[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Commercial properties, as building owners are well aware, come with a range of issues in terms of light management and external design situations. In most cases, a combination of internal and external features like roller blinds and sunroofs or retractable awnings is used as a basic layout, providing the design features as well as the functional effects.

Tip #1: What you need and where you need it – Planning

Design is all about planning and dealing with practical requirements, simultaneously. The most common uses for blinds, sunroofs and awnings are all related to specific lighting and environmental issues. Designers study the entire layout, and then formulate the combination of types of screen into a single design.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Retractable awnings are used in external situations where climate, sun and the local environment require them. They’re also extremely useful designer features for commercial buildings. A retractable awning can be motorized and controlled by a switch or remotely controlled.

Retractable awnings basic roles and functions

Retractable awnings are rapidly becoming a feature of many 5 star resorts and upmarket commercial premises like shopping malls. They allow use of external space and provide a great designer environment for customers and for the workplace. Retractable awnings are usually either built in at the construction stage or part of a makeover of older buildings in need of an upgrade to modern standards. They’re also “character pieces” for the building, providing a visual identity. This can be crucial in a crowded, competitive business environment, where visual presence is important to sales. Interestingly, another common function is less predictable, but always useful- Retractable awnings provide shelter around the business, and tend to attract customers for that reason.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Commercial awnings are a real feature of any streetscape, and they're a valuable part of the external space of any commercial building. These awnings are required to last, look good, and be easy to maintain if required. Some commercial awnings are huge, and used as a design feature in their own right, like cafe awnings. Like all business fittings, the big outside awnings are a real design issue.

Commercial awnings - Issues and design

Commercial awnings have a range of functions, including business functions. For some businesses, outside areas are valuable space, and stock is kept there for shoppers. (This is often the case in upmarket car yards, hardware outlets and nurseries, where the cover protects stock very effectively.) For restaurants, cafés and city fast food diners the awning may cover an eating area. The awnings effectively increase the commercial space, often by a large amount.