Fitting an Awning When There Are Downpipes in the Way

Happy New Year!

With new year year so quickly upon us, it is now the season to start considering any products you require for your patio or garden.

Retractable Awnings are a hugely popular product for sun shading, however you may have avoided installing one due to the downpipes on your home. However, don’t let these stop you from living a life of luxury and convenience – you are still able to enjoy a Retractable Awning – just read on to find out how!

How Do You Fit an Awning When There Are Downpipes in the Way?

The easiest solution to fitting a retractable fabric awning onto a wall where there are downpipes in the way is by installing the awning brackets away from the wall with what are called most obviously ‘pipe brackets’.

The simple idea is to extend the main bracket out from the wall to have a gap behind the awning cassette, and therefore missing the pipework. If the gap isn’t too large then, as you can see in the images below, there is an aluminium cover then fitted to cloak the gap between the wall and awning cassette. This is not only for aesthetics, but also to prevent rainwater dripping down the back of the cassette.

The plate for the wall is either the same size or larger, than the bracket for the cassette support, and can be manufactured to be almost any size when required.

Retractable awning with awning brackets for downpipes

Pipe brackets generally are made large enough to deal with most domestic downpipes and other obstructions and provide a simple solution to the problem.

If there are more pipes or obstructions than can be dealt with using this method, then it is possible to look at a goalpost frame. These can be either fitted to the wall in other places, or made to be self-supporting and bolted or concreted into the ground. This method is popular with older buildings where there may be restrictions on drilling into the walls or where the walls themselves are too rough or unstable.

The right fixing brackets are very important to all size awnings. These methods can ensure the awning cover is able to be most effective in the right place, providing optimum sun protection as well as maximum stability.

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