Awning Ideas / February 16, 2019 / Charlene Kane
By controlling sunlight you ll find yourself getting more use out of the amenities and spaces you already own: poolside deck balcony patio; grill gazebo outdoor bar hot tub. But there s more. Awnings act as an extension of your home adding square footage to your home or commercial building. They allow you to expand the look and feel of your interior into the outdoors serving as an architectural addition but without the typical costs. No contractor or expensive installation is required. In the residential setting this results in outdoor space for entertaining relaxing and eating. In the business setting it means additional room to seat patrons serve customers or hold meetings. In both cases the "outdoor rooms" end up adding value to the business or home. On top of this awnings result in direct energy savings. Installed strategically they make the inside of a building up to 15 degrees cooler cutting direct sunlight and shading windows.
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.