The Benefits of Awning and Canopies

Awnings and canopies can meet your various design needs to provide energy savings, weather protection (sun, rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind), identification, advertising, and architectural aesthetics.

Today's modern fabrics are long lasting, bright, easily cleaned, strong, and flame-retardant. Modern frame materials offer high strength-to-weight ratios and corrosion resistance. The proper combination of these properties results in safe, strong, economical, and attractive products.

Energy Savings

The benefits of awnings and canopies go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Awnings and canopies enhance the look of your home or business by adding shape, dimension, and color. Awnings and canopies save energy and protect furniture, floors, and carpets from fading.  

In a typical home or office, more energy is transferred through glass doors and windows, or through any other construction elements. In fact, on a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation (infrared light) through glass is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the load on an air conditioner.

Properly designed awnings and canopies can substantially increase energy saved over film and tinted glass alternatives. Studies done by the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers have shown that during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows, a fabric awning or canopy reduces heat gain by 55 to 65 percent. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72 to 77 percent.

Identification and Advertising

Applying graphics directly to awning and canopy fabrics provide identification and advertisement without the need for additional sign structures. Integrating signage into an awning or canopy gives a seamless, sophisticated appearance to any entrance. Advances in sign technology have made it possible to achieve virtually any desired effects on your canopy. 

Architectural Aesthetics

Creative designers and architects can develop useful and intriguing designs for modern awning and canopy systems that incorporate shape, light, color, texture, graphics, and structure at an affordable price. Awning and canopy frames are custom made by cutting, bending, and welding metal tubing and fitting the fabric to the frame. With these custom methods, almost any shapes and sizes can be attained and covered with awning fabric. Consequently, the same awning can serve at least three necessary functions: weather protection, identification, and architecture.


Canopies and awnings create memorable settings for your guests and provide areas for your staff to be able to give your guests the services that set your facility apart from the others. From the moment guests arrive they can be greeted under an entrance canopy that will make check-in and departure easy and without the worry of inclement weather. Custom canopies and awnings create outdoor dining areas. Canopies for poolside provide guests with all they need for their enjoyment - shade, UV protection, and amenities or sports equipment. We also manufacture awnings and canopies for walkways, designated smoking areas, and service support areas.


Capital Canopies is renowned for its exceptional restaurant awnings and canopies. As one of our signature capabilities, the design and construction of restaurant canopies and awnings focuses not only on beauty and function, but also ways to distinguish your restaurant from the others. Exterior awnings or canopies give your business distinctive recognition while also providing your restaurant with additional dining space. We have the experience to provide you with designs that create the inviting, comfortable atmosphere you desire for dining patrons. 

Our attention to detail, framework design, and fabric selection combine with a reputation for quality service that resorts, hotels, restaurants, architects, and contractors have depended on for years to provide them with gorgeous awnings and canopies. 
Retail store

Retail Stores and Shopping Centers 

Awnings and canopies in retail settings attract attention, add color and warmth, and create functional areas. Awnings and canopies can build and enhance your presence in any environment while providing your patrons with protection from the elements. 

Church Entrances

Canopies can be designed to cover just the front area, including the walkway or even the driveway of your church. Like awnings in other settings, these structures can offer your congregation protection from inclement weather and give an elegant and welcoming appearance to your facade. 
Smoking area

Smoking Areas

Canopies are an excellent solution for providing your employees and clients with areas that are sheltered from the elements and provide an area where they can feel free to smoke. Research has shown that when premises provide quality-smoking areas, customers are more likely to make repeat visits to the locations. An awning or canopy allows you to create a cost-effective space that can be used all year round, complies with local ordinances and satisfies all customers whether smokers or nonsmokers.

Schools and Educational Settings

Awnings and canopies can add to a school's ability to provide an environment that enhances areas for learning and / or recreation and also provide protection from UV rays, sun, snow, and rain. The versatility and durability of canopies can save schools a good deal of money. In recent years, rapid student population growth in many areas has required adding portable classrooms. Using awnings and canopies over walkways to these portable structures is a cost-effective way to protect students from the elements.

Recreation Areas 

Awnings and canopies also are ideal in recreation areas such as parks, school playground areas, pool or beach side, golf courses, tennis centers, ballparks, water parks, theme parks, zoos, and cruise ships. Capital Canopies has a variety of awning and canopy products that will provide your guests and employees with areas of shade and coverage in virtually any locations.
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