Patio awnings offer protection from sun and rain, allowing you to spend more time outside enjoying the summer. However, the effects of sun and rain over time can make them look weathered and bleached. When this happens, all you need to do is purchase some replacement fabric. With the help of a friend, you can have your awning looking good as new again and ready for more years of lazy summer days. The method may vary slightly between awning designs, but the process will follow the same general principles.
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Things you need
- Heavy string or twine
- Wooden block
- Replacement awning fabric
Secure the arms of the awning with string to keep them out of the way while you change the cover. Remove the screws that secure the end cap of the awning bar and pull off the end cap.
Remove an end cap of the valance bar, remove the two screws beneath it and pull out the plug. Make sure you keep all the pieces together in a safe place.
Tap the side awning bar with a hammer and wooden block to loosen and remove the end bar.
Slide off the valance and fabric roller from the valance bar and frame, and unroll the awning fabric. It is a good idea to get a second person to help with this.
Remove the screw near the end of the roller which holds the fabric in place. Remove the plug and slide out the fabric while a helper holds the roller.
Slide the new awning fabric into the groove, replace the plug and replace the screw to secure it.
Roll the fabric onto the roller, making sure the fabric lines up evenly.
Slide the end of the fabric roller onto the valance bar. Place the roller/fabric into the frame and slide in the new valance.
Replace the plug you removed earlier along with the screws. Tighten them firmly so the valance can't move and replace the end cap.
Re-attach the side awning bar and replace the two screws. Tighten them securely.
Tips and warnings
- Clear the area before you start the project so you have space to unroll your awning.
- Do not walk on the awning fabric or you may damage it.
- The awning may be large and heavy, so be sure to have someone help you lift it to avoid injury.
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