Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

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Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby rebar » Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:50 pm

Or would you have to build something that resembled a concessions trailer, with doors that hinged at the top and were propped open to keep rain/sun away from open windows?

I saw a vintage trailer that had a tip-up awning over sliders, but the only new "top hinge" tip-out windows Ive seen only tip out a few inch's, and you cant call that a awning..

On the other hand.. In order for a awning to function it needs to be wider than the window, and strong enough to be left open most of the time..
So what would be the best plan, and how would you keep water from leaking through the hinge and onto the window?
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby TimC » Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:21 pm

Maybe not what you are considering but throwing it out there.

Sailrite is a marine supply shop that specializes in marine fabric and hardware among other things. They have a Keder Rope that when sewn on an awning fabric or attachment material fits an awning rail that can attach to many surfaces including a doorway or window. They slide on and off or stay on permanently if desired. The rails come in two lengths, black or white (the 90" stuff is expensive to ship so I just butted up short lengths of the 44" rail). The keder rope itself comes by the foot in black or white. I have used these on my TD and they will work well if it fits your needs. Make sure you buy the rope that fits the rail. I think they have a couple sizes of the rope available. They also sell screws and a screw driver that are made for the rails. The rails are not predrilled, so, you drill them out wherever it works for your surface and anchor points.

The rope (it can be sewn on an awning)
https://www.sailrite.com/Awning-Rope-Vinyl-3-8
The rail
https://www.sailrite.com/Flex-A-Rail-White-45
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby rebar » Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:16 pm

Thanks Tim.

Those sailrite products are great for the tent I'm considering. But I think I need some heavy duty hard side awnings made of metal to survive the winds.

Just wondering if a company made something like that so I wouldn't have to build them.

Maybe Jensen trailers have a way to extend their one piece roofs over the awnings? Or this hinge looks waterproof.

https://www.trudoor.com/pemko/cfs83-83- ... JkEALw_wcB
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby beachguy005 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 10:11 am

Down here in SW Florida I have these awnings on my house called "clamshell awnings". Made of aluminum and closed down for hurricanes. The top is a continuous hinge so no water leaks.
Might be something to consider. You may even be able to find some that are used as some remove them and install impact rated windows.

https://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.co ... _shell.php
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby rebar » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:10 am

beachguy005 wrote:Down here in SW Florida I have these awnings on my house called "clamshell awnings". Made of aluminum and closed down for hurricanes. The top is a continuous hinge so no water leaks.
Might be something to consider. You may even be able to find some that are used as some remove them and install impact rated windows.

https://www.hurricaneshuttersflorida.co ... _shell.php


Thanks beachguy.

Yeah, same idea with the hinge, but a flat 1" thick panel like a concessions trailer though.

The awning supports would have to be heavy duty, quick to adjust, and secure open and closed.
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby OP827 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:15 am

I have homemade awning windows for my camper. Drip edge that is wide enough over the window should work.
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Re: Does anyone build windows with awnings built into them?

Postby Tomterrific » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:28 am

J bead for house siding comes in vinyl or aluminum. I used aluminum from Lowe's as a gutter over my homemade doors. It makes a great miniature gutter.

Jalousie windows are awning windows by design.
I have them tested through many rains without leaks. Impressive!

Awnings should be easy to make. Just a flat wooden frame with thin ply, aluminum or even painted cloth on top. Have the frame larger than the window. So the frame rests against the side of the tear when closed. Hinge the top to a piece as thick as the awning with a continuous hinge. For an opening prop, a screen door hook and eye can be used. Larger sizes hooks are available.

I have thought of a window in the front of my camper and it would need a closing awning for protection.

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