Retractable Awning Installation Cost
How much does it cost to install a retractable awning?
Retractable awnings can be found as weatherproof fabric options or as lightweight aluminum designs. They are sold in many home improvement stores as pre-fabricated kits, but will generally run on the small side - such as 4'x24'. For the purpose of this discussion we will take a look at the costs and requirements for having a retractable (fabric) awning professionally installed on a modern home.
According to AwningTime.com, the average costs for the installation of a retractable awning in sizes ranging from sixteen to thirty feet wide are $175 to $300. They also indicate that hard wiring of an electronic motor will come in at a cost of roughly $80 to $150 total.
Can't the homeowner just install the retractable awning on their own? This is certainly an option, but the stresses of wind and weather along with electrical requirements usually put such a project strictly under the "professional contractor" category rather than a DIY one.
Typical costs and materials necessary to install a retractable awning professionally will include:
- The awning - regardless of the supplier or manufacturer, the awning must come with the fabric cover; the frame, a retracting mechanism (either manual or electric), assembly hardware, installation brackets, and a manual lever to crank the awning closed in case of electronic motor failure. If the awning has an electronic motor, it is usually a wise idea to select one with a remote control feature too;
- Extras - many homeowners enjoy the option of purchasing a retractable awning that has side curtains as well. These are definitely going to be considered extra components and will come at an average cost of $100 to $200 each. It might also be a good idea to consider the application of some sort of mildew resistant treatment on the fabric too. Remember that the awning may be rolled up for months at a time and even a small amount of dampness could quickly lead to discoloration throughout the entire unit. A single cleaning will require around $40 in expense, but the treatments can eliminate the need for them; and
- Labor - although many home improvement stores sell pre-fabricated awnings or make custom awnings available, they don't usually extend installation services. Additionally, most custom awning manufacturers do not offer access to licensed installers as well. This means that the homeowner will have to seek out a qualified "handyman" or carpenter to tackle their installation. These professionals tend to charge between $40 and $60 per hour, and they may not be able to hard wire the electronic motors. This means that a licensed electrician may be required as well, but this task will usually require no more than an hour's time to complete. This usually means from $70 to $90 for the complete job.
Additional considerations and costs
- Measuring - many homeowners believe that they can properly measure the area where their retractable awning will be installed, but this may not be a good idea. The weight of an awning, the space needed for the motor and other features, and clearance requirements around doors and windows all add up to the need for some professional guidance or assistance when measuring.