The Dutch Canopy is normally a triangular three-dimension awning, that typically protects a shop front.

This is usually retractable and can be operated by a pully system either manually or automatically.

This style of awning has been around many years and is the common style of awning on a shop front. In fact, it is a common site to see shop keepers opening out their awnings at 9.00 and closing them later that day as the final act of the day.

Orangery or ConservatoryThe Dutch Canopy can also be installed at the home, although larger canopies are more popular these days, as the Dutch Canopy is designed to protect the immediate surroundings to a doorway or window, rather than any patio area.

Whether use for domestic or commercial purposes, the Dutch Canopy offers protection over a doorway or window against both sun and rain. Also, commercial Dutch canopies will be used for advertising or branding a shopfront.

However, planning permission may be required for awning tht faces onto a public highway, both in terms of the physical presence of the awning and any advertising that may be on it. Always check with your local authorities first.

A Dutch Canopy will usually be made from an acrylic, which will afford maximum resilience to the elements – wind, rain, frost – and will not fade, rot or attract mildew. The awning traditionally was fitted on a timber structure, but aluminium is the preferred choice now. Domestic canopies will come to fit standard window sizes, although it is of course possible to made measure ones, but these will be more expensive. Commercial awnings will be more expensive still as they will be larger and need some kind of advertising or branding.

Whether for home or orangery conservatory, the Dutch Canopy is designed to give maximum external protection from light and heat for those inside and protection from rain or snow outside. They also provide an elegant addition to any property.

Guide Prices for orangeries can be found here:

If you live in a flat with a balcony in this country or are lucky enough to own an apartment overseas with a balcony or indeed any property with a balcony, then you need to look into the benefits a balcony awning.

Awning is the generic name given to an external flat blind, rather than a canopy. Awnings have many applications but we are looking at balconies in particular here.

An awning on your conservatory balcony will offer protection from the low angled sun — in the morning if it is an east facing balcony and in the evening for a west facing balcony.

  • As the awning is adjustable you anticipate the sun’s glare, which will leave you to enjoy relaxing in the fresh air.
  • However, you may wish to appreciate the sun rather than the shade and so you can retract the awning to allow the full sunlight onto your balcony.

If you install an awning that pulls down to the level of the balcony wall you can give yourself complete privacy, whilst still enjoying the fresh air. Also, this will protect from rain and wind, effectively giving you an extra room. The awning will also keep the harmful sunlight off furniture and more fragile plants.

During the hotter months the awning will act as a barrier to the fierce sun and stop the rays shining directly onto the windows and doors, which creates a greenhouse effect.

Learn more about home extensons such as conservatories and orangeries here:

Awnings For Your Home, Orangery or Conservatory