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6 Tips for a Successful Commercial Canopy Design

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 at 9:33 am.
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Create your best commercial canopy design with Carroll Architectural Shade.

Commercial canopies are incredibly versatile and can provide convenience and style to your business. Whether adding your canopy to a retail store, restaurant, hotel, or any other commercial space, a new canopy from Carroll Architectural Shade can help your business stand out from the competition. But the impact your canopy has ultimately depends on the design. How can you be sure you are creating a successful commercial canopy design? The following tips will help you determine the best look for your new shade product. 

Don’t Focus on Finding What’s Cheapest

The total cost of ownership should be what you consider for your new canopy. You are investing in your commercial canopy because of what it can do to improve the beauty and comfort of your location. Because this is supposed to be a long-term investment, your canopy should be durable enough to last for years. 

If you are only looking for whatever is cheapest, you won’t find awnings that can give you the durability you require. Trust the professional designers at Carroll Architectural Shade rather than purchasing low-cost pre-designed canopies. 

Don’t Attempt to Cut Corners with a DIY Installation 

You could throw away all of your design efforts if you wind up with a faulty installation. If you have no professional experience installing awnings, trust the pros with your new canopy installation. This will ensure that the canopies are installed correctly and can withstand wear and tear. 

Create a Commercial Canopy Design That Suits Your Building

Commercial canopies communicate who you are as a business and make it easy to find your location and entrance. You want to stand out from the crowd, but you still want to fit into your neighborhood. Create a commercial canopy design that fits in naturally with your existing building appearance and doesn’t aggressively clash. Customers will respond more to a professional, polished design rather than something flashy for the sake of it. 

View Previews of Your Canopy Design

Don’t approve your final commercial canopy design without seeing a preview first. When you work with Carroll Architectural Shade, your designers will provide you with visual renderings of your final product so you can see what it will ultimately look like. This will help you make changes before it’s too late. 

Know Your Goals

Start with your goals in mind so you can design a canopy that provides precisely what you want. Commercial canopies can dress up your exterior, highlight your entrance, market your business services, provide shelter for pedestrians, cover outdoor seating, and more. Consider what is most important, and let those goals guide your decision-making. 

Consider Your Location 

Seasonal weather, the activity on your street, and pedestrian traffic around your business are all factors that may affect which physical characteristics are best for your commercial canopy. If you are in a trendy, defined neighborhood, you may be required to maintain a particular “look.” If you don’t have much sidewalk space, you may be unable to extend your canopy very far. These elements can help you and your Carroll Architectural Shade designer create the best commercial canopy design for your unique property. 


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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