Awnings are simple, inexpensive outdoor signs that lend a timeless sophistication to any establishment. They serve both decorative and functional purposes, making them a popular choice for businesses that serve customers outside their building. Storefront awnings are fully customizable, with the capacity to feature unique designs and lettering.
What is the price of storefront awnings?
If you’re interested in equipping your building with a storefront awning, get in touch with us. We’ll provide you a with quote based on the size and style of the awning you’re looking for.
What is a commercial awning?
A commercial awning is a storefront canopy that extends over a doorway or storefront. Most commercial awnings are made from vinyl or sunbrella fabric. Painted sunbrella fabric is being used more often now for a more modern look, however, vinyl is more durable and more easily cleaned in dirty environments.
Commercial awnings can serve multiple purposes. For example, they can be branded with text or images to showcase a business name or logo. They can also be used to provide shade to patrons at a restaurant, or keep outdoor wares protected from the rain.
Some commercial awnings are immobile, while others can be retracted, either manually or automatically. When used as the primary outdoor sign of a business, an awning is usually stationary.
Types of storefront awnings
Awnings come in numerous different styles, and can be made from a variety of different materials. The most popular type of awning is the slope style, which is laid straight and features a solid facer (valance) in black Sunbrella fabric, with painted graphics. But there are several other types of awnings that are widely used to bolster the design and utility of storefronts in Ontario.
Traditional (classic slopestyle) awnings
This classic business awning beautifies doors, windows and storefronts. Traditional awnings are perfect for coffee shops and ice cream parlours because customers can have their treats while enjoying protection from the rain and sun. Businesses that see a lot of taxi traffic also prefer this type of awning because patrons are sheltered from the elements while they await pickup. Examples of traditional business awnings are pictured below.
Also known as waterfall awnings, this type of commercial awning has a rounded top. It is available with or without side curtains, and has a frame that’s typically welded tubular steel or aluminum. Promenade awnings can be further customized with elements like painted frames, a rigid or loose valance, egg-crate ceilings, backlighting, rounded ends and graphics. Whatever the look you’re searching for, a promenade awning can be crafted to fit your vision.
Take a look at an example of a promenade awning About Signs has created.
Esquire dome awnings
Esquire dome awnings provide a statement of elegance and class. Though not ideal for every type of business, these commercial awnings are especially popular among niche industries, like spas, small boutique shops, microbreweries, restaurants and funeral parlours. Esquire dome awnings can be customized to feature a rigid or loose valance, and have a bottom ridge that is frilled.
Here’s an example of an esquire dome awning About Signs has created.
Illuminated business awnings
Each of the previously mentioned awnings can be illuminated. In some cases, lights can be installed within the awning itself, but it’s more common for gooseneck lights to brighten the awning from above. Awnings look especially charming when lit in late evening, and provide the added benefit of enabling people to see the logo or business name printed on the awning after the sun has gone down.
The benefits of a custom commercial awning
A commercial awning can serve as a custom storefront sign while also providing functional utility. As previously alluded to, awnings are a source of shelter for employees, customers and products on hot or rainy days. This means awnings don’t just entice people to notice your business; they can also improve the experiences people have while on your property.
Who uses storefront canopies?
Awnings are great for businesses that serve customers outside. This may include restaurants, bars, cafes and fast-food joints, as well as shops that display inventory outside. But awnings are not used by these types of businesses exclusively. Sometimes, an awning can just be used to add a measure of elegance to an establishment, regardless of what that establishment happens to be.
Where does About Signs provide awnings?
About Signs designs and installs commercial awnings for businesses in Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Markham, Scarborough, Caledon, Erin, Ajax, Oshawa, Hamilton, Grimsby, Vaughan, Cambridge, Brantford, Guelph, Newmarket, Stouffville, Aurora, Orangeville, Kitchener and Niagara Falls.