Installation Instructions for the Rolltec® Bravo

Installation Instructions
for the Rolltec®
Bravo™ Awning
Table of Contents
Questions? Call Rolltec®
at 1-800-667-0474
Available installation brackets
Side dimensions of various installations
Determining installation height and coverage
Positioning installation brackets
Mounting wall brackets to surface
Attaching and operating the awning
Slope adjustment instructions
General Tool Requirements
Hammer drill
Masonry bit set
Drill bit 3/16” (for 3/8” lag bolts) or 1/4” (for 1/2” lag
bolts) if mounting on surface that requires pilot holes
17mm wrench (for slope adjustment)
13mm socket (for securing square bar in mounting
5mm Allen key (for slope adjustment)
Chalk line
Supplied: Installation wall brackets. Other brackets available
upon request.
Not Supplied: Anchors, lag
bolts, or mounting screws for
installation. We recommend 3/8”
lag bolts with washers and corresponding anchors.
When mounting a retractable awning, it is extremely important to take into consideration the
type of building surface you will be installing on. Whether the building’s exterior is stucco, siding or brick, it is imperative to install the mounting brackets in a correct manner, to properly
secure the awning to the building’s surface.
A retractable fabric awning is designed to provide shade and light rain protection*, and should
be retracted during heavy rain, snow, or severe wind conditions.
* A minimum of 15° slope is required, and should be used under proper care.
Available Installation
Brackets for the Bravo™
Wall Bracket
Extruded aluminum with a powder coated finish. For
flat surface mounting, such as brick, wood, or siding.
Ceiling Bracket (optional)
To be used for installations under the soffit. Can be
used individually or in combination with rafter brackets.
Rafter Bracket (used in combination with ceiling brackets, optional)
Rafter brackets are made of steel with a white powder coated finish. They are available
in 4 sizes, and must be used in combination with a ceiling bracket.
Roof Bracket
Roof brackets are made of stainless steel and used in
combination with a wall bracket when installing on a
Roof brackets can be adjusted between 10° and 90° to
accommodate the slope of the roof.
Side Dimensions for Various Installations
Installation on wall
Installation under overhang
Installation under overhang
with rafter brackets
When mounting under a soffit, make
sure that the back edge of the ceiling
bracket is at least 13” from the front
edge of the roof. This protects the
retracted awning from weather elements.
Bolt only 3 holes (2 holes if trusses
are 2x4) of the rafter bracket to the
center of the roof truss, the wood
might crack if all 4 holes are bolted.
Installation on roof
The angle of the roof brackets is
adjusted between 10° and 90° to
ensure that the awning is mounted
upright despite the slope of the
Determining Installation Height and Coverage
The horizontal coverage of an awning is
determined by the length of the arms
and the angle of the awning. Arms come
in several standard sizes, and the angle
can be adjusted.
4’11” 4’10” 4’ 9”
4’ 8”
6’ 8”
6’ 7”
6’ 4”
8’ 2”
8’ 1” 7’11” 7’ 9”
Arm Size
NOTE: In order to use an awning for light rain protection, it must be installed with a 15° slope or greater.
6’ 6”
10’0” 9’11” 9’10” 9’ 8”
9’ 5”
11’8” 11’ 6” 11’ 5” 11’ 3” 11’0”
Tables for Various Arm Sizes and Angles
8’ 0”
8’ 5”
9’ 3”
1’ 0”
1’ 5”
2’ 3”
8’ 2”
8’ 9”
9’ 4”
9’ 11”
1’ 2”
1’ 9”
2’ 4”
8’ 4”
9’ 0”
9’ 9”
10’ 5”
1’ 4”
2’ 0”
2’ 9”
3’ 5”
8’ 5”
9’ 4”
10’ 2”
11’ 0”
1’ 5”
2’ 4”
3’ 2”
4’ 0”
8’ 7”
9’ 7”
10’ 7”
11’ 7”
1’ 7”
2’ 7”
3’ 7”
4’ 7”
Arm Size
Arm Size
NOTE: The table of suggested installation heights uses 7’ of headroom below the front valance. To calculate the installation height for a different amount of headroom, use the table of
vertical drops and add to your preferred headroom:
Brackets in Relation to Awning Width
Number of
Arm 5’0”-10’0”
Awning Width
7’-10’ 11’-13’ 14’-15’ 16’-17’
Positioning Installation Brackets
Fig.1: Awning with 2 Arms and 2 or 3 Brackets
Refer to these illustrations when
determining the positions of installation brackets. See the next page for
step-by-step installation instructions.
Fig.2: Awning with 2 Arms and 4 or 5 Brackets
Brackets that are placed on the outside of the arm shoulder (bracket 1 and 2 in all the illustrations) should be as close to the arm shoulder as possible, up to 12”.
Brackets placed inside the arm shoulder (bracket 3 or 4 in Fig.2) should be 12” to 24” from
the arm shoulder.
NOTE 1: There should be a bracket on the outside of the shoulder whenever possible! If
not, place the bracket inside as close to the arm shoulder as possible.
NOTE 2: Bravo™ awnings come with a center cassette holder. It should be taken into consideration when positioning the brackets.
It is important to properly secure the installation brackets to the surface. The weight of the
awning, added pulling forces and aerodynamic lifts (when the awning is extended) are creating
considerable stress on the installation brackets.
Expected stress values are factored into the number of brackets shipped with an awning.
However, it is assumed that the awning will be installed on a solid surface. When installing on
a weaker surface, it is recommended to use additional brackets to spread the load. Extra
brackets are available on request, for a small added charge.
Mounting Wall Brackets to Surface
NOTE: Check to see that the wall is flat and even. If it is not, it is advisable to mount the
brackets on a cedar wooden board first. The brackets can be attached to the board with carriage bolts, before the board is mounted on the wall. Use a 2”x8” or 2”x10” board.
Step 1. Draw a Horizontal Line
Chalk a horizontal line at the optimum installation height
(as determined on page 4). The level of the line corresponds to the level of the middle installation screw. This
step is not necessary if installing on brick.
Step 2. Mark Where to Drill Holes
Align a wall bracket so that the chalk line goes through
the center of the middle hole (A). If installing on brick,
make sure that all holes are on brick and not mortar
(fastening an awning to mortar will cause it to loosen
over time).
Use a level to make sure that the bracket is upright (B).
Use a pencil to draw a line down the center of the
small visible wall area through the middle hole. Keeping
the bracket in place, draw perpendicular lines that intersect in the centre of the top and bottom holes. C
illustrates the resulting marks.
Step 3. Drill Holes and Attach Outside Brackets
After marking the locations of drill holes for the two outside brackets, drill the holes and attach them loosely.
Step 4. Align and Attach Remaining Brackets
Align the remaining wall brackets with respect to the two outside ones. They will need to be
able to fit and support installation bar, and good alignment is important.
Once you are satisfied with the alignment, tighten all screws firmly and
check that each bracket is attached
solidly to the surface.
Attaching and Operating the Awning
Attaching the Awning
1. Make sure that both your hands and the working area are clean.
2. Remove the awning from the protective sleeve.
Do not use a knife, as you risk damaging the
3. Slide awning square bar into the mounted brackets. Use a 13mm socket and the supplied bolts
to secure the square bar inside the brackets.
The procedure is identical for both wall and ceiling
Extending and Retracting the Awning
Manual Operation
Start by attaching the crank by hooking it through
the loop in the gear mechanism, as shown.
For a right side crank (pictured), turning the
crank counter-clockwise will extend the awning,
and turning clockwise will retract it. For a left
side crank, it’s the other way around.
You will know that the awning has fully extended
once the fabric becomes slightly slack. When this
happens, turn the crank in the opposite direction
just enough for the fabric to go back to being
When retracting from a fully extended position, the first turn or two can offer a fair amount
of physical resistance. This is normal and should not cause alarm.
Motorized Operation
Use the supplied electrical 3-way control (switch or remote) to operate your awning. The UP
button is to close the awning, and the DOWN button is to open the awning. The middle button lets you stop the awning partway. If you adjust the slope, you might have to adjust the
limit switches on your motor. Also, resetting the limit switches on your motor is recommended after the first few months of use, as awning fabric has a tendency to stretch. Please
refer to instructions supplied with the motor or contact Rolltec®.
Slope Adjustment Instructions
You will need a 5mm Allen key and a 17mm wrench to perform the adjustment procedure.
Before starting, extend the awning fully.
Note that slope adjustment is done on one arm at a time, the arms should not differ
in slope by more than 10° (you need to go back and forth between arms if you want
a steeper adjustment), and the final slope of each arm must be equal.
You should support the arm being adjusted.
Procedure (for each arm)
1. Locate two side bolts on the arm shoulder
(see A).
2. Using a 17mm wrench, loosen (but do not
remove: between 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn) both
3. Before turning the adjustment screw, lift the
arm from the bottom to alleviate the pressure from the arm shoulder.
4. Use a 5mm Allen key to turn the adjustment
screw (see B), located in the front of the arm
shoulder. Turning clockwise raises the angle,
while turning counter-clockwise lowers it.
5. Once the arm is at the desired slope, retighten the bolts.
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