Awnings are a simple yet attractive way to add a custom vibe to your building. It has a separate fan base due to its unique visual appeal and has taken the architectural market by storm. From stationary awnings that cover the outdoor areas to retractable awnings with light controls, commercial awnings offer many benefits besides an obvious esthetic appeal.
Shade structures like awnings have been an integral part of many businesses, especially restaurants and cafes. If used creatively, other businesses can also make full use of awnings to innovatively use their building space. Read on for three key benefits of awnings to figure out if your business can use these shade structures.
1. Increased Usable Space
Outdoor spaces are used more frequently by some establishments, such as cafes and restaurants, than by others. By shielding from the sun and rain, commercial awnings make those outdoor spaces more comfortable for both, your customers and employees. Even non-food companies may use sidewalk space to attract attention like with a sale or clearance rack, a promotional stand, or an event entrance stage while protecting the set-up from the harsh environment. Moreover, it can be a safe haven for customers to get out of the rain or snow before entering your business, or to prepare for the weather once they depart.
2. Improved Branding and Visibility
Awnings are a great way to make your buildings stand out among the many in line. It adds an eye-catching feature to your business and makes it easier for people to spot you and distinguish you from other storefronts. If your business has more than one outlet, using a signature awning can create a recognizable familiarity with your brand, increasing your customer base. Other than a great shade area, it’s a great marketing tool as well.
Commercial awning is also a great use of space by experimenting with different promotional ideas. For example, setting a free stup all for a new food product. Setting-up standees, or video booths as a fun activity to attract customers, can even be used as a safe deposit to store incoming customers’ belongings. Depending on the nature of your business, you can make practical use of an awning.
3. Protection Against UV
The best way to illuminate your business is with sunlight, however, the sun’s rays might harm your merchandise. Under extended, direct sunlight, clothing, furniture, and rugs may fade and their quality may deteriorate. Moreover, wood finishes, exterior paints, and architectural designs can also be ruined by UV radiation over time. Awnings with motors and retractable awnings allow you to manage how much shade and light you want in your building based on different weather and timing.
All the sunlight and heat that an awning keeps at bay pays off in another way, i.e., reduced electric bills. Businesses that are protected by awnings spend less on their AC, as the awning keeps the building cool. A retractable awning is great for winters as well, where you can save up on heating costs by retracting the awning and allowing maximum light to come in.
Adding an awning always works in the favor of the business, regardless of its nature. From giving shade and protection to saving money and brand promotion, a good quality awning is a plus for all commercial buildings.