If you're looking to provide some shade or shelter, than a canopy might be the right choice for you. Canopies are designed to protect vehicles, pets and people from the elements, and some come with screen walls that you can zip up against mosquitoes. Whether you're looking for a decorative canopy to provide shade in your garden or on your patio or deck, you'll find canopies in every color. Different styles are available as well, with A-frames, arches and cabana styles among the most popular.
Canopies come in a lot of different dimensions to suit a lot of different purposes: as a carport for any size vehicle, a shade provider over your dog's kennel, or a garden room or patio kitchen.
The canopy frame will most often be of metal, aluminum, or galvanized steel, and usually powder coated. The tarp, usually made of weather-resistant polyethylene, will drape over the frame and be held in place with rope or elastic ball straps or screws Canopies will come with ground anchors, deck anchors or both. You can also get bases that you fill with water or sand to weight down the frame.
Whether you choose an aluminum patio cover or a metal canopy frame, make sure you take the time to measure your space. The last thing you want is to buy your new canopy, put it together, and then realize it doesn't fit. Some canopies are intended primarily to provide shade, and will not have waterproof fabric, but many will come with an optional cover that you fit either over or under the tarp.
There is also the option of shade sails, something different from canopies. Shade sails provide similar protection from the sun.
For more information on the wide variety of canopies available online, check out some of the shopping links at the top of this page.