How to Adjust Tension in Awnings

Enjoying the peaceful outdoor scenery while shaded from the hot sun underneath an awning is a calming summer image. Wind and other elements can, however, reek havoc on your shade. Adjusting the tension in your awning can help prevent damage.

Getting Started

Make sure your awning is deployed correctly. Damage can occur if the tension of the awning’s upper arm is too tight or too lose.

Adjusting the Awning

Fully unroll the awning and then slide the upper arm into position. While standing in front of the awning, pull the awning tube downward and toward yourself. With your free hand tighten the knob on the upper tensioning arm. Repeat this step with the other tensioning arm. The fabric should now be taut.

Using an Awning Stake

Your awning can be secured by using an awning stake and tie-down straps. These can be purchased as a kit. Follow the manufacture recommendations if choosing to use a kit.

Additional Reminders

Using a de-flapper can help prevent damage by providing tension. Leave one side of the awning slightly lower, when raising your awning to the desired height. By doing this any water that collects will drain off. This will reduce the weight on the awning and help ensure adequate tension is retained.