How to Install a Stationary Awning

What You'll Need
Step ladder or multi-purpose ladder
Large level
Mounting hardware
Measuring tape
Socket and ratchet set
Drill and drill bit set
Caulking gun
Carpenter's pencil
Machine screws

A stationary awning is one that doesn't retract and remains fully extended all year round. This type of awning is ideal for climates with little or light snow, since the weight of the snow can potentially tear the fabric. Follow these general steps to install a stationary awning in a few hours. Keep in mind, these are general guidelines and the steps can vary between manufacturers and supplied parts. Get an assistant to make the job easier and follow the manufacturer's suggestions regarding bit size and type of caulk required.

Step 1 - Position the Awning

Lay the awning on a flat, even surface. Use the measuring tape to determine its length and use the carpenter's pencil to clearly mark the center of the awning. The best way to guarantee your measurements are accurate is to measure the unit's wire frame. Measure the width of the door to find the center. Mark the precise center of the door on the wall above it, using a carpenter's pencil. Measure between 74 and 84 inches from the ground at the base of the door. Mark this measurement in several places above the door. Get your assistant and position the awning, with the base along the 74 to 84 inch line and the center marks aligned. Hold the awning in place and get the assistant to open and close the door, to make sure the awning doesn't get in the way. Check to make sure the awning position is level. Slight level adjustments, if necessary, can be made in the final step. Take the awning down.

Step 2 - Prepare the Mounting Bar

Position a step ladder for you and your assistant. Raise the mounting bar. (The average stationary awning is installed with a mounting bar, but other options such as tabs are also used. If tabs are used, follow the same steps and position the tabs according to manufacturer's instructions.) Hold the bar steady and mark where the mounting hardware will go with the pencil. Measure to make sure the position is correct. Take down the bar and on a flat surface install any hooks or brackets to the ends of the bar if necessary. Follow the installation manual for specifics.  TIP: After you've installed the mounting bar, caulk around the brackets to reduce the chance of moisture getting behind the bar and causing it to rust.

Step 3 - Install the Hardware

Measure the position of the mounting bar brackets again. Attach the support arms (sometimes called canopy rafters) to the brackets already mounted on one edge of the canopy, being very careful not to tear the canopy fabric. Repeat on the other side. Properly orient the outside canopy supports. Attach them to the pre-installed front rim, the top trim and the center trim.

Step 4 - Hang the Canopy

Attach any remaining brackets. The number will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. By this stage you'll usually only have two remaining ones which will be attached to the house. Mount the top trim. Attach the brackets to the house making sure the screws fully penetrate the sheathing. Attach support arms according to manufacturer's instructions. Lock the back trim using the machine screws.