‘Gimme Shelter’: The ShadeFX Retractable Canopy

Outdoor canopies have opened up a whole new world for homeowners no longer wanting to be confined by the elements. With a greater desire to spend leisure time outdoors, overhead protection has grown exponentially in popularity. However, many homeowners aren’t aware of all the options they have when it comes to different types of outdoor coverage, so here’s a guideline to the offerings provided by ShadeFX.

Retractable Canopies

Pergola Roof - ShadeFX Retractable Canopy

A retractable canopy is a roof mounted structure that can be extended or retracted either manually or with a motor. With a touch of a button, you can extend the canopy to provide shade or protection from the rain or retract it to enjoy the warmth of the sun on cooler days. A wide range of water resistant, waterproof, and flame resistant fabrics are available.

Cantilevered Canopies

Pergola Roof - ShadeFX - Cantilevered

Cantilevered canopies allow you to protect space that extends beyond the posts of the pergola. This additional protection is great when you want the drip line – which results from rain running off the canopy – to go beyond the beams of your pergola or need to shade additional space.

Topside Canopies

Pergola Roof - ShadeFX Topside

A canopy installed on the topside of a pergola is the best choice if you plan on attaching or mounting fans, radiant heaters, light fixtures, speakers, a television, or other accessories. These types of canopies are more expensive since they require mechanism brackets to support the canopy folds and installation is more complicated; however, the result is the ultimate outdoor living or dining experience.

Underside Canopies

Pergola Roof - ShadeFX underside

These canopies are mounted on the underside of a pergola. If you don’t plan to attach any outdoor accessories to the roof of your pergola, an underside canopy is a less expensive option that has an integrated look. The fabric is durable similar to a high-end umbrella that allows you to pull the canopy in and out without worrying about tears.

You can finally have it all with pergola canopies. Consider your outdoor needs and wants and then choose the right canopy to give you the comfort, convenience, elegance, and quality lifestyle you want and deserve.