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How to Stop Water Pooling on Awning: 7 Tips

by | Apr 5, 2023 | Awnings

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One question we often receive is how to stop water pooling on awning surfaces. But the answer will depend heavily on the condition of the awning material, the type of awning, and more. If it is just a once-off heavy rain or bad weather event, you may not need to worry.

However, if you notice pooling frequently, consider ordering new custom residential awnings in Los Angeles, CA. It is easy to see whether your new installation fits California regulations if you work with professionals like Van Nuys Awning Co.®.

In this post, these awning professionals discuss why water might start to pool on the awning’s surface and how to prevent it.

Why Does Water Pool on Awnings? 

Awnings shield a patio, door, or window through rain or shine. When new, the fabric is taut and should not move much at all. However, over time, the material starts to wear out and stretch, especially with low-quality fabric or products that lack waterproofing or UV resistance. 

Why does water pool on an awning’s surface?

  • Worn-out material that needs replacement
  • Unsupportive frames that cannot maintain the correct tension
  • Incorrect installation that did not apply the proper tension when set up 

How Do You Fix Pooling?

What is the best solution for water pooling on an awning? Unfortunately, most situations lead to an imminent replacement from reliable professionals like Van Nuys Awning Co.®. 

However, if you are not ready to do so yet, try these tips:

  • Adjust the support. Can you improve the tension by bulking up the support? You can add extra tension by slipping in a pool noodle or wood to pick up the slack. 
  • Use adjustable poles. Adjustable poles allow you to adjust the support so that it is better able to hold the canopy taut. 
  • Create a new support frame. You can use scrap wood or PVC piping to create a quick and easy temporary framework. However, it’s better to save the money and put it towards new awnings from a reputable installer.
  • Tighten the fabric. If you have a retractable awning, cranking the handle backward might help to increase the tension. 
  • Close retractable awnings during a storm. If there is bad weather, retracting the awnings can prove a wise move. However, with this technique, make sure that everything underneath can get wet. 
  • Clean the awning regularly. Removing debris reduces the amount of weight on the fabric, allowing it to last longer.
  • Repair any rips. Repairing tears restores the tension in the design. 

Contact The Awning Experts Today for Your Free Estimate!

Do you have any other questions? Maybe something like, “How long do awnings last?” If so, feel free to browse our blog or reach out to our team. 

For more tips on how to stop water pooling on awning surfaces around your property, call Van Nuys Awning Co.® at (818) 782-8607 today for your free estimate. 

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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