Awning Designs: What To Avoid

An awning is a functional structure, but it’s also a strong visual element and a valuable marketing tool. Awning designs should maximize each of these opportunities, so you want to avoid doing anything that might prevent that.

Awnings can be quite complex, so not surprisingly there are a number of things good awning designs should avoid. Considering these factors will help you create the best looking and best performing awning:

  • Don’t create a design that will look out of place, either because it doesn’t fit the architectural style of the building or it doesn’t match the thematic style of your business.
  • Don’t inadvertently create poor quality or dysfunctional graphics. If your colors don’t contrast sharply enough your graphics won’t stand out and lettering in particular may be difficult to read, especially from any distance. Digital printing supports “any image, anywhere” creativity with superior, crisp results and custom colors that can exactly match the rest of your business look.
  • Don’t select light colors if you’re in a “dirty” location such as near a bus stop.
  • Retractable awnings are not all-weather structures, they’re meant only to provide shade from the sun. If you’re looking for protection from a broader range of weather elements – rain, snow, wind – you’ll want a tougher permanent structure.
  • Multi-season weather protection also means you’ll want to avoid acrylic fabrics for your awning designs. Acrylics are great to supply shade, but because the fabric is woven it isn’t entirely water-resistant.
  • You cannot exceed the building’s capacity to support your awning. If the awning designs you’re contemplating are too wide, the awning will need additional legs to support it along the outside edge.
  • Don’t settle for low-end awning designs if you’re hoping for long-term usage. Get the best you can afford. Adding a protective coating to your finished awning can extend its life, too.
  • Don’t position drive-through or other portico awnings so low that vehicles can’t comfortably pass beneath. Installing a height restriction bar ahead of the awning is a good idea.

Avoid making mistakes altogether by consulting a reputable awning professional to assist with your awning designs.

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