If you are looking to spend some quality time outdoors with your family and friends this is the perfect time to enjoy it. During nice, warm and sunny Florida weather many homeowners choose to enjoy the beautiful outdoors under an awning or shade. But be aware. After many months of not using it, you may come across some problems when trying to take it out. Here are some common awning installation issues and solutions.

Issue: The awning makes a knocking or cracking noise when extending or retracting.

Solution: The awning brackets have not been tightened completely. Be sure the square torsion bar is completely seated in the back of the mounting bracket and tighten the mounting bolt until the locking lip on the inside of the bracket is drawn down over the torsion bar.

Issue: The fabric sags and is not tight.

Solution: The arms are locked out (over extended), causing the fabric to sag. Reverse cranking direction and retract the awning in until the fabric is taut. Important: The fabric should always rollover the top of the roller tube, not from underneath.

Issue: The motorized awning stopped working while you were rolling in and out.

Solution: Your awning motor has a built-in thermal override to prevent overheating. Prolonged use, in and out several times in a row can cause the motor to temporarily shut down. Let the motor cool down for 10 to 15 minutes and try the remote again. The unit should begin to operate again.

There are also some things to be aware of to ensure the beauty and strength of your awning:

  • DO NOT leave the awning extended when you are not home, as strong winds may damage your awning.
  • DO NOT hang plants or small children off the front bar, heavy items may cause the awning to collapse and break.
  • DO retract the unit when not in use or if severe weather is predicted.
  • DO occasionally clean your awning as described in the care and maintenance section.
  • DO retract your motorized awning with the manual override feature if you lose power.

Call C & C Canvas and Awnings at 772-221-8847 in Stuart. Whether you live in Stuart, Palm City, Sewalls Point, Golden Gate, Jensen Beach, Port Salerno, Port St. Lucie, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Tequesta, Palm Beach Gardens, or North Palm Beach FL, we are available to discuss all your shading options today.