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Canopies and awnings play an important role in the construction industry depending on their usage. Their most important task is to protect the facade of the building, door, window, cars and other facilities from high winds, rain and sun rays.
The material used for canopies and awnings can be waterproof, anti-UV, or anti-wind. They come in freestanding structure models or attached to the buildings – in retractable or fixed design. In this article, we are going to discuss the most common types of these awnings and shades.
Canopies and awnings are somewhat different from each other. Awnings are usually known as sunshades. Their role is to prevent sunlight and rain. They are usually attached over a window or door of a building or used as a garden roof. Canvas or tarp awnings are more common in these shades and they are usually manual structures.
Canopies on the other hand function as freestanding structures. They may cover more space than awnings and are usually made retractable. A canopy can be the roof of a carport, restaurant, patio, etc.
Here we introduce the most important types of canopy roofs by models.
These shades are also called permanent or stationary awnings. Fixed awnings or shades are attached to the wall of the building or above the frame of windows or doors. While fixed canopies are used for places that are more exposed to the sun i.e. fixed carports; retractable awnings are mostly used for store door shades, patios and your building entry door.
Retractable canopies can be used both in freestanding and fixed models. Unlike pergolas and stationary canopies, a retractable awning is flexible. It can retract or extend according to the weather changes and your mood. They also can function with a remote control to bring more comfort and joy. These are designed in 2 types: electric retractable awning and manual retractable awning.
Freestanding or self-supporting structures are easy to install. While you may not have anywhere to attach them, they can stand on their own frames. Therefore you can implement them anywhere in your yard or garden. Strong uPVC or metal profiles can withstand harsh weather and storms and are the best choice in cold and hot weather.
This type of canopies and awnings are designed frameless. They do not need any frame to support them because they attach to the wall, door entry or windows. These types of awnings have some exceptional advantages: Since they do not need much metal materials for installation; these canopies have a cheaper price. Attached awnings and shade roofs do not occupy much space – That is why they are suitable for small and limited environments.
When it comes to an outdoor canopy and awning, strength and durability of the material is the key. Before buying the right material for your sunshade and canopy; let us introduce the best types of materials for canopies and awnings.
Tarp or tarpaulin is a canvas made from a durable fabric best known for its waterproof features. Beside canvas they are made with polyethylene, vinyl or polyester. They are protective coatings against rain and UV rays. That is why tarp awnings and canopies are one of the best coverings for carports, patio shades and other outdoor roof shelters. The tarpaulin has a heavier weight than other canvas materials and it might be more expensive as well. But it is worth it because of its durability and good protection against high winds, rain and UV rays.
When it comes to strong storms and coastal winds, canopies and awnings must be installed professionally. otherwise it will collapse and may cost a lot to be restored or renewed. Metal canopies are no exception. Although it can be strong in wind; but for those who live in rainy or sunny places might not be a good idea. In rainy days it makes a lot of noise and in hot days it will transfer the heat to its surrounding. Water speeds up the rusting process in metal roofs, canopies and awnings; but it is a fire resistant material and can be a good roof cover for windy areas – if installed properly.
UPVC canopy and awning – Sepidfam Varna
UPVC awnings and canopies are made of light and durable sheets. They are waterproof and anti-UV coatings. The color of these canopy roofs does not fade in high temperature and the coatings are anti-corrosion against moisture. This rigid PVC is an excellent choice especially for coastal areas where there is heavy wind and rain – when choosing the most durable materials for canopy covers becomes more difficult.
UPVC shade roofing
Sepidfam Varna (Polyroof Erika Trademark) is the first manufacturer of UPVC roof and wall covering sheets in Iran. The Company is a supplier of canopies and awnings products with affordable price and high durability. Excellent overlapping properties of UPVC roof sheets have made them an anti-corrosion and anti-rust material which is highly resistant to wind and rain. Light weight with easy transportation – fair infrastructure costs – with 50 year life expectancy are just some of the most important features of these high-quality shades, canopies and gazebo roofs.
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What are the main factors for buying the best awning and canopy?
Fair price and high durability are the most important factors in choosing the best canopies, shades, awnings, gazebos, etc. Usually the price of a gazebo is higher than a canopy, and the price of canopies is higher than awnings.
How long uPVC canopies last?
High quality material of uPVC can be installed in extreme weather conditions – without discoloration, corrosion or any need for maintenance or to be replacement. UPVC awnings and sunshades last 50 years.
Can UPVC sunshades withstand high winds and rain?
High resistance to corrosion and durable in heavy winds and storms are the main features of Sepidfam Varna uPVC canopies and roof shelters – especially in coastal areas.
What is the difference between a pergola and gazebo?
Gazebos provide full coverage and are enclosed roofing system. Pergolas are partially open roofs, meaning rain and sunlight can get through.
What is the Difference between Awnings and Canopies?
Awnings are attached structures to walls, doors and windows of a building. Canopies are detached or freestanding structures with a self-supporting frame.