AWNING

A canvas awning adds personality to a home, framing a door or window with color and appeal.

A canvas awning adds personality to a home, framing a door or window with color and appeal. It's more than a pretty face, because it adds protection from harmful sun rays to what's inside like window treatments, carpeting and furniture. Most awnings come with a frame made of galvanized metal pipe rods, that you assemble, and hardware. If it's a retractable awning, there's also pulley hardware included.

There are several places to shop for an awning. At home centers, you'll find them sold ready-to-install in 4-, 6- and 8-foot widths. Online, use a search engine like Bing or Google and type "canvas awning" in the search box. Don't forget about the Yellow Pages, where local installers are listed.

An awning installation service will charge $426, including labor and material, to install a 4-foot-wide canvas awning over a door.

You can buy the awning for $185, install it yourself and save 57 percent. Before ordering, carefully measure the width of the door or window to find the appropriate size. To make the installation, you'll need an electric screwdriver and carpenter's level to fasten the frame to the siding. You'll also need two ladders -- one for you, and another for a helper to hold the awning in place.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$426 -- $185 -- 2.1 -- 3.5 -- $241 -- 57 Percent