Enhancing Your Space with Awnings: A Smart Choice

An awning is a great improvement to your home or really any building. An awning is a roof structure that is attached to one wall of a building. This attachment is accomplished by the use of a “Ledger board”. (more about that later). Since an awning is mostly a roof structure, it usually ends up with 3 open sides. The Foundation of an awning is usually dependent on the “Attachment wall” on the end connected to the existing building and a set of concrete footings at the opposite end.

The tarp was securely fastened to the previously mentioned “Ledger board” that was also previously installed when the building was built. The clear tarp awning roof lasted for almost a year, creating a temporary dry storage area. (And a dry work area to dig the holes and mix the concrete). Sadly the temporary tarp became a casualty of an unexpected snow storm.

The next step is to dig holes and pour concrete footing as you see in the next picture. Metal brackets are added to the concrete before it cures to attach wood support posts for the framing.

The Framing comes next and is fairly simple. A good carpenter can frame this for you. The component parts are 3 – 4×4 posts, a beam, (this one is a glulam beam). You will notice that the beam is being easily lifted into perfect position by the use of threaded feet on the yellow scaffolding. Next comes the roof rafters. They are attached to the ledger board at the top with metal brackets. The other end of the rafters sits on top of the beam.

Plywood is installed, underlayment and composition roofing.

Here isthe finished awning. Wood trim and paint are added where needed to complete the project. An awning is a great project to create extra storage that is dry and shade from the sun. It will add additional value and usefulness to your home, garage or outbuilding.