7 Questions To Ask When Researching Awning Companies

Just like awnings themselves, not all awning companies are the same, even though it may seem that way on the surface. It’s important to do your research before choosing a company, because most awnings are individually designed and constructed to meet your unique needs.

You want to select a working partner that will give you the best all-around experience, from initial planning through installation and even beyond. Investing some time up front will protect the investment you make in your awning, whether you’re an architect, contractor, building or business owner or  homeowner.

Asking these seven questions will help you sift through your list of prospective awning companies:

Do they have the right knowledge and experience?
Whether you need one small awning or enough for multiple locations, quality awning companies will have extensive experience working with all types of framing and fabric materials. They’ll have first-hand knowledge of your usage needs, your locale, your type of building and installation needs. You don’t want to be a guinea pig.

How talented is their design staff?
Even if you have your own art department, creating the most effective graphics for awnings is an art in itself. Choose a company that can give you exactly the look you want.

Do they have state-of-the-art capability to make your design a reality?
Quality awning companies use top-quality materials from proven, reliable suppliers. They employ the latest technology, equipment and production techniques to ensure your project meets the highest standards of workmanship and performance.

Will you get solid advice and guidance?
Pick a company that takes time to explain all your options, from functionality and other practical issues to making sure you’ll get full marketing impact from your new awning. They should work hand-in-hand with you every step of the way, helping you ask the right questions and pointing up opportunities or potential pitfalls only an insider expert would know. You don’t want to overlook anything or make a costly mistake.

Are they good communicators?
Quality awning companies will personally answer your initial phone call and listen attentively to your design needs. They’ll keep you in the loop throughout the production process, so you always know how your project is progressing. And they’ll be easily accessible after your awning is installed, in case you ever have questions or need assistance

How’s their reputation?
You certainly want to avoid awning companies that might flake out on you mid-project or disappear as soon as installation is complete. Instead, look for someone who is well-established. Get references from recent customers but also for projects that go back a few years.

Ask about what the company and its staff were like to work with, because the best awning companies will make your project enjoyable and interesting and provide superior customer service. Ask other businesses in your area for referrals. And check out companies online, too.

Remember, their warranty says a lot about the business, both the quality of materials they use and the work they do.

Can they do it all?
All-in-one awning companies will provide the most streamlined process. They understand how each aspect of your project needs to mesh so you won’t hit any snags during design and production, such as delays waiting on other suppliers or confusion based on miscommunication.

You’ll be assured that all materials selected for your project, from framing to fabric to imprinting, are meant to work seamlessly together to provide the best results. You’ll get proper, professional installation that ensures superior performance as well as lasting good looks.

Of course you’ll ask about price. But asking these key questions first will ensure you’re getting the best all-around value. Awning companies that provide that will give you confidence in knowing you’ll get the best possible return on your investment.

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