Install a canvas awning
A canvas awning adds more than a pretty face to the exterior of a house. While its color and depth add interest and appeal to a door or windows, an awning protects interior window treatments, carpeting and furnishings from harmful sun rays. You'll find specialty canvas awning installers listed in the Yellow Pages under "Awnings and Canopies"; to find them online, use a search engine like Google and type "canvas awning" in the search box. At home centers you'll find them sold ready-to-install in 4-, 6- and 8-foot widths.

A canvas company will charge $366 to install a 4-foot-wide canvas awning over a door, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the awning for $160 and install it yourself and save 56 percent. Most awnings come with a frame made of galvanized metal pipe rods and hardware. If it's a retractable awning, pulley hardware is also included. To install the awning, you'll need an electric screwdriver, carpenter's level and two ladders -- one for you, and another for a helper to hold the awning in place.

The job involves measuring the width to ensure you order the appropriate size awning, and then assembling the frame and canvas, and fastening it to the house.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$366 -- $160 -- 2.1 -- 3.5 -- $206 -- 56 Percent