When Ottawa homeowners first investigate purchasing a retractable awning, they tend to have a lot of questions. One question we commonly get is how retractable awnings are supported if they don’t have any poles. 

retractable awning on patio

But the fact is that quality awnings don’t need any poles to support them. They are attached to the side of your home (or roof) on one side with braces, and the spring-loaded lateral arms are enough to support the awning. 

The fact that you don’t need any poles to support a retractable awning is a great benefit to homeowners. With no poles taking up space or getting in the way on your deck or patio, it gives you more outdoor living space for you, your family, or guests to enjoy. It also means that you can easily expand or retract your awning at the touch of a button.

Professional awning installation

While installing a retractable awning may seem like a simple task for avid DIYers, the complex components and precise requirements really make this a job for professionals. At Jans Awnings, we provide professional installation when you purchase an awning from us. 

Considerations for professional awning installation

When the Jans team installs a retractable awning, there are several factors that we must take into consideration, including the following: 

  • Height of the awning – A retractable awning must be installed at least 8 feet above the ground (or more, depending on how far the awning will extend). If the awning is to be installed above a swinging door, our team will need to add an additional 10 to 12 inches for clearance. 
  • Projection length – for safety, it is important to ensure that the retractable awning frame can support the fabric’s weight (including during weather). Our team will be able to calculate the appropriate length that allows you to safely maximize your awning space. 
  • Space requirements for your awning hood – an awning hoot is a covering that protects your awning from water, debris, etc., when your awning is in the rolled-up position. When installing your awning, it is important to leave sufficient clearance for the awning hood. 

Retractable awnings have their own hardware and bracket, which will differ depending on the manufacturer. This is another reason to rely on the professional installation team at Jans Awnings to provide precise and proper installation. 

Contact Jans Awnings today.

If you are looking to purchase an awning for your Ottawa home, the team at Jans Awnings & Rollshutters is ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.