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What kind of fabrics are used in awnings and is there a large color selection?
We offer a large selection of fabric options. More popular fabrics include Sunbrella, Dickson, Calabana, Weathertyte and much more. These fabrics are available in a variety of colors in both solids and stripes. We’re sure to have a fabric available to suit your needs and tastes.
How long can an awning or canopy last?
Awning frames made of aluminum or steel last a life-time. Today’s fabrics are made to last 5 – 7 years. Today’s most popular fabric, Sunbrella comes with a 5 year warranty. However, with proper maintenance and care, they can last even longer. We suggest taking your awnings and in particular, canopies down for the winter months. If you are unable to do this task yourself, we offer such a service including installation, take down and/or storage.
What more do awnings do in addition to reducing energy costs?
Our awnings are designed to complement the architecture of any building using various types, fabrics, colors, patterns and styles thus adding decor to the building.,Awnings provide a sense of hospitality and extend your living space beautifully. Covering your patio or deck in the summer with a canvas awning is like adding an additional room to your house.,Awnings & canopies provide protection from the sun and rain and combine functional elegance with decorative appeal to enhance the appearance of any home or business. Awnings also protect curtains, furnishings & carpets from fading from direct UV light.,Note: This mostly applies to stationary awnings & canopies. Retractable awnings or canopies should be retracted when there is inclement weather or high winds unless specifically designed for such.
Why do I need an awning or canopy?
An awning or canopy can be an excellent form of compliment to any kind of electrical cooling appliance (air conditioning). Awnings restrict the amount of heat entering a building through glass windows and doors thus reducing interior temperatures up to 13 degrees and reducing energy costs by up to 20 percent!
Do I need a protective hood for my retractable awning or canopy?
A protective hood, available at an additional cost and is designed to provide adequate protection for your unit when structural protection is not available. Hoods are often purchased when the retractable awning is being fascia mounted and when not located directly under a ledge or overhang.
Why would I want my retractable awning to be motorized?
Nothing can 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 awning in any position with a wall mounted switch. Research has shown that a motorized awning is used four times as much as a manual unit!
What kind of wind loads can a retractable awning handle?
Retractable awnings are primarily intended for sun protection and should not be left out in windy conditions. Wind is a very unpredictable force with a tendency to change direction and speed very quickly. The general rule of thumb is: If you are comfortable sitting outdoors dining or reading a newspaper, 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. A stationary awning or canopy is designed to withstand fairly high winds and certainly can be used in the rain. If you would like to have your patio or deck be used as an ‘extra room’ in the summer months, a stationary canopy would be a much better choice for you.
If there are no poles, what supports a retractable awning?
Retractable awnings are designed to be self supporting. They rely 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.
What sizes are your awnings or canopies available in?
Since our awnings & canopies are custom made, we can cover almost any area you are looking to cover. Our awnings are available in a variety of styles and fabrics and we can design a canopy to cover almost any shaped space.
How much does a new awning or canopy cost?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. The actual cost for your awning or canopy will depend on the size, the structure it is attaching to, the fabric you select, whether it is stationary or retractable and a host of other factors. However, if you have a rough idea of the size of awning or canopy you are looking for, we might be able to provide you with a rough cost estimate. If this falls within your budget or planning, let us come out and measure and provide you with a more accurate quotation. There is no cost to you for our free quote!
How long does it take to make an awning once I place an order?
As with any custom manufactured product, there is a lead time for quality work to be accomplished. For fabric awnings or canopies, this can mean as little as two weeks or as long as two months. This varies depending on the time of the year (spring, summer & fall are typically our busiest time of the year) and it is not unusual for this lead time to run longer during these seasons. The best time for ordering a new awning or canopy is during the fall or winter months when we have more time to devote to your project and ensuring the product being available when you want it in the spring. However, we make every effort to delivery your awning or canopy as soon as we can.
What is the process of getting a new awning or canopy?
If you are interested in getting a new awning or canopy installed just give us a call or send us an e-mail. We’ll make arrangement to come visit your house or business and take the necessary measurements. In many cases, you do not even need to be home for us to do this. Once we have the measurements, we call to discuss with you what type of awning or canopy you are interested in and get a general idea of what you are looking for. We’ll then provide you with a quote based on your selected style of awning or canopy and your measurements. At any time during this process you are welcome to visit our showroom and select the type and color of fabric you would like for your awning. We can also provide you with a sample book from which you can select to color or pattern. Once you have our quote and you decide you would like for us to build you a custom awning or canopy, simply send us a 50% deposit and a copy of the signed agreement and we’ll start the process.
What should I look for in an awning professional?
You should look for someone with experience and a reputation for quality work and service. At Lehrman & Lehrman, we’ve been designing and installing awnings, canopies, blinds and shades for 70 years! We use only the finest materials and design to exacting specifications. And besides the warranty provided by the fabric manufacturer, we guarantee our work to be free from defects in workmanship for 1 year! Our repeat business is our testament to skill and quality workmanship. We have been servicing some of our customers for decades!
What is pitch and why is it so important?
Pitch is the amount of ‘drop’ from the top of the awning or canopy in the back to the front. Pitch is important to allow the rain to run off quickly. If you do not have enough pitch, the rain may tend to pool in places. This can cause the fabric to stretch and increase the likelihood of more pooling. If you ever find rain water collecting in your canopy, use the soft end of a broom to push the water out from underneath and let us know immediately of the problem.
How do the awnings attach to the building?
Awnings and canopies are usually attached to the face (side) of the building. We can mount your awning or canopy onto brick, aluminum siding, around chimneys and even on roofs.
Can I use a pressure washer?
Yes but not at full power. Be particularly careful if the fabric is old as it may tear. Also, if you have painted graphics on your awning or canopy, the pressure washer may damage them.
Can I wash my awnings in a washer?
Yes if it is made of Sunbrella fabric and provided of course that your washer can handle the size of your awning. Just make sure it is on the gentle cycle and do not use any harsh detergents. Something like Woolite would be good or as mentioned above, the Sunbrella Fabric Cleaner 303 can be used in your washer. If you have multiple awnings, and in particular if they have clinch staples, it is recommended that you wash them separately so that they don’t get tangled together and rip. However, please note that the more you clean your awnings, in particular in a washer, the more likely you will remove the water-repellent coating.
Is there any way I can clean bird droppings off my awning/canopy?
For stains such as bird droppings, roof run-off, pollution, rust, tree, sap, insect stains, etc., here are some products that Sunbrella suggests trying (provided you have Sunbrella fabric): Goo Gone Grease Cutter (a hand cleaner), Greased Lightning or Clean Rite Purple Power. Rub product into fabric allowing it to penetrate. Brush with a soft brush and rinse THOROUGHLY! Repeat if necessary. Sunbrella also has their own ‘Fabric Cleaner 303’ which is a concentrate available in various sizes. We stock small 2 oz bottles that you can purchase and try on a difficult spot you may have. This is also available in sizes up to 1 gallon and is made to be diluted in water. You can even use this in your washer!
How often does it need to be cleaned?
This depends on your environment but in general a thorough cleaning will most likely be needed every two to three years. But as mentioned above, hosing off the fabric on a monthly basis will help to keep it clean longer.
Can I hose down my awning/canopy?
Yes. In particular if you have Sunbrella fabric. It is good to hose off your fabrics off on a monthly basis with clear water. Do this while they are extended on their frames on a sunny day. This practice will help prevent dirt from becoming deeply imbedded in the fabric and eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. Just make sure to allow the fabric to air dry when finished.