What is a Fabric Canopy?
A canopy is a horizontal, overhead cover, often made of fabric, which is placed above something such as a seating area, deck, patio or garden area. A fabric canopy can be designed and installed in several different ways.
Benefits of a Fabric Canopy:
Installing a fabric canopy is an effective way to create protection from sun and rain so you can fully enjoy your outdoor areas. A range of fabrics that can be installed in creative ways to create shade cover over your structure. A fabric canopy can be designed, fabricated and installed for a pergola, gazebo, pavilion, carport, deck, restaurant outdoor seating area, porch or floating home.
The Fabric Canopy Structure:
Durable fabric that covers a framework provides an attractive alternative to other roof covers and protects from harsh, direct sunlight. A fabric canopy is a great way to get shade without a permanent roof. The fabric can be customized to fit an existing, or soon to be built structure. You will get a more complete barrier from the sun and rain with the addition of a fabric canopy on your structure.
The Canvas Works Fabric Canopies:
Retractable Fabric Canopies:
- Roman Shade (aka: Cable Shade or Wave Shade) – *Roman Shades are retractable fabric panels that easily pull back when shade is not desired or when foul weather is threatening. The fabric typically runs back and forth along stainless steel supporting cables. We can make custom sized shades for an existing trellis or to fit within a new stand alone frame. *Fun Fact – – The Roman Shade got its name from the awnings at the Roman Coliseum that spread above the seats to protect spectators from the bright Mediterranean sun.
Fixed Fabric Canopy:
- Shade Sails: A shade sail is derived from the basic technology of a ship’s sail. Shade sails for a home or business are anchored to a roof or outdoor structure to form a canopy. They are fabricated out of a flexible, UV-resistant membrane which is tensioned between 3-4 anchor points. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes as well as provide protection from the sun. Because the fabric is permeable and breathable, it does not provide shelter from the rain.
- Cable Tension Canopy: Like shade sails, cable tension canopies are anchored to a structure, however, they are often square or rectangular in shape and permanently attached to a structure at multiple anchor points. Unlike Shade sails which anchor at only 3 or 4 points, the fabric canopy fixed over a structure, will be tensioned and attached consistently all the way around the shape. If a water resistant fabric like Sunbrella is used, it can provide shade as well as protection from the rain.
If you have plans to build or purchase a pergola or other shade structure, consider adding a fabric cover for extra shade and rain protection. No matter what structure you have or plan to build, At the Canvas Works we work with you to design, fabricate and install an attractive and functional fabric cover. We make it happen!
Thank you, Emily