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Bracket Hardware Guide

Stainless steel specialty bracket for awning fabrication

Introduction to Brackets

A bracket is any type of support hardware, usually metal and attached to a wall, used to hold, attach, mount, or secure. This makes bracket hardware especially useful in awning and shade applications. Hardware brackets can be used for home or commercial use. They can be made from a number of materials (metal brackets are the most popular option) and are used across many industries. Many of our customers are looking for awning brackets, although brackets for curtain track and retractable awnings are also very popular.

Some common applications for bracket hardware:

  • Awnings (retractable awnings, window awnings, etc.)
  • Roller shades
  • Rolling tracks
  • Shade sails
  • Motorized shade
  • Curtain rods and track systems
  • Heavy-duty brackets for commercial use

Brackets come in many sizes. The size of bracket you'll need will depend on the demands of your specific project. They come with or without fasteners (most often used with screws) and can be mounted on multiple surfaces, with many designed to be mounted onto wood or studs. Find the best bracket for your specific job by reading below.


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Brackets for Fixed Awnings

The following types of brackets are used in the assembly of fixed awnings. You can find them all in our awning hardware section.

  • Z Brackets

    • Z Bracket
    • These Z-shaped brackets are designed to easily mount an awning frame flush to a wall or building. Simply mount your Z bracket to the surface, drop your awning frame onto the shelf of the Z bracket, then secure your awning frame through the variety of holes in the Z bracket.

      At Trivantage, we're proud to offer many sizes for you to choose from. Also, the unique single gussets engineered into the Z brackets provide additional strength.

  • L Brackets

    • L Bracket
    • Simple in design, these L-shaped brackets are used when a Z bracket is not needed. They're commonly used to mount awning tubing to a wall. L brackets can also be used on 3/4" square tubing. See answers to common questions at the bottom of this guide for more on L brackets.

  • Joining Brackets

    • Joining Bracket
    • A joining bracket is used to join two square tubing sections (both placed and secured in the center of the bracket), commonly in the construction of awning frames.

  • Hinge Brackets

    • Hinged Bracket
    • Hinge brackets (or camelback hinges) are most often used in drop-arm awnings. They're used to fasten projection arms of awning frames to a building.

      Trivantage carries a number of awning hinge brackets, often used for window awnings and traditional awning frames using industry-standard awning hardware. Use in conjunction with Slip-Fit or threaded eye ends.

  • Head Rod Clamps

    • Head Rod Clamp
    • Head rod clamps are used in conjunction with a fiberglass or iron head rod. Head rod clamps are used to mount traditional roll-up vertical curtains, drop-down window awnings, and a variety of shade panels.

Brackets for Shade Sails

Use the following brackets when installing a shade sail. You can find them all in our shade sail hardware offerings.

  • Mounting Brackets

    • Mounting Bracket
    • A mounting bracket is a general term to describe brackets used for different kinds of mounting requirements needed when installing a shade sail. There are several kinds, including internal corner brackets, external corner brackets, diamond pad eyes, and wall plates.

      Internal corner brackets are installed to an inner corner foundation before attaching the fabric. External corner brackets are installed to the outer corner foundation. Diamond pad eyes and wall plates mount to a flat surface of the support structure.

Brackets for Retractable Awnings

There are many kinds of brackets used in retractable awnings, motorized blinds, and roller shades. Three of the most popular brands in the shade solutions market are, Somfy, Solair, and RollEase.

  • Solair Retractable Awnings

    • Solair Pro Wall Bracket
    • Our Solair retractable awning line comes with a variety of mounting options. Solair brackets include beam brackets, wall brackets, ceiling mount brackets, end brackets, roof mounting brackets, roller tube support brackets, L brackets, hood brackets, bracket adapters, and universal mounting brackets (can be mounted horizontally or vertically). All are used in conjunction with Solair shade systems, including Solair Pro, Comfort, vertical curtains, and Maxi Large Window Awnings.

      Some installation tips:

      • Mount your Solair Pro with a standard F wall bracket (#231650)
      • Mount your Solair Comfort with an H wall bracket (#231597)
      • Mount your Solair Pro to the side of a beam with a beam bracket (#231697); use in conjunction with a standard standard F wall bracket (#231650)
      • Mount your Solair Comfort to the side of a beam with a beam bracket (#275336); use in conjunction with a soffit or ceiling bracket (#231675)
      • To mount your Solair Pro to a soffit, use a soffit bracket adapter (#231621); use in conjunction with a Solair Pro wall bracket (#231650)
      • To mount your Solair Comfort to a soffit, use a soffit or ceiling bracket (#231675)
      • Use the Solair Vertical Cable Curtain End Bracket with Cover (#231639) to mount all of our Solair Pro vertical curtain frames
      • Use the Solair Pro Universal Roof Mount Bracket (#231622) with any Solair wall bracket to mount your awning to a roof
      • We have two options for Solair roof brackets, a 10" (#231696) and a 12" (#231622) – these are very durable and reliable for safe use on a roof

      We feature lots of flexibility and mounting options for your specific needs.

  • Somfy Motorized Blinds

    • Somfy® LT50 Motor Bracket with Welded Universal Bracket
    • We also offer mounting brackets from Somfy. Somfy brackets include universal brackets, motor mounting brackets, adjustable brackets, and idler brackets (used opposite the motor bracket to enable free spinning of the motorized shade).

  • RollEase Roller Shades

    • RollEase Mounting Bracket for R-16 Clutch 1-1/2" Nickel
    • RollEase, a popular brand of roller shades, is a go-to for commercial settings like coffee shops and eateries. RollEase brackets include roller shade mounting brackets and fascia brackets. When you want to conceal your brackets, clutch, and roller tube, use the fascia bracket to mount and the corresponding RollEase fascia to snap over. We carry all the RollEase hardware you need to make your interior roller shades.

Brackets for Duratrack Industrial Curtain Track

One of the most popular brands in industrial track systems is Duratrack. You can choose from wall mount, end mount, and vertical mount brackets. We offer Duratrack industrial track in two sizes with a number of mounting options to mount to any type of surface. This allows you to accomplish any industrial track mount design. The types of Duratrack curtain brackets are listed below.

  • Wall Mount Brackets

    • Duratrack Bracket Wall Mount Down Two-Hole Plate Galvanized Steel
    • These brackets are used to mount something to an interior or exterior wall, like a track system, awning, or shelf. They're used in conjunction with galvanized steel track.

  • End Mount Brackets

    • Duratrack Bracket End Mount Down Two-Hole Plate Galvanized Steel
    • End mount brackets refer to brackets used in the ends of track systems running along a wall, curtain ends, for the ends of shade headrails, or for the end of shelves.

  • Vertical Mount Brackets

    • Duratrack Bracket Vertical Mount Three-Hole Plate Galvanized Steel
    • Typically used with track systems, vertical mount brackets are designed to be attached to a beam or suspended with a chain and an S hook.

Materials Brackets Come In

  • Stainless steel: Known for corrosion resistance and strength, stainless steel brackets are ideal for outdoor applications where durability is paramount.
  • Zinc-plated steel: Offering both strength and a protective zinc barrier, these brackets are a cost-effective option for various projects.
  • Galvanized steel: Lower in cost with a protective coating, galvanized steel brackets are suitable for applications that don't require premium corrosion resistance.
  • Powder-coated steel: This durable coating offers cleanliness and eco-friendliness, making it a great choice for both aesthetics and protection.
  • Nickel-plated steel: Wear-resistant with a bright, attractive look, nickel-plated steel brackets are suitable for applications where appearance matters.
  • Aluminum: Lightweight yet reliable, aluminum brackets are ideal for projects where weight is a concern or corrosion resistance is required.

Answers to Common Bracket Questions

  • What does an L bracket do and how do you use it?

      L brackets are typically used to mount awning tubing or shelving to a wall. Use lag screws to attach one side to the tubing and the other side to the wall. It can be used with 3/4" tubing as well as in applications where the strength of a Z bracket is not necessary.

  • Can you use L brackets upside down?

      Z brackets can be used upside down but it's usually not recommended with L brackets (less support is provided in an L bracket since it has fewer screw holes and no vertical piece).

  • How many Z brackets do I need?

      There's no standard to how many Z brackets are needed to safely hold an awning to the wall. It's up to you or an engineer to decide what is best for any given project. Typically, our customers use Z brackets every 2-4 feet.

  • How do I install a Z bracket into wall?

      First, determine the material you'll be screwing (lagging) into. Then pick the proper fastener, screw the plate or tail into the wall, rest the awning onto the shelf of the Z bracket, and use Teks® screws to secure to the awning frame.

  • Can Different Types of Brackets Be Combined?

      It's possible to combine different bracket types within a project as long as it aligns with the structural requirements. However, ensure that the combination maintains stability and load distribution. If in doubt, consulting professionals or engineers is recommended for a safe and effective outcome.

  • Are There Load Capacity Considerations?

      Each bracket type and material has a specific load capacity. It's crucial to choose brackets that comfortably exceed the expected weight. Consult load capacity information and consider dynamic loads. Seek expert advice for applications with higher stress demands.

  • What Are the Best Practices for Mounting Brackets?

      Mounting brackets securely is vital for stability. Align and level brackets accurately before fastening. Use appropriate tools and follow manufacturer guidelines. Consider weight distribution across brackets to avoid undue stress on a single point.

Disclaimer:

The purpose of this guide is to give fabricators some general guidelines and product information. Read all our Product Guides.

This guide should not be considered as the sole source of information on brackets. This guide is strictly informational.

Please reach out to your local customer care team for more guidance.