Korinna Kriemhild. Patio & Pergola. June 18th , 2017.
An awning can be either fixed or retractable. A fixed awning, as its name suggests, stays in the same position all the time. It is usually some type of shade cloth fixed to a permanent frame of steel or aluminium. Retractable awnings can be swiftly stowed away, and are available in either powered or manually operated versions. In climates where permanent awnings must be dismantled at the approach of winter and erected again in spring, retractable awnings, which can be left in their cassette all year round, are especially useful.
Although I've seen it done, I don't think you want to be carrying trays of drinks down several steps. One step down to the patio, and another step or two from the patio to the backyard, is acceptable. Any more than that, and you should build a deck, or build a platform under the patio, because you will then have the ability to adjust the height of the deck or patio to the conditions.
Wipe down and scrub all the dirt and mould. It's hard work, but if you don't keep on top of the cleaning, metal surfaces will attract salt and corrode.
But such incidents are rare and we should not be controlled by external forces. We could always install a burglar alarm system. Having a trained guard dog is another way of keeping the place safe.
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