Homeowners interested in adding value to their investment, or upgrading the existing structure might want to consider a canopy. Canopies come with a wide array of options to choose from. The top two options are metal and wood. The space and location of the canopy’s placement is also an essential factor. It is recommended to start the process by addressing what the canopy will be used for. Here is a review with the pros and cons for both types of canopies that can assist in the decision.
Aluminum and galvanized steel are the usual materials for a metal canopy. They can be found in frames from lightweight to heavy-duty gauge depending on the use. With the higher gauge steel, they are some of the strongest buildings available. Canopies of metal can be customized to any size needed. Metal canopies are portable as in the fold-a-canopy model, which can be used for events such as social, recreational or business. Event planning businesses opt for metal canopies as the structures used during outdoor events such as weddings or receptions. The metal and fabric used can be a variety of grades including industrial or residential.
In addition, customized canvas can add an appealing aesthetic. There are other cloth fabrics used such as mesh, bally and drop-roll curtains. These fabrics are intended to provide shade over the existing canopy frame. These can be found at restaurants, in backyards, or hotels in the form of cabanas. However, most metal canopies are used to protect items such as cars, boats and RVs from the elements. This usage does not require any type of accompanying fabric. This type can also accommodate strong winds or heavy snow accumulation. In addition, special covers of vinyl or acrylic fabric further enhance their ability to withstand inclement weather. The metals can be coated in a variety of colors, although white is the most popular. They are immune to rot, mold and disadvantages experienced by other structures.
The Pros of Ownership
1. They can be used in a variety of venues including restaurants, malls, hotels and more.
2. They can be designed for any size.
3. The metals used are capable of withstanding heavy winds or snow.
4. They can be portable.
5. They can be used for indoor or outdoor functions.
The Cons of Ownership
1. They have the potential to rust over a period of time.
2. Maintaining the temperature is difficult.
3. They have a high noise factor.
4. They are subject to damage by denting.
Most homeowners generally opt for the wood variety of canopies as a way to blend in with the outdoor surroundings. The biggest rationale for a wood canopy is the aesthetics. Woods with marbled appearances or unique markings contribute to this context as well as the vast amount of design options available. Their use can be as a garden trellis, open-air pool houses, and in conjunction with a gazebo to name a few possibilities. In all cases, the addition of flowers and plants deepens the visual appeal. The type of wood used requires it to be stained and shellacked to maintain it. This practice wards off rot, mildew, insects and mold. However, the specially treated wood purchased for the construction of a wood canopy adds the initial layer of protection. A variety of fabrics in a myriad of textures and colors can be used to further accentuate a wood canopy.
The Pros of Ownership
1. The aesthetic appeal is unmatched.
2. The design possibilities can be endless.
The Cons of Ownership
1. Even with pre-treated wood, staining and shellacking, maintenance can be cumbersome.
2. The cost of the construction can be pricey depending on the design.
3. Wood canopies are generally for outdoor use.
4. They are not portable.
Deciding on the canopy for your project requires a look at its intended use. Budget and ROI (return of investment) round out the top three considerations. The metal canopy has more pros for usage, cost, and durability. Although when it comes to décor, wood canopies are better in the aesthetics department. Based on this review, metal canopies offer consumers more options and better outcomes for its use than wood canopies.
Jessica Kane is a professional writer who has an interest in interior design and home decor. She currently writes for Canopy Concepts, a leading installer of custom patio covers and patio enclosures