Awning Ideas / February 14, 2019 / Katelyn Mooney
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.
Retractable awnings allow you to have fun outside without getting burnt by the sun or overheating. They let you create a comfortable space outdoors to enjoy in the summertime. Patio awnings as well as those on porches and decks make it possible to eat a meal outdoors or sit in the shade where there would normally be none. Awnings keep you cool without having to spend a lot of money. In fact retractable awnings can actually save you money on energy costs by cooling your home. Because awnings block the sun s rays and cool your home you won t need the air conditioner as much and energy costs will go down. Plus you re helping out the environment. Retractable awnings also protect furniture and carpets from fading due to excessive sun exposure. Patio awnings protect windows and doors from weather damage and provide shelter and protection when you leave the house especially on rainy days. Stand under the patio awning while you open your umbrella or wait to be let into the house by someone inside.
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.