How to Install a Roll-Up Awning
Roll up awnings are simple to use and very effective at shielding the elements. As an added bonus, the material in roll up awnings can easily be swapped out to give a fresh look or added curb appeal to the house. As a decorative treatment they are durable and low maintenance coverings to go over doors, patios, decks and windows. Installing the awning can vary slightly from each manufacturer, but in general is a quick process. The help of an assistant can greatly ease large awning installation by holding up the other side of chalk lines, levels or mounting hardware.
- Roll up awning
- Chalk line
- stud finder
- Power drill
- Silicone Sealant
- Assistant (optional)
Step 1 - Familiarizing Yourself
Take out all the pieces and the instructions for you awning. Identify each piece, where it goes, and how it functions for the awning. Most all roll up awnings are simple machines when understood, but can be frustrating if malfunctioning some how. Since they will be mounted overhead, the best time to understand the mounting hardware and functioning of your awning is before it is installed.
Step 2 - Deciding How High
Determine the height the awning should sit at to be of the most effective use. Taking into account where the sun and wind often come from can greatly help this process. When you think you have selected the best place, it is often helpful to have another person step back from the house to view the location from a distance. Since the awning is large, it can be difficult to get the big picture while attempting to mount it and even more frustrating to have to adjust the placement once mounted.
Once height is determined, snap a chalk line across the expanse the awning will be mounted against. Check the chalk line with a level before snapping to avoid confusion with multiple lines. Assistance holding one end of the chalk line can increase success with large expanses.
Step 3 - Locate Studs
Use the stud finder to locate the structural supports along the chalk line. Joists, headers and studs all work. Once the studs have been found, use a fine drill bit to locate the outer edges of each stud by drilling small holes one inch below the chalk line. Use the outer edges to find the center of the stud and mark it with a long vertical line. Once found, fill all holes with silicone sealant.
Step 4 -Mounting Hardware
Use the mounting hardware provided and the instruction manual to decide exactly how far apart for the awning brackets to be placed. Screw the brackets into the studs along the vertical lines designating center. Next, install the hood onto the mounting hardware. Insert the bar into the mounting hardware and secure with the washers and bolts provided with the awning.
Step 5 - Adjust the Pitch
Unroll the awning and adjust the pitch to the desired slope. Consider rain, snow, and wind when deciding on the angle of the awning because these elements can have large effects on the structure.