How to Install a Fixed Awning

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Step ladder
Carpenter's level
Drill bits
Socket wrench set
Caulking gun

Even though you may not have had experience installing a fixed awning, you should have no trouble installing your first awning. If you measure accurately, and if you make your awning secure and level, you should be happy with the results. Here's a few installation steps you can follow.

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Step 1 – Take Measurements

To avoid damaging your door and awning when opening the door after your awning has been installed, use a measuring tape to find the center of the door over which the awning will be hung. Then, find the awning center point. Measure carefully. Otherwise, you could not only damage the awning and door, but an incorrectly installed awning could interfere with the opening of your door.

Step 2 – Mark Your Door and Awning Measurements

Measure and mark 3 measurements:

  1. Door center
  2. Awning center
  3. Floor to awning bottom (74 inches to 84 inches)

When you have made your marks, have a helper hold the awning in place at the marks you made. Check the awning and door for clearance when the door is opened. Be sure the measurements you took will allow for the door to open and close freely without interference or binding from the awning. If there is not the required spacing there, make the necessary adjustments before attaching your mounting bar.

Step 3 – Attach Your Mounting Bar

Place your mounting bar into position. Once you check to be sure it is level, fasten it at both ends with screws or other hardware that came with the awning. Connect all other mounting bolts included in your awning package, then use caulking at the mounting bar edges to keep insects and moisture from entering the space behind the bar.

Step 4 – Install Awning Hardware

To the camel back bracket on the canopy edge rafter located at the awning front, connect the awning support arms. Then, connect awning canopy rafters to the front edge trim, connect outer rafter to the top trim, and connect center canopy to front trim and top trim.

Step 5 – Mount the Canopy onto the House

To the support arm ends, attach the remaining 2 camel back brackets. When you've made your required adjustments you will then attach these brackets to the house. Now, in the mounting bracket's channel, mount the top trim. Make adjustments to let the awning hang. Once mounted, the trim will remain fastened securely in the channel. At this point, you can attach the camel back brackets to the exterior wall of your house. For a more secure attachment of the brackets, be sure the mounting screws are long enough to go through the surface sheathing of the house and are driven securely into the house wall. Next, connect the support arms to the brackets. Finally, secure the back trim to the mounting trim.

Step 6 – Make Needed Adjustments

Adjust level if necessary by tweeking the awning's adjustment bolts. To make needed adjustments, loosen the lock nut and move the adjustment screw enough to adjust the canopy to make it level. Then tighten the nut again when you have the adjustment you need.