Awnings come in two main types: domestic and commercial. Businesses of many types can install commercial awnings for decoration and for making the business premises generally more attractive, helping promote it to customers. Lots of businesses use commercial awnings to great advantage and will find them helpful in the day to day running of their company.
Maybe you have thought about installing an awning before. Maybe you have one already and it might be time for an upgrade. Perhaps it’s not something that is even on your radar. Whatever your current situation may be, you should think carefully about the benefits of commercial awnings and how you can use them to further your business.
What business types generally install awnings?
The businesses that most often install awnings include shops, cafés, bars, restaurants and other retail premises. They might also be installed by businesses with office blocks m, where they can benefit the staff who work there. However this certainly isn’t definitive and lots of companies install commercial awnings for their own reasons.
How and why do companies use awnings and sunshades?
These are some of the most common uses of awnings amongst companies:
· To cover an outdoor seating area for customers. This is a popular option for bars and restaurants, where outside seating can offer valuable options for expansion. Retractable awnings and canopies are the most frequent choices so that they can be used as needed throughout the year. When uninterrupted sunshine is preferable, they can be retracted to uncover the seating area.
· To cover a seating area for staff. Companies will often use awnings to create outdoor seating areas for staff, providing valuable outdoor space for breaks. This can help teams to be more lively and productive – the benefits of natural light are very well documented. Staff that are encouraged to spend time out of doors are being given a well balanced and healthy working environment.
· Providing shade at the front of the property. This one is a popular option with commercial premises such as shops, salons, hairdressers, takeaways – basically anywhere that staff and customers might be entering the building, or where they might be sitting for long periods of time. This helps prevent the property becoming too warm or getting the glare of the sun. It is a good option with offices too as the prevention of glare will make it easier to work on computers and use other screens with good visibility.
· Protecting furniture and carpets. Using awnings of a good size at windows will stop sunlight getting in, preventing UV rays from fading carpets and furnishings. Business owners will have lower maintenance costs for buildings.
· Extending seating areas. An awning can be treated like a semi permanent roof, covering outdoor seating areas that extend from the inside. It’s a useful way to create more space for commercial purposes and support a business’ operation. It can be made to feel more like the interior, or more like a truly external area.