Home awnings provide plenty of shade. Patio awnings not only provide shade, but they also provide a covered space where you can relax and visit with others or enjoy a meal. Sometimes, however, awnings become damaged. Then they are not so nice to have or nice-looking. Thankfully, these awning repair issues are easy enough for you to fix on your own.
Awning Has a Tear/Rip
Weather can be harsh on awnings. When the awnings are made of canvas, they can be ripped or torn. If you know how to sew things by hand with a basic whip stitch, you can quickly and easily sew up the tear with heavyweight cotton thread. Be sure to use a thick darning needle to get through the thickness of the awning's canvas. Keep the stitches close and small so that there are no gaps left showing through the rip.
Awning's Lift Arms Are Stuck
Because the lift arms on most awnings are made of metal, they can rust and become stuck in either the upright or folded-down position. This is also easy to fix. All you need is a little anti-rust lubricant. Spray or squirt the lubricant on the joints where the lift arms are stuck and then apply gentle pressure while wiggling the arms until they begin to move. Lubricate them a little more until the arms are loose enough to move on their own. Now either extend or contract the arms depending on whether you want the awning up or down.
The Awning's Braces/Brackets Are Coming Loose
Awnings are attached to a home via the braces or bracket arms that are bolted to the home's exterior. When these are loose and remain that way, they can eventally come loose all the way and drop an awning on your head. It is important that you check the brackets/braces and bolts/screws often to prevent mishaps with your awning(s). If they are loose, try to tighten the bolts/screws.
If that does not work, the bolts/screws may either be bald and unable to grip in the exterior wall, and/or they need to be replaced. If you want to try to give the screws some extra support, an adhesive caulk is best. Squirt the adhesive caulk into the holes where the screws/bolts go to hold the awning to the house. Screw the bolts/screws back into the exterior wall. Wood braces are needed to apply pressure to these areas and hold them there until the adhesive caulk dries and solidifies.