Own a Business? 3 Types of Commercial Awnings and Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing One

If you own a business, there are many things you can do to make your building look better to the public. One of these things is to install an awning. To help you, below are three different types of awnings, as well as why you should consider installing one.

Types of Commercial Awnings

Some different types of awnings available include:

Entryway Awning

The entryway awning is placed over the entrance door to your building. You can find these awnings in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are small, concave awnings which will provide a little protection from rain for customers that are standing at your entrance door. However, a lot of people cannot fit under this type of awning at the same time.

If you want to provide more protection, choose a fixed frame, square, sloped awning. This type is longer and larger and offers shade and protection from the elements.

Window Awning

Window awnings do not protect your customers in any way, but they do offer curb appeal and style to your building. You can find window awnings in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes. This way you can choose a color that will go well with the colors of your business, such as the color of the exterior walls or the landscaping around the building.

Retractable Awning

If you have any type of patio outside for your employees, you should purchase a retractable awning to offer them shade and protection from the sun. These awnings are made of a durable, vinyl fabric. You can operate this type of awning with a crank or handle. Motorized awnings are also available, which are opened and closed by pressing a button. When closed, the awning rolls up and wraps around a tube. The awning also has arms that hold up the fabric when the awning is opened. These arms also close when the owning is closed. 

Reasons to Install Awnings

There are many reasons you should consider installing one or more awnings, including:

Saving Money

During the summer months, an awning prevents the sun's rays from shining through your door—especially if the door is made of glass. If the sun does shine through, the inside of your business will warm up. This in turn, will cause the air conditioning unit you have in your building to run much more than it should. Having an awning will help lower your air conditioning bill by helping the inside of your building stay cool. 

Protecting Customers

An awning can help protect your customers from the sun's rays. For example, if you have a restaurant with an outside deck, the awning will prevent harmful UV radiation from affecting your customers. Likewise, if it starts to rain, your customers will not have to worry about becoming wet. If you customers have to run inside to escape the rain, it could also cause problems for you–especially if the inside of your restaurant was very busy.

Along with these benefits, you can also use your awnings for advertising purposes. For example, put your business's name, logo, or other type of information on the awnings.