RLAAs need great structural attachment because they will cantilever out and create lever forces. RLAAs under 20′ in width typically only need 3-5 brackets and each bracket needs to carry large loads. There are three attachment types. The DELUXE and EVO SC can be installed in any of the three mounting configurations. The SHAN is a wall mount only installation.
If we’re going into concrete, filled concrete block or a solid wooden beam then that is the best. If we’re going into studs, we may need to install a header so that we can attach the header to every stud and then attach the few brackets to the header. This spreads the load of the entire awning to the entire wall, instead of isolating forces to a single stud. If there are metal studs we always need a header.
If we have a concrete ceiling then that is best as we do not need additional elements to install the ceiling brackets. But in a roof rafter scenario, we can install 2x6s in between roof rafters and then install ceiling brackets to that 2×6.
With the use of stainless steel roof brackets we can install a RLAA on top of the roof. In this scenario the closed awning can be out of sight out of mind when not in use. However the location of the control in this configuration usually means we have to motorize the awning. The roof brackets are through bolted through the roof into angle iron that is through bolted to the roof rafters.