Awnings: Installing Awnings And Balcony Blinds

First of all, what is an AWNING? The Awnings are secondary covering, generally composed of canvas woven acrylic, cotton, polyester yarn, polyester fabric stretched firmly over a light aluminium structure, sometaime of wood or other materials.

Together with a good quality of window (we discussed in another post about replacing a window) the awnings provide a good insulation against the sun rays. This is most important because we always are (and we must be) eager to find more and more ways to save energy for our wallet and for our planet and everything we do in this direction will be well rewarded to us.

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The weather recently is more and more strange and every year the Spring is late to come, but after a cold winter the will for mild weather is so intense that we all are eager to prepare for the warm season.

Now the summer is here and if we do not have yet done, is better to speed up.

Housework, garden work and even those whitout a garden are planning to make their balcony the more welcoming as possible and people are preparing to face the big summer sun.

Who does not dream of being able to protect himself and their family from summer heat relaxing in the shade of an awning or a pergola?

However, dreams aside, the awnings are an excellent solution, inexpensive, functional and decorative. Also do not forget the ecological aspect, in fact repairing the dwelling from the rays of the sun contributes to the reduction of energy costs by reducing the need to use fans or air conditioners.

Let’s see how you can do by yourself the installation of awnings.


We must first say that if you owe a villa or an independent house, you must only meet the requirements of good taste and find the appropriate placement for the awnings, both as regards the shape and the color, in the context of the building style, the neighborhood and the environment where you live. Even though it is always better verify with the municipality whether some specific requirements should be followed in that district.

Different may be the case if you live in a condominium or in a multi-family house: in fact very often there are specific provisions according to the Condominium Regulations, that dictate the rules that each tenant must follow, color and shape, to conform to others and have a nice overview.

Said that, there are different


  • Stationary Awnings: the fixed frame awnings are popular with homeowners because they can be easily customized according to different needs. They are ideal for entryways and balconies, in addition they require less maintenance because there are no moving parts.
  • Awnings or curtain rail: they have the same system for opening curtains of the house and maneuvering through the curtain cords that move along tracks or channels.
  • Awnings canopy: it is a distinctive kind of tent that was once used mostly by hotels and shops, but now it has caught on in condominiums and makes it look a bit ‘retro’ and very chic.
  • Drop Side Awnings: are tents or awnings attached to the curtain rail top and sides of the loops that have wires running down to underlying vertical sides.
  • Retractable Awnings with arms extensible: are tents that open towards the outside thanks to the pantograph movement of extendable arms by sliding the cloth wound on a roller attached to the wall of the house with the brackets.
how to install awnings


The installation of awnings does not involve  insurmountable difficulties, provided that you should operate with care and respecting the basic criteria of verticality and horizontality, directly affecting the mechanisms that drive the tents.

The awnings mechanisms, the most of the times, are based on systems of levers and winches operating electrically or by means of cranks which have the function to demultiply the effort required to open and close the curtain. The lack of a perfect plumb may seriously compromise the operation by increasing the wear of the individual parts.

As we have  seen above, there are different types of awnings, each with its opening and closing own system and, therefore, there is a specific mounting system.

Trying to make simple, the procedure basically consists to fix the curtain rail, the track or the brackets that support the arms (for the retractable tents) using expansion plugs, having carefully measured and reported on the wall the points where you should drill the holes with a power drill.

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As far this kind of awnings (retractables), which obviously require more manual dexterity, it must be said that usually the package contains the producer instructions for proper assembly of the extendable arms, to which it is better make reference as the mechanisms may vary from model to model.



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