Deciding you want to attach a patio awning to your house is the easy part. The installation is not difficult if you follow these simple steps. Usually the manufacturer will supply all the equipment and instructions that you need. These instructions are the same instructions that a professional installer would need to do the same job. Generally the installation takes a couple of hours and afterward you can enjoy your new space for years to come. Here are a few steps to get started but make sure you read all of the manufacturer’s instructions on your particular model before you start.
Step 1: Find a Good Spot
Make sure that you have an appropriate place for your patio awning. You want to make sure that it can be fully extended and retracted without anything getting in the way. Do you want the awning over a patio, window, or a door? Make these decisions early so that you don't have to start over if you change your mind later.
Step 2: Decide on Material
Determine what type of material you will want to use for your patio awning. Materials come in different strengths and textures. Do you want an awning that only shades you from the sun, or do you want an awning that also keeps the rain off of your space? Canvas and marine fabric are the most common types of materials used. They can be treated to be weatherproof. Some people would rather have a light weight mesh to shade the area, and other still will want an aluminum material for permanence.
Step 3: Choose an Extension Length
Decide how big you need your awning to extend. It can extend as little as 1 foot or as far as 13 feet depending on your needs. Larger patio awnings may require permits or permission from the zoning board. A small awning will generally not have these problems.
Step 4: Retractable or Fixed
A lateral arm retractable awning will allow you to extend your awning without needing extra supports. These awnings only need one attachment to the house on the wall. Many times just four support brackets are required on the wall.
Step 5: Mounting Options
Although it is a two-person job because of the width of most awnings, they are not heavy or difficult to install yourself. If you do not have room to mount one on the wall, mount it on top of the roof edge or hidden under the roof overhang.
Step 6: Manual or Electric Operation
If you want to make extending and retracting your awning easier, you might want to install an electric motor. These are simple to install, but not necessary if you want to manually open and close the awning.
Step 7: Finishing Touches for Comfort
Once you have your awning up and operational, consider whether or not you have an issue with bugs at your site. You have just created a perfect spot for lounging and relaxing but you don't want to have to worry about swatting insects who are out to ruin your peace and quiet. You can attach some open screen sides to your awning.