A patio canopy is an outdoor, roof-like structure that shelters a patio where people gather to stand or sit for long periods of time. It creates sufficient shade underneath its surface to reduce the heat factor of sunlight, and it blocks ultraviolet radiation. Patio canopies are useful for protecting homeowners, children, pets, guests, clients and even plants from direct sunlight.
These sophisticated sun shades are much more than tarpaulins or primitive canvas coverings. These are actual standing sun shelters that are far more stable than umbrellas. They are supported by frames made of 16 gauge, 2 3/8 inch galvanized steel whose exceptional stability is enhanced by corner bracing and brass plates.
The shade portions that works like a roof is made of a special fabric that features superior tensile and tear strength. Due to its heat resistance, it is also flame retardant. The frame that supports the shade canopy is made of 16 gauge 2 3/8” galvanized steel with exceptional stability maintained by corner bracing and brass plates. Optional plant hangers can be ordered, as well as additional with shade panels for side protection.
Patio canopies are built to fit most standard sized patios. Dimensions include 12 x 10, 12 x 20, and 12 x 30 shades.
Any house that has an outdoor seating area will benefit from a patio canopy. Kids and pets that have sensitive skin will certainly much better with UV protection they provide. Businesses will save a great deal of money on building outdoor break areas simply by putting a sun shade over a few benches or outdoor lounge chairs.
Everything from concession stands to seats at sporting events will be much more comfortable and safe when protected by overhead sun shades. Trade shows rely on patio canopies to keep the areas around booths comfortable, and an enormous range of retail business types that merchandise products or services beside beaches or sidewalks also depend on sun shades to provide protection from heat and sunburn.
Any patio that is home to plants, flowers, or small trees requires shelter from UV radiation. While we might assume that all plants are so resilient that they automatically thrive in direct sunlight, this is certainly not the case.
Many tropical plants grow in forests where the overhanging tree canopy blocks the bulk of direct sunlight. Other plants deliberately live in the shade of tall mountains and vertical cliffs. Still other species in cold weather climates are simply more conditioned to grow in cloudy, rainy weather than they are to sunny days.
Among some of these very sensitive species are found some of our most prized garden plants and flowers. Exposing them to more sunlight than they are used to receiving in their indigenous environment risks harming them. Many need as much protection from UV radiation and high temperatures as human skin requires.
Any swimming pool patio also needs a canopy. This is because the reflective factor of the water will intensify both visible and invisible wavelengths of light—increasing the intensity of sunburn in the process. A shade over the both the seating area and the water will minimize this risk. Tanning areas can be still set aside nearby where people can control the amount of time they are exposed to the sun.