Patio Canopies – How To Choose The Best Type For This Summer

Canopy Ideas

As the weather finally starts to improve and a few things need doing in the garden at last it may be time to consider the benefits which patio canopies have to offer. It is certainly many months since we have been able to sit outside and enjoy the garden or sit on the patio and have a lunch al fresco, or drinks with friends in the evening. Not at least unless you happen to have been wearing a half dozen jumpers at the time.

If you have a patio then it can certainly become a very attractive and convenient place to enjoy a breath of fresh air, a meal, a drink or just a chance to relax and enjoy the fruits of the hard work you have invested in your garden. Patio canopies and patio roofs can offer a great deal of benefits, and as they come in a wide range of sizes and styles it’s worth being aware not only of the various benefits on offer, but which type of canopy or roof to go for in order to make sure you enjoy your patio in the way you want to.

One of the first things people tend to picture in their mind when you mention the idea of a patio canopy is a fabric or canvas retractable canopy. These canopies generally provide one single advantage, and that’s keeping the sun out of your eyes. If you’re sitting outside today then it’s clearly best to smother yourself in sun cream, as sun damage through UV radiation is a very real health risk. A patio canopy not only provides protection from the sun’s harmful rays, but it also provides a cooler and more comfortable place to sit.


However, these canvas or material canopies do require washing to prevent rot and mildew, and offer no protection against damp and rain. A more convenient alternative is to use fibreglass roofing. Fibreglass, sometimes referred to as GRP or Glass Reinforced Polyester is a very durable material, and because it is 100% waterproof it can not only protect against the sun’s harmful rays, and help to provide a cool and comfortable place to sit, but it’s also capable of helping to keep your sandwiches dry if the typical British weather decides to dampen the occasion!

If there’s one thing in the UK which we can rely on it’s the fact that we can’t ever rely on the weather! If you’re planning on having a lunch outside, or to have friends over for drinks in the evening, it’s nice to be able to use the patio. But if it starts to rain then whilst it may still be perfectly warm, it’s necessary to pack everything away and head indoors straight away. With patio canopies made from fibreglass then you can leave everything where it is, and enjoy the fresh air without risk of getting wet.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that a professionally constructed and fitted patio roof or patio canopy will ensure that all of the water runs off efficiently, meaning that keeping the roof or canopy clean is easy, because there’s really nothing to do. Just occasionally you can point a hose pipe at it or wipe it down with a wet cloth, but that’s about it-no repairs, no rotting, no mildew and no replacement material required for many, many years.

Patio canopies made using fibreglass roofing can be manufactured in a wide range of sizes and styles, from short canopies which simply provide a little bit of shade, to larger canopies big enough to have a full table underneath for all your guests to sit around. Depending upon your needs, a fibreglass patio canopy is almost certainly a convenient way to enjoy your outdoor space without having to worry about the weather.

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