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What’s the Difference Between an Awning & a Canopy?

By Central Florida Awnings

The Florida sun is why so many people across the country flock to the state. When you just want to relax in your backyard, though, the intense light and heat can make downtime a bit uncomfortable. Adding an awning or canopy is a quick and easy way to correct this problem, but though these words are often used interchangeably, there are a few distinct differences. Here’s a look at each to help you determine which one best meets your needs.


Awnings are typically mounted to the home above an outdoor patio or deck. They provide ample shade to make your time spent in this area more comfortable. If installed above windows, they also block out direct sunlight to lower interior temperatures, which will reduce how often your air conditioner has to run. 

Awnings also protect your outdoor and indoor furnishings from sun exposure. Prolonged sunlight, which contains harmful UV rays, can fade, discolor, and dry out wood, upholstered, and leather furniture. 

While they might be more expensive to purchase, retractable awnings tend to have a long life span. Being able to roll them in during harsh weather or when they’re not being used prevents tears and fading that could reduce their usefulness. If you use a motorized option, this action doesn’t even have to be intensive—simply click your remote.


While they can be installed at home, canopies are more commonly used at events or other outdoor locations where people will be gathering. Their freestanding design means they have legs that take up space. This can make them difficult to situate right next to a home, but they can be useful for creating a lounge area in a big backyard. 

When they’re not in use, canopies should be disassembled and put in storage to protect them from damage. If you want a permanent shade area around your home, this process could become bothersome. Additionally, as they can’t be adjusted, they usually only provide temperature control when the sun is directly overhead. 

If you’re looking for awnings to keep your patio cool and comfortable, contact Central Florida Awnings in The Villages, FL. Also find us in Orlando, FL and all parts of Central Florida! We work with top brands like SunSetter® and Eclipse ®. Visit the website for a selection of awnings and canopies. To request a consultation, call (844) 629-6464. 

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