Awning Canopies / August 25, 2019 / Shari Nelson
Whether metal or aluminium vinyl or one of the dozen or so fabric types awnings have acquired a well-deserved niche among the different shades that most of us employ to complement our homes and places of business. Awnings are much more preferable to canopies and tents for instance when the area is against a structure or on the side of a building. This is because of two things: first having an awning is structurally more sound compared to a canopy because it is attached to the wall or a concrete structure; and second it only requires half the framing of a traditional canopy which saves space and eases installation. Fabric awnings in particular are superior to the other types depending on the environmental conditions in their area of use. Generally they are the most versatile type and can handle multiple situations.
Of course if awnings and other shade structures improve the messaging of a restaurant and are a patron s first impressions canopies very often round out a restaurant-goers final thoughts. While less focuses on literal messaging than on style and atmosphere canopies extend a restaurant s outdoor footprint adding a sense of elegance as indoor amenities are brought outside. Built from a similar selection of material as stated in the previous paragraph canopies can still retain the natural collective body heat from guests (and hot food) with only the most minor of fold-down fabric walls. And as fall weather progresses and the temperatures drop these simple measures can be augmented with propane heaters turning outdoor dining into a year round possibility - even in some of the country s harsher winter climates.
Awnings maybe used for other areas other than patios. A deck may even be covered with an awning. Windows and doors can take advantage of awnings for shade and design too. Cars may be covered with a large piece. Commercial establishments including restaurants also make of awnings in larger sizes. Most of these cover items are stationary. Some awnings are also retractable and can be rolled over to a supporting structure like a wall. Windows may be covered with removable awnings as well. For outdoor purposes such as a family swim a temporary awning can be built. Awnings Canopies and Umbrellas These three all function as shades or covers for outdoor purposes. They should not be mistaken for the other though. Each one is unique on its own. Awnings are described in previous paragraphs.