Are you thinking of buying a canopy for your home? As basically a lengthy fabric – be it a square, rectangle or even triangle – canopies provide shade in a location where building a roof might seem useless. They are aesthetically pleasing choices for homeowners looking to lounge on their balcony, deck or garden – a feat that might be otherwise impossible when the sun is glaring down at you. Or in instances where there is a light drizzle, you can still have your barbeque session outdoors! Whatever your reason might be for buying a canopy, know that there are different varieties, each suiting different needs. Here are the four main types:
- Stationary canopies – these types of shades are, as the name suggests, fixed permanently and cannot be retracted. As a result, they are built to be far sturdier than their counterparts, and can easily withstand rain, snow and even storms. However, this also means that they have to be installed correctly, or else, they will be damaged (or fall apart) pretty easily – you should find a professional company who has experience in this regard. Keep in mind that this also means that, since you cannot retract them, they will also need to be cleaned more frequently, as debris and dirt can accumulate more easily. You might want to find professional shade sail cleaning in Central Coast for this purpose.
- Retractable canopies – probably the most popular type of awnings in Sydney and elsewhere, this specific type can be retracted (usually, rolled or folded up). This gives you the advantage of being able to roll up or fold away the awning during bad weather episodes, which is why many people prefer to settle for this specific variety.
- Motorized canopies – this is another variant of the retractable canopy, and as you would guess, the difference is that there is an automatic system to retract the canopies. Of course, this provides an increased comfort for the homeowner (it basically removes the need to manually retract the canopy), but keep in mind that the price will also naturally increase as a result.
- Portable canopies – and finally, the last type is the portable canopy. This specific type is different from the above three in the fact that it is not fully (or even partially) fixed to any particular location. The retractable varieties of canopies, though providing the possibility of retraction, were nonetheless fixed permanently to a particular place. The case is not so with these portable canopies, which can be moved from place to place. They are relatively quick and easy to set up, as well as to dismantle, making them the most convenient choice for homeowners looking to use them in different places.