In the sign industry, a canopy is a structure that extends out from a building. Although it is common for a canopy to be located above a set of doors and canopies can indeed divert rainwater, its purpose is mostly decorative and not necessarily to provide shelter from the elements. Such structures are usually attached directly to a building and may have vertical structures that provide ground support. Perhaps the most widely-recognized style of canopy is that on a movie theatre entrance.
True to its name, any signage that is mounted to such a structure is called a “Canopy Sign”. Canopy Signs may be marquees, like the movie theatre example above, or they can include channel letters, plate metal letters, or even non-illuminated applied vinyl.
Like Canopies, Awnings are also attached to a building. They can be made from sheet metal or, more commonly, from a thick, canvas-like cloth. Cloth Awnings may have a valance, or excess fabric that hangs below the awning’s frame. Unlike a canopy, awnings are very much intended for shelter above doors, walkways, and sometimes windows. Awnings are traditionally either rounded or triangular in shape but can be made in countless other profiles. An awning can add much more than the benefit of shelter, however. Awnings add a more finished and welcoming look to nearly any building front.
Our sales team and design staff are ready to help you choose the right style and size canopies and awnings for your business. Contact us today to get a free quote on a canopy or awning designed to meet your specific needs.