Consider A Canopy For Your Patio Or Deck To Make The Space More Usable

Posted on: 20 December 2019

A patio or deck outside your home can be a beautiful place to spend time when the weather is agreeable. Installing a canopy or cover over part of the deck or patio can make that space more usable for more of the year, and even when the weather is rainy, or the sun is hot and sitting directly in it is too much. 

Free Standing Canopies

One solution that is inexpensive and can work for most people is installing a free-standing canopy on the patio or deck. The canopy has a lightweight frame that supports a durable canvas top and gives you a place to put your chairs and table, so they are not in the direct sunlight or out of the rain on days with bad weather. 

There are consumer-level canopies that you can buy and install yourself, or you can call a canopy and awning company and have them install one for you. The one you get from the canopy company may be a little more expensive, but you get professional installation with it, and often they come with a warranty that the one you bought at the big box store does not. 

Care and Maintenance

Most canopies that are good quality do not need much maintenance, but rinsing off the canvas once in a while and checking to make sure it is still securely fastened to the frame can help the canopy stand up outdoors for a long time. 

When winter comes, the canopy needs to be taking down and put inside if you live in a climate that sees a lot of ice and snow. The weight of the ice and snow on the canopy will tear the fabric and could bend the frame if it is left up all year long. 

In warmer climates, this is, of course, not a problem, but the sun can also damage the canvas over time, so check it regularly to ensure that the canvas is in good shape. If you have any concerns about the condition of the canvas, call the company that you bought the canopy from and have them come check it out for you. 

Custom Canopies

If you want a custom canopy to fit a specific area outside, you will need to have the company come to your home and measure the area then give you an estimate to make a canopy that will fit for you. The time to make a custom canopy may be a little longer than if you bought one already made, but if you have a specific need, a custom unit may be the best solution for your situation.

For more information, contact companies like Evans Awning.