Awnings have become overly popular nowadays. Lately, a lot of people have been asking how much an awning installation costs. This is why I decided to create a blog that answers this frequently asked question.
Typically, an awning costs around $300 to $2,500, including the labour and the material used. However, an awning’s price can vary depending on many factors such as the material, the type of awning, the size and the height of where the awning should be installed.
The first factor that we are going to talk about is the type of awning. There are three different types of awnings that you can install in your home. Each of them has different costs, which is why we must tackle each of these types of awnings.
Fixed awnings or also known as stationary awning, is a type of awning that is permanent. You can not remove it or transfer it to another spot. Instead, it will stay as-is on the spot where it was installed.
Because it is not transportable, a fixed awning is not foldable and has a robust frame and canopy. In addition, a fixed awning can not be stored during extreme weather conditions. Thus having a sturdy canopy and frame is important.
A low-end type of fixed awning can cost around $1,000. Expect to pay more if you want your awning to be customized. It can also cost more if you choose a high-end type of fixed awning to install in your home.
The second type of awning is the freestanding awning. This is the type that is portable where you can easily transfer it wherever you want. It is also very convenient, especially if you live in an area that constantly experiences extreme weather conditions.
Because it is freestanding, you can just easily fold it and secure it indoors to avoid it from getting damaged. A freestanding awning can be purchased for around $250 to $2,500 per installation.
The most expensive of all types of awning is the retractable awning. The cheapest retractable awning you can get costs $750, and the most expensive can be around $2,500 or more. The reason behind this is the awning’s features and design.
First, retractable awnings have motors that run to retract or extend the awning. Second, a retractable awning is enclosed with an enclosure to protect it from the weather. These are the reasons why a retractable awning is the most expensive of all types of awnings.
Another factor you must consider when calculating the cost of your awning is the size. A large awning means that a lot of materials are used to make it. You should also consider the time and labour invested in making a large awning.
The next thing is the installation cost for a large awning. The larger the awning, the more people will be needed to help install the awning. This means that you will be charged with additional costs due to the extra hands during the installation.
With that being said, it also means that the smaller awning you choose, the lesser cost you will need to pay. Therefore, it is best to choose a size of awning according to your budget.
Awnings can be made from a lot of different materials. Therefore, the material you choose for your awning can also significantly impact its overall cost. The most commonly used material for the awning is a canvas. In regards to this, you must make sure the material is high-quality and durable.
Moreover, a canvas material can typically range from $300 to $700. Of course, this price range depends on the quality of the material. With that being said, the $300 canvas can be expected to be low-quality.
When it comes to the awning frame, the most common material used is aluminium. It is sturdy yet light in weight. An aluminium price is per square meter, which means it will depend on the size of the awning that you want to install.
The number one example of the difficulty in access is the area’s height where you want to install the awning. The higher you want your awning to be, the more difficult it is to install. For instance, if you are planning to install a window awning on your house’s second or third storey, the installer will surely experience too much difficulty.
They will need to bring in more equipment such as scaffolding. Having this extra equipment means that you will need to pay them more. Thus, you must always consider how difficult it is to access the area to install an awning.
Some people are trying to install an awning on their own. Of course, DIY awning installation can help you save money. Because you are doing it on your own, you will never have to pay the additional cost for installation. What you will need to pay for is the awning itself.
However, there are certain awnings that you could not handle installing on your own. For example, a large awning is very difficult to install alone. You will need a lot of help in doing it. Thus, hiring professionals to do the job is more convenient.
Furthermore, if you do not know what you are doing and damage the new awning you bought, it can be more expensive for you. One, you won’t be able to use your new awning anymore because it is already damaged. So, your money just went down the drain.
Two, because your first awning is not usable anymore, you will need to buy a new one. Or, if the first one is repairable, you will have to pay for the repair and replacement of materials. That would be another expense for you.
Before trying to do DIY awning installation, weigh the pros and cons first. If you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, then do it. However, hiring a professional to install the awning will help you save more if you think otherwise.
When you try to calculate the cost of an awning, you must consider all the mentioned factors. However, when in doubt, you can always ask professionals to provide you with an estimate according to all the things you want on your awning.