Transform Your Commercial Space Without A Build

Commercial shade structures don’t just provide sun protection. They can transform the outdoor areas of your business into comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces that add value to your property and boost your profits. 

Plus, in today’s COVID-19 world, where lockdowns and social distancing restrictions continue to impact everyday life and business, increasing the amount of useable outdoor space you have can be a big competitive advantage.

Interested to learn more? Here are some great ways you can use commercial shade structures to transform your space and make the most of your square footage.

Add commercial umbrellas for space and style

Setting up commercial umbrellas out the front or back of your business premises is a simple, effective way to make the most of your outdoor space

Setting up commercial umbrellas out the front or back of your business premises is a simple, effective way to make the most of your outdoor space.  

Good quality commercial umbrellas will not only protect customers and employees from harsh Australian UV rays, but will also offer shelter from rain and hail, so your alfresco areas can be used all year round.

Commercial umbrellas come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They can even be custom-built to your exact specifications – enhancing your premises’ curb appeal and the potential for increased foot traffic.

Match them to your brand colours and incorporate your name and/or logo to grow brand awareness and loyalty. Plus, fit them with speakers, lighting and heaters for increased functionality and ambience.

Popular spaces for commercial umbrellas

  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Hotels
  • Resorts
  • Sportsfields
  • Commercial buildings 

Protect and enhance large areas with a shade sail

The best shade sail materials are high strength-knitted shade fabrics and waterproof PVC membranes as used to provide 450m2 cover for the Canterbury College Grandstand

Shade sails offer the same protection as umbrellas, but they have a different aesthetic and cover larger areas. They consist of a flexible permeable membrane tensioned between several anchor points.

The best shade sail materials are high strength-knitted shade fabrics and waterproof PVC membranes. These materials ensure they provide protection from both UV rays and rain. Their permeability also keeps the shaded area cool.

Shade sails come in a wide range of colours so they can be matched to your existing building, add a splash of colour, or even blend in with the natural surroundings. A quality supplier will install it at the correct angles to maximise the benefits.

When installed close to your building, commercial shade sails can even keep your building cool, reducing air conditioning costs in the summer months.

Popular spaces for commercial shade sails

  • Playgrounds
  • Council parks
  • Schools
  • Childcare centres
  • Sporting clubs
  • Offices

Choose sun or shade with a retractable awning

Retractable awnings are a great solution for transforming your commercial space. Not only do they look good, but they also offer privacy, protection from the elements and can be even better at reducing indoor temperatures.

Awnings are roof-like structures that are fixed onto an existing building. They come in a wide range of materials, including aluminium, acrylic and fabric. They also come in a range of colours that can complement your building or brand.

The benefit of a retractable commercial awning is that you have the option to open or recant it depending on the weather or whether your business is open or closed. This gives you more flexibility and helps protect it in severe conditions.  

A good commercial awnings installer will make sure the slope and configurations are optimised and meet your requirements.

Popular spaces for retractable commercial awnings

  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Swimming centres
  • Commercial construction

Create functional space with a shade structure

Waterside on the Gold Coast increased the value of their premises with architecturally designed commercial breezeway structures.

Commercial shade structures are a more permeant way to transform your business space. While shade sails are quicker and easier to install, shade structures are architecturally designed with steel members and can be a better choice if you’re looking to add more value to your premises.

A commercial shade structure can not only transform your space visually, but it can provide additional protected space where you can work, store cars or stock, and engage in other business-related activities. It’s like adding an outdoor room.

This allows you to be more efficient, offer more products and services and even of certain activities, such as outdoor play or BBQs, all year round.

Popular uses for commercial shade structures

  • Construction
  • Council parks
  • Schools
  • Child care centres
  • Car parks
  • Warehouses
  • Medical centres

From umbrellas to shade systems, there are so many ways you can transform your space. How could you use them? 

Want to transform your commercial space? Get in touch with our experienced team of commercial shade structure specialists today. We can guide you through the best options for your business.


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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.