The Fixed Roof/Awning
These fixed-roof shade systems can range from decorative and quite expensive, to ‘tinny’ and not too expensive. Unless built very sturdy a good wind and/or especially a heavy snow-load can buckle them. In snowy area's of the country this type of awning requires a high mounting point to accommodate a downward slope enough to shed rain/snow. Therefore to mount on an eve-fascia part of the house is impossible. The inexpensive models (usually aluminum frame and corrugated roof) costs about $15 per sq. ft. The more heavy-duty models (wood or aluminum) range from $25 to $40 per sq. ft. but are built to survive heavy winds or snow loads.
On one hand it is nice to not to have to shovel snow under these fixed-roof systems in the winter; yet on the other hand that deck/patio is under perma-frost all winter because it is always shaded rather than the warm sun coming in. Another drawback – one may have the option to lay out on the deck/patio to sun tan with a permanent fixed roof.