What is the Difference Between a Canopy and an Awning?

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Awnings and canopies are both structures designed to block weather elements such as sun and rain, but awnings are permanent and canopies are not. Awnings are generally attached to houses and hang over a patio, whereas canopies can be put up anywhere and taken down after use. Though some awnings can be retractable, they can’t be completely removed like canopies can.

The rest of this article will teach you about the different ways you can use an awning vs. a canopy and help you decide which one is right for you.

Is it better to use an awning or a canopy?

If you’re looking for something to cover your patio but can’t decide whether to use an awning or canopy, it’s best to think about how often you will use it. If you just need a cover every now and then, it might make more sense to get a canopy since they cost less. According to Home Advisor, awnings generally cost $1300-$4200, whereas canopies only cost around $45-$250.

If you want to have a cover more often and are willing to spend the extra money, an awning could be better. Awnings are less of a hassle since you don’t have to worry about taking them up and down as you do with a canopy. There are also retractable awning options so you can still “put away” your cover if you don’t want it up all the time.

If you live in somewhere that’s often hot and sunny, an awning is a great purchase because it protects the inside of the house as well as the patio. A study by the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota found that window awnings can reduce the need for cooling energy by 26% in hot climates. That means they may also reduce the cooling bill, which will save you money in the long run.

How easy is it to add an awning to a house?

An awning can be added to any house by mounting it to an overhang, roof, or exterior wall. The process involves measuring where the awning will be placed, finding the studs to support it, then adding the mounts and putting the awning into place. On average the process only takes about 2 hours, but could be longer if the awning is more complex.

If an awning seems like a better fit for you, you may be wondering where to start. It’s important to make sure you are choosing the right style. Retractable awnings are great because they can be put away, which protects them from storm damage and means they require less maintenance. However, stationary awnings tend to last longer and could be better if you want your awning to stay up all the time.

Are canopies easy to put up?

A standard pop up canopy shouldn’t be difficult to assemble. There will be instructions with whatever canopy you buy, and generally all you have to do is widen the frame and pull out the legs which hold the canopy up. Some canopies will require you to put the tarp on before assembling as well. It helps to have a couple people for assembly, but isn’t required and can be done alone.

Canopies are perfect for outdoor events where awnings won’t be available for use. If you’re in a backyard or at a park or beach, canopies are great for blocking sun and rain. Don’t let the thought of putting up and taking down your canopy deter you from getting one—they will make spending time outside more enjoyable and are plenty worth it in the end.