Both awnings and canopies can make beautiful additions to your outdoor space, at home and for your business. Although both options share some similar benefits – they provide an outdoor space protected from the elements. We don’t blame you for wondering what the differences between a canopy and an awning really are. So, let’s dive into the distinctions that set an awning apart from a canopy…

The big difference

The key difference between awnings and canopies is the structure. An awning is something you might often find attached to shops and department stores. It is a fabric covering on the outside of a building, usually above a window or door. It is common for awnings to be extendable to provide extra protection from the elements when necessary.

However, a canopy is a free-standing structure with posts and a roof. Usually not attached to the building, a canopy can often be taken apart and moved to a new location.

Why choose awnings

Awnings are an ideal choice for situations where you don’t have a lot of space, or where you only need a small area of shade or protection. 

An advantage of awnings is that they do not require vertical supports, leaving a nice open space beneath. If you have windows that receive too much direct sunlight or a small to medium deck or patio, then an awning would be a desirable choice.

However, any larger space is better suited to a garden canopy.

Do I need a canopy?

Canopies are one of the most versatile methods for creating a shelter. They are not limited in size like awnings so are ideal for large areas. Social spaces with garden furniture and barbecues could really benefit from a garden canopy, allowing you to enjoy your garden no matter the weather!