The Stanford Plaza car park shade structure installed by Versatile Structures

Benefits of a Car Park Shade Structure

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Building a shaded car park does not have to be an expensive and time-consuming project. With custom shade structures, you can have a carefully engineered solution based on your needs.

Car park shade structures continue to be a popular shading solution that offers protection from external weather conditions. They come in different options, including barrel vault structures and skillion options, with lighting and walkways for more versatility.

Installing a custom car park shade structure provides the following 3 key benefits.

Protection Against Weather Parking lots covered by shade structures can provide cars with effective protection against solar radiation and ultraviolet rays, rain, hail, wind and even dust. They can also help protect cars against certain types of insects and birds (as can be seen from the image below).

Added revenue Installing Shade Structures over your car park can increase your revenue by attracting new shoppers, increasing shopper stay time, increasing the street appeal and decreasing tenant vacancies.

Security & Safety Most professionals think only of the benefits that shaded parking structures provide during the day, but they can also provide benefits at night too. Our custom shade structures can be used together with lighting features, allowing you to provide added security and safety benefits to parking lots.

More benefits from shade structures

A single-bay car park shade is ideal for small commercial properties. It can protect a single row of vehicles from rain and hail. When combined with a double bay car park shade, you can extend the shading to the outer edges of your parking area. Double bay car park shades protect two rows of parked cars, making them cost-effective for covering a larger space. Full-cover car park shades offer protection over the entire parking aisle or lot, including the parking bays and driveway.

Improve your car park’s layout

Reputable manufacturers of car park shade structures offer various fabrics to meet specific protection levels and other requirements, such as waterproofing and incorporated lighting. A double bay car park shade may also have a walkway to protect customers from the sun and rain as they move between your establishment and their cars. Walkways also prevent congestion as they provide dedicated and safer pedestrian areas.

Fire protection and wind resistance

Some custom shade structures can come with fire protection. Fire resistance helps prevent the spread of fires, in case too much heat causes some cars to combust spontaneously. Reputable manufacturers can also customise your car park shades with appropriate wind ratings or according to the conditions specific to your site.

Areas that benefit from Car park shade structures

  • Automotive Dealerships
  • Car Washes Car
  • Rental Facilities
  • Schools
  • Airports
  • Industrial Parks
  • Shopping malls and Retail Spaces
  • Entertainment Arenas and Parks
  • Public Parks, Libraries and Government Offices
  • Residential Complexes

Sustainability and car park shade structures

Car parks are often seen as a necessary evil for a retailer. The car park doesn’t directly translate into revenue as it is just space you sacrifice to make your customers happy. Owing to the huge space car parks take up they are perfect for solar panels. Have a read about using solar panels in your car park that will help reduce electricity bills, help towards reducing carbon emissions and tell your customers that you car about the environment.


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    Jamie Howard - Director

    Co-founder and Director Jamie has been hands-on in the shade and steel industry since leaving school. With over 15 years’ experience in shade, membrane and steel projects, Jamie is excited about the design opportunities shade structures offer in the commercial and industrial sectors. Jamie’s extensive design skills give him a competitive edge in situations with technical design complexity. He has won two personal industry awards for his designs, alongside many company-won awards.