The porch canopy is an architectural and façade structure that has a practical and decorative function. The visor must protect the door and the surrounding area from sun and precipitation. For example, in winter, after a snowfall, a door without a canopy opens with difficulty. And exposure to rain and sun very quickly lead to deformation and damage to the door lining..
In addition to its practical value, the canopy above the entrance has an aesthetic function. The impression of the building as a whole depends on its form, style of execution, material. A canopy, if desired, becomes not just a structural element, it can serve as a home decoration, a real work of art.
Types of awnings
By the nature of the design, visors are of two types:
- Modular – characterized by the presence of prefabricated elements, ease of installation and can be designed with side canopies.
- Monolithic is a visor, which is a single whole with the walls of the house. Differs in strength and durability.
You can use a wide variety of materials for the visor: metal, special glass, polycarbonate, wood, metal. The main condition is that the design of the canopy is in harmony with the general style of the house..
The shape of the visor also depends on the architectural style of the building and the individual preferences of the owner. If you wish, you can model a canopy of the most unusual shape..
By the type of attachment, visors are of two types:
- suspended – are relatively small in size and are made of very light material, as they are attached with hangers.
- canopy with supports – fastened with props, which can be mounted vertically or at an angle (resting against the wall).
The design of the visor gives the entire structure uniqueness and originality, so it is important to pay due attention to this issue. For example, supporting beams can be decorated in the form of columns in the antique style, which will add sophistication and aristocracy to the house..
Antique wooden props with a classic gable canopy will create a fabulous image of the building. At the same time, maintaining the style in the elements of landscape design will help to achieve the completeness of the picture..
A laconic monolithic visor, with decoration in the style of the entire building, will help to create a strict presentable image.
Another win-win design option for the visor is to use the same architectural elements with other parts of the facade. For example, with a veranda or roof slope.
Arched visors look very impressive. This shape will soften the shape of the facade and make the house visually more hospitable and cozy..
The size of the visor affects functionality, and generally depends on individual preference, desired protection and visual impact. Small awnings will fit a small house with a small porch. At the same time, it is important to take into account the dimensions of the door: the supports of the visor should allow it to open enough.
A large visor is more functional: it protects a large area of the porch from precipitation, and, if desired, can also be located above the windows (which will protect them from pollution).
A large canopy will look good on a solid building with a matching porch. At the same time, it is important to strengthen the fastenings of the porch, because an increased load from precipitation will fall on a large area.
An important part of a competent approach to the design of a visor is the installation of suitable lighting. For free movement in the dark, you need a sufficient amount of backlight. With laconic strict forms of the visor, the installation of built-in lamps will be an ideal solution. They will not break the overall composition and will emphasize the restraint of the porch lines.
Also, built-in spotlights are suitable for illuminating a porch with active decor elements. In this case, they do not attract attention to themselves, while maintaining the main focus on active composition..
Hanging decorative lights will look good with a small canopy in a classic style. This lighting option adds sophistication to the entire structure..
Another type of backlighting is wall lamps. This option is universal and suitable for canopies of any size and shape, the main thing is to take into account the general design concept when choosing such lighting.