Replace the awning fabric

Awnings are the optimal shade dispensers and have been widely used for decades. But with age, the awning wears increasingly. Therefore, it should be renewed regularly at long-term intervals. Below you will find instructions for changing the awning, but we will also explain the technical terms.

After 10 to 15 years, the awning fabric is worn

For many decades, awnings have enjoyed enormous popularity. This is always a large inventory of awnings available that have already gotten a bit old. Usually you can see them on the soiled cloth. In addition to black-brown dirt particles, algal deposits are also spreading. In addition, the fabric does not stretch properly - the awning looks worn and worn out.

The cloth of the awning can be changed

However, awnings are not exactly among the cheap disposable products. Renewing the awning fabric is always worthwhile. In addition, you can also "bring a breath of fresh air" to your terrace by adjusting the fabric design to current trends. Although replacing the awning fabric is easy, there are technical terms for certain parts that are not heard every day.

The technical terms around awning cloths and fasteners

Especially the male colleagues are rather unfamiliar with it. So that you actually know what we are describing in our subsequent assembly to replace the awning fabric, you will now be given an explanation of the most important technical terms.

  • piping
  • tentrail
  • flounce
  • Saumrohr
  • Keder or cloth shaft

Piping, piping and piping rail

A piping is a leather or rubber band that is sewn into the fabric. It is inserted longitudinally in the so-called piping rail in the awning or Kederrolle or in the seam tube. There are also piping in awnings, which need not be inserted into the sewn fabric. There are also systems that are plugged. You will find two piping on the awning fabric:

  • at the awning roller (also cloth or inner keder wave)
  • at the front end of the cloth in the shape of the seam tube

Valance, hemstitch and cloth shaft

At the tailpipe also a valance is inserted. So there are two piping rails on the seam tube. A valance, sometimes called jabot, is an additional trimming. In the case of the awning, this trimming is also inserted into the hem role (in the Kedernut) and then hangs down like a trimming. Often the lower end is wavy cut in awnings, the fabric may also be more pleasing.

Kederband or Kederleiste (rail)

Depending on the system that is available to you, you may also need to pull the piping strip into the respective sewn (folded) tissue chamber. You can easily insert only one plastic piping.

To change the cloth, the shaft must be removed

The following instructions only describe the replacement of the awning fabric. For this purpose, however, the awning must be expanded. You will find this guide by following the link. Background for a separate removal instructions is the effort that can be associated with it especially in motorized awnings. So you can make the complete disassembly and the fabric renewal clearer.

Step-by-step instructions for replacing the awning fabric

  • new awning fabric
  • Cedar bands or piping rails
  • flounce
  • a sturdy rope to secure the awning arms
  • possibly a pair of pliers
  • screwdriver

1. Preparatory work

Extend the awning about 25 to 30 cm. If you have set the awning correctly, the two kinks of the movable aluminum arms of the awning are exactly opposite (here we explain the setting of an awning). Once the awning has been extended so far, secure the position with the rope. To do this, attach both ends to the bend of the arms (or lay the rope around it like a sling). The rope must be stretched exactly in this position.

2. Remove awning fabric

a) Remove hem roller or hem bar

At the ends of the hemstitch are end caps, which are either screwed or plugged. These must be removed. Now you can pull out the valance at the piping. Then pull the hem roller out of the welt of the awning fabric.

b) Remove the cloth shaft

To pull out the piping on the cloth shaft, you must remove the awning roller. Follow the separate instructions to which we referred before. Then roll the old cloth off the roll. Then pull the Kederband from the Kedernische here as well.

3. Make awning fabric ready for installation

Depending on how the piping system was designed for your awning, you must first insert the piping strip or the piping rail back into the recut hem. With cleanly worked awning fabrics, there is a "W" or "wave" on the side, which is pushed onto the canvas shaft.

Otherwise, it is the coarsely cut and not stitched fabric end. Pulling in the piping can be a bit tedious. It is best to use a long stick (bamboo, for example) or, alternatively, with the supplied hard curb strip.

4. Install the cloth

In principle, all work is now carried out the same way as when removing - only in reverse order. So you first pull the piping into the cloth shaft. Then the marker roll is installed and the cloth rolled up clean as far as necessary. Now comes the hem on the hem bar's turn. Finally, the valance is pushed into the designated Kedergasse.

Now turn the cloth a bit on the roller so that the safety ropes are free. These are now removed. Now the awning is rolled out another piece until the fabric is stretched. If you have done everything right, the fabric is stretched and the two kinks of the arms are exactly opposite. By moving the drop profile, you can stretch the fabric even further. Fits everything, now all caps and caps are attached again.

Tips & Tricks

If the removal of the awning roller means too much work and who wants to do without it the next time, can also use so-called magnetic claw or a Velcro. For this you must follow the installation instructions of the respective manufacturer. In that case, the canvas shaft will no longer have to be removed in the future.

Video Board: Replacing a Retractable Awning's Fabric - Removal & Installation