When the warmer temperatures start to arrive, most people are anxious to get outside and enjoy the weather. The arrival of sunnier days also means patio season! Whether you have an existing deck and patio space that you love, or you are planning for new construction this year, a patio canopy can be exactly what you need to make the most of your outdoor space.
An outdoor patio space almost functions as another room in the warmer months. Many people frequently entertain outdoors and get in the habit of enjoying a meal, a drink or some quiet time in their patio area. So, how can a patio canopy add to your perfect outside oasis? Here are a few of the best benefits you can expect from a canopy:
- Addition of style and design to match your home and outdoor furnishings.
- Improvement in energy efficiency as fabric awnings have been shown to reduce heat gain by 55% to 77% by blocking direct sunlight before it enters a dwelling.
- Provide temperature control.
- Protect your furniture from sun damage.
- Provide UV protection.
Now that you know all the benefits that you’ll get by adding a canopy, it is time to learn more about how to choose a canopy that suits your needs.
What To Consider When Choosing A Canopy For Your Patio
Don’t assume that you are limited in your options. Professional canopy and awning companies have vast experience working with all kinds of homes, so your best bet is to work with an expert to find out what is available.
Retractable Or Not
Retractable canopies do give you versatility but you need to ensure that a retractable canopy can be fully retracted based on where it is installed. A retractable windshield sun shade can even be installed with a sun and wind sensor to help ensure product longevity and safety.
It may surprise you to know that even very large patio areas are suitable for canopy covers. Custom canopies can be made to fit any shape, size and style of patio. When you have an in home consultation, the size recommendation of your canopy will be based on the space as well as factors such as how and when the sun hits your outdoor space, where windows and doors are placed and how you intend to use the patio cover.
If you choose to go with a custom made canopy, you will have the option of hundreds of high quality fabric styles and patterns. Companies that can deliver custom canopies will also professionally install the unit and generally offer a warranty on manufacturing and installation.
The option does exist to buy an off the shelf canopy that you can install on your own, but be prepared to be limited in colour and sizing options. You may have trouble finding a product that is as durable as you had hoped and should be prepared to have to replace the canopy sooner than if you worked with a company whose expertise is providing quality awnings and canopies.
Where To Find Patio Awnings And Canopies
When you are ready to add some protective coverage to your outdoor space, take the time to find a professional company that can help you get exactly what you want.
Gallagher’s Awnings specializes in developing high quality, custom awnings and canopies for your home or business. Starting with a personal consultation process, we will design and install your product. We also offer maintenance services to keep your awning or canopy in great condition. With more than 20 years in business serving Oakville and the surrounding areas, we continue to provide the best in quality, service, and craftsmanship. We invite you to contact us and learn more about our process and how we can help enhance your outdoor patio.