How to Make the Correct Choice for A Commercial Awning

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Businesses that use commercial awnings include restaurants, pubs, shops, schools, and the leisure industry. But each business group has a different motivation for buying a commercial awning.

Awnings can provide many benefits. The type of awning people buy depend upon their priorities. People may need an awning for many reasons. These could be:

  • For solar control to reduce heat gain for example in a school.
  • To promote a business e.g., with a retail store – adding graphics to an awning. will create a three dimensional sign.
  • To provide diners with extra space for al-fresco eating.
  • The need to provide a covered area for smokers.
  • In some cases an awning is needed to protect from bad weather.

In each of these cases it is important that the right awning is chosen to avoid disappointment and potential misuse.

For example, a standard modern retractable awning may only be suitable for use up to a low wind speed. It would not be appropriate for an application in a windy location. One might want to extend the awning in bad weather. In this case, all-weather awnings are appropriate. Good examples are those made by the Italian manufacturer Pratic.

In a modern environment, an aluminium framed folding awning may be appropriate. This can either be manual or electrical. If electric, it should be protected by an anemometer which auto-retracts the awning when the wind exceeds a specific speed.

If the business is of a traditional nature like an antique shop or a butcher, then traditional Victorian awnings are considered. These are still manufactured by specialist awning companies such as Deans Blinds and Awnings. These made from timber and have steel side arms and slides which gives them a particularly robust solution.


The latest awning fabrics from polyester benefit from a nano technology based fibre surface. These look like traditional canvas but in fact shed water and water born dust. A regarded polyester awning fabric, called Sunvas, is manufactured by the German Swela Company.


Apart from the traditional Victorian awnings, most awnings are now electrically operated. They are controlled, as already mentioned, by an anemometer wind sensing device. Where it is important to reduce heat through solar gain then a sun sensor is also an option.


Awning can act as an excellent business draw. The application of graphics has moved on so that the most complex logos and texts are now possible on an awning. Despite this, it is often that case that simplicity is best. A bold text or logo can often do far more to attract attention than the more detailed graphics. Plus they are also usually much cheaper.


It is important that one must choose a supplier/installer with care. The awning must be expertly fitted and complies with all current Health and Safety regulations. The supplier must have recognised Health and Safety qualification such as CHAS, Constructional Line or Safe Contractor.

Finally how to look after your awning:

  • Don’t use it in inclement weather unless you have specified an all-weather system.
  • If you roll the awning up wet then open it at the first opportunity to dry.
  • Do not hang anything from the awning.
  • Inspect the fixings from time to time or ask your supplier to carry out a service call.
  • Make sure your awning cover is always rolled over the roller and not under it.
  • Always buy from a trusted business like Deans. Consider the Health and Safety implications of installation.
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