Selecting a StyleThe awning style is typically based at least in part on the function that the awning will serve. Awning functions may include protecting customers from the elements while entering a building, blocking light from windows, or providing shade for a patio area. Selecting an awning style that best completes the intended function makes the home or business appear practical and savvy. Selecting an awning style that showcases the personality of the business or homeowner while completing the intended function conveys sophistication.
There are seven main awning styles to select from:
- Rounded entrance canopy
- Elongated dome
- Quarter round/convex
- Lateral arm retractable
- Fixed frame
Fabric or MaterialsThe fabric or materials of the awning should also be selected based on function, but fitted to style. No-nonsense businesses may wish to use awnings with high quality vinyl and clean lines and slats that make them easy to clean. Homes that use awnings to shade patios may select breathable fabrics with scalloped edges or other personalized features. Awning professionals can make recommendations regarding the best awning materials to withstand weather while fitting with needs and preferences.
Selecting Colors and DesignsThe colors and designs that are selected can make an awning either blend in with the rest of the building or stand out. Stripes or patterns that match the building accents, trim, and colors can add a stylish allure. Colors that pop can add a fun-loving feel to the building that can be especially helpful for attracting younger crowds. Colors and designs can also support consistency, as with chain businesses.
Customizing the Awning
Customization of awnings is especially important to businesses, as the awnings usually display the business name and basic designs that make the brand recognizable. If the business is new, having an awning customized can help customers to begin associating the style or playfulness of the colors and designs with the personality of the business. Awning professionals can assist with customization, making sure that every detail fits the image of the business or the requirements of the chain.