Finding a garden canopy that suits the aesthetic of your home, fulfils the functionalities you desire, and complements your existing patio and garden décor can be quite a challenge. There are plenty of questions to consider: should it be a full enclosure or an open-air canopy; should you opt for a waterproof cloth canopy or a stronger material; should the canopy be large enough to cover all of your patio or just a portion.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of your options, but don’t fret! Here are a few quick tips to finding the perfect garden canopy for your backyard:
As with any major purchase for a home good, it’s important that you begin your shopping experience with a clear budget. If you’re a first time home owner with a brand new mortgage, you likely have much more important financial matters to worry about without adding an expensive garden canopy to the list; you may consider some of the wide varieties of pop-up and waterproof canvas canopies. However, if you find yourself with a little more wiggle room in your wallet, you may be able to spring for a sturdier gazebo canopy that lasts longer and holds up better. Remember, just like your home and garden, a canopy is an investment: it’s worth spending a bit more to get a quality canopy that will last longer!
Will you be placing your canopy over a patio or on the lawn? Though it may not seem important to know which, you’d be surprised what a difference it makes. Each answer will lead you to another set of follow up questions that are important to think about before making a snap decision. If you choose to place a canopy on your patio, you ought to keep the patios dimensions in mind.
Will it all fit on the patio; is the height of the canopy high enough to not interfere with sight lines out of your windows and doors; does the coloration of the canopy complement the aesthetic of your patio? If you choose to place it in grass, how will you keep the shaded grass healthy, and will you keep the canopy up year-round?
If you have an expensive grill or quality outdoor lounge furnishings, they can be ruined or damaged if not covered when unused. Using your canopy to shade these areas is a perfect solution. Consider, however, the implications of using a canopy over such areas: will the stain on your deck be effected by being shaded in some areas and not in others?
Will your canopy protect adequately from rain and snow, or are covers for furniture and grills still necessary? Will your canopy have enough room under it to shelter both your expensive home goods as well as give you the space you desire?