What are our canopies made of?
At first glance, canopies appear to be relatively straightforward structures.
But what many people don’t realise, is just how much design and build acumen, not to mention time, is involved in producing an outdoor canopy.
We obviously can’t speak for other canopy manufacturers, but the highest level of design and manufacturing expertise goes into creating each and every one of our canopies at our site in Darwen. (Check out this video for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our manufacturing processes).
As well as working to the highest standard, we’re renowned for producing systems that withstand the test of time. One of the ways we achieve this is by pairing our industry-leading building canopy design and manufacture with industry-leading materials that enable us to achieve a functional and beautiful quality finish.
So, what do we use exactly?
Our canopies are made from a combination of these three core materials:
- Glass Reinforced Polyester (GRP) – which is made up of a gel coat, fibreglass matting and a resin and pressure-treated timber.
- Galvanised and powder-coated steel.
- Treated timber.
We’re continuously striving to provide our customers with the ultimate in canopy manufacture and design. We’re always scouring the market for the highest quality and best-performing materials around. It’s also no secret that we’re constantly reviewing and refining our processes and materials to perfect the end result.
Strong + lightweight materials
Back in the day, almost 30 years ago, we used to manufacture our canopies purely from timber, which may be robust, but unfortunately has a limited lifespan. This meant we couldn’t deliver on what is one of our greatest strengths today, the fact our canopies are made to last.
Fortunately for us, materials have evolved, and so have we, particularly in our quest to produce canopies that:
√ Are more robust.
√ Require minimal (if any) maintenance.
√ Are lightweight.
√ Can be installed in half the time of a traditional all-timber canopy
Over the years, GRP has really proven itself to be the jewel in our materials work box, for many reasons, including the fact it’s strong, versatile and long-lasting. It’s one of the main materials we use to create our Connekt canopies because of its qualities.
It’s factors such as these that make it the ideal contender for our cantilevered canopy designs, which are installed without any supporting posts at the front end. From a design and longevity perspective, the structure has to be lightweight and robust. Our cantilever carport awning is a great practical example of this…
Making more of the materials
Before we wrap up this post, we couldn’t focus on the materials we use without mentioning an element of our canopy design that goes hand-in-hand with them – colour.
Colour has the ability to make a major impact on the final look of our canopies, transforming what is essentially a structure that’s made from the same set of materials, into a distinctive shelter that blends in seamlessly, yet is different from the next. Our colour-matching service enables our customers to personalise their canopies in any colour they like – we can replicate any RAL code.
For more information about our building canopy design, manufacturing or installation, contact us on 01254 777 002 or [email protected]. In the meantime, to see how the materials we’ve just mentioned combine to make our market-leading canopies, take a look at our case studies.