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The Top 4 Benefits of Commercial Retractable Awnings

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 at 10:28 am.
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Commercial retractable awnings can provide your outdoor areas with plenty of shade and comfort.

Property owners across the country have seen the benefits of commercial retractable awnings. These awnings can not only create more functional outdoor spaces for your business but are versatile, cost-effective, and stylish additions that make your property stand out from the rest. Your awnings don’t just benefit your building exterior but provide interior benefits as well to keep your commercial space welcoming and comfortable. Consider the top four interior benefits listed below before installing new retractable awnings from Carroll Architectural Shade.

Block UV Rays

While we love the sun, UV rays can be damaging in large doses. These invisible rays can lead to immediate problems like sunburns and long-term health issues like skin cancer. Retractable awnings or shade screens for your windows can block up to 99% of these harmful UV rays from entering your commercial property and potentially putting you at risk. 

Prevent Glare on Appliances 

When natural sunlight pours into your building, it can often create a glare on TV and computer screens, which makes it hard to see what is on the screen. This can become a real problem for commercial spaces relying on touch-screen registers or computers to process orders or conduct business. When you install commercial retractable awnings, you can open up the awnings on those extra sunny days to block that glare. 

Protect Your Valuable Assets

Natural light can create a wonderful ambiance, but prolonged exposure can damage furniture, electronics, and décor. When you use blinds or curtains to block sunlight from streaming in, you’re stuck in an either/or situation where you must leave your window fully exposed or close the curtains and blackout all sunlight. 

When you install commercial awnings, you still receive some natural light, but the awning decreases the power of the light coming into your property. This means the soft, diffused light that comes in will not be strong enough to fade your fabrics, floors, or other precious items. 

Reduce Your Energy Expenses

Solar heat gain is the warming effect that naturally happens inside a building as the afternoon sun heats up outside. This heat gain increases the temperature inside your business, making people uncomfortable and putting a strain on your air conditioning as it works to cool your building down. Commercial retractable awnings are “passive cooling” solutions that reduce your solar heat gain by reducing the amount of sunlight that enters your building. When your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard, you can save on utility expenses over time. 


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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