To many people discussing canopies and gazebos can mean the same structure but to the purist there are subtle differences that make the two separate items that both serve a purpose.
The strict definition of a canopy is a cover that provides shade and protection from the elements and these are often fabric or metal sheets that are stretched across a framework, they can also be a cover that is mounted onto an exterior wall and these can be seen over doorways or windows. Canopies do not usually have any sides to them and it is only the upper part of the canopy that provides any protection.
Gazebos at one time were more solid structures, often constructed from a wooden framework; some of these did not have a solid roof on the top and were merely for shading or even decoration in the garden. The main difference with a gazebo is that it always has some sort of sides to it even if these are banister rails. Nowadays gazebos are available constructed from fabric roofs and sides and these too incorporate a metal framework, often the sides are removable if required.
The wooden gazebos are used in the garden as a permanent structure whereas the fabric gazebos are more portable and can be moved around the garden or patio to provide shading and protection wherever it is needed. Pop-up gazebos are also available that can be erected in the matter of seconds making them an even better choice for flexibility.
Suppliers of Canopies and Gazebos
This company can offer you canopies or gazebos for sale or foe hire purposes only and offer an online catalogue for you to browse through. Most of their gazebos have modern styles using quality fabrics with a strong framework to support them and they can do you some good deals if you are interested in purchasing their items. Their company trades all over Europe so they can deal with all EU countries, prices range from £100 to small basic gazebos right up to £2,500 for the deluxe models. They also stock a range of pop-up gazebos and can supply all accessories required for any of their goods.
For those of you in the US looking for permanent wooden gazebos this site can offer you some outstanding models. Their prices are not the4 cheapest that I have seen but you are getting what you are paying for as they are all constructed from quality timber and built by craftsmen. They can also supply a range of arbours and playhouses for the children so looking around the site will show you how they can diversify. Prices start from $3000 for the smaller octagonal models and can range right up to $6000 for their larger range of gazebos.
Canopies UK are a leading supplier of canopies for both the private and public market. They supply schools with canopies and even supply businesses with ready made smoking shelters. Patio canopies and carports seem to be their speciality but they do guarantee to be able to cater for any request and prices are always given on quotation. They have been operating since 1990 and they can even supply their own team of staff to erect your project if you require this, nothing is too much trouble for them. If you are a business owner requiring a larger contract they claim that they can supply at a very good lead time so always give them a thought.