How to Repair Aluminum Awnings

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Aluminum awnings serve a dual purpose: keeping a space shaded and wind protection when folded down over a window. Though aluminum is extremely durable and weather resistant, it can be punctured or cracked. If this occurs on an aluminum awning attached to your home's exterior, you have two options: replace the aluminum awning or repair it yourself. The latter of the two is less expensive and is not difficult to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather gloves
  • Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Wire block brush
  • Aluminum snips
  • Aluminum
  • Butyl tape
  • Screw gun
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Cloth
  • Roof coating
  • Paint roller
  • Put leather gloves on to protect from cuts while working with the aluminum awning. Place a ladder next to the aluminum awning.

  • Clean any grime and/or rust off the aluminum awning with a wire block brush to have a clean surface for the patch to stick against.

  • Make the damaged area square using aluminum snips.

  • Cut a square section out of a piece of aluminum with the snips about two to three inches larger than the hole in the awning.

  • Place the aluminum patch over the hole in the awning and tape down in place with butyl tape.

  • Fasten screws around the outside edges of the patch with a screw gun and stainless steel screws--putting at least two screws in each side.

  • Caulk around the edges with silicone caulk using a caulk gun, wiping away any excess silicone with a damp cloth. Allow the silicone caulk to dry for approximately 30 minutes.

  • Spread roof coating over the entire patch with a paint roller. Let dry as long as directed by the manufacturer.

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References

  • "The Home Carpenter & Woodworker's Repair Manual "; William Perkins Spence; 2006
  • "Welding Fabrication & Repair: Questions and Answers"; Frank M. Marlow; 2002
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