How to Build Rain Proof Awnings

What You'll Need
A length of water-proof fabric, such as PVC or plastic canvas
Needle and thread
Drill and drill bits
Hooks and grommets
Metal loops
Metal poles

Awnings can be used for a number of reasons: to save energy by protecting rooms from sunlight, to shade parts of the garden, and to provide a protective barrier against the rain. Buying awnings from a store can blow the budget for the whole year, as some special forms of awnings cost thousands of dollars, and then you need to add the cost of having them installed. Rather than spending all that money on something that you can make, why not build and install your own rain-proof awnings, and protect yourself from the weather.

Step 1 - Preparing the Fabric

In order to make the awnings as rainproof as possible, you will need to make them from waterproof material, such as plastic canvas, or PVC. Craft shops may also sell material used for making waterproof clothes. Once you have the right kind of cloth, cut it to the right size: measure the window where you would like the awning to go, and cut the fabric so that it is slightly larger. Sew hems around each side of the fabric.

Place grommets into each of the corners of the canvas, and then add a metal ring to each of the corners that will be connected to the house. Put metal rings that fit over your metal poles onto the grommets at the opposite end.

Step 2 - Preparing the Wall

Decide how far up the wall you want the awnings to hang, and make sure that there are no vines or climbers attached to the wall and that the masonry is not cracked or crumbling. Using the drill, make holes along the mark where you will attach the awnings. Where the holes have been drilled into the wall, push or screw in hooks. Your awning will hang from these hooks, so make sure that they are securely placed in the holes. You may wish to use a screw socket in the holes first, as this will stop the holes from splitting and damaging the wall. A little way away from the wall, hammer your poles into the ground where you would like the awning to extend. You can also use PVC pipes for this; if you do not want to damage your lawn, you could use awnings poles, which have flat ends and stand upon the patio.

Step 3 - Installing the Awnings

Hang the two metal rings that belong to the hooks over them, and then allow your awning to hang down. Once the awning has been hanging for a few minutes (to remove any kicks or snarls in the fabric), hang the two metal rings that fit over the poles, and then attach some rope, or PVC cable string, to each of the grommets. Fix the rope to the ground using stakes or rope forks: using these ropes will help to keep the awning stable, and stop it from being caught by a gust of wind and ripped from the hooks.