Whether you’re going to the beach, lake, or simply hanging out in the backyard, having the right canopy can make all the difference in making your experience go from good to great. Getting the right canopy for your situation can help you have events that you’ll remember for all the right reasons and none of the wrong ones. No one likes to burn in the sun when there are perfectly suitable canopies that can provide more than enough shade and cover so you can enjoy your time that much more. Having your push and pull wagons to help easily transport all your necessities along with your canopy can help you work less and relax more.
Not all canopies are made equal, some are made for certain locations and situations. With this in mind, let take a look at some certain criteria you should look for when buying a canopy no matter your occasion:
Size of Canopy
One of the first things that come to mind when picking a canopy is, how big is it? The size of the canopy comes into play for a number of reasons, but the main one is how much shade and cover it can provide. If all you need the canopy for yourself or a small group of people, then you’d be better off with a smaller canopy. If you’re planning on using the canopy to cover a large group with a table and a few chairs, then a larger canopy with a larger coverage area. Keep in mind that the bigger the canopy the heavier it may be when carrying it by hand or by foldable wagons.
Durability of Canopy Roof
When it comes to the durability of one’s canopy, most don’t think of the roofing material of their canopy. Choosing the right roof comes down to how thick it is, whether it is UV-treated, and if it is water-resistant. Although thicker material may be better in terms of durability and weather-resistance, you may not need that depending on the locations you live in or the weather you plan on encountering.
What most people do not consider when purchasing a canopy is how well air will circulate through the canopy. If your purpose of the canopy is to use at the beach or the lake, you may encounter strong gusts of wind from time to time. This is where a roof vent at the top of the canopy would be crucial to the safety of your canopy, and more importantly, yourself. If a canopy is not properly secured down to the ground, a strong enough wind can flip your cover over and can be potentially dangerous as the legs of the canopy can hit something or someone. Having the roof vent will allow air to circulate more effectively without putting a strain on the roof or frame itself. Air-flow can also be beneficial during warmer days, keeping your area under the canopy cooler and more comfortable.
Straight-Leg vs Slant-Leg
While keeping the price in mind, slant-leg canopies tend to cost less than straight-leg canopies.
This is because the way the legs are angled, make them more stable on uneven surfaces thus requiring the legs to be less heavy due to the material used for it. This makes it easier and lighter to carry by hand or by push and pull wagons.
Straight-leg canopies on the other hand provide more shade and take up less space than a straight-leg canopy would. Since the legs stand straight vertically, the material the legs are made of tends to be heavier and bulkier. The stability on flat surfaces is much better than the slant-leg versions.
No matter the occasion or the location, getting the right canopy should be easy by following these criteria.