Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mark need better directions
I like the product but the directions and pictures were not very helpful.
June 24, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by 1AverageJoe Awning is okay, but difficult to install with instructions provided.
If the company who made this awning would hire a professional to rewrite the instructions so they can be understood, it would probably get five stars from everyone. Overall the awning seems to be worth the money but only time will tell. The instructions lack information, which lead you to guess at some of the steps. There were a lot of screws left over and an adapter is mentioned although one was not provided and none are shown on the parts list. The panels will not connect together as shown and had to be slid together at the ends. Study the directions carefully and often and get someone to help you. This cannot be assembled alone.
December 9, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by grammom It's ok but there is not enough slope.
Directions were written poorly, not enough slope. It is hard to clear out leaves when they wash into the gutter area.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by andriip Excellent
I bought this one and little bigger one and I love them. The instructions were simple and clear. It took my friend and I only one day to install both. Its been more than 6 month now and no problems. In future I plan to get another but smaller one for another side of my house. Hopefully manufacture can give me some discount on it.
February 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fixer2013 Quality product for the money. Would recommend.
Installation instructions a little vague. Had to read carefully on some of the steps to fully understand.
October 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by StunMan Very pleased, but some useful follow-up to the consumer & supplier
This is apparently a proven engineering design. My family had an almost identical awning and it lasted over 40 years; the updated version has much sturdier, thicker posts, but everything else is the same. This awning looks fantastic and is worth the price. A few notes:
•It took two experienced people 3 six-hour days (18+ hours) to install.
•The directions are NOT easy. I believe the directions should be updated with better, actual photos and actual close-ups (i.e. REAL photographs). Better yet: a DVD or YouTube video showing what to do at each step would literally take HOURS and guesswork out of the process. You almost have to STUDY the directions with the screws and parts in front of you. Not easy.
•The directions early on ask you to put the hanging channel and front fascia together and mark every 12 inches to guide the roof panels later. We did not follow this at all and ended up having to cut the last roof panel in half with a jig saw to fit snuggly at the end.
•We were not able to get the roof panels to snap in at all, but using a silicon Teflon lubricant, we were able to slide them. One person was on a step ladder to grab and attach one piece to the next and slide it in; the other held it up with a rake. They will not go in without lubricant!
•The other reviews are true that in larger sizes, three, not two step ladders will be needed to brace the front fascia and posts.
•I would also recommend a band saw to cut the posts. Using a hacksaw was difficult, time consuming, and not the most efficient method for straight cuts. Although the post is aluminum, I would recommend bits rated for steel to make it easier. I would consider attaching real downspouts instead of the recommended fascia drain. The drain does not direct the water far enough away from the patio and it splashes back. I’m presently updating to use real downspouts. Plan accordingly.
•The hanging channel will need shims between it and the wall in order to stabilize it and keep it square during assembly. I left the shims in after it was completed. My thoughts are the less movement and more stabilization the better. I assume the hanging channel is to allow pivoting in case the angle is for a slanted roof, but after installation, I’m thinking no movement is better.
•Also, do not accidently throw away the fascia dams. They look like random pieces of foam and are not well labeled.
•Definitely not for the beginner, but I received estimates that would more than double the cost to pay for professional installation. Two or three people with basic carpentry skills should be ablet to tackle the job.
•It’s super sturdy and doesn’t budge at all, but anxious about future heavy winter snows. I’m sure it will last longer than the last one, but may buy a few back 4 x 4 posts as temporary winter braces to place against wall, under hanging channel. Very pleased.
October 4, 2012