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Adding a Small Business Awning: 5 Factors to Consider

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2022 at 9:49 am.
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Consider these factors before installing your new small business awning.

Adding an awning or two to your small business is an excellent way to improve the visibility of your location and advertise your business to potential customers. You can work with experienced designers at Carroll Architectural Shade to create bold awnings that feature your logo, business hours, or special services. Numerous designs and styles are available to you, so it’s best to consider the following factors before creating your small business awning. These tips will help you determine the best way to find your ideal awnings. 

What Are Your Business Goals? 

What do you want your awning to do for your business? If you’re just starting out, you may want an awning that introduces your business and establishes a strong presence for your new location. Or, perhaps you want your awning to replace something you already have or upgrade the appearance of your existing business. 

Do you have plans to expand your store in the next few years? For example, you may want to add an outdoor seating area in the future. Installing awnings now can help you prepare for that space. 

Our awnings have long lifespans, so it’s essential to consider how your small business awning fits in with your building today and how it will fit in several years from now. 

Custom Design is Critical 

Your new awning should be completely yours, so your business stands out, and your branding is clear. Custom awning fabrication from Carroll Architectural Shade ensures that your new awning suits your business and is made with high-quality materials. Your customers can see the difference between high-quality custom-made awnings and store-bought generic awnings.

Know What’s Available Before Making Your Decision

Making assumptions about what is or is not available for your awning design can lead you to underestimate the range of options available. You might miss out on some amazing alternatives! Before settling on your awning style, fabric, color, and more, ensure you have explored all available options, so you don’t miss out on your ideal awnings. 

You Can Always Start Small and Add On

If you are on a tight budget, you may believe that installing a new small business awning is out of the question. However, that’s not necessarily true. There are a number of awnings you can install, ranging in size and functionality, so you can find one that fits your budget. For example, you may first install a small awning over your front door. This can do a lot to attract patrons and highlight your storefront. As your business grows, you can add more awnings or window features to build out your design. 

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Treating your new small business awning as just an “accessory” is a common mistake many business owners make. It’s true that your custom awning can be fabricated in a surprisingly short amount of time, but it’s not as simple as adding a plant or hanging string lights. 

If you want your awning installed by a specific time, it’s best to start the process as soon as possible. You want plenty of time to consider your options, create the best design, and guarantee a high-quality and long-lasting installation. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in-house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll-up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top-quality craftsmanship and service.

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