Installing awnings for your office is not actually as simple as it might seem at first. We often make several mistakes not only during installation but also when we take measurements and select the type we want to install. Remember, you don’t want to install office awnings for a “moderate” period of time but for as long as the product can potentially perform properly. Making mistakes during installation can lead to any or all of these drawbacks given below:
· Your office will not be protected against natural discomforts like vivid lights and overheating.
· You won’t be able to reap the benefit of natural air circulation.
· Pay for the mistakes with both money and time.
· Fail your office environment at the worst possible moments.
· Spend unforeseen expenses to either repair or replace.
Obviously making mistakes is not quite an option. So let’s take a look at the top 6 mistakes that you must avoid during office-awnings installations.
Mistake#1. Measuring before organizing
First thing we do before installing office awnings is measure the windows and/or doors. This is also where the first mistake happens. Your measurements need be almost-professional, precise and organized. For instance, to avoid confusion always measure width first then height and always use the same unit (inches is the best). Organize them in such a way (clockwise or anti-clockwise) so that you don’t have to check each record again and again to make sure that they’re accurate.
Mistake#2. Taking on more than you can
Most of us think “how hard can it be” when we start measuring and recording windows and doors for awnings. Problem is it does get hard when there’s too much things to measure and if you take on the task all by yourself, there’s almost complete certainty that you’re going to mess things up. Obviously it’s not because you can’t measure properly but it’s simply too hard to keep track of repetitive tasks so it’s best that you work at least in pair. This way one person will measure while the other one records and nether would be distracted. The whole process would then take only half the time you alone would’ve taken and also would be more accurate.
Mistake#3. Generalizing without knowing
This mistake is surprisingly common and people make this a bit too often. Most of us think that all the windows of our office are of the same size and thus they don’t need to be measured individually. Maintaining a standard for windows in an office space is obviously more professional and expectable but it doesn’t go that way most of the time. So if you order awnings for all the windows in your office without actually measuring them individually, you could potentially end up with awnings that are either too large or too small.
Mistake#4. Choosing the wrong awning
As we know there are mainly two types of awnings available in the market: fixed and retractable. Unlike retractable awnings fixed awnings are fixed in place with multiple stands and a frame and cannot be closed and opened as necessary. This isn’t always a disadvantage. You don’t need to get the retractable ones if the agents that cause damage, like sudden storms and heavy rains, to awnings are not so frequent in where your office is. However, if you ignore the fact that your awning will have to survive the outside environment and just decide to buy a fixed one to avoid extra complexities then you’ll be making a huge mistake.
Mistake#5. Focusing too much on prices
Measuring and recording are good and all but you should also make sure that your decision isn’t focusing on purchasing and installing costs too much. Naturally, fixed awnings cost less than retractable ones and cotton based materials cost less than synthetic based materials. Don’t get the idea that fixed cotton awnings are good for nothing but you must not consider them just because they cost the least. Cotton based materials don’t have enough resistance against heavy moisture and often break apart if left exposed to continual wet weather. On the other hand, you don’t need to purchase the most expensive if the awnings don’t need to stay put against gusts of wind, heavy rainfall or extra-bright sunlight.
When there’re just 2 or 3 awnings that need to be installed, we often prefer doing them ourselves. That’s good if you’re handy with this kind of things but do NOT jump to DIY tools if you don’t have similar experiences. Simply calling for professional expertise is enough to avoid this mistake.
The aforementioned are the worst common mistakes that we can do while installing awnings for offices but there are still others that you should consider. Remember, when in doubt, always go for professional supports.