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How to Choose an Awning Style to Suit Your Business

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2023 at 10:26 am.
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Choose the awning style that suits your business with Carroll Architectural Shade.

When customers walk down the street or drive past a row of businesses, you want them to notice your shop out of all the others. You can draw attention to your business by installing beautiful awnings above your entrance and windows. When you work with Carroll Architectural Shade to design your business awning, you can create a durable and stylish design that suits your existing building. Consider the following factors as you choose an awning style that suits your business. 

The Style and Shape of Your Awning

One of the first things to consider as you choose your awning style is the shape of your awning. Some of the awning styles include: 

  • Dome Awnings: Dome awnings (also called “bullnose”) are shaped like a dome and are commonly found over doors and windows. The dome provides shade, protection from weather, and a charming aesthetic. 
  • Elongated Dome: These dome awnings are elongated to provide more coverage than a traditional dome awning. It can extend horizontally to cover many windows or extend outward from the building to cover walkways. 
  • Quarter-Round: This more modern awning starts at the building and extends to one-quarter of a circle in awning coverage. This awning has a very structured appearance. 

Stationary or Retractable? 

Will your new awning be better as a stationary awning or a retractable? A retractable awning moves by hand crank or remote control and can retract back so it is closed and rolled up against the building. This is ideal if you want the option of coverage or no coverage. For businesses, this may be best to cover patios or seating areas. A stationary awning is best for your entrance or front windows, so you can use the awning to advertise your name, logo, and services. No matter the weather, you want that information visible to all. 

The Size of Your Awning

As you choose where to place your new business awning, you must also consider how large or small the awning will be. Will your awning cover your front door? Will it cover many windows on your front wall? Choose an awning style that provides all the coverage you need. 

Awning Colors

Color choice is vital for deciding the aesthetic of your new awning. Consider your existing building color scheme – how will your awning colors coordinate with the features of your building? 

When creating a business awning, you must also consider a color that will help your awning stand out to others. You may also want to coordinate the colors to pair well with your logo. 

Awning Material

Carroll Architectural Shade awnings are made from durable materials. The fabric will be durable enough to withstand outdoor exposure, and the frames are built from sturdy aluminum. As you choose your best awning style, work with the experienced designers at Carroll Architectural Shade to create an awning you love that will last for years. 


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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