Installing canopies over the doors or windows of your home has many benefits, ranging from adding colour and visual interest to a plain facade to protecting furnishings from sun damage. This brief discussion covers some of the many benefits of adding canopies to a building’s doors or windows.
Canopies are a highly visible part of a building, making them a great way for a homeowner to express his or her own design ideas. They are available in a wide range colours and materials, making them a visually appealing addition to plain walls. A canopy over a door or window can be used to complement or contrast with the colour of the fittings or wall.
Canopies over patios, balconies or decks are a common feature of houses in warm regions. These provide shade for people sitting outdoors, allowing them to enjoy a bright garden or sunny outdoor view without having to deal with heat, glare or sunburn. Although this is probably the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think of canopies, it is far from the only benefit they provide to buildings in sunny climates.
Canopies are particularly useful for windows which receive a lot of direct sunlight. Keeping direct sunlight off the windows helps keep the room cool, reducing energy use on cooling devices such as fans or air conditioners. Keeping direct sunlight away from the window also helps prevent wooden furniture, books and fabric from fading and reduces glare on television or computer screens.
The benefit of canopies as opposed to curtains or blinds in cases such as these is that the canopy reduces the glare of direct sunlight but does not block out ambient natural light. Light filters through, but the harmful effects of the sun’s rays are reduced without the need to waste energy by turning on indoor lights during the day. In addition, many canopies can be removed or retracted. This means that the window can be shaded during the hottest part of the day but receive more light once the sun is no longer shining directly onto it.
During the autumn and winter, rain and snow can do a lot of damage to window fixtures. Heavy canopies can help keep these areas dry, reducing the wear and tear caused by winter. A canopy over a front door provides welcome protection from the elements for people struggling with umbrellas or searching their pockets for keys.
These benefits combine to make canopies a valuable addition to any home, particularly homes with windows that receive large amounts of sunlight. The long-term savings in energy costs and reduced wear also make them a wise choice for the budget-conscious homeowner.