Prefabricated metal canopies are common in and around various homes today because they are convenient and can provide homeowners with any number of options for storage or cover on their property. Commonly known as the perfect material for carports, prefabricated metal canopies are used extensively to provide cars with shelter but can also be used for sheltering storage areas, work areas (such as those used for DIY purposes), play areas and even barbeque areas. As such, they are highly versatile and may provide homeowners with a practical sheltering option. However if you have decided to use prefabricated metal canopies on your property then you will need to know how to install one.
Prefabricated metal canopies are supported by four or more poles that are secured into the ground, and this in itself makes it difficult to erect one. However, if you employ the right methods then you will find that it is not as difficult to put up your canopies as it would otherwise be.
You will need the right equipment though because without it you do not stand a chance of getting your structure up. You will need the framework for a prefabricated metal canopy, the top covering, ball bungies, mallet, stakes, tie-downs and a tape measure before you start. All are essential in ensuring your success.
Of course, you can try to make your own canopy without buying the framework and top covering for it if you so wish but this will make your job overly complicated when it really does not need to be. It can take much longer to erect the structure and you are not guaranteed of success with it.
It also costs a lot more considering the materials needed. However, by buying a prefabricated metal canopy, you can save money and enjoy the convenience of having everything you need all ready for you. All you need to do then is find out the best way of putting it up.
Installing Your Canopy
Putting up prefabricated metal canopies can be convenient and will take you less than 24 hours if you follow the instructions outlined below. This information is correct assuming that you have already decided where to put your canopy and know the correct measurements before you buy the framework and covering:
1. Lay all of the elements of the prefabricated metal canopy on the ground and double check that you have everything you need before lining up the poles with the covering to make sure that everything looks in order before you start. Also check whether or not the prefabricated metal canopies that you have chosen have centre poles or not. Some do and some do not but you should have chosen based on the reason why you want the canopy in the first place.
2. Insert the poles into the corresponding slots in the canopy to ensure that they fit well. This is best performed with the top covering on its side so as to make sure that you are happy before you put it upright.
3. Use the tubing as provided with the canopy to secure the poles. You will need to follow the individual instructions as provided for this particular step because the slots and tubing provided is so often different.
4. Use the ball bungies to wrap the pipes at the very top of the canopy. This is designed to keep the canopy in place but make sure that they are very tightly fixed to ensure that the canopy is secure no matter what the weather.
5. Finally, put the canopy upright. This will take more than one person so ask for help. You might want to use rope to hoist it but, when upright, secure the stakes into the ground to make sure that the posts are completely stable and will not move. Use as many stakes as you like to achieve this, using the mallet to get them in.