How can I enclose the sides of a patio awning?

Hello! I am looking for information on how to enclose the sides of a patio awning with screen, fabric, or other material to keep snow off my patio in the winter, mosquitos in the summer, and other invasive harsh weather elements. I am also looking for information on how to repaint and seal awning.


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  • Uve10579984 Uve10579984 on Oct 18, 2017
    I made a wood frame between awning posts and attached heavy clear vinyl sheeting. Worked wonderful, kept fall leaves and snow off patio .

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    • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Oct 19, 2017
      best of luck :)

  • Ken Ken on Oct 18, 2017
    Is this a solid, permanent aluminum awning or a retractable? With screen you may discourage mosquitoes but the snow is still coming in. Did you want to put a door in or are you looking for no outside access?

    • Ask29983617 Ask29983617 on Oct 19, 2017
      It is a permanent aluminum awning, but it was taken down so it could be repainted, and now it leaks and has gaps, so maybe replacing it would be the best thing, especially since all the new paint peeled off, and now it looks worse than ever. I need outdoor access, because we use the back door for entering and exiting our home. Yes, snow will soon be a challenge, an when it melts and refreezes, it will make the patio an ice rink, and a fall risk. Thank you for responding to my question. Any tips and advice are welcomed.

  • Ken Ken on Oct 19, 2017
    It does seem that you might be asking too much from an aluminum awning, even a new one. Sounds like you are trying to accomplish a three seasons porch. Everything that is already there, like roofline of the house, patio, trees, property line, local zoning, and budget all come into play. We cannot know any of that so making sound recommendations by remote will be hit and miss. Contractors will come out for free and give insane price quotes and recommendations that will fit with what you are trying to accomplish. Don't tell them what you want to build, tell them what problems you want to solve. Let them recommend a solution. Maybe they can even tell you there is an aluminum awning product that will do it all.