Awnings and canopies both provide shade and protection from the elements, leaving many homeowners confused about which one is right for their properties. Despite their similarities, there are significant differences in the design of awnings and canopies that can influence how they are used. Here is a look at what these two structures offer to help you decide which one best suits your needs.
Awnings are fixed to an exterior wall on one side and extend outward. They can remain stationary, so that they provide continuous shade, or they can be retractable, so that they can be opened and closed as needed. Homeowners frequently use them over decks and patios, through they typically only extend a maximum of 15 feet from the supporting structure, so they may not effectively cover larger outdoor spaces.
Canopies are supported by posts in the ground, similar to tents. They stand completely free from any supporting stationary structure, so they can be put anywhere in your outdoor space. They can be designed in larger sizes than awnings to cover bigger areas.
Awnings and canopies can both be designed with a range of different fabrics, including fabrics that block UV rays and waterproof fabrics. Awnings must be designed with a sufficient slope to allow rain to roll off of them in order to prevent pooling that will damage the fabric. Canopies, by design, don’t have this issue. Fabric is generally not a differentiating factor between awnings and canopies, as long as the frame used in the design is adequate to support the fabric.
Many homeowners prefer the look of awnings, since they are close to the home and less obtrusive than canopies, which remain in their yards and may stand out more. However, canopies can be important elements of landscaping design, especially around pools or outdoor kitchens, so the choice is a matter of preference.
At Moran Canvas Products, we will listen to your needs and help you pick a residential awning or canopy that meets your needs and preferences. To speak to one of our awning specialists in San Diego , please call (619) 462-7778.