An awning is a cover that extends over outside areas to provide shade and protection from the rain and sun. Awnings are available in many shapes, materials, and sizes in fixed or retractable designs. Most awnings attach to the home exterior.
Retractable awnings are worth it for the following benefits:
Most awnings last 5 to 15 years, depending on the materials, design quality, and local climate. A properly cleaned and maintained awning lasts the longest.
Installing an awning takes 3 to 5 hours on average, depending on the type, size, and material. Pre-assembled retractable awnings are easiest and fastest to install. Custom-made awnings take the longest to install.
Most awnings can withstand winds of 20 to 25 mph. You should retract the awning during storms with wind speeds of more than 25 miles per hour to avoid damage.
Most locations don't require a permit to install an awning. However, always check with the Homeowner's Association (HOA) of your community for rules on awning dimensions, colors, and styles.
Good to know: Commercial installations typically do require permits that cost $25 to $100 according to the size.
Electricians cost $50 to $130 per hour for installing awnings with a new electrical switch and wireless connections on motorized models. For awnings with a basic design, hire a handyman, general construction contractor, or a professional awning installer from the supplier.
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