Awning Ideas / February 18, 2019 / Charlene Kane
If your restaurant is not a part of any multi-billion dollar franchise you probably have to make decisions regarding every aspect of the restaurant: from the menu to the tablecloth color to the logo design. Often what makes or breaks a restaurant comes down to two priorities: food quality and décor. The way your restaurant s interiors are designed and maintained will have a huge impact on the customers liking it in the first visit and coming back for more and more. And one way to ensure a helpful sprucing up includes proper awnings shade structures and canopies. For one thing awnings and commercial shade structures are all about making a first impression. Remember that long before a restaurant patron has taken their first bite of bread or sipped their first cocktail they ve already surveyed the exterior of the building.
And where would the world be without the Golden Arches? To a very real extent the McDonald s arches often towering over a parking lot suggest that the restaurant chain is the gold standard of fast food franchises soaring high above the competition. Considering the symbolic importance signs and awnings play in a successful business selecting the right awning and signage company is fundamental to implementing your branding ideas. The awning or signage needs to be profound enough to stay with the onlooker but not so bombastic as to turn people away. In other words businesses need to come up with a sign and/or awning both they and their customers can identify with. They need to accurately assess how their target audience would perceive them.
If you do go for a retractable awning which is generally a good idea in climates which tend to vary between extremes there are further choices. Manual retractable awnings are those which you roll or fold up yourself. Motorized versions have a small electric motor that will do the job with a touch of a button. While motorized awnings seem to offer less work it doesn t always work out that way. Installation is more difficult due to wiring concerns so if you re doing the work yourself it will increase the time it takes you to install the awning. Also with more moving parts the odds of having to perform maintenance and repairs is much greater. Still if you take good care of your awning with preventive maintenance a motorized awning can be a great investment.