Terrace with canopy for enjoying the outdoors.
14 May 2023,
Terrace with canopy for enjoying the outdoors.

An exterior canopy has become quite fashionable. It brings in natural light which adds brightness, not to mention savings on energy, to any property.

Before installing an exterior canopy, it is important to know the different designs, materials and prices so you can choose the best solution for your home.

What is the difference between a canopy and a solarium?

Four-season sunroom installation.

You may think a canopy and a sunroom are the same but you’re wrong. In fact, they refer to two distinct types of structures.



The main difference between a canopy and a solarium is that: 

Installation of an exterior canopy on your property!

Outdoor living space with a glass canopy.

If you are looking to add a touch of style and functionality to your property, installing an exterior canopy can be a great option. Indeed, exterior canopies are increasingly popular for their aesthetic and practical benefits. 

They can be used as a shelter for outdoor living areas such as decks, patios, and gardens, while providing protection from natural elements such as the sun, rain, and wind. Outdoor canopies can also be used as freestanding structures to create additional outdoor living spaces.

Embedded in the facade and harmoniously integrated into the architecture of the building, the steel structure ensures great resistance.

The construction of an exterior canopy requires the complete renovation of the wall on which it will be installed, which makes it an ideal project to carry out from the design of the plans of the house.

If you want to use it all year round, it is necessary to install a heating system.

Available in a variety of materials, designs, and styles, the canopy easily meets your needs and budget.

Whichever option you choose, an exterior canopy can add a unique touch to your property while increasing its aesthetic and functional value.

The Pros and Cons of an Exterior Canopy

The first benefit of installing an exterior canopy is natural light.  Since light also brings in heat, you can take advantage of comfortable room temperatures from spring to fall.

When heat becomes more intense, a ventilation system would be necessary. In wintertime, you need to consider that a glass roof will have no insulation, thus, will be need more energy compared to a regular roof.

Unlike the rigid roof of a solarium, the canopy is differentiated by its glass roof. When installing an exterior canopy with a glass roof in Quebec, it is important to take the climatic conditions into consideration. Given the cold winters and frequent snowstorms, it is essential to choose durable and weather-resistant materials.

Insulation is also an important factor to consider when installing a glass roof exterior canopy. It is essential to ensure that it is well insulated to prevent air and heat leaks, which could lead to higher energy costs.

In addition, the addition of a heating or air conditioning system may be necessary to make the canopy usable all year round.

Enlarge your interior space with a canopy

Glass roof with natural light.

An interior canopy can be useful in several ways. 

You can divide a space to separate rooms in a unique way and create function for different sections of the room.

A terrace can benefit significantly from a canopy because the proximity of the terrace to your outdoor area can provide you with a beautiful view.  As it does not have a solid wall, the ventilation is better.

The interior space with a canopy also has greater versatility as it can be a small or large space. They can be customized to your taste and needs and can have a door to allow passage between rooms.

Wood and steel are popular choices for canopies and can easily match with classic or modern architectural designs.

Choosing glass for your Canopy

Glass partition for added elegance.

For a glass canopy, it is recommended to go with tempered or laminated glass. These two types of glass do not splinter in case they break.

A 4-season exterior canopy requires double or triple glass for higher insulation.

How much does installing a canopy cost in Quebec?

Installing metal on a glass canopy.

The installation of a 4-season canopy costs, on average, from $15,000 to $25,000.  The cost depends on the size of the canopy and its materials.

Pre-manufactured models are less expensive than custom-built designs.  Wood and aluminum canopies are also cheaper than steel ones.

To give you a better idea of the cost of a canopy, here are some examples:

To get a fair price, it is best to request quotes from our qualified and experienced partners. 

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