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Awning Projection & Pitch

Question: When an awning is fully extended, what is the height of the awning's front bar in relation to the mount-point height?

Answer: The mount point of the awning to the front bar when the awning is fully extended is called the “drop”. This “drop” is easily adjusted. We have a recommended “drop” or pitch chart shown below. This chart provides an ideal for maximum strength and water run off. We understand that the ideal may not be possible or even desirable in many installations. This is why we offer very adjustable awning systems. 

Our retractable awnings have “drop” or pitch adjustments up to 60  degrees. For example, an awning with a 10' extension would have a recommended 25" drop based on the pitch chart shown below. This means, if you mount the awning 10' high, the front bar will be 8’ high when the awning is fully extended. Lets say you mount your awning 9' high and you want the front bar 7' high when the awning is fully extended. The drop would be 24". You could also adjust the awning to have a 5' drop or no drop at all. The adjustment is up to you. The chart is only a recommendation. 

Recommended Awning Pitch



6 ft.

  2 in. per foot or 12 in. total fabric drop

8 ft.

  2 in. per foot or 16 in. total fabric drop

10 ft.

  2 in. per foot or 25 in. total fabric drop

12 ft.

  2-1/2 in. per foot or 30 in. total fabric drop

14 ft.

  2-1/2 in. per foot or 35 in. total fabric drop

16 ft.

  2-1/2 in. per foot or 40 in. total fabric drop

17 ft.

  2-1/2 in. per foot or 42-1/2 in. total fabric drop


Retractable awnings should be retracted in situations that would subject your awning to extreme wind and/or heavy rain or snow conditions. I usually retract my awning when it becomes uncomfortable to relax under the awning. Lets face it, if the wind is too strong for you to sit out under your awning, then l retract the awning because it probably doesn't want to be exposed to the bad weather any more than you do! If you must leave the awning extended try a partial retraction to mitigate excess water build up or wind damage.