Awnings come in a variety of materials, and one of the more popular choices is an aluminum window awning. An awning refers to the overhang that many homeowners choose to install above the windows (and sometimes even doors). Awnings are not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial as they help to reduce energy costs and allow you to enjoy your privacy without affecting the home’s ventilation or light source.
Aluminum awnings offer a number of options in terms of style, shape, and budget, and you can easily customize them to match your home décor. In addition, aluminum awnings make for a durable window treatment solution that requires little to no maintenance in the long run. As a result, aluminum window awnings are considerably popular. Aluminum window awnings are also easy to install and do not require professional assistance. Usually, aluminum awnings are installed just over a window; however, in some cases, they can be placed a little below the gutter piping.
If you plan on installing an aluminum window awning on your own, here is a step-by-step guide on how you can do just that.
Prepare the Site for Install
Begin by inspecting the site of the install. You need to check for window frame stability. Over time, and due to wear and tear, the window frame loses shape and succumbs to cracks. Worse still is if the structural integrity is compromised. So, the first step is to check for frame rot and other such damage. If the window is in poor condition, you may have to replace it. Otherwise, simply clean and smooth the area before proceeding to the next step.
Install the Brackets
Once the location is ready, install supporting top brackets along with the top corners of the frame. This is a simple process. You simply need to fasten the brackets with screws through the window trim. Depending on the size and shape of the awning you may require additional support brackets over the window as well. You should use a level, tape measure, and pencil to mark the area where you will be attaching the brackets. Also, it is best to use a drill to make a hole for the screws before attaching the brackets.
Connect the Arms and Create the Awning Frame
Once the brackets are fastened, connect the stringer units to the end of each top bracket. The stringers will hang along the length of the awning. Next, attach the return arms. Affix one end of the arms to the wall and connect the free end of the return arm to the stringer units; these should fit in at the end of each unit. Once you have fastened each connection securely, you have the framework of the awning ready.
Place the Aluminum
Now that you have the awning frame ready, simply place the aluminum in between the stringers. Start at the top and stretch the aluminum down. Once you’ve covered the length of the frame secure them in place at the bottom. Your aluminum window awning is installed and ready for use.