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|Awning||A metal or wood frame covered by a fabric to provide shade.|
|Canopy||A fabric covered covered metal or wood frame that is attached to the building on one side with support legs on the other side.|
|Popup Tent||A standalone structure usually consisting of 4 metal poles and a fabric covered roof|
|Stationary Awning||This is a type of awning that is securely attached to the building. It does not contain hinges or moving parts and either has to be in place to provide functionality or taken down before large storms.|
|Retractable Awning||This is a type of awning that contains hinges so that it can be folded up before the winter or large storms.|