By Gene and Katie Hamilton
An attractive window awning adds curb appeal to a house and protects it from the sun, blocking annoying glare and reducing summer cooling costs. An awning made of aluminum is a good choice for durability.
If you have some carpentry experience, you can buy an aluminum awning, assemble it and fasten it to the siding of the house. Figure on spending $155 for a 5-foot wide awning, which you'll find sold online and at home centers; most sellers will advise you how to measure the window to order the correct size awning. The key measurements include the height and width of the window, the projection of the awning and the drop of the side panels. The units are sold with adjustable support arms and come partially assembled with the installation hardware. You assemble the awning and then fasten it to the siding with interlocking hangers. It's a good idea to have a helper who is strong enough to hold the awning while you secure it; ideally you'll make the installation on a calm, not windy day.
A color awning that contrasts the color of the siding will make it stand out or choose one with a stripe that coordinates with an accent trim color. If you don't want to call attention to a window awning, go with a color that blends in with the siding so it won’t be noticed.
Don't want to tackle this one? An awning company will charge $291 which includes the labor and material for the awning and its installation.
To see a large selection of aluminum awnings go to General Awnings.
Now you know the average cost to install an aluminum awning which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.