Are Timber canopies right for your school or business?

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large dining canopy installed at a secondary school

You may well already be aware of the benefits of school canopies, from increased classroom space to the protection from the elements they provide to the potential impact on student development. Indeed, it’s not an exaggeration to say they can transform your school or business’s outdoor space, and can be used in myriad different ways.

However, one option you might not have considered for your premises is a Timber canopy. Here, we outline what one could do for your organisation.

What is a Timber canopy?

A timber canopy consists of a wooden frame, with a polycarbonate roof and an external gutter and downpipe. They can be manufactured from durable pressure-treated softwood or glulam (glue laminated timber. Glue-laminated timber can be manufactured to bespoke shapes.

Timber canopies are well suited to be used as playground canopies and outdoor classrooms, and with some regular maintenance will look good for years.

What are the benefits of TimberPlus?

Here we explore the number of benefits from having TimberPlus:

  • Get the rustic look

Timber canopies would be ideal for your school or workplace if you’re after a look that’s more rustic than that provided by a standard metal version.

  • Have a bigger canopy with fewer posts

At Kensington Systems, we use glue-laminated (glulam) timber as well as standard wood in our canopies. So that’s an option you can choose, and this material comprises smaller timber pieces, laminated together with special adhesive. It means you enjoy greater strength than with regular wood, allowing for greater projections and larger constructions while needing fewer posts.

However, given its extra properties, glulam is pricier than regular wood.

  • Love the quality of our real wood

We use high-quality, sustainable materials without compromising on durability or longevity. Our hardwearing, treated softwood is sustainably sourced, and FSC or PEFC-certified.

What’s more, you can stain or treat the wood in different ways for different looks, or leave it to weather naturally, as you wish.  

4.) Fully recyclable and sustainable

Because all the materials we use in our Timber canopies are 100% recyclable, none of the components of your structure need to end up in landfill.

The canopies can even be designed to accommodate solar panels if you require them.

  • Value for money

Softwood timber can be more cost-effective than other materials as it is readily available and easy to work with. This means a timber canopy can offer better value for money than a metal option. However, you will need to ensure you maintain the timber canopy so that it lasts as long as an a steel or aluminium school canopy.

Getting a Timber canopy installed with Kensington Systems

Groundworks are included in our end-to-end service, and we’ll project-manage installation of your Timber canopy for you from start to finish, all the way through to final clean-up.

One of our Timber canopies could be absolutely right for you if you want to enjoy the benefits listed above. Get in touch today – one of our site surveyors can be with you within five working days to get the ball rolling with a no-obligation quote.

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