We’ve endured a lot of snow in the Northeast region this winter, so it’s safe to assume that your roof tops, patio furniture, and awnings are coated in white. And while it may look beautiful in your yard, snow can actually wreak havoc on your awning.

Although many types of awnings are made to withstand strong weather conditions, there are several drawbacks to not removing snow after a storm:

  • Mold and Mildew
  • Sagging
  • Rips and tears

That being said, it’s important that you get that snow off your awning before something bad happens. But using your shovel is one of the worst mistakes you can make, as awnings need to be handled with care. Try these methods instead:

Sweep - Use a snow broom with soft bristles to remove the heaviest accumulation first.

Leaf Blower - If light flurries are in the forecast, no need to sweep away inches of snow. Instead, grab a leaf blower to blast away those tiny particles of moisture (before they freeze up).

Roof Rake - For metal or steel awnings, use a roof rake to clear away the snow, as this type of awning is strong enough to handle raking.

Hose - Hose down dirt after you’ve cleared away the snow for optimal results. Especially if you experienced a blizzard recently, it’s common for dirt and debris to get blown around. And if you don’t remove as soon as possible, the debris can damage your awning.  

As a safety precaution, always be sure you have a ladder and another person nearby while removing snow from your roof. Have questions about caring for your awning? Turn to Dean Custom Awnings! We offer several awning solutions and installations, plus a lifetime frame warranty! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 or visit us on the web