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Architectural Canopies: Where Form Meets Function

Architectural canopies are a simple way to add big aesthetic interest to a space without spending a lot of money. What’s more, their relatively simple installation means you don’t have to delve into extensive renovation work or contend with construction crews interrupting your operations for days on end. (In other words, it’s a win no matter how you look at it!) Been toying around with the idea of upgrading your space with architectural canopies? Read on for some helpful insight from the Metallic Products team.

Take the Opportunity to Show Some Creativity
Architectural canopies aren’t just a means of protecting entryways and people from the elements. They can add real style to a structure, too. Consider a unique finish or a pop of accent color to add some visual interest. Mixing metal canopy designs into buildings constructed out of a different material, such as stone, can also make a structure feel a bit more modern. You can see an example of this in a residential project our company took on. The good news is, most any canopy company you work with is bound to offer a range of colors and finishes to suit your style.

Consider Architectural Canopies That Pull Double Duty
Although any canopy you incorporate into a space will offer some protection against rain, snow and other elements, certain varieties take things a step further. A lighted canopy, for instance, offers improved safety for people venturing into your building. At the same time, enhanced visibility helps protect your building against vandalism, theft and the like. At Metallic Products we offer lighted canopies in a range of sizes, colors and finishes, as well as retrofit kits that make it easy to upgrade an existing personnel door canopy with lighting.

Remember, Quality Matters for Any Building Accessory
It isn’t enough for your canopy to look good. It must be made to last, too. After all, a canopy that dings or breaks when bad weather sets in (requiring constant repairs and replacements) can hit your bottom line hard. It can also create safety concerns. Seek out canopy options that have undergone extensive testing, so you know they’re up to the challenge. Metallic Products’ personnel door canopies, for instance, feature durable 16-gauge galvanized frames. They’re also rated for wind loads up to 102.5 psf, and snow loads up to 100 psf, depending on the measurements ordered.

There are a myriad of ways you can incorporate architectural canopies into a space to boost its overall look and safety. If you have questions on any of the above, or if you’re ready to begin your next project, contact the building accessory experts at Metallic Products! Our team would be more than happy to help.