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17 Nov 2020

How to protect your awning from frost?

The Brustor awnings are designed to withstand all weather conditions. Nonetheless, we do recommend being extra careful when it’s freezing outside.

The temperatures are dropping and it seems that winter is coming. We make all necessary preparations and store our garden furniture to make sure it doesn’t get frost damage. Although our awning systems are designed to withstand all weather conditions, we still recommend being extra careful during winter.

We advise you to close your awning at night, so that it is safely stored in its protective case and is not exposed to harsh weather conditions. Our patio roofs have different options to withstand these weather elements. Each option or function has its own purpose, whether it's to protect or enhance your outdoor space. The screens provide protection against wind, sun, and rain. Integrated water drainage keeps your terrace dry. Finally, the automatically operated slats adapt to your needs and to the weather conditions.

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Another important feature is the frost setting, designed to provide extra protection when the temperatures start to drop. This function ensures that the slats open automatically before it starts freezing. This is why we do not recommend storing garden furniture under a patio roof. You can turn off the frost function at any time and close the slats. However, we do recommend not to open the slats when it’s freezing to prevent permanent damage to the seals that keep the roof waterproof.

Connecting your sun protection to the Tahoma Smart Home system makes your life even more comfortable. Smart Home gives you full control over your awning, screen, or pergola via an app. If you leave your house and forget to close your awning, you can easily change this remotely using your smartphone or tablet.

We'd also like to give you a short maintenance guide to maintain your louvered terrace covering properly throughout all seasons.

Quick tips to make your patio roof look bright and shining all year round

If you own a Brustor patio roof, you can enjoy the great advantage of using it all year round, in every weather condition. The fully automatic slatted roof provides sun, shade, ventilation, and shelter at the touch of a button, making this the ideal outdoor solution.

Our pergolas are all made with the best materials and treated with a self-cleaning protective coating (quality coat), but they also need some maintenance to look good and function correctly. We've collected a few tips to make your pergola shine all year round.

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Main part: the roof

The roof is very sensitive to the outdoor elements, making it more vulnerable to dirt, especially when it is located underneath trees and plants. Over time, the roof will collect some dirt. This will not damage the aluminum material, but it is advisable to keep it clean and free of obstructions. The best way to do this is to completely tilt your slats and then remove any twigs and leaves that may prevent the slats from closing. If you also find acidic substances such as bird droppings or tree sap on the roof, clean this immediately to prevent damage to the coating.

Thanks to our Brustor cleaning set, cleaning an aluminum canopy is relatively easy. The job is done in four steps:

 

1. Dilute the Brustor 'Clean' cleaning agent with lukewarm water.

2. Soap the profiles thoroughly with a soft sponge or microfiber cloth and leave to soak for a while.

3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and dry the canopy with a lint-free cloth.

4. When everything is dry, rub the aluminum parts with Brustor 'Protect' for extra protection.

 

Ask your local dealer for the Brustor cleaning set.

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Cleaning the screens

If you opted for screens on the sides of your pergola, you can also clean this easily. Use a damp cloth or sponge and wipe the dirt away. You will notice that you don't have to do this very often because the fabric is covered with an advanced coating.

Thorough cleaning of the gutters

Finally, clean the gutters thoroughly and remove all dirt and leaves that have settled in the inner edge of the slatted roof. As soon as this has been cleared, you can remove any remaining dirt with a garden hammer. If your patio roof is surrounded by trees, keep an eye on the gutters, especially during autumn.

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Prepare your patio roof for the coming seasons and enjoy the outdoors all year round.