What Type of Awning Should I Choose for My Storefront?

There are a lot of different reasons to install an awning over your storefront, and the pleasant visual effect from the street is just one of them. Awnings also offer a bit of protection from the elements for your customers and colleagues. They make your storefront stand out, provide better advertising for your establishment, and in some cases can even help you cut energy costs as sunlight is held at bay from your entrance. There’s also the issue of cleanliness. Awnings make your entrance a cleaner and drier place, keeping both the exterior and interior of your business cleaner.

All of these benefits are well and good — and combined with the friendly price point of many custom-built awnings, a great case can be made for virtually any business owner to make this investment. But once you start getting into the process of choosing an awning, you might find yourself with more questions than answers.

Specifically, there are many different types of awnings that can be purchased and/or customized. The designs, materials, colors and styles can make a seemingly easy decision more complex — but that’s the way it goes with a lot of things these days. Here is some information that can help make the decision easier.


Retractable awnings represent the ultimate in convenience for owners of commercial spaces, with endless possibilities for customization and the ability to extend or retract your awning at the touch of a button or crank of a lever.

Canopy style

This type of awning can provide a much-needed touch of class to any business establishment, in addition to the great practical benefits. The fitting and customization process can be tricky unless you’re working with a reputable professional.


Storefront awnings have come a long way since their invention. Today, there are “lace on” designs that can be taken down seasonally, or there is welded aluminum framing that stays strong all year. Welded seams and advanced moisture protection are a few more of the features that make modern storefront awnings such a great value.

Awning specialists with higher standards

As with any business investment, you want to make sure your budget for an awning is put to the best possible use. That means narrowing the field to only the most reputable specialists in your area, and ultimately choosing one that has your best interests at heart.

How should you go about this process? By keeping your eye out for a few key characteristics: Experience, clear pricing structures, and high customer ratings are all important, for example. You want a company that’s going to be able to help guide you in the right direction and give you objective information that helps you make a better choice. You also want to know exactly what kind of investment you’ll be in for, and what kind of guarantee you can expect. The most reputable and highly rated awning specialists will be ahead of the game in these respects, and will help you to make a decision that really benefits your business.

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