Awning Parts

The components that make an aluminum awning

The first awning part we usually deal with is the hanger.  This is the part that attaches to the home.  The hanger comes in many different types.  Some of these are the C-hanger, the G-rail, an A-rail and hanger combination and the J-hanger.  Hangers can be extruded aluminum or roll form.  Extruded aluminum is the strongest and thus the most expensive.

Aluminum Awning Gutter
The next awning part to get unpacked is the gutter.  This is the part on the outside of the awning.  It is a trough to run the water to the downspouts and it is also something to mount the posts to.  Gutters can be extruded or roll form and come in different heights, usually 5" - 7".  This is determined by the height of the panels used.  Gutters are made in standard lengths such as 20' or 24'.  On the job site the gutters are cut to size and if more than one are needed they are connected with a gutter splice.

The side fascias cap the ends of the awning.  They connect to the hanger and to the gutter at each end of the awning.  They are also attached to the panels every foot for the length of the projection.  Side fascias and gutters usually have grooves in them for the color trim to be snapped into.  Color trim can be 2" wide or 4" wide and is used as a color accent to match the awning with your home.

Aluminum awning post
Awning posts come in several styles and many different materials and gauges.  The most common one we use is the 3" cloverleaf aluminum post in the 8' length and a .030 gauge.  White is the color of preference although neutral is also available.  The roll formed scroll column is the second most popular awning post.  Awning posts come in standard lengths from 8' to 12' and are cut to fit on the job site.  It is important to noteĀ  that on the job cutting is almost always required to obtain the proper pitch and to keep the gutter level.

The awning post needs to be attached to the gutter with a post bracket.  The same bracket can be used at the bottom to anchor into an existing concrete slab or it can be bolted to a ground anchor and buried in concrete.

Awning gutter and aluminum w-pan
The awning panels, or pans as we call them, are the roof to your awning.  They are usually white in color and 12" wide.  The standard lengths are from 8' to 20'.  The thickness can vary from .018 up to .040.  The projection of the awning and the wind factor you are trying to achieve will help to determine the gauge of panels needed.  An example would be an 8' panel in the .018 gauge would pass most building codes with a wind factor of about 40mph.  I say about because there are other factors involved.  The same 8' awning with .040 gauge panels would usually pass a 90mph wind factor.  To keep the panels from leaking water at the hanger flashing is used to form a seal between the house and the awning.

The last awning parts we install are the downspouts and elbows.  They attach to the awning posts and run the water from the gutter to the ground.

R+M Home Solutions is an eBay store that sells aluminum awning kits, perfect for the do-it-yourselfer.

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