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How to Choose Your New Restaurant Awning

Posted on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 3:25 pm.
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Learn how you can find the best restaurant awning for your property.

A new awning can add significant style and comfort to a restaurant. By covering outdoor dining spaces, these areas become much more appealing for customers and protect the outdoor dining area from seasonal weather. A new restaurant awning can be a great addition, but it is also crucial to choose the best new awning that fits your restaurant’s style and environment. Before selecting your new restaurant awning, consider the following factors. 

Awning Style

The best awning style for your restaurant depends on the building style and what you want to use the awning for. Does your restaurant have a Mediterranean style? Or does it have a Southwest look? Maybe you have a sleek, modern cafe? Whatever your building style and restaurant brand, your awning should match it. 

Awning Size

The restaurant awning size depends on how much space you have available and how much you want to cover. Outdoor patio coverage is determined by the size of the area you want to protect. Slightly larger is always better than slightly too small.

Awning Fabric

Your new restaurant awning is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics. Colors and designs can be chosen to match your building style and brand logo. The material can also be printed with the restaurant name and logo to increase your brand visibility. 

The best cover for a restaurant awning is high-quality and fire retardant, as well as UV-protected and mold resistant. This will guarantee that your awning stays beautiful through lots of wear and tear. 

Retractable or Fixed Awnings

Restaurant awnings can create an outdoor dining experience that entices customers and encourages them to come back. Your awning can either be fixed or retractable. A fixed awning is partially attached to the building and stands throughout the year. 

A retractable awning can be extended or retracted depending on the weather. Retractable awnings can be suitable for smaller outdoor restaurant patios or lounge areas. Or, if your dining area is in a slightly shaded area, you may not need the protection of an awning at all times. For larger dining areas, a fixed awning may be more practical. 

Additional Features and Elements

Your restaurant awning can include additional elements or features that enhance your customers’ dining experience. You can add lighting, speakers, and fans to make that outdoor space even more comfortable and enjoyable throughout the seasons. 


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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