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What Are the Differences Between Awnings and Canopies?

Awnings and canopies are a great way to block heat from your home, as well as create a comfortable outdoor experience. Like many other things though, there is a great deal of selection and choices which can help you create the perfect environment. Understanding the differences between different types is the first step in being able to choose which style is the best one for your home or outdoor use.

The 3 Main Differences Between Awnings and Canopies:


To start, an awning is typically permanently attached to your home or your business. Part of its function is handled by the fact that it is attached to the building. A canopy, on the other hand, is free standing to some degree. Some canopies are attached to a building, but the outdoor side of the canopy is supported by legs, whereas other canopies are completely freestanding, allowing them to be used in a larger amount of areas. It doesn’t require being connected to a building, it can be put in the middle of your garden if that is what you are needing. Awnings and canopies ultimately do the same thing, create an outdoor space which has more climate control. They can provide shade or protection from other elements such a rain.


Another key difference between a canopy awning and a folding arm awning is in their design. Canopy awnings are just what they say, an awning made of the canopy. The canopy is typically stretched over a metal or wood frame, and the frame is what supports it. A folding arm awning on the other hand also has a frame, but is typically less substantial, and works more in terms of stretch fabric between framing on each end of the awning. There is far less frame to the folding arm, as much of the support for the system is provided by the structure to which the awning is attached.


Folding arm awnings don’t typically cover large amounts of square footage, where a canopy awning can be utilized to cover 100 square feet or more. Due to the added framing, they are better able to support the material of the awning.

Awning and canopiesPro’s and Con’s?

That’s not to say each type doesn’t have its own downfalls as well. Awnings and canopies can play two very different roles and come with different drawbacks. Folding arm awnings require a building attachment, but this makes them sturdier in worse weather. Canopy awnings if not properly secured to the ground can easily be pulled up and turned over with bad wind gusts.

As you can see, which one works best for your situation will depend on your needs and what you are looking to use it for. Knowing your space requirements, whether you have a building to affix the awning to, or if you need it in a place where there are no buildings around will change which one is better suited for your situation.

No matter what awning you need, or what your requirements are, or even if you are just not quite sure which would be best for you, our team at Complete Blinds would be happy to help. With years of experience, we will ensure that you have the right awnings and canopies for your needs and are happy with your purchase. Drop by our store today!

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