Canopies: What You Need to Know

September 10, 2015


Patio Canopy


Retractable Skylight Canopy

Do you know that an awning and a canopy are completely different products? In fact, there a number of things that vary between the two specialty-fabric outdoor living pieces. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Canopies are freestanding.
  • Awnings are typically attached to windows or a building.
  • Canopies are made to cover an outside lounging area or seating area that’s not connected to a home or building. 
  • Awnings shade homes and help reduce energy costs by protecting it from the sun’s heat.
  • Canopies can be taken down and are basically portable shade structures. Generally, these structures are not used to shade your home’s interior but rather an area that is detached from the home or building.
  • Awnings are typically fixed structures that can’t be taken down. 

Now that you know the difference between these two great outdoor living pieces, let’s talk about how you can utilize one for your home. If you’re looking to improve your home’s ability to stay cool and provide protection from the sun during your backyard activities, then an awning might be for you. 
But, if you’re thinking about putting up a stylish outdoor living piece that’s not attached to your home or building, then a canopy might be a good option. Canopies use specialty fabrics, like awnings do, to provide shade using a stand-alone frame. It’s like creating an outdoor room without the walls. They are great for backyards and even lounge areas for restaurants, hotels, and businesses.

Entrance Canopy


Porch Awning

However, do keep in mind that canopies are often mixed up with and or confused with awnings. Sometimes, the two words are used interchangeably. If you do run into that, then just remember to be clear about what you’re looking for and communicate that with your installer. 
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