How much clearance is needed for a retractable awning?

June 7, 2022

Are you ready to enjoy shaded bliss on your patio? With a SummerSpace® retractable awning, you can transform your backyard into the pleasant oasis you’ve always wanted. To ensure your awning is just what you need, it is crucial to understand your space and get accurate measurements. It’s important to know how much clearance is needed for a retractable awning. Tip: Remember the sun does not just stay directly over the awning. It’s important your awning is both wide enough and projects out enough to provide shade from various sun angles.

The minimal clearance required for a SummerSpace retractable awning is 90 inches, or 7 feet 6 inches. 

There are, however, four measurements that you need to determine when preparing for a retractable awning. Read on for more detail on these measurements and the considerations you should take when choosing the best retractable awning for you.

The Width Needed for Your Retractable Awning

The first step is to determine the width needed for your retractable awning. This will be the amount of space needed to mount it, as well.This space must be clear and free of any obstructions. You can determine how wide you would like your awning to be and how much patio area can be covered. SummerSpace’s Simple Shade® Series can accommodate standard widths up to 20 feet. The Pro Series® and Performance Series® can be customized to the inch for widths up to 26 feet (24 feet for Full Cassette 300).

The Projection Needed for Your Retractable Awning

The projection of an awning is a term that refers to how far it extends from the wall. You can think of it as the depth. The more projection, the more shaded area you have. It’s important to note that as projection increases, the mounting height requirement on the wall increases to account for the needed angle of pitch.Take a look at this chart to see how projection and clearance are related.

The Height Clearance Needed for Your Retractable Awning

The height needed for a retractable awning is also referred to as the clearance. This is measured from the deck or patio floor up to the mounting space. Determining your available clearance is very important for knowing which awning is best for your backyard. For SummerSpace retractable awnings, the minimum clearance needed is 7 feet 6 inches all the way up to 10 feet. 

The Mounting Space Needed for Your Retractable Awning

The final measurement is the mounting space. As the name implies, this is the amount of room needed to properly and safely install your retractable awning. SummerSpace retractable awnings need between 7-10 inches of mounting space. 

Still Have Questions About Installation Requirements for a Retractable Awning?

If you still have questions or feel confused, don’t fret! Contact our stellar, USA-based customer service department with any questions you may have. They can walk you through measurements, help determine the best SummerSpace awning for your space and desires and assist however else you need.

Now that you know more about the four main measurements, you can determine how much clearance is needed for a retractable awning for your backyard. If you’re ready to order your awning, contact one of our amazing local dealers to help you do so. Learn more about what makes SummerSpace so special and the industry leader for retractable awnings. Order your high-quality, durable, manufactured-in-the-USA retractable awning from SummerSpace today!

How Much Clearance is Needed for a Retractable Awning?

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