How to Choose Custom Awnings for Your Business

A row of similar, ordinary storefront facades doesn’t inspire the desire of discovering what’s beyond the doorway; however, that one awning, whether brightly-colored, uniquely-shaped, backlit, solar or otherwise not only offers protection from the elements, but eye-catching appeal and an alluring sneak peek at what could be awaiting inside. When purchasing store front awnings, keeping some savvy and smart tips in mind is the key to choosing custom awnings for your business.

Convincing evidence to the success of storefront awnings is popping up around the globe. Recently, Viridian, an Australian glass supplier, created a stunning glass awning for the Zara shop in Melbourne’s top shopping area While awnings act as attractive showcases of a store’s products and style, they also shield windows, doors, and outdoor patrons from wind, rain and snow (not to mention the sun). Purchasing a store awning is a business investment, and taking the following elements into consideration will help to ensure that you, your business, and its patrons benefit the most:

* Local/regional weather conditions

* Appropriate awning size

* Financial efficiency

* Business type

Your local climate will heavily determine which type of store awning is best for your business. Since the climate cannot be altered, this factor is a prime starting point. Be accurate when the manufacturer asks about your specific weather conditions, the location of the awning on your storefront, and the main reason behind your store’s awning, whether it is for shade, marketing, or both. Despite their obvious attraction, fabric and canvas awnings are not as durable as metal awnings. Most modern manufacturers create canvas awnings that are strong enough to last moderate weather conditions, but they could be risky in a hurricane, tornado, or similar storms. To prevent problems, many awning suppliers offer a low maintenance commercial shade structure in areas with extreme temperatures and weather conditions.

Larger awnings shield diners at the town’s hottest new lunch locale from the summer rays and flying fall foliage, while smaller store awnings add decorative touches, whether an elegant tea shop or a quaint local café. Price and awning size rise together, but the larger awnings clearly provide more protection. Requiring graphics on the awning also determines how large it must be to properly promote the shop, which is another tool to excite passing shoppers. Sizing is also related to whether you purchase a fixed or retractable store awning. Just note that retractable awnings aren’t 100% watertight.

Considering budgetary constraints is important, as are the financial benefits from having sturdy, protective, and decorative storefront awnings. Oak Park, Illinois is so convinced of the monetary magnificence of awnings that the Oak Park Development Corporation (OPCD) is accepting grant applications for certain exterior business improvements, including awnings. Sarah Faust, president of OPCD, refers specific benefits that can apply to other areas: “Grant support for these commercial projects results in increased sales tax revenues and property taxes for Oak Park, and promotes both new business and the retention, revitalization and expansion of existing Oak Park businesses” For more advantages, solar savvy business owners choose awnings based on their energy efficiency. By controlling the amount of sunlight and heat coming in, heating and/or air conditioning costs can be reduced, while still keeping clientele comfortable.

Upon deciding which styles and types are financially, structurally and aesthetically practical, be sure to pick an awning that highlights and emphasizes your business. The latest metal awnings and aluminum awnings can complement your modern-day clothing company that sells timeless-in-taste garb, whereas a colorful canvas awning makes a bar with a bustling night life draw in the crowds. The good news is that today’s technology and resources can create awnings that can be customized to suit your vision. Imagine the possibilities for your business. Viridian, an Australian glass supplier, imagined what could be and made it a reality. It’s your turn!

Post time: 09-30-2017