Installation, Operation & Care of Markilux Shade Solutions
Markilux North America is a product company. We have factory trained, authorized installation partners that we have worked with on numerous installations on all building types.
Across most of North America, our authorized installation partner is EIDE Industries (www.eideindustries.com), with over 5 decades of experience in the design, build and installation of fixed shading structures. Their participation in commercial and large-scale projects is invaluable.
In the New York metropolitan area and its unique concentration of design professionals, our installation partner is Blindtek Designer Systems (www.blindtekdesignersystems.com) – a company with over 30 years of custom manufactured, site-specific shade solutions know-how.
In various locations we have specialist dealers who know Markilux quality and offer it as authorized resellers.
It is strongly recommended, and compliance with our warranty requires, that our shade solutions be installed by a qualified installer. If you have a contractor for your project, we can work with them to ensure your awning is installed properly to ensure a long and successful installation. Detailed installation instructions are available on each individual product page as well as the Installation Instructions page in the Resource Center.
Planning Your Installation
These are a few of the primary considerations when planning a safe, durable awning installation (use our dynamic awning calculator to determine the optimal combination of projection, pitch, headroom and mounting height):
- Pitch: Markilux awnings may be installed at a wide range of pitches. The pitch (or downward angle) of the awning is set at time of installation, then generally not changed. The pitch setting is a matter of design and appearance, headroom clearance, optimum rain run-off, shade "footprint," and interior view and sun protection. We recommend a minimum 14° pitch for optimum rain shed.
- Mounting Height: Mounting height is the height the awning is installed on the wall or roof. The mounting height, in combination with the pitch angle and extension length determines how much headroom remains under the awning at extension.
- Access to Electrical: If you choose a motorized awning, a licensed electrician must supply power and install a junction box near the motor-side of the awning cassette. It is your choice on which side, right or left, the motor is located. Whether 110-volt or 220-volt power is supplied depends on your awning and motor type.
- Mounting Surface: If the mounting surface is not sturdy enough, a mounting board or header made of material such as pressure treated wood, steel, or Azek PVC may be necessary. The header is bolted to the framing members of the building, then the awning mounted to the header. Your contractor may do this ahead of time or it may be estimated as part of your install work. You might want the header painted to match the building or awning.
- Spreader Plates For extra mounting security, vertical or horizontal spreader plates may be employed to distribute the weight of the awning. Spreader plates are ordered at the same time as the awning and are powder coated to match.
- Wall Switches: A hardwired on/off wall switch is necessary if you choose line voltage standard motorized operation. An RTS motor can be controlled by handheld remote control or by remote-control switch mounted on the wall.
- Sensors: Motion sensor or anenometer-type wind sensors are often installed as part of shade solutions. A sensor will signal the RTS motor to automatically retract your awning at preset wind limits, for carefree enjoyment of the awning.
Home Automation, Lighting, Heaters, Sound Speakers, or other lifestyle accessories are also part of the planning of your awning installation. We're here to ensure your shade solution supports your outdoor lifestyle.
That technical information includes Product Specification Guides and CAD Files that provide detailed installation information. Please call our support team at 888.685.8008 for more information about product installation.
Product Operation and Care
Once installed, with proper operation and care, your Markilux shade solution will provide many years of performance. Since our products, when retracted, are enclosed safely in sturdy cassettes, the mechanisms and fabrics are protected from the elements to ensure they look and perform like new for many years.
The Operating & Care Instructions for our shade solutions below provide information about care of your Markilux shade solution. Please download the relevant document for your product type and review it carefully.
Markilux 6000 Awning Operating & Care Instructions (807 KB)
Markilux ES-1 Awning Operating & Care Instructions (590 KB)
Markilux 990 Awning Operating & Care Instructions (494 KB)
Markilux 3300 Awning Operating & Care Instructions (320 KB)
Markilux 1600 Awning Operating & Care Instructions (588 KB)
Markilux 1600 Skylife Awning Operating & Care Instructions (500 KB)
Markilux 780-880 Canopy Operating & Care Instructions (561 KB)
Markilux 889 Under-Glass Canopy Operating & Care Instructions (492 KB)
Markilux 730-830 Window Awning Operating & Care Instructions (698 KB)
Markilux 760-860 Window Shade Operating & Care Instructions (676 KB)
Markilux 790 Side Screen Operating & Care Instructions (565 KB)
Markilux 5010 Awning Operating Instructions (470 KB)
For more information about the installation, operation or care of any of our retractable awnings, canopies or exterior window shades, please call us at 888/685-8008 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.