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The Difference Between Carport Awnings and Carport Canopies

The Difference Between Carport Awnings and Carport Canopies

When customers reach out to Dulando Screen & Awning about a carport, they have a decision to make. Should they opt for a carport awning or a carport canopy? The defining difference between the two is a matter of attachment, but that’s just the beginning. If you’re trying to choose between carport awnings and carport canopies, you’ll want to dig a little deeper.

Awnings Versus Canopies

As their names make clear, both carport awnings and carport canopies are carports. You’ll find that either of these types of carports are a fantastic way to create a shady, protected space for your vehicle. Parking your car underneath a cover will protect it from the wear and tear of ultraviolet rays and other Florida weather patterns. It will also help to keep the interior of the vehicle cooler, so you’ll be more comfortable when you get inside.

What makes them different? Ultimately, it is a basic architectural difference that separates the carport awning from the carport canopy. Awnings attach to a building. Canopies are freestanding structures. That basic design difference means that each structure has certain advantages and drawbacks.

Carport Awnings – Advantages and Drawbacks

What advantages do awnings offer when they’re used for a carport? Because they’re attached to your home, awnings can be used to create a covered entryway. You’ll be able to enter and exit your vehicle without worrying about the weather. The awning also shades your home. This helps to keep it cooler, which can lower your energy bill.

However, you can’t just tack an awning on anywhere. You have to think about how the addition will impact the look and function of your home. This limits the placement and size of the new feature. After all, you wouldn’t put an awning where there’s no reasonable access point. Nor would you want an awning that creates a strain on your home’s structure or looks out of place beside it.

Carport Canopies –  Benefits and Downsides

Sometimes called carport tent or portable canopies, they do offer a bit more freedom. After all, they’re not tied to a structure, so you have more control over their placement and their size. Canopies can be as big as your space and budget allow.

Canopies do have their downsides. Without a larger structure to shelter and buffer it, it’s more vulnerable when the Sunshine State’s weather turns wicked. Material choice is especially important with a carport canopy.

Material Considerations

There are lots of choices when it comes to materials for both awnings and canopies. Fabric is lightweight and colorful. Unfortunately, most fabrics won’t hold up when exposed to the Florida sun and humidity. They will require frequent replacement. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance material that won’t rip, rust, or fall prey to destructive insects, then aluminum is a better choice. While they might cost a little more, aluminum carports are much more durable, so you are likely to see a better return on your investment.

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If you’re interested in learning more about carport awnings or canopies give us a call. Dulando Screen & Awning can help you design a fantastic carport awning crafted from high-quality aluminum that will enhance your space. Contact us today for a free in-home design consultation.

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