When it is time to get outdoor shades for the home, a lot of people opt to get a canopy for their home. Why do people get outdoor shades? Principally it is to increase the amount of safe, livable space in the underused areas immediately exterior to the home. Or if the space is highly used, the outdoor shades help protect people from the sun. Canopies have been around a long time and come in a dizzying array of colors, shapes, sizes and function. Modern canopies have the added benefit of being made of high tech, composite materials.
Canopies are used in three major ways. Fixed canopies in a residence provide exterior shading for those who want to enjoy the outdoor area near a home. Portable canopies are lightweight and can be taken on outings, or used to set up an impromptu stand in public. Vehicle canopies protect cars or trucks that would otherwise be exposed to the sun all day. The three kinds of canopies differ in price, construction, styles and shapes.
Fixed canopies near a home overlap in functionality with other types of home outdoor shades, such as awnings, gazebos, pergolas, arbors etc. However, while awnings specifically shield window, door and patio areas, canopies create new space away from the immediate boundaries of the house. They can be set up in the middle of the backyard, much like gazebos. A deck canopy is usually placed abutting the house, much like a pergola or awning. In these two cases, the canopies are playing different roles.
Non-fixed or mobile canopies can be picked up and disassembled quickly. These outdoor shades tend not to have as many options so that they are easier to put together, store away etc. One thing that almost all of them lack is the side walls that surround fixed canopies, and little fabric doors that add privacy. Businesses that have to set up stalls outdoors might want to indulge in a portable canopy. The manufacturers and retailers often offer the service of creating custom tops with company logos. But the portables are used by individuals too who want immediate shade far from home.
Vehicle canopies as outdoor shades are typically much larger as they have to accommodate one or two vehicles. They have the option of coming with sidewalls for both privacy and added protection. They are alternatively known as portable car ports, or perhaps mobile garages. Some people consider them indispensable, as constant sun exposure can cause discoloration or damage to both interior and exterior parts of the vehicle. Investing in a vehicle canopy makes sense in the long run for the life of the car.
The cost of even a small canopy is going to run into the hundreds of dollars, whereas the larger outdoor shades for cars and such may hit the thousand range. Taking good care of canopies is important for their longevity. A special cleaning device that sprays detergent solution over the fabric will help you clean it faster. During long periods of storage they should be protected with a thin cloth. The danger of microbes and fungi infestation is real, so make sure they do not take root by keeping the surface clear of dirt, soil, and leaves.