By Andrew Johnston
An excellent feature to own on your motorhome is awnings. A number of different kinds of RV awnings are available and they all serve diverse purposes. Door and window awnings offer shade and keep away the rain from your entry door or RV windows. Awnings that slide out help in protecting the slideout top from water and debris. Patio awnings could enlarge living area. However, in Australia it is advisable to find out if you require getting approval for your motorhome awning. For example, the Brisbane City Council has compiled together all the information you would need to know if you desire to put up a shed, garage, carport or any other such extensions. All this information is available on their website
Your motorhome awnings will offer you years of reliable and free operation if you spare some time to undertake a little cleaning and maintenance.
Understand The Fabrics
Fabrics that are used on RV awnings are either vinyl or acrylic. Vinyl fabrics are water resistant but retain a lot of heat. Acrylic fabrics are woven cloths which allow the circulation of air through the fabric. When it becomes wet, this air circulation permits the fabric to get dry speedily. The Acrylic fabrics are only water repellent, although not actually waterproof. A recent energy study supported by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) has shown that exterior shades or fabric awnings could save some good money for homeowners through the reduction of the air conditioners’ load by as much as $200. The study found out that the sum total of cooling energy which gets saved will vary based on window orientation, type of glass used in the awnings windows, quantity of windows, and the local climate.
Check For Stains And Mildew
Whenever you open your awnings for the very first time every year, or in case it had been stored for some time, it will be necessary to check the fabric for any indications of stains or mildew. If any are found, avoid any scrubbing of the acrylic awning fabric because this could get rid of the retardant finish which repels off water. Hosing will be sufficient.
For the more difficult mildew or stains on an awning fabric, utilize a commercial cleaner produced only for awning fabrics. It might become essential to scrub some stains which are stubborn with a brush before you rinse. Never utilize abrasive cleaners or oil-based on awning fabrics.
Take Care Of Water Runoff And Strong Winds
The weight accumulated from water that pools on your awning fabric could cause far-reaching and expensive damage. It is always recommended that you lower one awning end to let the water runoff. Any gust of air in excess of over 20 miles per hour also could cause some extensive damage to your awning and even to your motorhome. Always ensure the fastenings and screws are tightly in place. It is also not good to ever leave your awning outside unattended for any extended period. Remember that it is far much undemanding to avoid damage to the awning than it would be to have it repaired after damage.
Andrew has been the technical director at EHI Australian year after year. Over time, he has come to know all there is to know about awnings. The advice you are likely to receive from him and colleagues at EHI Australian is totally dependable. Visit us for more information and ideas.