If the idea of hanging out with your friends and family on your patio regardless of what time of year it is and what the weather is doing, is even remotely appealing, your thoughts have probably drifted toward a patio awning at one time or another.
And the more you’ve thought about it, the more appealing the idea of installing an awning has started to become. The right patio awning will keep you dry when the rain arrives and sheltered and safe from the sun’s rays when the temperatures start to sky-rocket. But fitting that patio awning? That’s where the fun really begins.
You’ve probably seen free-standing awnings and, chances are, you may have even thought about maybe installing one on your patio and using it to provide all the cover that you’ll need.
And for the most part, they’re a pretty good idea, Until the winds arrive, or someone has a few too many drinks in the afternoon sun and they either get blown or knocked over.
That’s why you need something a little more resilient and dependable. That’s why you need a permanent awning.
Okay, so the awning itself isn’t the permanent part of the set-up, but the frame that you’ll use to tie it to is.
The frame needs to be bolted and fixed to the decking that covers your patio, and almost every garden center or hardware store can either sell you a frame kit so that you can do it yourself or they’ll sell you the frame and give you the details of a certified installer that can fit it for you.
Before you do install the frame (which usually consists of metal or wood beams that are fixed into place), remember that it’s permanent.
It’s going to be a part of your decking forever. You can tie the awning in place and leave it up all year round, or you can take it down and use it when you want to and when you feel like enjoying some time in your yard and on your patio.
But the frame, that’s going to be there all the time, so before you go wild and pick the first one you see, always take the time to do a little research and due diligence to find the right (and if you’re going to install it yourself, easiest to fit) frame for your patio.
How Are Retractable Awnings Installed?
Retractable awnings are a completely different kettle of fish from patio awnings and with a little know-how, can be easily installed, or fitted to the wall, the roof, the soffit (eaves), or the fascia boards (the panel between the roof and the eaves) of a home.
They’re either motorized (meaning the refraction process is completely automated and all you have to do to engage or retract the awning is hit a button) or manually operated.
If you’re taken with the idea of a motorized, retractable awning then the easiest way to have one installed is to call in a professional and have them do it properly for you.
While, depending on the size of the retractable awning that you choose and how difficult it is to install, it’ll cost you anywhere between five hundred and three thousand dollars to have it fitted, the endless peace of mind that comes with knowing that the awning has been properly fitted is worth every cent.
Manually operated retractable awnings are somewhat easier to install, and anyone with a little engineering and practical knowledge should easily be able to bolt one to the outside of their home.
Having said that, installing and bolting an awning in place is a two or three (again depending on the size of the awning that you want to install) person as it’ll need to be held in place while someone fixes it to your chosen mounting point.
Even though they can be mounted pretty much anywhere and by anyone, if you are going to do the job yourself, make sure you’ve spent a little time immersing yourself in how to do it (there are numerous tutorials available on YouTube) before undertaking the task, and always be aware of exactly how space you have before purchasing, and attempting to install the awning.
How Do You Attach An Awning To A Brick Wall?
If you’re going to attach an awning to a brick wall, all you need tool-wise are a hammer drill, a hammer, and a level piece of two by four. The brackets and concrete mounts that you’ll need to hang the awning from should be supplied with the awning you’ve chosen.
Carefully measure the distance between the mounting points on the awning, and then measure the same distance on your wall – one end of the distance you’re going to measure is for one bracket and the endpoint is where you’re going to fit the other bracket.
Once you’ve measured the distance twice, and are sure that the mounting points at both ends are level with each other, use a correctly sized bit (just take one of the concrete mounts into any hardware store and they’ll sell you the bit that you’ll need) on your hammer drill to make the holes for your concrete mounts in the brickwork.
Hammer the concrete mounts (gently and carefully) into the holes that you’ve just drilled into the brick wall. Then, fit the brackets onto the mounting point. When the brackets are in place, and with the help of a friend or two, hang the awning from the brackets.
It’s that simple. But before you go crazy and rush headlong into the job, take your time to run through every step mentally in order to fully prepare yourself for the job that you’re about to do. Go slow and all will be well.
What Is An Awning On A House?
An awning is a purpose-designed secondary covering that is mounted to or is part of the original design and construction of a house that provides a sheltered area for the residents to enjoy spending time outside without having to worry about getting burned by the sun or drenched by a sudden downpour.