A canopy serves as an overhead roof to provide shade or shelter from the rain, sun and other environmental elements. It may also act as an overhanging structure over which a fabric or metal covering is securely attached. Canopies that are made available today come in many different forms and are targeted at both homeowners and companies dealing with various businesses. Some are sold as tents that are typically designed without any flooring. These tents are often installed at road shows for practical reasons. For instance, the solace they provide from the sweltering heat may help a company attract potential customers in a marketing attempt to promote a newly-launched product.
An awning is another kind of canopy that is becoming increasingly popular in the market. It is usually attached to the outer wall of a building, acting as a secondary covering. This covering is basically a canvas made of cotton, acrylic or polyester yarn; it is fitted securely over a kind of structure that is made of aluminium, iron or steel. Within a residential context, these awnings are commonly found above a door, window, in balconies and even along a sidewalk. They come highly recommended when a homeowner wants to create a designated waiting area for guests; this is due to their ability to shelter people from undesirable weather. A canopy is also beneficial as it is protective of furniture – it prevents excessive exposure to heat and light. These elements can decolourise furnishing; cause it to fade over time. As Singapore is a tropical country that experiences the occasional rain, the awning also acts as a shelter that prevents the table and sofa from being damaged by water.
Upon installing columns, an awning instantly becomes a canopy, enabling a further extension from a building. This transformation is evident in the case of canopies that are set up along the entrance leading into a hotel. Other non-residential uses of an awning can be seen at restaurants. Food places use the canopy to cover an outdoor area that is meant not only for dining but also parties and receptions. Some people use the awning as a sign that provides information pertaining to a commercial building. Information such as the building’s name, business and address are painted on the canopy and placed somewhere that is visible to the public eye.
Quite a number of factors must be taken into consideration before purchasing a canopy. When it comes to aesthetics, for instance, one may find himself/herself spoilt for choice, especially with the array of designs that are made available at an online shop or a brick and mortar store. Selecting the correct colour and style can contribute positively or negatively to the general outlook of the existing decoration of an environment. A person may request to alter a design or print desired words and images on the canopy. At the end of the day, it is all about going with what looks and feels appropriate.