Metal Awning Installation Cost
How much does it cost to install a metal awning?
According to ShadeBuilder.com, the cost of any metal awning should start at roughly $6.50 per square foot and go no higher than $9 per square foot. They recommend the choice of aluminum awning materials because these are the most versatile and economically priced. There are other styles that include fabric and lightweight metals, but for the purpose of this discussion we will take a look at the costs and requirements for having an aluminum awning professionally installed on a home.
Why isn't this a discussion about a DIY installation? While many home improvement stores sell prefabricated awning kits, these are not at all advisable for those who will attach the awnings to their home. This is because water damage, heavy winds, and loads of snow can all lead to serious structural issues, and it is best to leave the installation to a knowledgeable professional. (It is interesting to note, however, that some aluminum awning kits are an ideal option for those in need of a low-cost carport as the large-sized versions will cost only $600.)
Typical costs to install an awning professionally will include:
- Selecting the awning - not all aluminum awnings are alike, and those of a thinner metal (such as the .018 versions) will come at a lower price than the thicker ones. Additionally, all awning manufacturers will also offer customers the option of selecting the number of "bends" in the panels. The more bends available, the stronger the panels. For example, a flat panel awning is going to be far less expensive on a per square foot basis than a "w-pan" style. Finally, many areas have specific weight requirements in order for an awning to be approved. This means that there may need to be a 20 to 60 pound capacity in areas of heavier snow fall, or they may even be something like a 90 MPH wind resistance too;
- Extras - steel posts, "I-beams", and heavier gauge panels will all bump up the total costs for the installation. If the awning is going to be installed in an area that receives heavier snowfalls or strong winds, however, these costs might be worth it. Additionally, as mentioned above, there may be the need to meet local building codes, and the installation of supports may be a mandatory expense;
- Labor - While we already know that the costs of materials will range from $6.50 to $9 per square foot, this does not include the price for installation. There are not many home improvement stores offering installation services, however, and this means that the owner is going to have to seek a roofing contractor or experienced carpenter to tackle this part of the work. Most will charge between $40 and $60 per hour, or they will base their pricing on a "per square foot" basis.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Consider the finish - many awning manufacturers make a huge array of colors and finishes available. This is something to take into serious consideration as the awning is going to be exposed to all four seasons and will have to match the exterior of the home.