Fabric Awnings and Canopies
Thompson Architectural Products builds fabric awnings in any shape and size using aluminum or steel frames. Fabric covers can be made using many different fabric types, colors and patterns. Graphics, such as logos, lettering or designs can be applied to the awnings for advertisement or as design flair. Awnings can be used as interior accent features or outside for weather control. Awnings are typically mounted above windows or doors to reduce heat and glare, protect the interior from harmful UV rays and divert rain.
Fabric Canopies can be made using aluminum or steel framing and covered with the same choice of fabrics as awnings. They can be designed to meet any shape or size and can be engineered to meet snow, seismic and high wind load requirements. Canopies are used at entryways, patios and screen rooms, carports and walkways. Many restaurants have found that a fabric canopy combined with accessories such as solar shades, accent lighting or retractable weather curtains has dramatically increased their revenue by making full use of their premium outdoor space. Gutter and drainage systems can be integrated into the design to provide water control.
Freestanding canopies, called gazebos or cabanas can also be made with fabric covers. Gazebos typically offer a covered sitting or recreation area unattached to a building. Cabanas are normally associated with swimming pools or beach areas. They offer privacy and comfort, as well as shelter from the elements.
Other uses for freestanding canopies are in parking lots and driveways. Structures built of aluminum or steel with fabric covers are used to create sun and rain protection for employee and visitor parking areas at office buildings. Residential carports provide protection from damaging rays of the sun and keep you dry while entering or exiting your vehicle. They are often linked with a walkway canopy leading to the building entrance.
The use of fabric awnings and canopies is not limited to those mentioned above. We have designed products for many other uses such as kiosks, movable carports, valet and ticket booths, drive-thru windows and purely accent décor for restaurants, hotels, bars, nightclubs and private residences. Other common uses are for community mailbox covers, outdoor work areas, bus stops and smoking areas at restaurants, airports, hotels and businesses. If you can dream it, we can design and build it.