If you have a nice patio or deck at home, then you want to extend the amount of time and enjoyment you and your friends and family can have out there. This is obviously why you have one. However, there are factors that make enjoying that space easier than others. In any truly great deck, there are areas of shade. In other words, a deck space with no shade is just going to limit the amount of time that you can enjoy out there in the intense summer days.
In the fall or spring, even winter depending on your climate, you may be able to get by without a shade cover, but that is about it. So, what options do you have? In terms of the most popular types of shade structures, canopies and awnings are the clear winners. A deck canopy, like the name implies, is a way of giving your deck or patio space some much needed cover. The canopy can be either fixed in place or it can be classified by its operation. More specifically, some of these canopies open up from a four-legged stand type version. These can also be used in a garden space or backyard for temporary situations – hence the term, garden canopies to describe these. Because of how they’re made, they are not constructed or designed to be used for long-term use on a deck.
In other cases, the canopy is more like an awning, a fixture that is mounted to the wall of your home or the patio structure itself and gives it an ability to open or close either manually or electrically. These are commonly referred to as retractable deck canopies or awnings. If you are going to be using one of these types and installing them yourself, you will be happy to know that it is fairly simple.
For mounting to your home, you’ll need to ensure that you have a solid point to attach them to. Studs and sometimes header beams are great locations, you just need to be in solid wood. You can also mount them to a brick wall with a masonry drill bit and some masonry anchors. Some people use these to mount to their patio structure, too. In a similar fashion, make sure that you have a strong point of attachment and your deck canopies will be perfectly fine. Use your installation instructions or hire a professional if you have any doubts about your ability.