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How Much Do Awnings Cost?

Awnings make the summer months in California more enjoyable.  

Window or door awnings keep out the sun’s rays and reduce the load on your cooling system, while deck awnings give you a shaded spot to relax and take in the warmth. They also offer shelter from the rain and can improve your home’s aesthetic appeal.

However, like every home improvement project, you must carefully plan the installation.

In this article, we’ll answer the question, “How much do awnings cost?” We will also give you a breakdown of the costs by awning types.

The Total Cost of Installing an Awning

On average, installing an awning will cost between $500 and $4500. The cost encapsulates the canopy, cost of labor, and additional features. The canopy typically makes up 80% of the total cost.

Options with whistles and bells, such as a remote control, will invariably cost more to install than plain, static fabric installations.

Cost of Different Awning Canopy Options

Retractable Awning

Retractable awning costs between $400 and $3500. You can find it in metal or canvas designs, and you can choose between manual and remote-control options.

You can push back the manual units when you don’t need them, while the motorized units rely on a sensor reading the weather to extend or retract.  

Some units feature remote control. When people search “How much do awnings cost?” they don’t consider these additions. So, it’s best to work out your desired features before comparing prices.

Plain Canvas Fabric Awnings

These units are the standard awning options. They cost between $200 and $800. They are easy to install and are the least expensive option. One downside to these awnings is that they are less durable.

Metal Awnings

Manufacturers make these awnings from aluminum alloy and similar metals. They are more durable than canvas options. However, customization is a little less practical here.

Metal awnings cost around $300 to $1000. They work well for large spaces such as patios.

Portable Awnings

Portable awnings differ slightly from the options above as manufacturers design them to be movable. They are the right choice if you want simplicity and flexibility. The units cost between $100 and $500.

However, as you’d expect, they are not the most durable.

How Much Can You Save With a DIY Awning Installation?

You can save around $100 to $500 in installation labor, depending on the square footage of your space. However, you must be certain that you can complete the installation without damaging the canopy.

As mentioned above, the highest cost in awning installation is the canopy. It’s best to look for savings in that area.


Installing awnings is an excellent way to create shade around your home. The total cost of an installation will come down to your preferences and choices.

We hope our “How much do awnings cost?” post covered what to expect during your installation.

Our knowledgeable team here at Van Nuys Awning Co. is on hand to answer any further questions you may have. Get in touch with us today.

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