One of our most popular products is the canopy. It is at the top of the searches we see on our website every month. Canopies are a functional design element that can easily transform any project from bland to beautiful. We have completed many such canopy projects over the years including walkway covers, entrance adornments, and transportation waiting areas.
Here are the canopy basics:
- Point Supported Glass
Pointed supported canopies have been around since the 1960’s. While the overall design has remained basically the same, improvements in glazing can give these canopies a unique look. They generally consist of tempered glass with holes for attaching to the structure with bolt fittings.
Point supported canopies are used when the architect or building owner wants to minimize canopy yet provide an artistic frontage.
The face of the glass is hung from the back of the structure. Sometimes you’ll see these hung from glass fins, steel members or stainless steel cables.
The fittings are usually very small, about 3/4″ with a bolt head that is flush in the glass.
- Aluminum Frame Glass
These canopies are made like our skylights. They use the same strong, corrosion proof aluminum extrusions to support single glazed panels. The same options available in our skylights also applies to these canopies so you can choose frame colors and even have painted frames.
- Standing Seam Multiwall Polycarbonate
The multiwall polycarbonate canopies combine the benefits of design, light transmission, thermal insulation and strength all in one.
They offer unique design capabilities because the polycarbonate can easily be curved. So creating a barrel type walkway cover, a dramatic curved entry canopy or even a entire domed pool enclosure is easily accomplished with this type of material. All of this can be accomplished at a value price for customers, it’s a good choice in lieu of glass. And the polycarbonate is available in several different colors for fun addition to the overall design concept.
Additionally, the polycarbonate is lightweight, leak proof and can withstand very high impact. It’s also designed to accommodate expansion and contraction. This makes the canopies great for long-term applications like covered walkways, awnings and entrance covers.
Low Slope Monolithic Standing Seam Polycarbonate
When you need a canopy with a low slope, common over entrances, but don’t want the cost of glass, then the low slope monolithic standing seam is the best option. The single sheet polycarbonate panels offer superior drainage in a low slope design and are a cost effective solution. The panels are stronger than glass and are available in several different colors.
Canopies are usually noted under CSI in section 10: 10 73 16, 10 73 26, or 10 73 43. But they can also be found under CSI section 08: 08 45 00, 08 44 33 or 08 45 13 – just to name a few. You can view more of the canopies we’ve completed in our canopy and walkway image gallery.
If you need help selecting the best canopy or covered walkway for your project, please contact us. Learn more about our glazed canopy systems here. We’re always ready to help with design options and specs.