Commercial awnings are popular among all sorts of businesses ranging from retail stores to restaurants, and even for professional services. In addition to serving an aesthetic purpose, awnings can provide advertising space for businesses, help keep stores cooler during the summer months, and provide shelter for pedestrians – possibly causing them to linger long enough to want to come inside the store itself.
But how do you choose the right awning for your business? After all, you will hopefully have this awning for a long time, so making the right decision now is essential. Here are a few tips to help you decide which commercial awning is right for your business.
Consider the function.
In choosing your commercial awning, you will want to consider the kind of function that you wish to serve. For some businesses, commercial awnings are little more than a feature to be used as signage. Other businesses may want to use them as shelter to protect merchandise that is placed outside during the day, or even as a shade for benches where customers can sit and relax for a while.
Your intended purpose for your commercial awning will have a big influence over the size, shape and material that you choose.
Do you want retractable or stationary?
There are a wider variety of looks that you can achieve with a stationary awning, however, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, then your awning may last longer if it is retractable.
What is the best material to use?
When choosing a commercial awning, there are three main types of material to select from. These include:
- Vinyl and polyester composite – this material is both durable and flame retardant. It is a popular choice with many storefronts and franchises.
- Cotton blend canvas – this is the least durable of awning fabrics, but it is a low-cost option if you are on a budget.
- Acrylic fabric – this fabric isn’t completely waterproof; however, it is resistant to mildew and ultraviolet light, which makes it an excellent choice for areas with hot and humid summers.
Choose the right design elements.
If you are going to have a commercial awning, then it should reflect the brand of your business. For this, you will have to choose colours, images, typography, etc.
A commercial awning is your chance to increase the amount of signage on your storefront and convey a message to your potential clients – don’t waste that opportunity!
Make sure you are complying with local by-laws and rental agreements.
In some cases, municipalities have certain requirements for commercial buildings and may only allow specific colours, sizes, etc. for commercial awnings. So be sure to check that your commercial awning will comply with any relevant bylaws before you order it.
Also, if you are renting your building, you will want to check with your landlord or review your rental agreement to make sure that your awning will be allowable.
For more help in choosing a commercial awning for your business, contact Jans Awnings today.