Patio Awning Fabric Replacement
As these two images clearly show, after 14 years of use and abuse, I believe I got my money’s worth out of this original awning fabric.
For the last two years the awning has been held together with a hope and a prayer, plus a bit of wire and a lot of Gorilla Tape. Since I had a good experience with ShadePro last winter when I added two new window awnings, I figured I would wait until I returned here to the LTVA and have them do the patio awning fabric replacement. I called them Tuesday to set up an appointment and they scheduled me in for Friday of the same week. Remember that the largest influx of RV’ers here isn’t until after Christmas, so I imagine the wait time would be a little more after the holidays.
The ShadePro tech showed up on time, actually a little earlier than expected ( he did call me to let me know he was coming a little early, and to confirm directions ). He was very professional and personable and immediately set to work, extending the awning and began removing the aluminum rollup tube from the arms.
After removing the aluminum tube that the fabric rolls up on, he began cutting away my wire reinforcement attach points on the old torn fabric.
Next, he attached a rope and pulley that would allow him to slide the new fabric along the length of the track while standing at the front end feeding the fabric into the track ( thus turning a two man job into a one man job ).
All this while being diligently supervised by the motorhome’s resident expert.
Pulling the old fabric out of the track.
Attaching the rope and pulley system to the new fabric.
Sliding the new fabric down the track.
He then prepares the aluminum rollup tube to be inserted into the new fabric.
Inserts the aluminum tube …
… again under Sam’s supervision. Actually this is my gratuitous wildlife shot for the day. The hummingbirds were a little disturbed with the interference this project caused.
He reattaches the front arm to the awning.
Then the rear arm.
Rolls the awning up to test.
Rolls it back down. Finished! Done in less than an hour, old fabric boxed up and taken away, all the ground policed for job litter, tools loaded into the truck, paperwork completed ( I paid by credit card ), and he was on his way.
This was my second experience with ShadePro and I would not hesitate to recommend them. fast, courteous, professional, and very reasonably priced. I had a different tech for each job and both were obviously well trained and very professional, as well as being personable fellows.
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