Should Provide Style
As Well As Sun Protection
You have a large backyard, a garden, perhaps a patio, and probably some lounging
furniture. And you'd like to entertain guests at a party or social gathering.
So rather than having guests huddled in a little shaded area, or lingering inside,
you'd like to provide an outdoor atmosphere that adds to the decor and makes an
appealing gathering place for your guests.
Or perhaps you
plan to participate in an upcoming craft fair, local 'Home Show', or other community
event. And you need a tent that is attractive, and roomy yet easy to setup and
If you're contemplating shade canopies or screen houses, you're
on the right track ! There’s nothing better on a hot day than relaxing in the
Canopies that go up
fast, appeal to the eye and withstand harsh sun are available in a mind-boggling
array of creative and flexible sizes and styles.
can be used to provide temporary shelters, product displays, shaded work areas,
and a variety of other indoor and outdoor uses.
How Much Shade Do You Really Need
From Your Canopy ?
It may sound unnecessary,
but do give some thought to how much shade you'll really need, and at what time
of day. Most common sizes range from 10 x 10' to 14 x 14', but there are smaller
and larger covers to be found. And you would expect that a 10 ' x 10' tarp covering
to give you 120 sq feet of shade, and a 12' x 12' would give you 144' of shade,
right ? Well, think again.
Here are two
very important tips to consider when evaluating your shade requirements.
- A small top is fine at noon, or if you need
shade only for the central area under the canopy. But the lower the sun is in
the sky, in morning or afternoon, the more canvas you'll need to extend your shaded
area. A 10 x 10' shelter will provide much less than 100 square feet of shade
at 2:00 - 3:00 pm when the afternoon heat is at its' peak.
Consider how the design of the canopy affects your shade. Some structures are
desined with legs that extend outward at an angle. This is great for added stability.
But in this design, a 12' x 12' floor area has a somewhat smaller canvas top area.
As a general rule, unless the legs are perpendicular, figure a shaded area that
is 6 - 10% less than the ground area.
the bottom line: Size Does Matter !
Word About Fabric
Almost all canopy
fabric in this class is made of polyester, treated to provide water resistance
and UV protection. You should also strongly consider fire retardant fabric - probably
required if you use your canopy at a faire or other community event.
don't overlook the durability factor. Get at least 150 Denier - the higher the
Denier, the more strength. weight, and therefore life expectancy of the material.
An quick overview of three main canopy types.
Tents: Use color and style to create the atmosphere you want.
Canopies: How a canopy can add to your outdoor decor.
Shade Canopies: Should you get one? 10 great reasons you may have
Canopies: The special advantages that make them more popular than