Safety Tips for Using Power Washers

Pressure washers can be the perfect tool for cleaning things, such as aluminum awnings, that are not too delicate and that are otherwise difficult to clean in conventional ways. Many people use them to clean driveways, the outside of their home, their boats, cars, etc. Others use them to clean their awnings and pergolas. Here are some tips to safely and effectively use a pressure or power washer to clean your aluminum awning.

  • Presoak the surface first: Using a detergent, degreaser, or chemical presoak, wet the surface of the awning or other object first. By presoaking the surface first you will save time and cost.
  • Choose the proper nozzle type: The two factors to be considered when choosing the correct nozzle are the nozzle orifice size and the spray angle. Larger nozzle sizes will decrease your PSI (pounds per square inch). The flow however, will remain the same. Choices for spray angles range from zero to 65-degrees. Twenty-five degree angles fit the natural wash pattern in most situations.
  • Only use chemicals approved for power washer use: Unapproved detergents may not only harm the environment, they may also damage the components of your pressure washer as well as the object to be washed.
  • Carefully plan what you are about to clean: Is what you are about to clean too fragile for power washer use? Objects like windows, vents, light fixtures, etc. may be too delicate to be cleaned by a power washer.
  • Read the entire pressure washer user manual: The safety manual for your pressure washer will contain information that is designed to keep you safe and
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  • Avoid ladders and working high off the ground: The kickback produced by a pressure washer can be dangerous and cause you to fall backwards.
  • Wear personal protective equipment: Wear gloves, goggles, boots, etc. in order to minimize the risk of injury.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: When power washing your awning or any other structure, take a few minutes to scan your environment. Are children, pets, passing cars, slippery surfaces, electrical wires and power lines nearby? Be careful and know what risks may await you.

In short, if you choose to use a pressure washer to clean your awning, be sure to take the necessary precautions. Our Durawood construction material is one of the finest examples of weatherwood on the market. It can withstand rain, wind and sun and is attractive as well as practical. We offer lattice pergolas that are ornate and can easily be cleaned using a number of methods.

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10 Ways to Stormproof your Yard

Storms and the damage that they can do have been uppermost in the minds of most people around the country lately. Obviously this is because of the storms Harvey and Irma which followed quickly one after the other and caused catastrophic damage in some cases to parts of Texas, the Caribbean, Florida and the Keys. However, hurricanes and storms do not have to be as severe as these were in order to cause damage to your

 property. Particularly vulnerable are our patios and yards. West Coast Awnings would like to offer you some tips on how to prepare your aluminum patio covers in Sacramento for the rainy months fast approaching.  

  • Clean up all loose branches and debris: These could later become projectiles during aluminum patio covers in Sacramentohigh winds.
  • Make sure the gutter on your house and patio cover are cleaned out: The leaves that get trapped in the gutters after Fall create a huge problem and hinder proper draining of water.  Therefore, make sure the gutters are clean of any leaves, branches or debris and that will save you from unwanted leaks.
  • Pay attention to weather bulletins: The more time you have to prepare for a weather a event the better off you will be.  
  • Have trees tree limbs that are close to power lines cut down: Call the power company to do this as doing so yourself could lead to electrocution.
  • Shelter Your Waste Containers: Waste from an unsecured container could end up in the sewer system in the event of a storm or hurricane. At the first sign of a severe storm or hurricane, bring them inside or secure them with duct tape.  
  • Be sure to bring in lawn chairs, coolers, kids toys, gardening tools, etc.: These items can also service as projectiles in the event of a hurricane.
  • Examine the drainage system near your yard: Examine the drainage holes on your garden wall for twigs, leaves and other debris.
  • Use heavier mulch: Flooding will spread light mulch chips all over the place. Use heavier, man-made mulches for better protection against flooding.
  • Build soakaways: For areas in your yard that are susceptible to waterlogging a soakaway helps to channel the flow of excess water. Make a soakaway pit and fortify it with rubble or gravel. This will prevent soil erosion and protect your garden and your home.
  • Plant a rain garden:  A rain garden is a depression that allows rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, etc. They are also very good at preventing pollution from reaching creeks, streams and storm water systems.

In summary, although some damage is bound to happen during extreme weather events like the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, it is wise to be always prepared. Custom Awning covers Sacramento are a great way to be prepared for the weather ahead of us in the coming winter months.

Aluminum Cleaning Made Easy: 5 DIY Aluminum Cleaning Recipes for your Awning

 

Has your aluminum awning lost its shine? Are you anxious to restore it to its former brilliance? Well, if you are tired of tolerating a tarnished awning that only takes away from the beauty of your home, we have good news. You can restore aluminum that has lost its glow using a number of DIY cleaning solutions. They are all easy to prepare and relatively inexpensive. Here are just a few:

 

  • Vinegar or cream of tartar and water: Use this mixture in order to restore discolored aluminum. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to every quart of water used. (You can increase the concentration of cream of tartar or vinegar depending on how discolored the aluminum is.)
  • Several slices of lemon, water, and vinegar: The advantage to this recipe is that all of these items are readily available in most households. Mix 4 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a container or spray bottle. Rub the lemon on the surface of the aluminum and then use the solution for a rinse.
  • Mild dish liquid and water: For oil that has built up on aluminum, a degreaser is necessary. Mix the two together in order to remove mild stains.
  • Soap flakes, vinegar, baking soda and cream of tartar: Mix ¼ cup of flakes, ½ cup of vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup cream of tartar. Blend the solution into a paste. Apply this paste to the surface of the aluminum item with steel wool. Then rinse.
  • Laundry detergent and bleach: You will need this stronger solution if there is mildew or mold present.

 

Things to Remember when Cleaning Aluminum

 

It is important to also employ the right techniques when cleaning aluminum to optimize each cleaning. First, remember to clear the area of all things that may be damaged by whatever solution you use. With the exception of bleach, the above solutions are relatively mild, but take all necessary precautions. Next, clean from the top to the bottom to avoid cleaning the same spot over and over again. Finally, ask for help if needed.

 

In conclusion, the most important thing to remember is that although our aluminum patio awnings in Sacramento are very versatile and durable, they are not invulnerable. Clean your aluminum awnings regularly with one of the DIY solutions listed above or with store bought cleaner to prevent the buildup of tarnish, dirt, grime etc. These techniques also work on our aluminum trellis in Sacramento.

7 Common Myths about Aluminum Patio Covers

One of the greatest challenges we at WC Awnings in Sacramento face as a seller of high quality aluminum patio covers is dispelling the many myths that people hold about our product and about metal patio covers in general. Moreover, some people do not even know that aluminum patio covers are a viable alternative to wooden patio covers. We would like to take some time to push back against some common myths that surround our product so that consumers can make an informed choice when choosing to accessorize their patio.

  • Myth 1: Aluminum Patio Covers Are Unsightly: Many sites that promote their wooden patio covers advance this inaccurate notion about aluminum patio covers. With the styles, designs and colors that are available from WC Awnings, it is simply not true that aluminum patio covers are unsightly. We have a selection of patio cover types that range from Beachwood to Sienna, to Sandalwood and others. We can make your solid aluminum patio cover in Sacramento as attractive as any wood cover.
  • Myth 2: Aluminum Patio Covers Require Intense Maintenance. In fact, aluminum is a highly durable metal that is easy to maintain. Moreover, unlike wood it does not need to be sealed, stained etc.
  • Myth 3: Aluminum Patio Covers Increase the Likelihood of Lighting Strikes: In fact, it is rare that lightning strikes buildings directly. Moreover, metal conducts electricity. It is not an attractant.
  • Myth 4: Aluminum Patio Covers Rust Easily: Aluminum covers are resistant to corrosion and rust. Moreover, paint is added to our covers too as an added protection against rust.
  • Myth 5: Aluminum Patio Covers are Loud: Aluminum covers are quieter than you might think.
  • Myth 6: Aluminum Patio Covers are Easily Dented by Hail: Our aluminum covers are indeed capable of withstanding winds, snow, hail and other environmental conditions. They are stronger than wood patio covers in this regard.
  • Myth 7: Aluminum Patio Covers are simply too expensive: When factoring in the cost of an aluminum patio cover how long they will last, they can be surprisingly affordable. A well-made patio cover can last for many years saving you the cost of replacing it over and over again.

In short, aluminum patio covers are a practical alternative to wood patio covers. At WC Awnings we can accessorize your patio with an attractive and durable awning that will last many years. So, the next time you hear one of these myths about our product, you’ll be able to distinguish fact from fiction.

A Guide to Cleaning Your Aluminum Awning

As we have noted all throughout our site, aluminum is a particularly resilient metal. For example, it is highly resistant to heat, water and rust. However, aluminum is not indestructible. It can corrode if it is not properly maintained. It takes some care to protect aluminum in a manner that enhances its natural beauty and extends its life. Our louvered awning in Sacramento and our solid aluminum patio cover in Sacramento can be made to last for many years with the proper care and cleaning. That is why we recommend you take special care to learn how to mitigate the effects that mold, mildew and other containments summer can deposit onto your awning or patio cover. Here are some tips for cleaning aluminum.

  • Clean Regularly: Create and maintain a schedule and stick to it. Try cleaning your awning along with your aluminum siding, fence, etc., at least once a year. Dirt and other debris not only take away the beauty of your home, it can corrode aluminum over time.
  • Gather together the right gear: To start, you will need laundry detergent, bleach if there is mildew on the siding, water, a cleaning brush, gloves, protective eye wear, a hat, and a jacket.
  • Invest in a power washer: If you do not already own one, you should rent a power washer from your local home improvement store. They are useful for cleaning many kinds of structures outside your home such as fences, gates, terraces and of course awnings and patio covers.window
  • Rinse the surface before and after applying cleaning solution: Properly rinse and scrub the surface before applying the cleaning solution. Also, remember to set the power washer on a sufficiently low setting so as not to damage the structure.
  • Work from the top down: Scrub with a soft brush starting at the top and moving downward towards the bottom since runoff will always follow the flow of gravity. Also, if you need assistance when reaching high areas, do not hesitate asking someone for assistance.
  • Use proper technique: Spray water at an angle and in a steady motion.
  • Be patient: Decks, fences, railings, awnings and patio covers may take a while to dry after a thorough cleaning. Be patient and revel in the results.

Finally, the special care you take in creating and adhering to a regular cleaning schedule will pay off in the form of a lovely, attractive awning or patio cover that will last for years and that will increase the curb appeal of your home.

Interesting Facts about Aluminum

Many of us think of aluminum as only being useful for wrapping leftovers in but its uses are far more varied than that. It is in fact used in everything from soda cans to aircraft and automobile engines to the latest iPhone. Its ability to be integrated into a number of items is one of the reasons we use this material in manufacturing patio covers. Apart from its extreme adaptability, it is burn-resistant, won’t crack, peel, warp, rot, or attract termites. It is the perfect material for providing protection from the elements and for helping to beautify your home’s exterior. But what are some other details about this second most abundant metallic element that may be of interest to you our visitors? Here are some facts about this fascinating element.

  • Aluminum was unknown until it was discovered in 1825 by Hans Christian Ørsted. SONY DSCThis makes aluminum the youngest of the commercial metals.
  • More than 8% of the earth’s crust is made of aluminum.
  • The Washington Monument was once capped with an aluminum top because the metal was thought to be so precious.
  • Recycling one aluminum can, can save enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for hours.
  • Napoleon III considered aluminum to be more precious than gold.
  • Because of its strength, 20% of the world’s aluminum is used in the construction sector.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of aluminum at 45%.
  • Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are composed mainly of crystalline aluminum compounds.
  • Aluminum’s melting point is 1,220.58 degrees Fahrenheit (660.32 degrees Celsius).
  • As much as 75% of the aluminum ever made is still in use thanks to recycling.
  • There are hundreds of aluminum alloys that are mixed and used with other metals.
  • Aluminum makes iPhones and other mobile devices tick.
  • Sci-fi writer Jules Verne wrote about a rocket composed of aluminum in his famous novel “Journey to the Moon.”
  • Aluminum walls are 4x more insulating than brick walls.

Yes, aluminum is one of the most important and useful commercial metals. We craft it to be used in covers that protect and add class to your patio. We do so with our louvered awning in Sacramento and our custom patio awnings in Sacramento. Therefore, when you order an aluminum patio cover from us you are ordering a product made from a material that is environmentally friendly, resilient and highly adaptable.

Ideas for Outdoor Wedding Decorations

If spring is known for being the season of rebirth and renewal, then summer is equally well known for being the season for weddings. After all, what bride hasn’t at least contemplated holding this most special of ceremonies in the warmth of a bright, clear summer day? One of the many advantages of owning an aluminum trellis in Sacramento is that it – along with our aluminum patio awnings in Sacramento – can make a beautiful backdrop to a wedding ceremony. Here are a few ideas for creating lovely arches, trellis designs and altars for that special day.

 

  • Tie bunting and streamers to your trellis or archway to give your wedding a simple and rustic look.
  • Lettering sprawled across your archway or trellis with phrases such as “best day ever” or “dream wedding” or “my mate for life” make for a touching addition to any ceremony.
  • Create a natural look by covering your trellis with climbing plants like jasmine vine or wisteria. This will create a lovely display that will fit perfectly with the outdoor theme of the wedding.
  • For a modern but still natural looking arch/trellis, drape upon it orchid blossom. Also, try moving flower tones from dark to light across the trellis.
  • Create a simple yet striking design by tying ribbons all around your trellis. Pink and white are popular colors for weddings.
  • Create a truly romantic look by draping your trellis with roses, huckleberry, lemon leaf and seeded eucalyptus.
  • Drape a pair of white lace curtains around your trellis/archway to create a look of elegance. Lace is simple and clean looking and can be purchased from many retailers.
  • Give your ceremony a DIY touch by using simple paper garland tied to your trellis. Paper garland is inexpensive and comes in an infinite variety of colors. (White is probably best for a traditional wedding ceremony.)
  • Create a floral bouquet archway by using flowers such as roses, hydrangea and bougainvillea.

In short, wedding ceremonies are a labor of love but just like with love they take a lot of hard work to be successful. With a sturdy aluminum trellis you will have the beginnings of a lovely and unique wedding display. Whether you have professionals design your display or you take the DIY approach, we have awnings and trellises that will add a touch of panache to your summer wedding.

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