An awning is very useful in providing some shade inside and outside the home depending on where it is installed. Besides this, an awning can help prevent fading of upholstery and furniture as well as protection from the elements. Putting in or installing an awning is a very inexpensive proposition and is a simple process as well. Awnings can come in a variety of materials and can be either fixed or retractable. They are also available in different colors so you can choose the one which will go best with your existing décor and not be a sight to sore eyes!
You want to improve your surroundings, not undermine them.
Permits are required for some types of awnings and you will have to check city regulations and find out how it is in your area. If a permit is required, you should have it in hand before you proceed with the installation process. You will then have to make a list of all the supplies you will need for your project before you begin the first step. Well, being organized is always the first step and knowing what you need.
1.Making Sure Everything is Level
Putting up an awning is simple work and the key is to obtaining the measurements as well as leveling just right. If you have someone to help you out, the work is bound to be done in a shorter time. Well, if you choose someone who only wants to stand around and drink some refreshments, perhaps leave them out of this project.
2.Design and Tools
The first step would be to finalize the awning that you want. All awnings have a minimum mounting height and you can also choose the color and material that you want. When choosing your awning, you will have to keep your budget in mind as well. No specialized tools are required for the installation and you are sure to have most of these if you are someone who regularly takes up home improvement projects. A tape measure, level, ladder, drill, protective gear, caulking gun, sockets, and mounting hardware are some of the things that you will need.
3.Getting the Right Measurements
It is important that all the measurements are accurate and precise. If the awning will be over a door, then it has to be affixed right at the center in such a way that it does not impede the movement of the door. This will also ensure that the awning is not damaged in any manner when the door is used. You can first hold up the awning and run a check before proceeding with the marking.
The installation methods for awnings will depend on which kind you have purchased. The awnings usually come with manufacturer’s instructions and following them will help you get your work done in a jiffy; if not in a short time, it will certainly help prevent any dramatic errors during the construction process. Some might have mounting bars while others come with mounting tabs. Firstly, these will have to be put up and fixed in place tightly. Brackets and canopy rafters will also have to be affixed to help support the canopy. The canopy is mounted last, after all the other fixtures are in place. Awnings made by reputed companies will have bolts which can be adjusted to ensure uniformity of the canopy. If this is not done, you might see the canopy sagging at one end.
5.Care and Precautions
Your responsibility does not end with the installation of the awning. Regular care and maintenance is essential to ensure that the awning lasts a long time and does not give you any problems. Awnings are made of materials that can withstand all types of weather and the right care can give them a very long life. If there are any kinds of stains on the material, you can wash or wipe them off as soon as possible to prevent any damage. If there are any hook shafts or joints, especially in the retractable awnings, these should be lubricated every few months to ensure smooth movement. The frame can be wiped down with soap and water as also the fabric on the awning. Cleaning these annually should do the trick, or certainly before you have a number of guests over. Some manufacturers also provide awning bags which can be used to store them during rainy weather or during the winter.
Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you obtain a nice awning for your home and save some energy costs in the process. Spring might be an ideal and fabulous time to get this work done if you have been postponing it for some time or throughout the cold and bitter winter months. You may not want to wait to the middle of the summer since the heat can be brutal.
Permits are required for some types of awnings and you will have to check city regulations and find out how it is in your area.