As the official start of summer kicks off with the longest day of the year, our thoughts inevitably turn to our gardens. Could this be a season of blissful afternoons spent on the patio and evening barbecues shared with friends?
What better way to spend a weekend than inviting loved ones over for a get-together, wiling away the hours outside enjoying their company and conversation over delicious food and a cold drink?
With the UK’s tendency for unpredictable seasons, there’s one addition to your home that can weather-proof your parties – a patio canopy.
Lots of homes have a patio or terrace area outside, providing a great outdoor extension to the living and social area of a house. They’re perfect for the summer months, whether it’s breakfast outside, a mid-afternoon break from gardening, or evening drinks in the setting sun.
But a patio area without any kind of shelter or shade is exposed to the elements, and we all know what the British summertime can often be like. If there isn’t scorching hot sunshine, there’s likely to be sudden downpours.
A canopy for your patio can be just the solution to provide that extra bit of protection for your outdoor space. It offers a useful cover which you can retreat under if the weather turns too wet or too hot, and gives you an extra outdoor area to store garden furniture without worrying about the rain.
A patio canopy can help to persuade your children or grandchildren to play out in the garden, rather than sitting in front of the TV, using smartphones or playing video games. A study recently found that 74% of UK children spend less than 60 minutes playing outside each day. Astonishingly, this equates to less time outdoors than prison inmates. This means that children are missing out on vital benefits of outdoor play, such as physical fitness, intellectual stimulation and social skills. The negative impacts of increased time indoors for children of the modern world include increased anxiety, risk of phobias and being prone to fear, a rise in cases of ADHD, obesity and even rickets. As well as reduced physical and mental advantages of outdoor play, less time in natural sunlight means a reduced amount of vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
The study also found that children spend twice as long playing on screens as playing outside. It has been shown that extensive amounts of screen time delay cognitive development in children, which harms their capacity for concentration and their communication skills. This can harm their ability to make friends and puts them out of touch with the real world.
Patio canopies can also offer you and your family some much-needed protection from the sun when it gets too powerful over the summer. For example, our patio canopies are all coated with Melinex gel, which allows natural light to permeate through the shelter but filters out those harmful UV rays.
This means that children can play underneath the canopy and be protected from the sun – reassuring for parents and grandparents who worry about too much exposure. Our gel-coated systems also prevent garden furniture and fabrics from fading in the harsh sunlight.
All of our canopies use a cantilevered design system, which means you’ll get the maximum benefit from shade and shelter without any obstructions on your patio or garden terrace.
The canopies are entirely self-supporting, which eliminates the need for any large pillars or posts to hold up the roof. Not only does this mean you’ll retain the same amount of space outside, it also ensures there’s nothing for children to bump into or fall over when they’re playing in the garden.
This cantilever construction also means that the patio canopy can be fitted to the side of your house in exactly the size and design you’d like. Each canopy is bespoke to your individual needs, meaning you can customise it to your home with a variety of styles and colours.
If you wanted a walkway around the side of your house to offer additional shelter from your back door to your utility room or garage, for example, a canopy could easily be designed to run continuously around the side of your home.
Want to make the most of your own outdoor space all year round?