How to Install an Awning on a House

When it comes to awnings, it's not uncommon for homeowners to opt for retractable awnings to provide shade when they need it and sun when they want it.

Retractable awnings can be installed quickly and often do not require a permit. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of a retractable awning is that it can be retracted during the winter months or when you're hoping to get a bit of sun. It's possible to install an awning for your home, but this is a two-person task due to the sheer weight of the awning.

Mark the mounting location on the wall of the house where you want to install the awning. Place a level on the wall and mark a line under the level. Use that line as a starting point and extend the line with a chalk string.

Place a tape measure over the line and place a mark for each mounting bracket. Make each bracket evenly spaced.

Hold the bracket against the wall using the line you previously marked. Place the level on the side of the bracket, make sure the bracket is perfectly straight and mark the mounting holes of the bracket. Do this with each mounting bracket.

Drill pilot holes in the side of the house for the lag bolts with a hand drill and then secure the brackets to the side of the house with the lag bolts supplied with the awning and a socket.

Place the awning onto the brackets and thread the retaining screw through the front of each bracket with a socket.

Plug the awning in to an electrical outlet if it is automated. If not, open the awning with the hand crank.

Things You Will Need

  • Level
  • Chalk string
  • Tape measure
  • Hand drill
  • Socket set