Canopy Roof Building 101

What You'll Need
8 1 1/2 -inch thick, 10-foot long poles
4 3-way pipe fittings
4 1 1/2 inch stands for flagpoles
4 plywood pieces, 6 inches squared
Wood glue
Epoxy glce
100 square feet of canvas
Adhesive tape

A canopy roof acts as backyard shelter to protect outdoor gatherings, vehicles and anything else that needs a little bit of protection from the elements. You can build your own canopy roof if you have poles and a strong canvas material. Here is a guide to building your own canopy roof and all that this project entails.

Step 1: Insert the Poles into Flagpole Stands

First you will want to insert four of your poles into flagpole stands, making sure that they fit in snugly. Screw or glue each of the stands onto a thick, flat base made out of plywood. Make sure that the poles and the holders are sturdy and secure because these are the legs of your canopy roof and will determine how well it will stand up to the elements.

Step 2: Assemble Additional Poles

Now you are going to want to assemble an additional 4 poles into the shape of a square with the use of pipe or pole connectors with 3-way holes. Each of the connectors should have is third hole or port pointing toward the ground. Now turn this finished square frame over so it is upside down, and insert each of the stand-up poles into one of the open ports so that the plywood stands are facing upward.

Step 3: Lay Out Canvas

The next step in the process is to lay your canvas sheet out flat along the ground. Place the upside-down and place the fully assembled frame in the middle of this piece of canvas. The canvas should extend between 2 and 3 inches beyond the frame in every direction.

Step 4: Wrap Edges

Wrap the overlapped edges of the canvas around the poles, fastening the canvas to the poles with a strong adhesive tape. If any of the canvas corners are sticking out, fold them in and thoroughly secure them with tape.

Step 5: Finish Up

Finally, you're ready to flip the entire canopy roof right-side up again. Make sure that the entire canvas is properly secured to the roof frame before you flip everything over. Voila, now you have your own canopy roof which can be used for a myriad of different outdoor purposes.