When we talk to people about canopies, an awning is normally their first thought. If you walk down any UK high-street you will see them on shops helping to protect from the sun.
There are two major designs – retractable cassette awnings and more traditional Shop, or Dutch, awnings.
An awning is there to protect from harmful UV rays. They are used extensively to provide shade over windows helping to reduce glare within the room. By shading the glass, you are also helping to keep the room cool (much more efficiently than internal blinds or curtains).