Do you look out at your deck and think about how wonderful it is? It’s beautifully stained and waterproofed. You feel a sense of pride as you walk the length of the deck. All of a sudden, your thoughts turn to the weather your deck is going to navigate over the next few years and you start to worry about how long it will look so nice. There’s no need to get concerned. Did you know you can use an awning to help extend the life of your deck’s stain? Let’s talk through a few quality tips about it.
What is an Awning?
An awning is a piece of fabric that’s designed to help keep rain, sun and other harmful weather away from decks, windows and doorways. Typically, it’s attached directly to your home as a permanent part of the structure.
You’ve most likely seen awnings at various restaurants and commercial buildings over the years. Using an awning is a great way to protect your decking and other parts of your backyard recreation area.
Do Your Research
You’ll discover that there are many options when it comes to finding an awning for your deck. Don’t run out and grab the first awning option that appears in your path, however. Do some research so you find one that properly fits your property, doesn’t damage your house and fits your budget.
Here are some of the types of awnings to consider:
- Retractable awnings: This type of awning comes with sensor technology. These sensors have the ability to detect wind and sun in order to know when to automatically extend or retract. Of course, they come with automatic or manual control buttons so you can control them when you need to.
- Stationary awnings: These can’t be retracted because they’re fixed to your home’s structure and permanently extended. The benefit is that they require less maintenance than their retractable counterparts.
- Freestanding canopies: These are not attached to your home and can be moved around your deck, as needed.
Types of Awning Material
It’s important to take time to choose your deck awning’s material wisely. Many different types of awning fabric exist:
- Solution dyed acrylic
- Laminated fabric
- Coated polyester composite
The weather that your deck will endure should be considered when choosing the type of awning material to purchase. For example, you need mildew resistant fabric if you live in a humid area of the country. An awning with ultraviolet resistant fabric that is fade resistant would be a quality choice if you live in an area such as the high desert areas of California.
Questions to Consider When Buying a Deck Awning
Make sure you sit down and invest time answering the following questions before buying and installing a deck awning.
- What size deck area do you need to protect?
- What are the dimensions needed (roof to floor area)?
- What type of exterior does your home have?
- Is there anything in the way of the installation area, such as light fixtures?
- What kind of fabric have you decided on?
Waterproofing Your Awning
Don’t forget to protect the awning itself so it can protect your deck for many years. Clean the awning thoroughly before waterproofing it. Ask the manufacturer about the best way to clean your particular awning material.
Create a good working environment prior to starting the waterproofing work. Spray the waterproofing solution onto the awning. Use it generously but don’t overspray it because you’ll apply a second coat later.
Using an awning to protect your deck’s stain is an intelligent way to guarantee many years of outdoor family fun. Use the above tips to find the awning that best meets your needs.