One of our projects late last year was installing a canopy in our mini garden. Just like what we have chosen to install in our laundry area few years ago, polycarbonate roofing is still our best choice. The reason for that is we consider polycarbonate to be best for gardens and porches. It could still give your plants the needed sun light while protecting the home dwellers from the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. Polycarbonate roofing has UV shield and when properly taken care of can lasts for more than 10 years. Product guarantee is up to 10 years. It also comes in different colors so you could actually choose the color that will match your exterior paint. Looks class and elegant, too.
The only downside of this product is the price. Polycarbonate is a bit expensive and some says that it easily gets untidy after being exposed alternately to heavy rains and sunlight. However, as a home owner you should know how to deal with these problems. Our polycarbonate roofing in the laundry are is still in good shape. We try to maintain it by having someone scrub the polycarbonate sheets with detergent and water. This way, you can get rid of the molds and dirt.
Overall, I'm still happy with the new look of our garden because of the canopy. Now, I have my garden covered and we could still walk along it despite the heavy rains. I could still entertain visitors on the garden area rain or shine.