Top 10 Reasons to Choose a Canopy

Top Ten Reasons to Choose a Canopy

Our canopies are specifically designed to enhance your outdoor area and give your staff and pupils the opportunity to play, learn and interact with their environment whatever the weather.

Scroll down for more information about our Top 10 reasons (received from our customers) why a canopy can make a real difference to your learning environment.


1. Better Learning Opportunities

Canopies provide the perfect area for messier activities allowing for fun interactive lessons. Easy access to the outside can encourage outdoor play and exercise, which can also promote pupil interaction with nature and the environment.

The Devoke free standing canopy is the perfect choice for creating a large covered outdoor area which gives teachers and students the freedom to learn and play outside whatever the weather.

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2. Protection from Harmful UV Rays

Provide some much needed shade for your pupils and staff on those sunnier days, allowing everyone to enjoy the outside air whilst benefitting from the UV protection of our commercial grade tensile fabric or polycarbonate roofing systems.

The Able Canopies Codale Conic free standing canopy offers excellent cover from the sun and the rain too. Its tensile fabric roof offers high UV resistance to protect those underneath from the sun’s harmful rays. The Codale can be constructed to 6 metres wide with an unlimited length allowing it to provide a large shaded area for your pupils.


Click here to view more information about the Codale Conic Free Standing Canopy

3. More Space to Learn

Investing in a canopy instantly gives you more usable space – it is a cost-effective alternative to building an extension to your building and it also offers pupils the opportunity to go outside whatever the weather, allowing them to fully enjoy their school grounds all year round.

The Grange Free Standing Mono Pitch is an ideal solution to creating usable outdoor spaces for learning and it is particularly suited to areas where a canopy cannot be fixed to a wall.


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4. Improved Play Opportunities

Being stuck inside at break times due to wet weather can cause restlessness throughout the day – a canopy provides excellent shelter from the rain giving your pupils the freedom to play outside even during rainy break times.

Our Tarnhow canopy range offers strong durable and aesthetically pleasing canopies which provide extensive cover from the weather and gives pupils the opportunity to play under cover in a pleasant and comfortable environment. The Tarnhow range is constructed from Glulam timber which creates appealing canopies which have a natural finish that suits all environments.


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5. Cooler Classrooms

By shading windows from the sun, canopies can reduce the use of air conditioning, helping to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint, which in turn will create a more comfortable environment for you and pupils. A canopy can also reduce glare on screens allowing easier use of computer screens, and furnishing can also be protected from bleaching by the sun.

Our best selling canopy, the Coniston Wall mounted canopy provides excellent UV protection and due to its flexibility it can literally wrap right around a building giving extensive shade to any windows located underneath helping to make classrooms which suffer from sun exposure more comfortable for you, your colleagues and your pupils.

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6. Secure ‘Time Saving’ Storage

With the addition of our roller shutters you can create a secure storage space where outside furniture or play equipment can be stored once the school is closed- saving the need to bring those items indoors at the end of each school day.

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7. Designated Safe and Covered Waiting Areas

A canopy can make an excellent designated waiting area for parents, giving them somewhere dry to wait in bad weather. They also provide excellent waiting areas for children waiting for school buses, helping to ensure they wait in a safe area away from the busy car park.

The Welford Free Standing Dome offers great protection from the sun and rain, and makes an ideal covered waiting area. Its domed roof and deep flow guttering ensures that rain is safely directed to a designated area keeping those underneath dry; its high UV protection also provides excellent protection on sunny days.

Click here for more information about the Welford Dome Free Standing Canopy

8. Dry Walkways Between Buildings

Provide a covered walkway between buildings to keep your staff and/or pupils dry, whilst they walk to lessons in wet weather. A walkway can also help to reduce accidents as pupils will not be tempted to run between buildings to avoid getting wet.

The Able Canopies Ullswater APEX walkway is an eye-catching structure which provides excellent cover from the weather and can accommodate complex turns, angles and fluctuations in levels to follow existing buildings and paths. It has a completely modular design allowing it to be any length and the low pitch roof can span up to 6 metres in width allowing you to create a walkway that can comfortably provide cover over large groups of pupils moving around school grounds.

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9. An Attractive Addition to your Grounds

Our canopies can really improve the look of existing buildings or become an attractive feature of a playground or park. We offer an extensive range of standard products and we are able to provide individual bespoke designs and a wide range of colour options to allow you to create a canopy to suit your setting.

The Able Canopies Kensington range is a stunning selection of canopies constructed from a robust steel frame with a choice of polycarbonate or glass roof panels. The Kensington range are ideal for any surrounding, fitting effortlessly with new buildings or adding a contemporary look to existing buildings.

Click here for more information about the Kensington Dual-Pitch Free Standing Canopy

10. Save Money and Help the Environment

Our new Solar canopies will allow you to experience all the benefits listed above with the added ability to generate electricity and earn an income with the FIT Tariff. The electricity generated can be used by your school or sold to your energy supplier- meaning over time the canopy can even pay for itself!

Click here for more information about the Faraday Solar Canopy Range

And here are some of the reasons our customers choose Able Canopies for their canopy installations:

  • We’re The Canopy Experts – we specialise in Canopies for Schools and have 1000’s of happy clients nationwide
  • A truly national company – with 4 strategically placed branches across the UK we can easily service your requirements
  • Very competitively priced – our in-house facilities enable us to help you get more for your money
  • Highest quality products – we only use superior components giving you complete peace of mind
  • ISO accreditations – we are committed to improve quality, health & safety and the environment

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