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A quick search on the internet will turn up hundreds of choices, styles and designs for awnings and canopies for the outdoors of homes and businesses. But with so many different types and styles to choose from, how do you find one that is best suited for your needs? And then once you settle on the function you want out of these useful products, how do you decide on a material?
Uses for Awnings & Canopies
Since awnings & canopies are primarily used as extensions of a roofline, generally speaking they extend the area of coverage allowing more use of a certain area, or protection from the elements. They serve many of the same purposes of awnings including:
- Shading for windows or doors
- Sheltering an entrance
- Braking strong winds
- Expanding a dining or entertainment area
- Adding architectural character to a building
- Allowing light to enter a building with some filtering
Since canopies can larger than awnings, they can cover an entire patio or party area. They can also serve as the covering for an automobile drop-off point, for example.
Awning & Canopy Materials
Awnings & canopies can be produced in a variety of materials. Common materials include:
- Canvas – most commonly used for larger areas due to lower cost. Also commonly found when bright colors are needed such as on restaurants and cafés. Canvas also gives you the option to be easily moved as you see with products such as the Sunsetter roll up awning.
- Aluminum – aluminum is still a good choice for durability and value, but a bit limited in terms of style and function.
- Molded plastic & Fiberglass – these are often found near hospitals or strip malls where large areas need to be covered.
- Lexan – one of the main benefits of using Lexan for an awning or canopy is that it is clear and allows the sun to come through.
- Polycarbonates – this material is similar to Lexan in that it is clear and oftentimes lightweight.
- Copper – a great choice when style and durability are important.
Benefits of using copper
For sheer beauty, longevity, architectural ambience, there is no awning material that can beat copper. Copper has been used for centuries for awnings and canopies and existing examples that are hundreds of years old are found worldwide. The natural patina of copper becomes part of the building’s envious appearance.
If you would like to know more about the beauty and serviceability of custom copper awnings, contact us at 877-251-5327.