Sunesta retractable awnings are beautiful and effective in repelling water while blocking the sun’s harsh UV rays. During heavy rains, the water simply wicks off from the awning, providing shelter from the rain. The classic water-resistant fabrics are made of strong acrylic fibers which won’t harbor mold or mildew. They are 100 percent solution-dyed, making them resistant to fading even after years of exposure to sunshine.
One common question about retractable awnings is “can they handle snow and wind?” It all depends on the severity of the snow and wind. But the good news is Sunesta retractable awnings can effectively handle most weather conditions.
How Weather Affects Retractable Awnings
Retractable awnings are affected by weather differently based on their designs. Fixed awnings, gazebos, and canopies are fixed in one place. The fabric is often stretched taut across the frame and supported by stanchions. This inflexibility makes them vulnerable against heavy snow and strong winds.
Retractable awnings, on the other hand, are fixed in place only at the base. The tension springs in the arms help support the retractable awnings. In most cases, the frames are made of high-quality, lightweight aluminum, making them strong and durable. However, their lack of external support means anything putting heavy weight on the frame can potentially cause damage. But the good news with retractable awnings is they can retract into the hood during winter to protect them from snow or wind damage.
The Impact of Rain and Snow
Excessive weight is the biggest danger posed by both rain and snow. Light precipitations such as drizzles, fog, or a very light dusting of snow don’t have enough heft to cause damage to retractable awnings. But steady downpours or heavy snow can cause damage. When the rainwater pools on the fabric over time, the fabric can stretch, sag, or even tear.
To prevent rain damage on your retractable awning, adjust the pitch of the arms to make the slope steep enough to allow the water to run off. You can also use a rain sensor to automatically trigger the retractable awning to retract whenever it begins to rain.
The Impact of Wind and Motion
Good quality retractable awnings can withstand winds up to 35mph, making them safe for almost any day. However, if it’s too windy to sit outdoors, it’s too windy for your retractable awning to remain stretched. Sometimes, wind gusts can present a hidden danger. Sudden, sharp wind shears can immediately damage retractable awnings, twisting and wrenching the suspended frame. A standard wind sensor should help measure the current and retract the awning when it reaches certain thresholds. A motion sensor also helps to detect abrupt movements caused by storm kick-ups and automatically retract the awnings.
For further questions about retractable awnings and wind or snow damage, please contact us at Wyoming Roofing. Our experienced awnings experts will be more than happy to visit your home and help you understand how these accessories can make your Sheridan, WY home more habitable.