long does it take to manufacture and install an awning?
As with any custom-manufactured product, there is a short
lead time for quality work to be accomplished. For our
awnings and custom canvas products, this can mean as little
as three weeks. Of course, this varies depending on the time
of the year (summer typically is the busiest part of the
year), and it is not unusual for this lead time to run
longer, especially in seasonal climates. Contact us to
find out current lead times.
I attempt to clean my awning, rather than use a professional
awning cleaning service?
You can clean it yourself or use the services of a reputable
professional awning cleaner. If you clean it yourself, it's
important to follow these instructions:
awning is located in a commercial area, close off the
area to customers and pedestrians.
off all debris.
from the bottom and work up.
the awning and valance with a soft bristled brush.
all parts of the awning. Missed spots will show when
the awning completely. Film left on the material will
leave marks and a chalky residue.
rinse your awning down with a garden hose and keep the
underside of your awning clean by simply brushing with a
clean household broom.
should I look for in an awning professional?
We invite you to come by our showroom and facility and meet
us face to face, check out our operation and see all the
benefits you will receive by working with Where Shade Is Made.
Our quality, service, and craftsmanship are unmatched.
awnings reduce my air-conditioning costs?
Yes. Awnings conserve energy by shading windows and reducing
indoor temperatures. Studies by the American Society of
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRE)
have shown that awnings on windows and patio doors can
reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees,
depending on the exposure of the window, the color of the
fabric and the style and method of attaching the awning.
I apply graphics to my awning?
Yes, the type of graphics and method of application would
depend on the fabric selection, as various fabrics accept
different applications. Applying graphics directly to awning
fabrics provides identification and/or advertisement without
the need for "add-on" sign structures.
should be done with a retractable awning in the winter?
By design, the awning is self-storing when retracted. Many
owners of retractable awnings remove the loose hanging
valance for winter storage, while others do nothing more
than keep the unit retracted and bring the crank handle in.
And some owners use their retractable awnings all year long!
Where Shade Is Made also offers winter removal of your unit.
do I store my awnings in the winter months?
Where Shade Is Made offers a removal and storage service for
awnings and canopies. If you prefer to do this yourself,
make sure to clean and dry your awnings before you store
them. Give them a final brushing to remove all debris. Fold
or roll the awnings, then cover and store them in a cool,
many styles of awnings are there?
Awnings can be made to almost any size or shape. With the
use of modern metal fabrication equipment and techniques
coupled with many new fabric seaming and attachment methods,
design options are literally limitless. Examples of
awning styles can be found in the Photo
do I keep my awning clean?
Regular maintenance generally means a once-a-year cleaning,
with additional care if stains or soil age appears. The
regular cleaning schedule starts the first year in which the
awning is in service. Where Shade Is Made can help by offering
a regular maintenance contract. Also, remember that your
awning is an exterior product. In the same way you wouldn't
leave your automobile outside without washing it for very
long, you'll also need to clean your fabric awning to
preserve and extend its good looks and service life.
awnings waterproof? Can I stay out under my awning in
Generally speaking, awning fabrics are water-repellent, not
waterproof. There are exceptions, though, which may be
practical in certain environments. The fabrics'
water-repellent characteristics allow you to fully enjoy the
space shaded by the awning during any weather conditions
that aren't severe. In other words, if the weather is nice
enough for you to be outside, then it is good enough for you
to be out underneath your awning.
an awning need to be fire retardant?
If the awning will be installed at a commercial site, Where Shade Is Made
can advise you on the local "code" requirements.
Localities vary, but many require flame retardant fabric, in
locations of public gathering. The use of a flame retardant
fabric will usually increase the cost of your awning. In
residential applications not governed by local codes, the
requirement to use a flame retardant fabric becomes a
personal preference. Flame retardant fabrics are available
in a wide variety of colors and styles.
my awning come with a warranty?
In many cases, awning fabrics are warranted for a
period of 5 years or more, in proportion (pro-rata) to the
useful life of the fabric. Other warranties regarding the
frame and workmanship may apply and vary by job and by
state. Please contact us for more details pertaining to your
the fabric color I choose affect how hot it is under my
awning? Or, for that matter, how dark it will be shaded
Good question. Of course, the darker the color chosen, the
darker the shade effect underneath will be. There are
exceptions, however. Certain fabrics have a lighter-colored
underneath side than the top-side color, which gives a more
pleasing shading effect. As for the temperature, while color
choice has some slight impact, the type of fabric chosen and
the overall ventilation of the installation will have a
there much difference between the various types of awning
Yes, different fibers, weaves and coatings have very
specific advantages. Some fabrics are breathable, some are
not. Acrylic fabrics have a rich cloth appearance and are
much more colorfast and fade resistant. Vinyl coated fabrics
are the most water repellent. Mesh fabrics allow better
ventilation and outward visibility. We will help guide you
to the proper fabric for your application.
colors are available?
Today's fabrics come in more than 500 solid and striped
colors! Remember, too, that most of the time you are
enjoying your awning you are relaxing underneath it (not
outside looking at it), so the underside color is probably
the one you will see more often. With so many colors to
choose from you are bound to find several that will enhance
the look of your home or building. Please see our
color showroom links in the Fabric
Gallery Section of the website.
I purchase a traditional patio awning, can the frame be
removed for the winter months?
Yes it can. However, it's important that you inform us of
this requirement, so that the awning is designed for this
purpose. Many homeowners have Where Shade Is Made remove
the fabric and leave the frame up over the winter.
metals do you use for building your frames? How durable are
Metal frames are made from either galvanized steel
or aluminum. Regular maintenance on a frame requires annual
inspections of fasteners, connections and metal condition.
Frames are also available with a painted finish or powder
coating for additional protection and attractiveness.
live in a development governed by a homeowners' association.
Are awnings allowed there?
Because canvas awnings are colorful, attractive,
energy-saving design features, most homeowners' associations
are receptive to adding them to the exterior decor of a
building. Typically, the association's architectural
committee reviews these questions. Many developments work
with Where Shade Is Made so that the awning styles and colors
are consistent throughout the development.
awnings protect my furniture from fading?
Awnings, just as other interior window products, protect
furniture, floors and carpets from fading caused by harsh
sun rays. However, unlike interior products, awnings give
the added benefit of energy savings by reducing the solar
radiation through glass windows and doors.
my awning protect me from the sun's harmful rays?
Not only does an awning protect you from the sun, but it
also protects you from the other natural elements, such as
rain and snow. In certain configurations, awnings can also
protect you from wind. As in many shade options, the amount
of protection from the sun's harmful ultra violet rays would
be determined by the type and color of the fabric. Your
Professional Awning Manufacturer can help you meet your
requirements, through the proper fabric selection.
I need a building permit for an awning?
Not for most residential awnings. However, almost all
commercial situations, especially in major metropolitan
areas, do require a permit.
there any other weather conditions I should be concerned
Retractable awnings primarily are designed to provide
protection from the sun's rays and not from rain. However,
it can be used in drizzle or misting rains with proper unit
pitch and rain and wind packages. In heavy or driving rains
or wind, the unit must be retracted to keep water from
"pooling" on the fabric and causing damage or
irreversible fabric stretching.
will my retractable awning mount to my facility?
Where Shade Is Made installers locate the structural framework
and pre-drill the mounting bracket holes through any siding
to tie in directly to either the wall studs or headers. On
roof-mount applications, the installers tie into the
rafters, pre-drilling to avoid cracking and
silicone-caulking the hardware and brackets to prevent
leaks. If your application is new construction please
contact as soon as possible so we can recommend any
additional building materials needed for proper mounting and
there are no poles on retractable awnings, what supports the
Retractable awnings have been designed to be
self-supporting. This style of awning relies on secure
mounting in conjunction with spring-loaded arms. The arm
tension is created with internal springs, and large radius
elbows keep the fabric tight by applying outward force.
does an average-sized stationary or retractable awning cost?
Because most awnings are customized for each application,
prices cannot be given without verified measurements. Please
contact us to discuss your project and pricing parameters.
kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings primarily are for sun protection and
should not be left out in windy conditions. However, wind is
a very unpredictable force, with a tendency to change
direction and speed very quickly. In a wind-tunnel test,
which is a very controlled environment, a retractable awning
withstood straight-on wind forces at over 50 mph. In
"real-life" applications, the general rule of
thumb is: If you are comfortable sitting outdoors dining or
reading the paper, then it is probably safe to operate your
awning. The concern with wind is the up-lifting effect on
the awning rather than the downward force; therefore the
greater the pitch, the more wind-resistant the unit is.
would I need a protective hood for my retractable awning?
Protective hoods, available at an additional cost, have been
designed to provide adequate unit protection when structural
protection is not available. Hoods often are purchased when
the retractable awning is being roof or fascia-mounted and
when not located directly under a soffit or overhang.
would I want my retractable awning motorized?
Nothing could be more convenient than simply flipping a
switch and watching your awning roll out on its own. Once
fully extended or retracted, the unit will stop
automatically. You may also stop the retractable in any
position by flipping a wall-mounted switch or pushing a
button on a remote. Research has shown that a
motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual
my retractable awning is motorized, how can I adjust it if
my power goes out?
Awnings will generally have a manual override crank
that will allow you to retract your awning by hand in case
of power failure or malfunction.
I don't initially install a motor with my retractable
awning, can I add one at a later date?
It is easier to include a motor with the initial
awning installation, but it is possible to add one at a
later date. Adding a motor later will be more costly than if
the awning and motor are installed together with your
are the differences between retractable awnings and fixed
The main difference between retractable and fixed
frame awnings is movement. A fixed frame awning is a
permanent structure that offers continual weather protection
and is always present for constant, uninterrupted shade.
While a retractable awning offers movement due to
spring-loaded arms that support the awning and provides the
option of sun or shade.
should I get an awning instead of a deck or patio umbrella?
For starters, an awning is more durable and can be
designed and constructed to meet the unique configuration of
your home. An awning can cover a larger area and set the
boundaries for an outdoor room. On the other hand, an
umbrella is highly susceptible to wind damage, must always
be operated manually and shades a much smaller space.
is the "pitch" of an awning? Is the pitch of an
awning important, and what should it be?
The pitch is the angle of fall made by the front
bar of an awning. The pitch determines how much water may
puddle on the awning when the awning is fully extended. The
less pitch an awning has, the more impact rain will have on
the awning. All awnings will eventually fail if too much
water or weight is allowed to collect on them. When set at
the minimum pitch, an awning may collect rain even when the
fabric is tight. The more pitch you have, the less you will
have to worry about rain collecting on the awning.
Increasing the pitch, even a few inches, will have a
dramatic reduction on the awning's ability to collect
rainwater. The pitch of an awning is not a factor if the
awning is retracted during rain events. It's always best to
retract the awning when not in use no matter what the
the pitch can also provide better shade depending on the
angle of the sun in relation to the angle of the awning.
I have to fully extend my retractable awning?
Retractable awnings are designed so you can stop
the awning at any point with the remote control or the hand
crank. There are three buttons on the remote, one for
extension, one for retraction, and one to stop the awning at
your desired length.
about rust and corrosion of the frame, cables and other
To minimize corrosion, it is essential to use the
proper material during construction. Stainless steel,
galvanized steel and anodized aluminum are your best choices
for prevention of rust and corrosion.