Last fall, we purchased a "pan type" awning for over our back door. Our hope was that it would keep the rain and snow from coming in the doorway and that it would provide a bit of shelter. Since we live in Minnesota, we were a bit reluctant because our weather is so severe and the wind, rain and snow can be extreme.
We have been far more than satisfied....we are delighted. In fact, we so love the look of the awning that we put in a fence along the patio to match it! It functions exactly as we had hoped and my husband found it to be very easy to install. He commented that the instructions were very thorough and easy to understand since there were illustrations.
The employees at General Awnings were very professional as well as helpful and knowledgeable. We would have no reservations in recommending this company to our friends and family. It was a GREAT buy!
I found that the quality of your product was, what I use on determining material quality, was an 8 out of 10, installation ease was also an 8 out of 10. The only challenge that I encountered was that next time I would assemble the awnings on the job site instead of assembling them at my construction shop and then taking them to the job site and making sure the day of assembling them is not a windy day. Otherwise the product overall is good.
I would be happy to recommend General Awnings to anyone who is looking for aluminum awnings. I purchased 2 awnings, one of which I had to customize to fit around a chimney, it was 110" long with a 42" projection; and a simple awning for over my front door which is 75" long with a 42" projection.
The customized unit was the first awning I did and it took me about 6 hours to complete. I had to cut and attach the framing members to the chimney and fit the awning pans around the chimney. It was certainly not what I would call a normal installation, once I got past all of the layout and cutting, I found the installation to be rather easy. The second awning was a simple installation over my front door. The awning is attached to a masonry wall which I used masonry anchors for attachment in lieu of the normal hardware, this awning only took about 3 1/2 hours to complete.
In all, I found the installation to be easy, once you get the hang of it. I am very pleased with the look and finish of the awnings and would highly recommend General Awnings products.
We are very pleased with the look and functionality of the awning. I was able to install the unit myself over a 3 day period. The only time I needed assistance was putting up the initial frame (my son helped hold the frame while I attached it to the house). During the winter blizzard of February 2013, over 2 feet of snow accumulated on the awning. It handled the weight with no discernable problems. My wife particularly likes the protection it gives when raining. We have a 42 inch projection which completely covers the decking. Thanks for a nice product.
We LOVE the awning! It was easy to assemble and hang. Really like the color choices that were available. The sketch that was online along with the picture was helpful for measuring the correct size and what it would look like once installed. There are not many companies that make the type of awning we wanted so I was really glad I found you online. Very happy with the purchase!