It is strongly recommended, and compliance with our warranty requires, that our shade solutions be installed by a qualified installer. If you have a contractor for your project, we can work with them to ensure your awning is installed properly to ensure a long and successful installation.
We have factory trained, authorized installation partners that we have worked with on numerous installations on all building types. Please contact our office for information about installation partners in your area.
These are a few of the primary considerations when planning a safe, durable installation:
Pitch: Markilux awnings may be installed at a wide range of pitches. The pitch (or downward angle) of the awning is set at time of installation, then generally not changed. The pitch setting is a matter of design and appearance, headroom clearance, optimum rain run-off, shade “footprint,” and interior view and sun protection. We recommend a minimum 14° pitch for optimum rain shed.
Mounting Height: Mounting height is the height the awning is installed on the wall or roof. The mounting height, in combination with the pitch angle and extension determines how much headroom remains under the awning at extension.
Access to Electrical: If you choose a motorized awning, a licensed electrician must supply power and install a junction box near the motor-side of the awning cassette. It is your choice on which side, right or left, the motor is located. Whether 110-volt or 220-volt power is supplied depends on your awning and motor type.
Mounting Surface: If the mounting surface is not sturdy enough, a mounting board or header made of material such as pressure treated wood, steel, or Azek PVC may be necessary. The header is bolted to the framing members of the building, then the awning mounted to the header. Your contractor may do this ahead of time or it may be estimated as part of your install work. You might want the header painted to match the building or awning.
Spreader Plates: For extra mounting security, vertical or horizontal spreader plates may be employed to distribute the weight of the awning. Spreader plates are ordered at the same time as the awning and are powder coated to match.
Wall Switches: A hardwired on/off wall switch is necessary if you choose line voltage standard motorized operation. An RTS motor can be controlled by handheld remote control or by remote-control switch mounted on the wall.
Sensors: Motion sensor or anenometer-type wind sensors are often installed as part of shade solutions. A sensor will signal the RTS motor to automatically retract your awning at preset wind limits, for carefree enjoyment of the awning.
Home Automation, Lighting, Heaters, Sound Speakers, or other lifestyle accessories are also part of the planning of your awning installation. We’re here to ensure your shade solution supports your outdoor lifestyle.