If you like spending time outdoors on your patio or you’ve got a caravan you use for holidays, the chances are you may have considered buying an awning.
An awning provides shelter from the heat of the sun in the summer and helps to keep off the wind during the winter months.
With an awning, you can enjoy the outdoors almost all year round.
In this guide, we’ll break down the average prices for patio and caravan awnings, explain how you can save money, what’s involved in installing an awning, how you can find and hire an awning installer and what questions you need to ask them.
Finally, we answer some frequently asked questions.
How Much Do Patio and Caravan Awnings Cost?
|Type of Awnings||Cost||Time to Install||Average Installation Costs|
|Standard 3m x 4m manual awning||£250 to £500||1 day||£250 to £400||£500 to £900|
|Half cassette 3m x 4m manual awning||£350 to £700||1 day||£250 to £400||£600 to £1,100|
|Full cassette 3m x 4m manual awning||£700 to £1,200||1 day||£250 to £400||£950 to £1,600|
|Motorised 3m x 4m half cassette awning||£650 to £1,150||1 day||£300 to £450||£950 to £1,600|
|Motorised 3m x 4m full cassette awning||£1,000 to £1,700||1 day||£300 to £450||£1,300 to £2,150|
The table above gives you the average prices of awnings that are bought off the shelf. If you want bespoke prices you will need to get quotes from companies selling tailor-made awnings.
|Type of Awning||Cost||Time to Install||Average Installation Costs||Total|
|Permanent caravan manual patio awning||£150 to £500||Half to 1 day||£100 to £200||£250 to £700|
|Permanent manual porch awning||£100 to £400||Half to 1 day||£100 to £200||£100 to £400|
|Motorised caravan awning||£500 to £2,000||1 day||£200 to £400||£700 to 2,400|
Caravan style awnings can be attached to most caravans manually when needed, but it is also possible to have one permanently installed.
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We’ll then find you awning companies to give you no-obligation quotes for patio or caravan awnings.
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What Affects the Cost of Installing an Awning?
A few different factors will have an impact on the cost of installing an awning. We look at these factors more closely below so you know what to take into consideration when it comes to purchasing one.
Bespoke or Off-The-Shelf
If you have a standard-sized patio door or window you may be able to buy off-the-shelf awnings. They normally come in metre or half metre sizes, so you can buy, for example, a three metre or a three and a half-metre awning for around £250.
If you don’t want a standard size or you want a particular colour or design, then you will need a bespoke awning. Bespoke awnings start at around £1,000 and can go up to as much as £10,000 for a bespoke designed motorised awning with remote control.
Size of the Awning
The size of the awning will make a difference. Larger awnings use more material and will therefore be more expensive.
For example, a manually operated three metre off-the-shelf awning will cost from £250, but a bigger awning of four metres with the same colour and material will cost from £380.
Small awnings for caravans are cheaper too. You can buy a caravan awning with a floor size of 220cm x 225cm for less than £150.
However, if you buy a larger caravan awning with a floor plan size of 390cm x 325 cm you can pay between £900 and £1,200.
Manual or Remote Control Operation
Manual controlled awnings are cheaper. You should add on between £300 and £500 if you want to have a motorised awning.
Whether the awning is rain resistant or has sensors to warn you about weather conditions will cost more. You can add a kit to convert motorised awnings into Smart WiFi controlled awnings.
These kits cost around £140.
Budget awnings work with manual controls. When the awning is rolled up the material isn’t protected; it is open to the elements.
Prices start from around £150.
Half Cassette Awnings
This means that there is a metal casing on the awning so when it is rolled up the top half of the awning is protected from the weather. They can be controlled manually or by an electric motor.
A half cassette awning starts from around £340.
Full Cassette Awnings
Full cassette awnings have the same features as a half cassette, but when they are rolled up both the top and bottom of the awning is encased in metal to protect it from the weather.
A full cassette awning starts at around £780. Like half cassette models, they also come with manual or electric controls.
Drop Arm Awning
A drop arm awning drops down over a window to keep a room in the house cool. They are popular with householders in flats with balconies.
Prices for this type of awning start at just under £100.
If you buy bespoke awnings the installation may well be included. However, if not, you will need to pay for installation.
Installation costs depend on your location. If you live in London, or the South East you’ll pay 10% or 20% more.
Prices also depend on the size and the complexity of the installation. You should budget for a bespoke between £200 and £1,000 for awning installation.
How Can I Save Money on an Awning?
Fit your own caravan awning and you’ll probably save between £100 and £150 for an average-sized awning/
Buy off-the-shelf for your patio to save on supply costs. As you can see from our earlier example off-the-shelf manual and electric awnings are cheaper to buy than a bespoke option.
You can also consider buying a manually operated awning. A manual operated awning could be between £400 and £500 cheaper than the same awning with electronic controls.
Look for second-hand awnings. Second-hand awnings should be cheaper.
You could also search the British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA). This trade association has members involved in the blinds and shutters industry and includes awnings.
They have a quick member search box on their homepage. Simply put in your postcode, select whether you are a homeowner or a commercial enterprise and click on Quick Search.
A list of members in your area will come up and you can choose who to contact for quotes.
When you need to find an installer for your awning use HouseholdQuotes. Simply fill in the online form and tell us briefly what you need.
We’ll then find you awning installers to give you no-obligation quotes.
What’s Involved in Fitting a Patio or Caravan Awning?
Fitting a patio awning will take two people to instal.
You will need a drill, a spirit level, some chalk, a marker pen, a wooden mallet, spanners and a tape measure.
First of all make sure the surface where the installation will take place is in good condition on a solid, flat wall.
The awning should be installed at the optimum height, for example, at two and a half metres. The brackets will be higher due to the tilt angle and awning drop.
Take the awning out of the box and measure its width. If it is a long awning it will have three brackets.
One bracket will be at each end and one in the middle.
Use your chalk and draw along the wall at the height required so that you can fit the brackets. Check the level is correct with the spirit level.
Mark the holes in the bracket and then drill the holes to the required depth.
Fit the brackets by first inserting the bolts into the recently drilled holes. Tap them in using a wooden mallet.
Now place the wall bracket in its position.
Tighten up the screws on the bracket with a spanner. Make sure there is no movement.
You should then take the awning with one person at each end and insert it between the bracket.
Screw the awning in place with a spanner.
Make sure the crank handle is working correctly by extending the awning. If the pitch needs altering you should do this now by opening the awning by one quarter.
Each arm has an adjusting screw and the pitch can be changed up to 30 degrees. Make sure each arm is the same level.
Once you have the pitch as you want it the awning is ready to use.
How Do I Find and Hire an Awning Installer?
Ask friends and relatives first and then consider asking neighbours or colleagues. Someone might have had an awning installed recently and be happy to recommend the installer.
Search the BBSA website for a list of members to choose from.
You can also use HouseholdQuotes. Simply fill in the online form and tell us what you need.
We’ll then find you local awning companies to give you no-obligation quotes.
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Ensuring the Professional Is the Right Fit
We always recommend that you ask any tradesperson coming to give you quotes a few questions. The answers they give you will help you to make up your mind should the quotes be of a similar price.
- Have you done a lot of this type of work? If you want someone with plenty of experience this question will help you to make up your mind.
- Do you have a website? It isn’t necessary to have a website, but they are useful. Most websites have photographs of previous jobs and testimonials from customers. If they don’t have a website, ask if they have a portfolio with customer feedback and photographs.
- Do you have insurance? Is your public liability insurance up to date? Public liability insurance is vital for all tradespeople as it protects them and you from any injury or damage claims should an accident occur during the installation of your patio or caravan awning.
- Are you a member of any trade associations? Trade associations will only grant membership to tradespeople with a good work record. They should also have a high standard of workmanship.
Use the checklist below to make sure you take the best steps to purchase the right awning for you:
- Decide what type of awning you want to buy
- Choose whether to add motorised controls
- Buy off-the-shelf or order the awning from a specialist company
- Get quotes for installation (HouseholdQuotes can help you with this!)
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Retractable Awnings the Best Choice?
It also saves you from having a permanent structure, which might not be convenient.
Can I Instal a Patio or Caravan Awning Myself?
A caravan awning, however, is something you should be able to manage and install yourself.
How Do I Maintain a Retractable Awning?
Then rinse the fabric by using a hose. (Don’t use a power hose it will be too strong!).
Can Retractable Awnings Withstand Wind?
If you look on the Beaufort scale this is classed as a fresh breeze which is stronger than a gentle to moderate breeze.
If you live in a particularly breezy area you will need to look for a company that manufacture awnings with higher wind speed resistance.
Some companies claim to make awnings that can resist wind speeds of up to a near gale.
You can also have sensors attached to your awnings which automatically roll up the awning if the wind is strong enough to damage the awning.
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