Post Supported Canopies Installation Guide

October 20, 2023

Just imagine sipping some cold lemonade on a summer day underneath a big canopy. Post-supported canopies are a great way to add shade and shelter to an outdoor space. Leaving your neighbors wishing they had one.

Having a large post-supported canopy can also aid in creating covered walkways and extended covered areas around your building or storefront. When combined with the durability and strength of extruded aluminum, the canopy will last for years without fear of rust or corrosion. Since our canopies are welded and not thru-fastened, the installation process is much simpler and we can guarantee the quality of the product.

Here is a step-by-step guide to installing a post-supported canopy.

Planning and Preparation

Before you begin the installation process, it's important to plan and prepare for the project. Here are the steps to follow:

Determine the location and size of the canopy: Think about where you want the canopy to be located and how much space you need to cover. Measure the area and take note of any obstacles or features that may affect the installation.

Obtain necessary permits and approvals: Depending on where you live, you may need permits or approvals from your local government before you can install a canopy. Check with your local authorities to make sure you comply.

Gather materials and tools: You'll need a variety of materials and tools to complete the installation. These may include posts, concrete mix, canopy frame, canopy cover, a post-hole digger, drill, level, and measuring tape.

Prepare the installation site: Clear the area where the canopy will be installed of any debris, rocks, or other obstacles. Make sure the ground is level and free of any major bumps or dips.

Setting the Posts

The first step in installing a post-supported canopy is to set the posts. Here's how to do it:

Mark the post locations: Use stakes and string to mark the exact locations where the posts will be installed.

Dig the post holes: Use a post hole digger to dig holes that are deep enough to accommodate the posts. The depth of the holes will depend on the size and weight of the canopy, as well as the soil conditions in your area.

Install the posts: Place the posts in the holes and fill the holes with concrete mix. Make sure the posts are level and plumb and use temporary braces to hold them in place while the concrete sets.

Ensure proper alignment and stability: Once the concrete has been set, remove the temporary braces and check that the posts are still level and plumb. Adjust them as needed to ensure they are stable and in the correct position.

Installing the Canopy Frame

The next step is to install the canopy frame. Here's what to do:

Attach the frame to the posts: Use bolts or screws to attach the canopy frame to the posts. Make sure the frame is level and plumb, and use a drill to secure it in place.

Check for level and plumb: Use a level to check that the frame is level and plumb in all directions. Adjust it as needed to ensure it is stable and secure.

Add any necessary bracing: Depending on the size and weight of the canopy, you may need to add additional bracing to ensure it is stable and secure. Use brackets or cables to attach the bracing to the posts and frame.

Adding the Canopy Cover

The final step is to add the canopy cover. Here's how to do it:

Prepare the canopy cover: Unfold the canopy cover and lay it out flat. Make sure it is clean and free of any wrinkles or folds.

Install the canopy cover onto the frame: Attach the canopy cover to the frame using the hardware provided. Make sure it is evenly distributed and properly tensioned.

Ensure the cover is properly tensioned and secured: Use the tensioning mechanisms provided to ensure the canopy cover is taut and secure. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure it is evenly tensioned and properly aligned.

Final Touches

Once the canopy is installed, you'll want to add any necessary finishing touches. Then you’re as good as gold and will have a canopy that is made to last and look good.

With Skycape your post-supported canopies arrive on-site 90% ready to be installed onto the building. All extruded aluminum components. Fully-welded designs. Quality-controlled, in-house paint finish.

Request a quote on our site or give us a call if you have any more questions about the installation.

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