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By: Thomas Teo

Many houses installed attractive awnings which is also practically protecting your home. In today’s market, there are many varieties of awning to meet different client needs. Awnings supplier provide products from basic window awnings to protect furnishings inside the room to retractable awnings for bigger area shading . To make sure your awnings stay in good condition and works well, regular care and awning maintenance is needed.

Start Your Awnings Care with Regular Cleaning
• If you found stains, take action as soon as possible. Stain such as dirt, bird droppings and any other stains that found on your awnings can easily be clean if you take action immediately.
• Brush away the dirt and trash off from your awnings regularly. You can use a stiff brush or a broom as the equipment to clean your awnings.
• Clean your awnings anytime you noticed the sign of dust increasing. The dirt can turn into mildew if you did not take action instantly.
• Use only water, mild soap and brush to clean your awning. Some awnings come with manual. Check it to see if there is any maintenance recommendation to clean the awnings.
• Do not use hot water to clean your awnings to avoid material spoiled by high temperature. Use only cold or lukewarm water. Air dry the awnings after washing.
• If you live in a warm and humid environment, a frequent cleaning is needed.

Maintaining Your Awnings for Longer Lifetime
Doing regular maintenance inspections of your awnings can assist you to identify and treats the problems with your awnings before it become serious.
• Plan a yearly inspection for your awnings. Check your awning frame to find out whether there is any rust or paint dropped off. Apply new paint on the area and rust area.
• Keep your frame clean and stay away from dirt to prevent the rusting. You can use a broom to brush off the dirt down from the frame.
• If you found any tears and rips on your awning, repair it as soon as possible. Wind and rain can increase the growth of tear rapidly.

Awning Storage
Giving your awning a proper storage is also as important as regular cleaning and maintenance.
• If you live in a four season country, consider of remove your awnings on winter, especially if your area receives lots of snow. This is to make sure your awnings do not carry heavy weight, so that your awning can use for longer period.
• Before storing your awnings, make sure it is clean to avoid mildew growing. Store it in a dry location for further protection.

By giving regular care and maintenance, your awnings can serve you for many years. It is easy to keep your awning clean and maintain it once a year. If you have no idea on how to maintain your awnings, consult your dealer for better solution. You can now enjoy your time under the awning and keep your furniture safe from damage by weather.

By: Thomas Teo


If you have a porch in your housing area, you would not want your car expose under the sun for long hours. Sometimes, you hardly get down the car if it is raining. When you wanted to rest outside your house, you afraid that the heat directly approach to you and hurt you skin. One of the good solutions is install awnings. An awning does not only functional as shade, but also serves as decoration of outdoor. To choose a suitable awning, we need to consider the factors below before purchasing.

Locations to Install Awning

We would think of parking lots, decks, and patios at the first place when came to planning install awnings. Awnings are also a perfect match with doors and windows. Installing awning for door s and windows can protect the elements from damaging by sun. Awnings can also provide shade and lower the temperature under the deck or patio. It can also protect your outdoor furniture from weather. Your room can also protect by awning to avoid the sun ray comes in directly.

Awning Functions

Awning is no longer a rare thing and getting more functional in this modern world. We can easily saw awning around even at the entrance of shopping mall parking bay. It is important to know the function of the awning, such as how extendable can it be. A retractable awning allows you to extend it when you need it to shade wider place, and retract them when you don’t. Some awnings are motorized. You can control the length of the shade by only pressing one button either inside or outside your home.


Awning Materials & Colors

There are many types of materials used to create awning, such as metal, polycarbonate, steel, glass, and canvas. For different occasion, different awning material is used for different purpose. For porch at home, the most common type of awning is polycarbonate. Polycarbonate allows the sunlight comes in without feeling the hits. You can now enter your house from porch without getting wet from rain. Most of the awning suppliers provide different colour for you to select to match your house renovation and colour theme. If the main purpose of installing awning is to reduce heat, it is recommend choosing light colour awning.


Awning Styles

For different location, awning serves with different function. You need to understand the functional issue such drainage, ventilation, weight requirements, and more. There are few types of awning style you can choose from: traditional straight-edges awnings with either open or closed sides, dome-style, waterfall, and semi-circular. Pooled water can be the place to grow bacteria and the weight can damage the awning. This is important because Malaysia is a tropical country and often rain.

If you are not sure how to choose a right awning system for your home, look for a professional awning supplier for consultation. Do compare the cost, quality, and service provide by different supplier before making decision. Remember to make measurement of the area you want to avoid installed unsuitable awnings.


In city, the place to live been limited and the price are high too. To get a place that are comfortable and affordable, we might need to move far from city. When you are looking for a new house, what is the important place you should look before deciding to buy? If you are looking on apartment, balcony is one of the important places you should look into, also if you are looking on landed house with balcony.

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Why railings for the balcony are are important?
The main purpose of using railings in balconies is to make sure the safety of house. It serves as the primary security of your house as guards if you don’t have a fence. It also became one of the outdoor decorations according to the materials and desire. While considering the design, we must also think of the function of balcony railing. It is suggested to choose design which is vertical pattern to avoid kids climbing up and also burglar climbing from outside. It is important to hire professionals to install balcony railing to ensure the safety of people who lean on it. All the bolts to the wall must install properly, also we need to check it regularly to make sure the bolts are not loose.

How should I choose the materials for my balcony railings?
To choose the materials for balcony railings, it should be strength and durable. Materials such as metals are commonly used as it can easily form into preferred design. Wrought iron is also another common materials used to build balcony railings. This can improve the resistance to rust and lower down the maintenance.


After knowing types and what we can do with grilles install in our home or shop, we can now consider about the materials. As we can see in Malaysia, most of the houses are installed with iron grilles on windows and door. Actually, there are three main types of steel grilles in the market for selection: mild steel, wrought iron, and stainless steel. Each of the materials has different advantages to meet your needs.

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Mild Steel Grilles
Mild steel grilles usually come with simple design, such as straight bars, or square grids with minimal fancy design.

There are two type of additional process to the grilles. Spray painted need maintenance by repaint it every 2 to 3 years due to the weather in Malaysia. For powder coated, the grilles will place into oven after spray painted to make sure the paint is permanently stayed on grille surface. A long lasting and climate resistant quality smooth surface created then.

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Wrought Iron Grilles
Wrought iron grilles are more popular this day. It actually mild steel grilles which do extra hammering process. That is why we can saw uneven texture on the surface. It gained a lot of popularity because there is variety of design available compared to mild steel.

Besides that, wrought iron grilles will not tarnish easily. The price of grilles depends on the design too. However, wrought iron grilles are thinner than mild steel grilles to create more shape design. The toughness is reduce and easy to saw through.


Stainless Steel Grilles
This is the most expensive materials to make a grille. Stainless steel grilles are very strong and do not tarnish. They only colour of stainless steel grilles is silver and the design are limited.

Choose the grilles according to the purpose and security level, but not only the attractiveness.


In Malaysia, crime is getting serious. One of the ways to strengthen the security is installing door grilles. There are two types of grille which you can choose from: external fixed grilles and internal fixed grilles.


External fixed grilles
We can often saw external fixed grilles installed on commercial building, basement windows, back streets windows, and alleyways windows. An external fixed grille was build with a steel frame with vertical welded bars which function as decorative style. The grilles usually installed side of the windows or onto the face brickwork.

If your windows is needed for emergency exit or it was the only windows in the room, it is not recommend installing external grilles. If you have no other choice, install external grilles which secured with padlocks. Do not forget where you place the key incase there is any emergency happened.

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Internal fixed grilles
This are more commonly found and given a wide range of designs, security level, and functions. Internal fixed grilles can be fitted into brickwork or onto window frame. It was usually design in diamond or square shape, and a flat bar is located to allow you to open and close the windows.

Other functions for fixed grilles
In Malaysia, it was 365 days of hot weather. We usually open the window to cooling our house. But, we always afraid to open windows at night because we worry someone will climb into our bed room. We can install a fanlight casement window to solve this problem above the windows or doors. We can also install alarm censor on the windows or door grilles.


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Looking backward, shutters and grilles is not a new thing, but was founded hundreds of years ago to improve security. In Britain, the shop front commonly used horizontal hinged wooden shutters instead had a glazing in the windows. They would hinge upwards the top shutter (larger shutter) to make it as a shelter and bottom shutter would hinge downwards to display items for sale.

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In the middle of 1800s, glass manufacturing cost fell and the glass duty tax was repealed. This sheered the expenses of glass, and glass start to use in most of the shop windows. Many wooden shutters were remained to protect the glass and the items behind.  Metal grilles began commonly used at night to secure the shop, and also allow people to view the goods display behind the window.  Wooden shutters at the domestic windows are also to keep warm and protect the expensive glass and item of the shop or home.

Although metal shutters in modern are for security purpose, but it has a sad story before it was commonly used by shop on the street. There are always riot happened on the street, until 1970s and early 1980s. Most of the shop owner received large amount of loss due to the item damage cause by the riots. In the modern, shutters and grilles are highly improved and provided different materials to meet different need.

By: Thomas Teo

Thing like autogate and fence required more maintenance effort as they are expose under the weather, no matter raining or sunshine. What can we do to maintain the condition of fence? By doing a good maintenance of fence, it can protect your home for long term.

Do Regular Cleaning
To clean wrought iron fence, prepare some dish cleaning liquid with some water and sponge or old clothes. You can use a spray to clean the ornate part of the fence for better cleaning effect. Use a old clothes to dry the fence . Use some wax to protect the paint on the fence. If there is any part was damage with scratch, sand it with steel wool and apply some rust-resistant metal paint.

Flaking or Bubbling Paint
If you found any flaking or bubbling paint, get it off from wrought iron using a brush. You must clean up the area before applying rust-retarding primmer. Finally, use a small brush or spray to apply rust-resistant paint.

Large Areas of Rust Spots
Sometimes, we might not realize the damage happened on the fence. If you see large areas of rust, you will need to repaint the fence. Use a wire brush to remove all the rust and flaking paint. For deeper rust, use a coarse file to clean it. After removing the damaged part, use rust remover and sandpaper to sand the surface. Use trisodium phosphate to to do final cleaning. After the fence dry, apply rust-inhibiting metal primmer and black rust-resistant metal paint.