Installing an awning yourself can be a fairly difficult task, but with the right tools, approach and precautions it is one that an avid DIY-er can tackle themselves in a single weekend.
What follows is our awning installation guide:
What You Will Need To Install Your Awning
Before starting this project, you will need the following supplies.
- Your awning
- A strong ladder
- Eye protection
- Tape measure
- Drill with drill bits
- Sockets and ratchet
- Caulk and caulking gun
- Mounting hardware
- A helper to provide an extra pair of hands
Measuring for Your Awning
The two main measurements that you will need to be aware of are the centre of the door, and the centre of the awning. After that you will need to ensure that the awning has enough room to open, so take note of the available space beyond your door. If you have limited space and do not make this measurement, you could end up damaging your awning through bumps and scrapes.
When you are sure you have enough space, you can start to mark up where your awning will sit. Measure seventy to eighty inches up from the floor so your awning sits above your door. When you have found your measurement, make a marking. This will be the line that the bottom of your awning sits on.
With your helper, lift the awning to the bottom line and check that you are happy with the height. From here you can also ensure that there is enough space for you to open your door.
Installing Your Awning
Your awning will come with a mounting bar which is installed onto your wall. To install the mounting, you will need to:
- Put the mounting bar in place making note of your measurements
- Make sure your mounting bar is level
- Keep the bolt head on the outside to avoid fabric ripping
- Repeat on other side
- Attach your canopy rafters to the front edge trim keeping canopy supports on the outside of the rafter
- Attach the outer canopy to the awning top rim
- Move the centre canopy rafter and attach to the front trim and the top trim
Adding the canopy
- Attach the canopy to the brackets
- Mount the top trim to the mounting bracket
- Mount your brackets to your house, ensuring the screws are properly attached
- Add your support arms
- Lock the back trim to the mounting trim
Whilst these steps provide general guidance, before attempting installation yourself we recommend that you check manufacturers guidelines first. Particularly as in some circumstances, poor installation leading to awning damage may result in affecting your manufacturers warranty.
If you feel an awning installation is a job best left to the experts, Just Awnings are here to help. We supply high quality awnings and offer a fast, high quality installation service that will have your new awning up and ready to use with the minimum amount of fuss. To find out more please feel free to contact Just Awnings on 01932 300450 or send us an enquiry.