A canopy manufacturer makes the frame and fabric that cover a building or other structure. The canopies are often designed to provide shade, reduce glare, protect equipment, shield pedestrians, or serve as advertising space. Manufacturers offer a variety of materials and styles, including those that retract and those that remain stationary. They also produce canopies made from polycarbonate, an impact-resistant plastic that offers superior resistance to both bending and shattering. They may also feature tint options, infrared radiation absorption or filtering properties and scratch, abrasion, and break resistance. Manufacturers may use blow or compression molding, drape, pressure or stretch forming, and machining production methods. They may also provide consulting, engineering, designing and manufacturing services.
The frames of canopies are often made from aluminum or steel, with varying levels of durability and cost. Aluminum is lightweight but can be easily bent and shaped to fit a particular structure, while steel is much more durable and can handle rough weather conditions. Some canopies have a powder-coated finish to prevent corrosion and extend the life of the canopy.
Some manufacturers create canopies out of vinyl, a material that is waterproof and provides some UV protection. This material is heavy, however, so these canopies require heavier construction and may be difficult to fold down and transport. Other canopies are made from polyester, a water-resistant fabric that offers some sun protection and is easy to fold up for storage or tote to trade shows or sports events. These canopies often cost less than vinyl canopies and balance durability with price.
Many canopy manufacturers also make canopies from monolithic polycarbonate, an extremely strong and clear material that is about half the weight of glass but offers more impact resistance. This type of canopy allows for greater spans and can be curved to accommodate curves in the building’s façade. It also helps to minimize sagging and drooping that can occur due to heavy winds or an accumulation of water, dirt, and debris.
Adding a canopy to a business can help to keep customers and workers comfortable in the outdoor environment, which can boost sales. It can also free up space inside the premises for other purposes, such as a larger waiting area or more retail display space.
Industrial canopies are available in a range of sizes to accommodate businesses of all types and needs. Car dealerships, for example, often install shade structures big enough to hold multiple vehicles, which can protect them from the elements while keeping new and used cars safe from damage. These canopies can even be designed to include a retractable roof. Commercial canopies are also a great way to promote a brand, as they can be customized with a company’s logo and colors. This can help to build a customer base and help to set the company apart from its competitors.