Awning Problems and Solutions
Roché’s sun awnings are bespoke, so we can accommodate a number of seemingly awkward specifications. Just because you may think your installation is complicated, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your dream awning. Here are some common problems we can work around.
My guttering runs down the wall where I’d like the awning to go
If a downpipe is in the way our installers will use special spacers to mount the awning a little in front of the wall. That means you don’t need to worry about getting someone to reroute your guttering, and your awning can still be installed in your ideal location.
I would like the awning installed on a single storey (such as a bungalow)
Each awning is installed at a pitch, so they need to be installed high enough so they won’t be too low when extended. If a wall isn’t high enough our surveyors will recommend special brackets. These are bolted to the top of your wall, and extend upwards, above your natural wall height. They allow your awning to be installed above your roof by providing the extra height which is required.
I’m not sure my wall is strong enough to support the weight
Our surveyors will check whether your wall can support the awning before we begin the design process. It’s possible to spread the weight out along more points on the wall to reduce the weight each fixing has to bear. Another option is a ‘goal post frame’, which is a metal fixing which sits against your wall and takes most of the weight of the awning.
Is it possible to install an awning under a roof/ceiling overhang or in the rafters?
Yes, and the finished look can be very streamlined. It also offers benefits in that your property will naturally provide additional shelter (and protection) for the awning.
If this is something which you would like to consider speak to a member of our team for advice. Some awnings, such as the Markilux 970 with its rectangular cassette, are ideal for mounting in this way.
There’s no electricity supply where I want an awning fitted
A registered electrician can usually resolve this, which we can arrange for you if you prefer. Alternatively, most of the awnings advertised on our website are available with manual operation. These come with a crank handle which you’ll turn to extend and retract the awning. If you want yours to be installed in an open space without a power supply, this may well be the most practical solution.
My garden is really long and narrow
Markilux and Weinor both offer solutions for spaces which require a narrow width and large projection. Ask about our Stretch and MiniMax models, which use special technology like folding scissor arms to support the weight in a small width. They’re ideal for balconies too.
I want to cover a large area
Most awnings have a maximum width of around 7m. For wider areas it is possible to pair two (or more) awnings together. Maximum widths of around 12m can be achieved this way. Two unit systems give the appearance of a single awning and can be operated at the same time, using the same remote control.
Very large area coverage can be achieved with a supportive framework and post system. Freestanding and pergola awnings have our largest maximum widths and projections.