7 preparations to carry out when setting up your awning

Your bespoke awning is a structure that will provide sanctuary in any weather condition. It’s a shelter from the wind and rain and shade from the sun. As the owner of an awning, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is correctly set up and ready for any events or activities. In order to make sure that your awning is prepared, you should have a list of safety checks that you must carry out whilst setting it up. Not sure how to set up an awning? Continue reading this helpful guide.

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How to set up an awning

If you’re wondering how to set up an awning or how to secure an awning, you’ve come to the right place! If you’re not sure what checks you need to carry out before setting up your awning, follow the below preparation tips and you’ll have your awning standing in no time.

  • Grounding
  • Location
  • Ventilation
  • Health and safety
  • General condition
  • Cleaning roofs
  • Cleaning PVC sheeting

Grounding

Knowing the type of ground you’re setting up your awning on is vitally important. If it’s on grass or soft ground, do you have the necessary equipment to keep your awning secure? You will need awning pegs for soft ground when on grass.

Make sure the pitch for your awning has good drainage in order to prevent water from pooling around your awning in a rain shower. If you’re on concrete ground where you’re unable to use ground pens to secure the awning, make sure that you have alternative securing options, such as a ballast tank.

Location

Try to avoid setting up your awning near trees to prevent any falling debris, such as branches, from damaging your awning sheeting. Make sure the pitch for your awning has good drainage to prevent a water build-up. Plus, if you’re setting up your awning in a paddock or arena, ensure that your awning isn’t blocking any exits or walkways.

Ventilation

Ventilation is also another important consideration when setting up your awning. Awnings are prone to condensation when exposed to hot and damp weather, especially when people congregate within the awning. This can become a health and safety issue so you must ensure that your awning has good airflow and ventilation to prevent condensation from becoming an issue.

Health and safety

Make sure that you’re adhering to all health and safety requirements when setting up your awning. Ensure that you are not blocking any walkways or emergency exits. Keep your awning away from anything that may be a potential fire risk, like open flames, fireworks, extreme heat and more.

Also, you should make sure that you have a big enough pitch to carry out what you’d like to do inside the awning. As the owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that conditions are not cramped or dangerous. This applies when you’re camping or using motorsport awnings.

General condition

You should regularly assess your awning frame and sheeting for any potential damage. It’s recommended that during wintery conditions, the area below is heated in order to prevent a large accumulation of snow on the roof. Regular checks before learning how to set up an awning will help to keep your awning in good condition.

Cleaning roofs

Your awning’s roof can be cleaned by hand using a soft sponge with lukewarm water. Use a mild washing powder for delicate fabrics and, after washing, the material must be allowed to completely dry.

Cleaning PVC sheeting

Your PVC sheeting can be cleaned with traffic film remover and a soft brush. After washing, leave the material until it is dry before packing it away.

Protect your awning

Awnings manufactured by The Awning Company are immensely strong and our PVC material is very long-lasting, but if you do have any issues with any damages, our after-sales team will always be happy to provide advice on taking care of your awning, and we also have a wide selection of spares if needed.

If you would like to find out more about GH awnings, and talk about how our range of bespoke awnings will suit your requirements, call us on 01204 544 900. You can also get a quote from The Awning Company with a simple call to our team. As one of the leading awning companies in the UK, we take pride in helping all of our customers achieve their awning dreams.