5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Custom Canopy Design

by | Oct 30, 2019 | Building Systems, Design Build, Pre-Engineered Construction

Metal canopy systems have taken over as the most popular weather-protection solution for government and commercial use. Because they are both appealing to the eye and practical, aluminum canopies have become an obvious choice for a variety of business applications.

When you consider a metal canopy system, your project deliverables should match your vision of usability and aesthetics precisely. You’ll work with a team of engineers and architects on your canopy design to ensure that you receive a system that you love and one that delivers the functionality you need.

Factors to Consider in Canopy Design

As you work with our design experts, they’re going to need some information from you to ensure that your project is moving in the right direction. Here are some of the canopy design factors that you’ll need to consider to ensure that you are getting the most out of your project.

1. Canopy Decking

The decking you choose for your canopy will play a major role in how long the awning lasts as well as how it looks. Picking your colors is just one step. You’ll also need to choose the materials and speak to your designers about the layout of the decking.

When you have a wide aluminum canopy, you can choose a decking that is either perpendicular or parallel to the walkway. The designers can speak with you about the benefits and drawbacks of each type of system.

2. Canopy Columns

You will also need to determine how many columns will be required for your project. The answer will be based on the size of your canopy as well as the type and size of columns you’ll be using. For example, there are many different choices in columns for metal canopy systems, with measurements ranging from 3×3 to 6×10.

3. Canopy Beams

Again, the size and shape of your canopy system are going to help determine which types of beams you’re going to use as supports. We have prefabricated canopy beams that range from 4×6 to 6×10 but can create custom sizes to suit your project if it has specific needs.

4. Canopy Flashing

It would be a shame to create a metal canopy system meant to protect people and materials from inclement weather and then find that it isn’t weather-tight. This is where your flashing comes into play.

Flashing is meant to create a watertight seal between your canopy and the building envelope. Depending on the type of canopy and your preferences, there are choices: standard flashing and counter flashing.

5. Canopy Gutter

The gutter on your canopy performs a vital function, but it shouldn’t take away from the aesthetics of the systems. When a gutter doesn’t perform as it was designed, it defeats the purpose of the canopy. Your canopy design team can help you choose the right gutter system for your canopy that is made from high-quality materials and deflects water away from your canopy and building.

Choose K-Con, Inc. for Your Next Commercial Canopy Project

K-Con, Inc. is a nationally-established Design-Build contractor in Government Services construction. We also provide Commercial Construction services throughout the Charleston, SC area. We specialize in pre-engineered metal buildings, engineering, renovation/up-fit & construction services, and site preparation & installation of metal buildings for a wide variety of uses.

All of K-Con’s custom canopies are engineered and pre-welded using the highest grade components that will deliver durability and long-lasting appeal. And with the wide selection of finishes and shapes to choose from, we offer choices that will compliment any new or existing building aesthetic.

Contact us now to discuss your upcoming pre-engineering building or custom canopy project.