DIY Window Awning Wood

Updated February 21, 2017

You can construct an awning for any window using wood products only. A wood awning can be a lot heavier than a fabric or metal awning, but it will hold up well in extreme weather. A nice wood awning over one or more windows can make the room more user-friendly. Bright sunlight is often a deterrent to reading or eating in a certain space. An awning can tone down the light and make the room more inviting in daylight hours.

Materials of Wood

You can use exterior grade plywood to build a wood awning. Or, you can construct an awning out of wood-product siding. By using good construction techniques and high-quality paint or stain, you can turn out a nice design. Another good alternative is to build a wooden framework and cover the awning with a plywood base and cedar shakes. An awning covered in cedar shakes looks good on beach homes or mountain homes. This type of awning complements brick homes or stucco houses too.

Design for Weight

Sketch your house from different angles. Draw a wood awning to fit proportionately above the window and beyond the sides of the window by several inches. In most cases, a wood awning should cover at least seven inches of the glass at the top of the window. Think of the wooden framework as a cap that will be bolted to the home's structure. To make the awning lighter, you can leave the sides completely open. The covering is slanted like a porch roof supported by sturdy wall braces.

Support Hardware

You can attach an awning to concrete-based stucco, brick, wood, metal or concrete blocks. Visit an awning showroom to discuss hardware options. There are many types of angle iron, anchor bolts and other devices to support awning weight. You will need a thorough understanding of how to install this hardware. An awning can easily fall and injure (or kill) someone if it's not properly bolted to your house.

Build the Structure

Creating a wood awning requires a detailed design plan. It's best to buy a plan, because it's difficult to design the right proportions from scratch. A typical plan will cost about £19, and many are available online. Use hardwood, such as oak, to construct the framing. To build a cedar shakes-covered awning, build the awning shape with exterior grade plywood. Cover the plywood with tar paper and add cedar shakes or an alternative finished surface. Engage a carpenter to help, because installing the cedar shakes is an artform. The awnings must look professionally made, or they will detract from the look of your house.

Covering Options

You can install awnings covered in plywood or exterior-grade house siding. Caulk all seams well, cover all dents with a plastic wood product, and use high-quality paint to give the awning an upscale look. Nothing will degrade wood awnings more than cheap paint and hammer dents in the surfaces. To shape up rough edges, you can use exterior wood trim to give seams and edges a polished look.

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About the Author

Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.