folding arm awnings sunshine coast

Are Retractable Awnings Waterproof?

If you’re looking to provide cover for an outdoor area, you might be wondering are retractable awnings waterproof? Retractable awnings are designed to provide temporary protection from rain, snow and wind, however, they are not technically waterproof. Our premium Australian-made awnings can be retracted so that they do not get damaged in heavy rain or storms and can be made from water-resistant materials to withstand showers.

Are Retractable Awnings Waterproof?

Retractable awnings are not thoroughly waterproof so it is important to make sure you look after them if there are extreme downpours or strong winds. Some fabric awnings may also have mildew or mould problems, but you can find ones made from water-resistant fabric which will resist these issues and provide long-term protection for your awning. There are a number of waterproof fabrics available, but these are not currently suitable for constructing an awning, so a different solution might be best for your outdoor space.

Choosing An Awning For Your Property

When choosing the perfect awning for your property, consider a retractable water-resistant fabric option if you are worried about wet weather conditions. Retractable awnings can also be a good idea if you live somewhere that is affected by storms or strong winds as you will be able to roll up the awning to prevent it from damage or corrosion. This also means you can roll it up before a rainstorm too if you are worried about water affecting your awning. It is also a good idea to choose a premium quality awning that has a guarantee, is water-resistant and has an automatic closing system to reduce the risk of damage.

Taking Care Of Retractable Awnings

Retractable awnings can last for up to ten years with specially treated fabrics or tough non-fade acrylic fabrics. It can be a good idea to clean your retractable awning once a year, and even if you live in a dry area it can be wise to choose a fabric that has water repellent treatment as this will protect the fabric from mildew and mould. You should also check your retractable awning before putting it away for winter or taking it down after summer so that any damage is not overlooked. At IQ Shutters, all of our premium custom-made retractable awnings are guaranteed for five years, so you don’t have to worry. Other ways you can look after your retractable shutters include

  • Clean and dry it with a cloth before storing or taking down the awning
  • Take down the awning during strong winds or heavy rainstorms
  • Apply fabric protector to waterproof your retractable awnings
  • Fold or roll up the shutters in order to prevent them from creasing and damaging

Awnings For Outdoor Areas

An awning is not waterproof but will provide temporary protection from rain, snow and wind if you need to cover an area for an event or occasion. You can retract the awning to protect it from heavy rain or storm damage, with a five-year guarantee at IQ Shutters.