Commercial awning solutions on the Sunshine Coast

A retractable PVC roof awning is the perfect solution for an early learning centre as it is waterproof and its 100% UV block-out properties offer ultimate protection from intense summer days.

Considering how unpredictable the weather can be all year round, maintaining a commercial outdoor business in a subtropical climate like the Sunshine Coast is no walk in the park. One day, the harsh sun is beating down while the next, potential customers are being driven away by pouring rain.

Do you run an early learning centre? A non-permeable shading solution that is waterproof and has 100% UV block-out properties over the sandpit and outdoor play areas allow small children to play comfortably.

Or a car dealership? You don’t only want to protect your employees and customers while they try to close a deal, but you also want to make sure those cars aren’t subjected to harsh weather effects that could damage them.

Or maybe you’re a party planner with expertise in creating lavish, outdoor parties for your clients? A portable commercial awning in case the weather decides to rain on your parade… or party.

The good news is there are solutions and workarounds to help ensure your business runs smoothly and your employees and customers stay cool and dry regardless of the weather.


How Industrial Awnings Keep Sunshine Coast Businesses Running

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, installing a commercial awning for your business is an extremely smart investment. Here are a few points to consider.

1.      More Serviceable Space

Cafés and restaurants can greatly benefit from increased revenue by making outdoor spaces more comfortable for their customers with good quality awnings that block the sun and rain. And even if you are a non-food business, customers can be drawn into your store by featuring a sale rack under an awning that covers a sidewalk space. Commercial awnings also offer protection and shelter when customers need to quickly get out of the rain, shake off their umbrellas and brush off coats, before

they enter your business or prepare themselves for bad weather as they leave.

2.      Be Noticed

A branded commercial awning featuring your company logo is an eye-catching and sure way to make your business stand out from other storefronts. By prominently displaying your brand, colours, and logo a branded commercial awning is a constant way of keeping your business always top of mind without even trying.

3.      Reduce Electricity Bills

The sunshine and warmth that an awning blocks in summer reduces air conditioning bills and if the awning is retractable, keeping it retracted during winter results in using less electricity to warm up the space.  Well-installed awnings can block up to 80% of heat entering through windows and save up 69% in electricity costs according to studies done.

4.      Safeguard items inside your store

In addition to protecting your customers from the harsh Australian climate, a commercial awning also protects your products, furniture, floor coverings and wall details inside the store from fading and damage caused by sunlight and UV rays streaming in.


Why are commercial and industrial awnings different?

With a host of different shade options available and pre-manufactured shade structures that can be ordered from overseas suppliers, there is no shortage of choice. It is important to consider though that an international supplier may not honour the warranty terms as advertised, meet your engineering requirements, or provide quality materials that can withstand the Sunshine Coast’s extreme weather patterns. Then there are extra shipping costs to cover if the products need to be replaced or returned. Or there could be specific code requirements to meet in your area before installing a permanent or removable awning and failing to meet these requirements will result in hefty fines and an order to have it removed, which will turn out to be costly for your business.

For all these reasons mentioned, a customised designed commercial awning from a leading commercial shade supplier like Versatile Structures would certainly be your best option in the long run. Not only will the awnings be an exact fit, fully functional and complementary to the existing building’s aesthetics, but these awnings will also be made from a quality, weather-resistant fabric and aluminium or stainless-steel frames that are purposefully sourced to ensure sturdy, long-lasting protection.

Although custom made awnings may appear slightly more costly initially, they will prove to be smart investment choices that will offer you a solid return on investment.


Types of commercial awnings and their uses

A retractable PVC roof awning offers flexibility

There are four main types of commercial and industrial awnings, namely retractable, motorized, fixed and portable.

Retractable awnings with pivot or folding arms and roof awnings that concertina is perfect for decks, patios, and outdoor entertainment spaces where you want to control the level of shade you need. Motorised awnings are fitted with wind sensors that automatically retracts the awning when high winds are detected.

Awning for commercial spaces provide a fixed solution for businesses, as they are wall-mounted above doorways, windows, or pools, ensuring a more permanent shade. On the other hand, portable awnings, such as commercial umbrellas and canopies, offer the flexibility to be relocated to align with the sun’s trajectory.


Materials used

Commercial awnings are made from highly durable and weather-resistant materials such as:

  • Vinyl or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is waterproof, with Coated vinyl being regarded as the most durable vinyl fabric on the market and available in a wide range of colours and UV ratings.
  • Acrylic-coated and acrylic synthetic fabrics effectively repel water and are available in plain colours, patterns, or stripes
  • Metal or aluminium fabrics are relatively low maintenance but may rust or dent.


We understand how the weather can negatively impact a business, and if investing in commercial awnings can help you to optimise your revenue and run your business smoother, have a complimentary conversation with Versatile Structures. As a preferred supplier of custom-made industrial awning solutions on the Sunshine Coast, we help businesses operate efficiently and create spaces their customers love. We take pride in engineering products that prevent those adverse effects from becoming a reality for our clients.

Commercial awning solutions on the Sunshine Coast
About Versatile Structures

With years of success, a diverse portfolio of projects, and consistently winning awards since 2017, Versatile Structures believe we are the best at what we do.

Our quality of service truly sets us apart as we don’t sell you a product; we build a relationship with you and your business and provide you with unique, architecturally sound solutions to help your business thrive. For more information on our products and services, call us on (07) 3271 4519.


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Are similar to shade sails with the addition of supporting framework. This makes them less susceptible to fabric sag from heavy wind and hail.


Provide a waterproof shade solution by utilising PVC membrane fabrics, these range in warranty from 10 years to 30 years.


Shade Sails, are a cost-effective option to provide shade to an existing area.


Polycarbonate products are an ever developing area of Versatile Structures, we pride ourselves on being highly adaptable when it comes to unique design challenges that are only applicable to this type of structure.


Aluminium Screens and Sunhoods can be custom made to suit individual requirements, or prefabricated for tight construction timeframes.


Umbrellas are available in numerous shapes and sizes, they can be linked together to create a larger area of coverage.