By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A canvas awning adds more than a pretty face to the exterior of a house. While its color and depth add interest and appeal to a door or windows, an awning also does a good job of protecting interior window treatments, carpets and furnishing from harmful sun rays. You can buy them in 4-, 6- and 8-foot widths, and ready-to-install yourself at home centers. To find them sold online, use a search engine like Google, and type "canvas awning" in the search box. At www.sunsationalshades.com you'll find a large selection of canvas awnings and instructions to see what's involved installing one.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy you can reduce solar heat gains by 65 to 77 percent by installing a light-colored awning on windows with a southern or western exposure .
To call attention to a window awning, choose a shade that contrasts or compliments the color of the siding. Other good choices include a shade or stripe that coordinates with an accent trim color or the shade of the roof.To downplay a window awning, choose a shade that blends with the color of the siding so it won’t be noticed.
A canvas company will charge $426 to install a 4-foot-wide canvas awning over a door which includes the labor and material. You can buy the awning for $185 and install it yourself and save 57 percent. Most awnings come with a frame made of galvanized metal piping rods and hardware. If it's a retractable awning, there's also pulley hardware included. To make the installation, you'll need an electric screwdriver, carpenter's level and two ladders - one for you, and another for a helper to stand on and hold the awning in place.
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The job involves measuring the width to ensure you order the appropriate size awning, and then assembling the frame and canvas and fastening it to the house.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a canvas awning you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020