Canopies provide shade as well as protection from the elements.
A canopy is an overhead structure to which a fabric or metal covering is attached. Canopies provide shade and shelter from weather conditions such as sun, hail, snow, and rain.
Architectural canopies include projections giving protection from the weather, or merely decoration. Canopies are supported by the building to which they are attached and often also by support columns.
Canopies can also stand alone, such as a fabric covered gazebo or cabana. Fabric canopies can meet various design needs. Many modern fabrics are long-lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong and flame-retardant. This material can be vinyl, acrylic, polyester or canvas. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties can result in safe, strong, economical and attractive products.
Canopies are often freestanding, used to provide shade over a seating area separated from the building or home. Canopies, often have to be disassembled when not in use. A plus side for the more outdoorsy type is that many canopies are portable for taking to events or parks.