How to specify canopies for modular buildings?

Not all canopies or canopy suppliers are the same. In fact, when it comes to choosing a canopy supplier for your modular building or as part of a traditional build, there a several questions that you need to ask a potential new partner. Here, we have listed some of these to help you on the way:

canopiesWhere are canopies used?
Canopies provide an effective solution on a range of modular, off-site and traditional buildings. There primary purpose is to cover a pedestrian or entrance area where they protect people from the elements, such as rain and snow.

What other functions does a canopy provide?
Most people create an impression of a building by the first thing that they see, and in the majority of cases that’s the entrance area. A canopy is a really effective way of adding architectural interest, making it a focal point and drawing visitors into the buildings.

That makes it a really effective solution for retail or education where the building owner is looking to attract and engage with a wide array of people.

What type of canopy designs are available?
Our range of canopies are available in a wide range of designs from the aesthetically striking, such as curves and angular, through to functional designs. We can manufacture most shapes and sizes, which means the only limiting factor is where they are being installed.

Cantilevered or overhanging canopies provide great protection from the wind and rain around entrance areas, whilst their sleek, gravity-defying design creates a striking first impression for customers and visitors.

Our canopies are also frequently used to create a covered walkway between adjoining buildings. That makes them a great addition on university campuses, hospitals and schools, where people are moving often between buildings.

Can you manufacture large canopies?
We manufacture canopies to any size, including large canopies for forecourt and petrol stations. These can be manufactured to customized clearance heights, taking into account wind loads, rainwater drainage and access holes.

Larger canopies can be supplied in a modular design to allow for efficient installation on site.

Can you supply bespoke designs?
Yes, our canopies can be supplied in bespoke sizes and designs. If you have a specific requirement, please email your requirements to or call: 01482 320336.

What materials can canopies be manufactured from?
Along with bespoke sizes and shapes, we can supply canopies in a virtually unlimited choice of materials and finishes:

This also includes:

Most canopies are manufactured from steel or aluminium. They can be PPC (polyester powder coated) or, in the case of aluminium, anodised. Both types of finish are available in a wide range of colours.

All our finishes are supplied with a 10 year guarantee*.

Where are Eltherington canopies made?
Our rectangular shaped canopy systems are manufactured at our facility in Hull, and comprise of:


What tests apply to canopies?
Eltherington’s 1000mm deep canopies in 1500mm, 2000mm & 2600mm widths have been tested to: BS 5950:2000 – Structural use of steelwork.

What is the weight of a canopy?
1500mm wide x 1000mm deep x 163mm high – canopy 36kg – fixing brackets 20kg
2000mm wide x 1000mm deep x 163mm high – canopy 48kg – fixing brackets 26kg
2600mm wide x 1000mm deep x 163mm high – canopy 68kg – fixing brackets 32kg

Bespoke sizes available on request

What canopy accessories and options does Eltherington offer?

All Eltherington canopies carry a 10 year guarantee. For more information on our range of canopies, click here.