A metal shade structure is an increasingly popular addition for businesses, schools, churches, wedding venues, and other properties looking to provide shade, shelter, and style outdoors. Their durability and longevity are unmatched, and their low-maintenance quality can save property owners time and money. With proper selection and installation, metal structures can provide decades of solar protection, rain shelter, and architectural enhancement. Furniture Leisure offers a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to suit any space, from bus stop shelters to hexagon duo-top park shelters. Browse our broad selection of commercial-grade metal structures to find the right options for your needs.
Choosing the right outdoor shelter depends on your project budget range, the size of the shelter needed, and the desired aesthetic appeal of the property. Metal roof colors can greatly enhance the look of your space, from the bright red of a mini message shelter to the earthy green tones of a picnic shelter or a sleek, modern black bus stop shelter. These featured colors on metal shelters can add interest and style to ordinary spaces.
Consider the function and type of structure you're seeking. For example, a gable end structure makes an excellent entryway shelter, and a steel cantilever trellis adds an attractive feature to gardens. Mini shelters provide shade for those resting on benches or cover from rain, snow, and UV rays for equipment. Whether you decide on a gable end, hip end, hexagon, octagon, or flat roof frame structure, it's essential to consider roof pitches that can withstand heavy loads and suit the aesthetics of your property.
Careful planning ensures metal shades meet intended purposes. Key factors include:
The two most common metals for shades are steel and aluminum. Steel is extremely strong and durable and can withstand impressively high wind loads. It is a heavier material and prone to rusting, but coatings, paints, and finishes help protect against corrosion.
Aluminum is lightweight, but very sturdy when properly gauged. This material has excellent corrosion resistance. It can sometimes come at a higher initial cost than steel. Regardless of the option you choose, proper construction and finishing are crucial.
Metal structures offer some unique benefits for schools, parks, businesses, and other properties. Here are some key advantages:
Metal shades provide solar protection, rain shelter, and architectural design for:
At Furniture Leisure, our all-American-made park shelters are fully constructed from industrial-grade steel: ASTM A-500 Grade B/C Frame Tubing and ASTM A-36 Roof Plates. This provides the necessary strength for metal roof shade structures to withstand wind gusts of 90 mph and snow loads of 20 PSF. Standard shelters are available in many different shapes and sizes to fit any space, including square, hexagon, octagon, rectangle, gable end, dugout, cantilevered, trellis, kiosks, mini shelters, and privacy shelters. You even have the option to add an electric access package that adds cuts into the frame to route wiring for lighting, fans, or speakers! We also offer cupola and duo-tops for additional style.
As one of the nation's leading suppliers of commercial outdoor furniture for over 20 years, Furniture Leisure creates gorgeous, durable metal shade solutions built to last decades. Our structures enhance parks, businesses, and recreation areas at affordable prices. For personalized recommendations and quotes on metal shade structures, contact the professionals at Furniture Leisure today.
Metal shades offer extreme durability, wind resistance, and customization compared to fabric shades. Metal structures are long-lasting, low-maintenance additions that provide shelter and architectural design.
Measure the full area needing shade and add an extra 2 feet of overhang on all sides. Taller structures should have at least an 8-foot clearance underneath. Size appropriately for the number of people and items needing shelter.
Steel and aluminum are the most common options. Steel offers supreme strength at a lower cost but requires frequent touch-ups to prevent rust. Aluminum offers excellent corrosion resistance and strength when powder-coated.
Metal is very low maintenance compared to fabric. Expect to do occasional touch-up painting on steel structures and annual cleaning of debris, gutters, and fittings to maximize lifespan.
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