Care & Maintenance of External Blinds & Awnings

January 31, 2024

Care & Maintenance of External Blinds & Awnings

Caring for and performing regular maintenance on External Blinds and Awnings is essential for various reasons, all of which contribute to their longevity, functionality and overall appeal and effectiveness. Here are some basic reasons for maintaining your External Blinds and Awnings.

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Operation Efficiency:

  • Regular maintenance ensures that your External Blinds and Awnings will continue to operate smoothly. This involves checking for any mechanical issues, tightening of screws, lubricating moving parts with silicone spray (see picture below) and ensuring that all mechanisms function properly.

Preventing Wear & Tear:

  • Outdoor elements, such as wind, rain and sunlight almost definitely contribute to wear and tear on your External Blinds. Routine maintenance helps identify and address any signs of deterioration early on, preventing minor issues from turning into major problems.

Protecting Against the Elements:

  • External Blinds and Awnings are exposed to all types of weather, which can lead to issues such as rust, mould or fabric degradation. Regular cleaning of metal components, particularly in seaside areas, helps prevent rust. Allowing the fabric to dry before long-term storage will assist in preventing mould. Don’t expose the fabric to the sun if not required; this will prevent premature fading.

Preserving Aesthetic Appeal:

  • Your External Blinds and Awnings are quite often very visible components of your home’s exterior. Regular and cleaning and maintenance, preserves their appearance, preventing unnecessary stains, discolouration, or other aesthetic issues that can detract from the overall appeal of your home.

Ensuring Safety:

  • Safety is paramount, especially for motorised or automated External Blinds and Awnings. Regular inspection and maintenance checks are paramount to ensure that safety features and operational mechanisms are in proper safe working order.

Preventing Mould & Mildew:

  • The fabrics of your awnings are susceptible to mould and mildew growth, particularly in humid or wet environments. If your blinds must be put away when they are wet, ensure you get them out again as soon as the sun re-appears; allow them to dry properly before storing them away for the long term.

Improving Functionality:

  • Your External Blinds may have many adjustable features and mechanisms that have specific functions. Regular maintenance ensures that these features work as intended, allowing for affective easy use. Inspect regularly for loose screws and components; check that all components look & operate as you would expect.

Cost Saving:

  • Proactive maintenance will be cost-effective in the long-term; addressing any small issues early on, can prevent the need for expensive repairs or replacement in the future. It can also avoid disruption of use, particularly for motorised or automated systems.

Available in the Outdoor Blind Section in your local Bunnings

In summary, caring for, and performing regular maintenance on your External Blinds and Awnings is essential for the optimal performance, durability, and overall contribution to the comfort and anaesthetics of your home.  It’s this proactive approach that will pay off in terms of their functionality, longevity, and cost savings over time.

If you are not in a position to perform any of these maintenance tasks, call us and we can assist.

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