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What to know when selecting a commercial awning for a Brisbane hotel

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Commercial awnings are a type of canopy that is attached to the exterior of a building that is typically made from waterproof materials and used to provide shade and protection for people who are outside the building. Awnings can be fixed in place or retractable, allowing them to be extended or retracted as needed. Commercial awnings are often used by businesses such as restaurants and cafes, as they provide an outdoor space for customers to sit and enjoy their surroundings without being exposed to direct sunlight or other inclement weather. Awnings are also used to add a decorative touch to a building and to feature the company name to make it more visible to passers-by.

Waterproof or fabric commercial awning?

Commercial awnings can be made from either waterproof materials such as vinyl or PVC, which are resistant to water and other weather conditions. These awnings are easy to clean and maintain, and they are also very durable. However, fabric awnings made from canvas or acrylic material, is also an option. Fabric awnings are often more attractive and decorative but being less waterproof they may not provide as extensive protection from the elements as their vinyl or PVC counterparts.

How much does a commercial awning cost?

The cost of a commercial awning depends on factors such as the size of the awning, the type of material it is made from, and the design and features it has. On average, a small, basic awning can cost around $5,000, while a larger, more complex awning can cost tens of thousand dollars. It is best to consult with a professional awning supplier to get a more accurate estimate of costs for an awning that meet your specific needs.

What Makes and awning different to a shade structure?

An awning and a shade structure are similar in that they both provide external shade and protection from the elements, there are also a few key differences between the two.

One of the main differences is the way they are attached to the building. Awnings are typically attached to the exterior of a building, either above windows or doors, or along the sides of the building. They are usually made from a single piece of material that is stretched over a frame and supported by brackets or other hardware. In contrast, shade structures are freestanding structures that are not attached to the building. They can be placed anywhere on the property, and they are typically made from multiple pieces of material that are supported by poles or other supports.

Another difference is what the substrate is made from. Awnings are typically made from waterproof materials such as vinyl or PVC, while shade structures can be made from a variety of materials, including fabric, metal, wood, or plastic.

In addition to the different ways awnings and shade structures are attached, another key difference lies in the amount of shade and protection they provide. As awnings are attached to the building they provide a limited amount of shade, while shade structures are freestanding and can be moved to provide more extensive coverage.

What do I need to know about setting up a commercial awning in Brisbane?

If you are considering setting up a commercial awning in Brisbane, there are a few important things you should know.

1. It is important to check with the local council to see if there are any regulations or restrictions regarding the installation of awnings in your area. In some cases, you may need to obtain a permit or other approval before installing an awning.

2. Choose a reputable and experienced awning provider to design and install your awning. The company should be able to provide you with a range of options and help you choose the best awning for your needs. They should also be able to provide you with a detailed quote and installation plan.

3. Consider the size and location of your awning. Awnings are typically installed above windows or doors, or along the sides of the building. It is important to choose a location that will provide the most shade and protection for your customers and employees, while also following any local regulations.

4.  Also consider the type of material your awning is made from. As mentioned, awnings can be made from waterproof materials such as vinyl or PVC, or from fabric such as canvas or acrylic. Each type of material has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to choose the right material for your specific needs.

In conclusion, setting up a commercial awning in Brisbane requires careful planning and attention to detail. It is important to check with the local council, choose a reputable awning company, consider the size and location of the awning, and select the right type of material. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your commercial awning is installed correctly and provides the best possible protection and shade for your customers and employees.


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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.