The 7 Best Outdoor Canopy Ideas

The 7 Best Outdoor Canopy Ideas

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There are many different ways to get some shaded areas for you to relax in when the sun is bright, and it’s warm outside. You can make a new freestanding shelter from the sun or upgrade other items that you already have.

Things to Consider Before Deciding on an Outdoor Canopy

You have a few things to consider to help you make the best choice for your shady area outside. How many guests you think will be coming over for an event or just on an anytime basis will help you to determine the size you need.

If you expect to have company after dark, then you need to think about bugs invading your guests too. No one wants to be miserable with mosquitoes eating them alive.

Types of Outdoor Canopies

Anything that gives you shade from above is actually considered a canopy as a broad definition.

1. Tiki Hut Roof

Tiki Hut Roof Awning
If you have a patio or deck in place, you might consider adding a tiki hut roof to it. It gives you an island flair with a cute thatched roof for your get-togethers. Premium tiki hut thatched roofs will have a long warranty on them of about 20 years, so you can be sure they are durable and long-lasting.

2. Cover a Pergola

swimming pool pergola designs

A pergola can be made into an outdoor canopy by simply putting a fabric cover over it. Consider placing the fabric on it so that it has soft folds hanging down between the pergola beams for a lot of interest. You can also find pergola kits to build your own if you are a DIY homeowner

3. Innovative Aluminum Covers

Innovative Aluminum Cover Awning

Solara adjustable patio covers are a great choice for outdoor shading products. They are made out of aluminum and they have louvers that you can adjust, much like window blinds. You can close the louvers for total shade underneath, or open them entirely to let some sunshine in, or anywhere in between.

The beauty of this type of system is that aluminum awnings are heavy duty, they come in several different colors, and they will never rust, they’re not susceptible to termites, and you never need to paint them.

4. Shade Sails

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You can set up a shade sail in very little time to give you a protected and shady area for family, friends, and guests. Make sure that you have one corner lower than the others so that when it rains, the water can run off instead of pooling on the fabric and stretching it.

Cover a larger area with several shades sails in different bright colors for the best effect. You can overlap parts of them to create your own unique design as an affordable shade.

5. Roller Screens

Motorized retractable outdoor roller up shade for veranda

In addition to putting some sort of roof over your area, you can add roller screens to it to keep sunlight out, and keep the bugs out as well. It gives you privacy because people outside can’t really see inside your screened-in room, but it doesn’t mar your view of the outside. These screens also allow you to still get a nice breeze for more cooling properties.

Roller screens can be motorized for your convenience to open and close them with the touch of a button. When not in use, the screen material rolls up onto a protective cassette at the top to keep it safe and help it to last longer by not being exposed to the sun and rain when it’s not in use.

6. Free Standing Aluminum Awnings

garden pergola designs

Free-standing aluminum awnings can be made entirely out of aluminum, so they are durable and long-lasting. It starts with an aluminum frame, and then an aluminum roof is put on top.

This type of outdoor canopy idea doesn’t open and close, but it stays open and in place all the time, so you don’t need to open and close it for entertainment purposes.

7. Patio Umbrellas

Patio Umbrellas

If you have tables outside and are only concerned with having a small area of shade, you can use a patio umbrella to shade a table and chairs underneath it.

Patio umbrellas may install in a hole in the center of your table, or you can get a freestanding one instead in several sizes and an immense amount of colors. The cantilever-style patio umbrellas allow you to tilt them so you can block the late afternoon sun from your entertaining area.

Trust The Professionals for Your Outdoor Canopy Needs

At AAA Awnings, we are your trusted source for all types of outdoor canopies. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and we guarantee all of our products and our services. 

We have a very large selection of shading products in many styles and colors to suit your needs. We fabricate each custom product to fit perfectly, and operate properly. 

Contact us today for your aluminum awnings near California. We look forward to meeting you!

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis

An expert in the window treatment business. I oversee every job from sale to installation, ensuring smooth execution of commercial projects with a hands-on approach.

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