This section details why at Urban Design we choose to use only the best materials and manufacturing methods. Clients who have opted for cheaper style products and fixing methods from alternative sources, rather than using Urban Designs high quality schemes, are discovering increasing problems and issues with materials and workmanship. In the more serious cases inadequate canopies have been collapsing during the recent severe weather under the weight of snow, endangering members of the public. In particular this is affecting unsupported cantilevered canopies i.e. one which is attached directly to the building without the addition of any other supports or posts. As a result of incidents our advice to all users is to: • Check all canopies for signs of damage/ collapse • Cordon off any unsupported canopies during severe weather and do not use the area under such canopies until they have been independently assessed. • Ensure all canopies are inspected following adverse weather for signs of damage • Ensure all canopies have been appropriately designed to take the weight of large volumes of snow. Canopies for which a submission through Local Authority building control was made should have allowed in the design calculations for snow loading. If you have any immediate concerns regarding the structural stability of your canopy, please contact our technical sales team who will be happy to arrange an inspection and report and advise any costs which may apply. Images of canopy failures and inadequate fixing methods provided by our some of our competitors are shown below.
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