Do It Yourself or Not: Install an aluminum awning
To reduce the damage from the sun and make a positive first impression of your house, consider installing an aluminum awning over a door or windows. Curb appeal is one thing, but blocking the glare from the sun and lowering summer energy costs is another. Why aluminum? It’s a well-tested material known for its durability.
If you’re a handy homeowner with some carpentry experience and tools, figure you’ll spend $280 for a 5-foot wide awning and pocket a 25% saving by doing the job yourself. A contractor charges $373, which includes labor and material.
You’ll find aluminum awnings sold online and at home centers, and both sellers should give you some guidelines about measuring so you’ll order the correct size. The key measurements include the height and width of the window, the projection of the awning and the drop of the side panels. The units are sold with adjustable support arms and come partially assembled with the installation hardware.
The job involves assembling the unit and then fastening it to the siding with interlocking hangers. Have a helper who is strong enough to hold the awning in place while you secure it. And try to schedule the job on a not-so-windy day to make the installation go smoothly.
Pro Cost: $373 — DIY Cost: $280
Pro time: 2.6 — DIY Time: 3.8
DIY Savings: $93 — Percent Saved: 25%
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