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spacing for canopy support posts/columns

spacing for canopy support posts/columns

spacing for canopy support posts/columns

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Anyone have any knowledge on how to determine an appropriate
spacing between metal posts or columns which would support a covered walk canopy?

RE: spacing for canopy support posts/columns

Depends on what your loads are and what your beam depth restrictions are to carry these loads to the columns.  Almost any column spacing is theoretically possible.

RE: spacing for canopy support posts/columns

width and height of the canopy will play large roles, as they will determine the loads on each column (both downward and lateral).  But generally a 15' to 20' spacing should be a reasonable starting point.  I've found that the lateral forces (i.e., wind) tend to control the design of these structures, so this spacing will keep your column sizes within reason.

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