Friday, June 28

All About Commercial Awnings and Canopies

People who travel to or live in highly urbanised areas in the UK often have their favorite local spots for dining out and enjoying the company of a romantic date, their friends, and their families. Throughout the summer months, they're often seen enjoying a cup of coffee and a bagel or a very hearty lunch at one of the al fresco tables set outside a popular restaurant or coffee shop. This searingly hot season also prods business owners to put up commercial awnings that generally extend from their building's facade and provide cool shade and UV protection to customers and the merchandise on display.

The Benefits of Hanging Canopies

Commercial awnings vary in size and shape depending on their location and purpose. Usually, businesses build small canopies above their store's display windows and main entrance. Their narrow bodies and high curving roofs can only shelter one person at a time. They're mainly constructed for protective cover to prevent sunlight and heat from entering the store's interiors. A secondary benefit is their effective use as advertising space for strengthening your brand's identity and market positioning.

The Advantages of Retractable Awnings

In comparison, retractable awnings offer immediate shelter and open-air relaxation to customers. Bigger awnings cover a larger area for al fresco dining and yard sales. For instance, a poolside seating arrangement for a summer party definitely requires an expandable awning. Under these spacious awnings, more people can escape the sun's UV rays, protect their skin from developing cancerous cells, and avoid getting a sunburn.

Different Shapes of Commercial Awnings

Standard shapes for awnings include the Straight Slope with hip ends, the Convex with downward curving front, and the Concave with its front caving inward before dropping to a straight edge. The Casement differs from the usual styles because it doesn't have curves. As an alternative to these ordinary canopies, businesses can put up a simple Sign Box without illumination in front. Otherwise, they can get the Dormer or Pop-up canopy style with the back-lit signage.

Some canopies have large, permanent structures that are often seen covering the main entrances of first-class hotels and apartment buildings. The roof's end connects to the building above its front doors while two thick poles made of iron or steel support its head in front. The short walk towards the front doors is normally covered in red carpet. Sometimes, the canopied entrance has clear plastic walls that protect the guests from the wind-driven rain, the splashes of mud from street puddles, the falling snow, and the swirling smog and grime from the main road.

Generally, these extended awnings have pitched roofs or rounded bodies with flat fronts. Other design styles for an expanded canopy include the Pyramid, the short and stout Dome, the straight-edged Patio, and the Elongated Dome. Most manufacturers make these awnings for businesses in the retail, food service, and hospitality industries. They also offer custom-made designs for storefront awnings and entrance canopies that feature S-Curve trusses, bubble-shaped walls, and miniature spires and towers on the roof.

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