Awning Ideas / February 21, 2019 / Muriel Sargent
Does your restaurant fit the neighborhood? Does it stand out in a productive and meaningful manner? And is the restaurant s signage appropriate for the space? Failure to pass these basic tests may mean a loss of business - something no restaurant owner wants to see happen. Awnings and canopies are ideal ways to invite a positive dining experience. Awnings are both functional and promotional items. On one hand they protect patrons from the elements providing a measure of wind shield shade during sultry summer evenings and of course protection from rain and even snow. But their aesthetic value is equally key. Retractable or fixed and made from a variety of materials namely aluminum fabric mesh and combinations of the three awnings can immediately set the mood via their shape and logos.
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.
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.