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Old 01-12-2019, 08:57 AM   #1
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Canvas awnings and winter?


Not sure this is the best forum, but...


We've taken our canvas awnings that are the type on a pole that slide down a hole in the center of teak deck tables to a concrete base indoors every winter.


Now I''m wondering if that's really necessary.


Snow and freezing temperatures--it's really just cold water.


Anyone here a 'canvas expert'?


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Old 01-12-2019, 09:25 AM   #2
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Weight of accumulating snow leads to sagging and stretching and other loss of proper shape if not outright tearing.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:43 AM   #3
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The awning remains in the closed position so I'm not sure how much weight is a consideration?
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Re: Canvas awnings and winter?


Is that the big umbrella type awning? If so, wrap it in a tarp
and tie off with some cord.

We have sunbrella canvas chair cushions on our outdoor chairs.
We have them approximately 20 years.

We gather them up put them on the table (in November) and tie a
tarp around the table.
They stay dry all winter. When we uncover them (end of march) we
put them on the chairs and leave them out all season
without covering them.

You’ll get many years out of a good quality canvas if you protect it
from the ice and snow.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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Re: Canvas awnings and winter?


Never had one, but it feels as if the canvas was stored as such outside, even if through the winter, it could get moldy. I guess outside, covered, would be ok if you wash it in spring?
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If it is folded (collapsed) and covered in a tarp or waterproof cover (some come with) it should be fine. Bad things can happen when they are not covered because they can get stiff in the cold and any wind whipping them can cause damage.


Depending on the meaning of 'winter', cold air is relatively dry so there is little risk of mould so long as it was wrapped dry.


We are lucky to have a screened porch tho haul all our stuff into, and the cushions go into the storeroom.
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It's a big umbrella for the typical definition of an umbrella.


A lot of good points have been made.


No, mold isn't a problem. This is Evergreen, CO elevation 8,400'. It's cold and dry in the winter.


The tarp makes a ton of sense. Are we talking the typical blue, plastic tarps from Home Depot?


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Yes, typical blue tarps...we get ours from harbor freight.
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How about an Umbrella Cover?
https://www.the-cover-store.com/pati...mbrella-covers
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