Awning Style Ideas for Your Business
January 1, 2019
You’ve worked hard to establish your business, and it shows. Customers and clients trust you, your community appreciates you, and you have plans for the future! Maybe now is the time to think about awnings for your business and the value it could add to it.
Why Commercial Awnings Are a Good Business Decision
There are many reasons why awnings for businesses are effective. They increase a company’s visibility which can increase foot traffic and sales, they add charm and distinction to a location, and they provide a protected outdoor area for customers during inclement weather. We’re experts at designing and installing a full range of awnings for businesses, each one uniquely crafted to fit a particular space and provide a certain look and feel. Dorchester Awning offers seven basic styles of awnings, and our design process allows for plenty of room for modifications, as well as dozens of choices in materials and colors. Here are some things to consider when determining the right style for your awning.
What Shape is Best?
When deciding on a style of commercial awning for your business, the first thing you might want to consider is shape. A building’s location, architecture, and number of windows or doorways will often determine what shape is best. Concave awning structures, for example, are popular options for businesses with large window spans, whereas convex structures are often used above windows and openings that span corners. Many awnings come with a valance (the lowest portion of the awning). The valance can come in a variety of styles and shapes as well and is often the perfect place to display the name of a business.
Dome-shaped awnings have a traditional, classic appeal and are perfect above single entrances and doorways. They are also a popular style choice to use indoors. Indoor awnings, like their outdoor counterparts, come in various shapes and sizes and are often used in malls or within the interior of a business to help define areas like dressing rooms, bathrooms, and special departments. Both indoor and outdoor structures add visual interest and contribute to the overall aesthetic of a business. Whether indoor or out, Dorchester Awning can work with you to create a business awning that meets your unique needs.
Color and Material
While the shape of your awning is an important element to consider, so are the materials and colors you choose. For example, a women’s clothing boutique will want its awning to reflect something very different than an insurance agency. Our design experts can help you define and refine your ideas, and because we partner with some of the leading fabric manufacturers in the industry, we can create hundreds of patterns and colors. When it’s all said and done, we count on our highly skilled stitching team to design unique combinations of color stripes and patterns that are truly a reflection of each business’s unique needs.
Sometimes an Awning is Not the Answer
If your goal is to add more useable space or create large protected outdoor areas for clients and customers, you might want to choose a canopy.
Canopies are popular choices of restaurants that want to have an outdoor seating area protected from the elements, and healthcare facilities that need to cover outdoor entryways into their facilities. In both instances, because they need to withstand the elements as well as protect those underneath them, it’s important that canopies be well-designed and structurally sound. Dorchester Awning has over one hundred years of design and installation experience, so you can be confident our commercial canopies will not only look good and last long but do what they’re primarily meant to do — protect your patrons.
To learn more about Dorchester Awning and the full complement of commercial awnings for business in Boston that we offer, reach out to us today for a free quote.