Exterior

Attached awnings: a variety of shapes and materials

A canopy is a useful architectural element with a high functional load. Protection from precipitation and the scorching sun is his priority. For such a design to be ergonomic and useful, it is necessary to think over all its details and choose the appropriate option..

Large canopy with straight roof A canopy, as an extension of the roof of the house

What are the awnings

There are a number of varieties. Canopies can act as:

  • visor
  • porch roofs;
  • gazebos;
  • terraces.

Canopy with wooden supports Large canopy on the front of the house Wooden canopies Large awnings for terraces

By the way of construction, canopies are:

  • attached;
  • freestanding.

The main difference between a freestanding canopy and a pergola is the presence of a roof. Their main purpose is to protect objects and people from the manifestations of the external environment. Such awnings are used in parking lots, in the construction of gazebos, for storing firewood and other things..

Large flat canopy

Attached awnings are mounted close to the main building. It turns out that one side of them is necessarily closed. With this design, you can equip a veranda or patio..

Attached awnings can be straight. This is the simplest variety that can be used to protect a vehicle. The sloping canopy allows rain and snow to roll down and not build up in dangerous amounts. Such an architectural element can be single-slope and dual-slope, depending on the designer’s intention..

Car parking canopy Pitched wooden canopy Stylized canopy with stone supports

There are also more complex forms. For example, arched structures are very common as awnings. Such their popularity is due to their pleasant appearance and ease of manufacture, since most materials for the construction of sheds bend well. A wavy canopy is also often used as a decorative element. Some materials, leaving the factory conveyor, already have a wave-like shape..

Polycarbonate canopy

Materials for creating an attached canopy

In order to build exactly that canopy that will not spoil the facade of the house and will organically fit into the overall picture, you need to carefully select materials. This will affect the color, texture and performance of the resulting element..

The most popular in recent years have become:

Unusual canopy on wooden supports Large gable canopy

For the base, it is better to use:

Canopy on concrete supports Wooden canopy

The most popular material is polycarbonate. This is the easiest and cheapest way to add a nice shed to your home. With the help of such a modern material, the canopy can be given any shape. It will reliably protect against precipitation and excessive sunlight. Various colors and pleasant textures do not spoil the facade of the house, but only decorate it, adding a useful structural element. The frame for the polycarbonate roof can be wood or metal profiles.

One disadvantage of polycarbonate is its high transparency, which does not allow it to completely protect the place under the canopy from the sun’s rays. In the case when the canopy is on the sunny side, it is better to use corrugated board made of denser materials. It will give more shade, protect the car or furniture from fading, while retaining all the advantages of polycarbonate.

Pitched canopy over the entrance to the house

Fabric awnings give the designer plenty of room for action. A variety of colors and textures will allow you to decorate the house and plot in the desired style. Such a canopy is distinguished by its lightness and relative ease of installation. In specialized stores, you can often find a ready-made fabric canopy on a metal frame, which only needs to be installed on the selected wall..

The fabric awning can be easily removed. With simple manipulations, such a structure is pressed against the wall and remains there until the next use. Unlike other options, the fabric structure can be used as needed without cluttering up the space when a canopy is not needed.

Modern canopy with built-in lights

Functional load on the canopy

The main purpose of any canopy is to create a comfort zone underneath. The territory, protected from aggressive manifestations of the environment, can be used as a terrace. It does not matter what such an architectural element is made of. It can be made from simple materials and can be an extension of the home, or it can be a separate decorative element, skillfully made from expensive and sophisticated components. These are carved wooden structures or awnings using natural stone as decoration..

Canopy with wooden elements

The size of the canopy depends only on the available area and the desire of the owner of the house. For some, it is enough to protect the porch with a canopy, while others place sets of furniture and other items for the rest of a large company under a multi-meter canopy..

Decorative elements for decorating a canopy can be carved balusters, ceiling plinths, beautifully decorated corners and much more. A variety of wood species can also become the basis for a designer’s flight of imagination..

Gable roof in the canopy structure Canopy on metal supports

The most important criterion for choosing a canopy style is the surrounding details. Landscaping can have a significant impact on the choice of shape and materials of construction. A harmonious combination of all components of the facade of the house, the design of the site and the canopy itself is the key to success.