The shape of our Dutch canopies and Dutch blinds is constructed from four frames (for up to 1m projection) or five frames if larger. It uses aluminium extrusions connected together by metal or nylon components riveted into the extrusion. The fabric is firmly fixed over this frame and a valance can be fitted to the front to provide additional shade as well as a decorative finish. The quadrant design of this canopy allows for the side legs to be fixed to the building, providing extra stability in windy conditions even on lighter constructions. The canopy in the retracted position folds back above the window when not required and usually a cover board or hood is installed at the same time to protect the fabric when retracted. The Dutch canopy is typically operated by a pull cord located at one end of the blind which is then wrapped around a cleat to hold the blind in the desired position. For large or heavy canopies, gear or electric operation is recommended. These Dutch canopies, in a traditional green and white stripe, are installed to a bungalow in Kent and are shown in both extended and retracted positions; the cover board can be clearly seen above the canopies.
Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames, and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais along the English Channel. The county town is Maidstone.