One of the items listed in my goals for 2012 is to have an additional canopy/awning in place on the left side of my house to provide additional shade and protect that area from heavy down pour during the rainy season. I'm happy that this goal had materialized in less than 2 months after I came up with that list. Now, it's already completed. I have personally chosen the steel frames with polycarbonate sheets for my awnings as this is faster to complete and is more durable. Not to mention that the color matches the motif of our house, and even it provides additional shade on the area, it never compromised the brightness. I think it's just perfect for that area and served it's purpose.
Now, I don't have to worry much on the successive typhoons in the Philippines as the area will now be protected. The only disadvantage is the price. Of course, polycarbonate sheets are more expensive than the ordinary GI sheets. It costs me 20k for this project but I think it's all worth it.