable awning or outdoor shade, you need to look at potential issues that might be encountered. Evaluating this information will help you choose the right materials to avoid problems in the future. Here are some of the details that need to be considered:

Noises when the Awning is Extended or Retracted

Often, the cracking or knocking sounds result when there are problems with the fit or installation of the equipment. There are two important steps to avoid uncomfortable noises when you are extending or retracting the awning. First, it is essential that you choose quality materials that will last for many years. The quality of the installation will reduce potential problems in the future. Next, it is helpful to stay current with regular maintenance appointments. Our team can inspect the torsion bar, awning brackets, and bolts to see if anything needs to be tightened down or replaced.

The Fabric is Starting to Sag

Sagging fabric is another common problem that is easy to avoid. Talk to our team about choosing a fabric that won’t wear down in the sun and weather conditions. Cheap quality fabric can break down over time due to sun exposure and moisture. We have a variety of materials that will hold up to reduce the risk of stretching and sagging. Also, the fit of the fabric on the system could influence the way the fabric hangs. A few adjustments to the settings of the system can often eliminate this problem.

Damage to the Equipment During a Storm

The best solution to protect your equipment is to retract the awning when the area is not in use. If you are away from the building, then don’t leave the awning extended. Strong winds could damage the awning, resulting in the need for replacement equipment. It is always best to keep the awning closed if severe weather is predicted.

At Lidgard Shades, we offer a variety of solutions to create the comfortable, shaded area that you desire. If you are looking for awning or shade sail installation in Auckland, then we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team. We have more than 40 years of experience in the industry, offering the best quality installation in the area.

Common Problems and Solutions with Retractable Awnings and Shade Sails

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