How to Install a Retractable Patio Awning How to Install a Retractable Patio Awning

What You'll Need
Stud finder
Wrenches
Chalk line
Sealant
Drill
Drill bits
Level
Retractable awning

Installing a retractable patio awning is not a hard thing thing to do, even if you have never done it before. Here are a few tools and materials to use along with some steps to help guide you along the way.

Step 1 - Decide Where You Want the Awning

Deciding how high you want to put your awning will have to do with how big it is, along with the pitch. You can add the pitch height to the height of the front rail to decide how high you are going to want your mounting height to be. When you make that decision, you can use the chalk line to snap the chalk on the height that you want to install your awning.

Step 2 - Prepare the Area

Use your stud finder to find the structural elements of the wall on which you want to mount the awning. Many times you are going to have to find the inside studs and then use those measurements to mark the outside. It is important to make sure that you are marking where the studs are so that you can install the awning into them. When the weather is bad and the wind blows hard, you will need to make sure that the awning is secure and bolted in so that it doesn't blow away.

Step 3 - Drill

Now that you have decided where to put the awning and have marked out all of the spaces, you can drill into the center of the studs. Use the chalk again to make marks so that you can find a straight edge to use for installation. Then use the sealant to fill any of the other holes that you either made in error or that you find along the way. This is also a good time to make sure that you have a sturdy structure to start on and that anything that needs to be replaced is.

Step 4 - Mount Brackets

The awning should come with brackets and if it doesn't you can find them at your local hardware store. Use a drill to mount the brackets into the wall where you previously marked. Depending on the size and weight of your awning, you may want to consider more or thicker brackets. Where you live will play into this decision as well. If you live in an area that gets a lot of wind, rain and snow then you will want to use brackets that are a little bit more sturdy than others may be.

Step 5 - Insert Awning

Now that the brackets are put up and ready, you can install both the hood of the awning and the bars. This part of the installation process will depend a little bit on the type of awning you buy and you may have to consult the manual but it should be pretty easy to understand and put together from there.

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