Canopy is a useful architectural element with a large functional load. Protection from rain and scorching sun is its top priority. For this design to be ergonomic and useful, it is necessary to consider all the details and select the appropriate option.
There are a certain number of varieties. Canopies can act as:
- a visor
- a porch roof;
- a gazebo;
By way of construction canopies can be:
Attached sheds are mounted close to the main building. It turns out that one side is required to have closed. With this design, you can design a veranda or patio.
Attached sheds can be straight. This is the simplest kind, which can be used to protect the vehicle. Inclined canopy allows rain and snow to slide down and not to accumulate in harmful amounts. This architectural element can be abatvent and double slope, depending on the designer’s intent.
There are also more complex shapes. For example, the arched structure is very common as a canopy.
In order to build exactly the canopy that will not spoil the facade of the house and will blend in the overall picture, it is necessary to select materials properly. This will determine the color, texture and performance characteristics of the resulting element.
The most popular in recent years are: polycarbonate, slate, corrugated board, plexiglas, tiles of various manufacturing, dense types of textile.
To make a better foundation it is better to use stone; wood, brick, metal, concrete.
Popular material is polycarbonate. This is the easiest and cheapest way to attach a good canopy to the house. With the help of this modern material canopy can get any shape. It safely protects against rain and excessive sunlight. Various colors and nice texture do not spoil facade of the house, but only decorate it, adding also a useful design element. Frame for polycarbonate roof can be wood or metal profiles.
One disadvantage is polycarbonate is its high light transmission, which does not allow it to protect a place under a canopy from the sun completely. In the case where the canopy is on the sunny side, it is better to use a corrugated board from denser materials. It will give more shade, protect the car or furniture from fading, while retaining all the advantages of polycarbonate.
Fabric canopies provide designers more scope for action. A variety of colors and textures allows to fashion a house and a plot in the desired style. This canopy is lightweight and relatively easy to install. In specialty stores you can often find a ready fabric canopy on a metal frame, which needs only be installed on the selected wall.
Cloth canopy can be easily removed. Simple manipulation of such a design is fastened down and remains there until the next use. Unlike other options, the design of the fabric can be used as needed without cluttering space when the canopy is not needed.