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How to Install a Retractable Awning on Your Home

By: Allen Lyle

Retractable awnings on a patio or deck allow you to control the amount of shade or sun either manually or with the touch of a button. They can be installed on the side of your house in a few hours to provide a shade canopy for up to 10 feet. Here’s how to go about installing a retractable awning:

  • Mark the location of the awning on the side of the house, making sure it is level.
  • Pop a caulk line to mark the position for the support brackets.
  • Attach the brackets to the house even with the chalk line, making sure they are plumb.
  • Lift the awning into place and bolt it to the brackets.
  • For motorized awnings, plug the cord into an electrical outlet and use the remote control to extend and retract the awning.


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  • Lin moyle Says:
    December 29th, 2018 at 4:17 am

    We are having problems installing our new instahut awning 4 x2.5 .
    The motor does not work on extension but will rewind but not auto stop…!! Help please
    It’s on the verandah and the hand crank is extremely awkward to use. But it’s the way to get the blind out

    We have another to put up but have had such problems with the first it’s scary

  • Clive hodgkinson Says:
    July 11th, 2018 at 4:40 am

    We have a wood frame house with brick skin that goes 4 courses higher than the door frames we wish to fit a heavy 4 metre Awning retractable but are worried as the brackets will be located on the last course but one worried weight will bring brick work down how can we add added protection to carry weight

  • Dee Says:
    May 8th, 2018 at 9:17 am

    What if you only have gutters showing and no wood to secure ?

  • Michal Says:
    June 5th, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Can I install retractable awning on 7th or 8th floor of a building?

  • Sharon B Woodland Says:
    August 27th, 2016 at 11:01 am

    How do the instructions compare to the 14 ft. long awnings?

  • carol black Says:
    August 17th, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Can a awning be installed on a brick home

  • Terri Allen Says:
    July 23rd, 2016 at 10:33 am

    That seemed easy enough after you explained it- we will see how it goes.
    I hope we have as much luck as you did!

  • Norman Staples Says:
    June 21st, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I would liked to have seen some vertical dimension given. Height at mounting and at extended positions.

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How to Install a Retractable Awning on Your Home