We have a canvas awning on our porch which probably will need replacing in a
year or two.
It's about 7 feet deep, 14 feet wide.It's supported by a frame of pipes.
My question: What is it likely to cost? I'd appreciate hearing from anyone
who might have had recent experience.
Where is Singapore???????????????
Just kidding. That does help. I gather that would be about US$1400.
The problem is, I have no idea whether costs in Singapore are more or less
costs in US. If anyone in the USA has a figure, I'd like to hear it.
Depends. Are you wanting to buy it installed, or just buy replacement
panels and lacing and put it up yourself? And what quality of fabric?
The ultra-shiny stuff like they do on those storefront awnings costs more.
A service like this is going to vary greatly from area to area,
depending on local demand and level of competition. Make a simple
diagram, take some digital photos of outside and inside (including an
overall shot showing any access problems), and stop by your local tent
and awning place for a ballpark estimate. They may even be willing to
come out and do the estimate themselves. In the town I am in, for a
small residential job, you have your choice of the local guy and the
local guy. For a big commercial job, the guy from the big town 20
minutes away might be interested, but for one small awning, it isn't
worth his time.
A follow up on my short answer after I took a few seconds to google it up
and do the math.
Canvas is odd. It comes in various widths, but is sold by the running yard,
so it takes some calculations to come out with square yardage. I say you
need about 10 square yards to do your job, and that converts to about 8
lineal yards. Depending on the fastening method, more material may be
needed to roll the edges so grommets can be put on it, or using aluminum
extrusions to fasten it to the frame can up the cost, too. You may already
have what you need on the old awning. As I say, it is difficult to say how
much it will be without more information. I have made hundreds of these
with 1" square tubing frames from small to big. Details, frillyness,
complexity of anchoring system, using bunting, it all adds to the cost. At
$15 per yard (running), I'd say you have about $150 in material costs with
shipping. Little more or less with grommets or fastening system. Simplest
one is grommets which allow the material to be pulled tight, and readjusted
with weathering. Material costs are approximately $1.50 a square foot.
Now, labor. It all depends on the labor. People are hungry now, so you may
get a deal on that. Ask around. Shops are going to be highest, if they
will do it at all. A garage operator or upholstery guy would be less. At
least you can do the math in your head as to what the guy is charging for
labor, as the materials are $150-$175.
I'm getting ready to start on some for myself. I bought a Singer walking
foot 111w155 commercial machine for $250. I have already fixed a ton of
things I would have tossed otherwise. I would never spend what they want
for window awnings, but wouldn't hesitate to do them myself, having the
welding equipment for the frames and the sewing machine for the canvas.
What area of the world do you live in, and can you send or post pics of the
HTH. Let us know how it shakes up. The $1400 for the Singapore awning was
high. I once had a "friend" quote me $1,000 for a 100 sf spa cover. $850
for labor? He's off my Christmas card list.
Thanks for the detailed answer, Steve -- that is just what I need.
Yes, it is retractable -- you can pull it up against the house, as we do
during the winter.
It's probably going to be a year before we replace it. It's possible that
the company which installed it before might have all the specs on file, and
that could save a bit. They have a label with a phone number on it. Hope
they are still in business.
Physically replacing the awning would require a trip to my house. I don't
think I could handle that task myself.
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