Top 6 tips for choosing the right outdoor canopy
With a bit of forward thinking, you’ll be sure to create an outdoor space fit for its intended purpose. To make sure you’re adding real value to your home and day-to-day life, we recommend you ask yourself these six important questions.
1. What are you trying to achieve with the area in mind?
Consider how you’re going to use the new space. Is this going to be a year-round outdoor living space, or are you creating an area that you can use more in the more temperate months of the year? Do you need to block prevailing winds or sun ingress into a specific room?
2. How much heat and light do you want to retain within, and surrounding, this new outdoor living area?
Your choice of roofing tint is a critical consideration, as different shades offer different combinations of heat and light penetration. For example the bronze Suntuf tint provides a warm light area with 68% of heat transferred and 43% of light. For a cooler feel, the Suntuf Solar Grey tint allows 38% of heat to be transferred and up to 25% of light. Make sure you are shown roofing samples and then seek advice from your local Archgola shade specialist on their points of difference. It might even be worth asking if you can be shown examples of canopies in your area with different roof colours to help you make your final decision.
3. How big should the canopy be?
Canopies are quoted on the square meter, so consider what size is going to work best for your outdoor living concept and budget. If you’ve got a large deck you may want to consider covering only half the area and allowing the remainder to be exposed. If you want to add on to your canopy at a later stage, make sure you choose a company that offers a modular system.
4. What colour should the frame be?
The canopy will become part of your home. There are lots of options to create the look you desire – roof shape, framing colour, roof tint and size.
Many people match their existing joinery with their new canopy frame. In doing this, the canopy becomes an extension of the house and it all looks cohesive. Consider the finished look of the frame and roof tint.
5. Will you be using your new outdoor living area year-round?
If the answer’s yes, you might like to consider adding outdoor curtains.
They’re a great way to enclose a space and they’ll ensure you can enjoy the area year-round by blocking prevailing winds and rain. Ezi Guide outdoor curtains also make it so much easier to heat the area on those really cold winter days.
Whilst curtains can be added to your canopy at any time, it’s best to inform your local Archgola shade specialist that you may want curtains at some point. This is so that allowances can be made when the canopy is being designed.
6. The finished look
Nearly all canopies will require a downpipe and guttering. Consider where you want the down pipes to go? In rare circumstances some small canopies over terraces and the like may not require them. If you’ve got a great view to enjoy from the shelter of your new canopy, the last thing you’ll want is a down pipe intruding on it. Work with your local Archgola shade specialist to achieve a location for the downpipe that’s as unobtrusive as possible.
If you would like to extend your outdoor living space, contact our team of friendly and local installers to organise a free measure and quote.