From doggie day care facilities to wedding venues and restaurants to office buildings, property owners across the country have been using retractable commercial awning designs to upgrade exteriors and create more functional outdoor spaces. That’s because they are versatile, cost-effective, and stylish solutions for a broad range of challenges. However, many customers overlook the benefits a retractable commercial awning can have for the interior of a building.
There are endless applications for retractable awnings and canopies, but when it comes to maximizing the interior benefits, many of our clients own or operate properties such as:
- Office buildings with expensive electronic equipment
- Retail businesses with branding and inventory protection needs
- Hotels and resorts with skylights in their lobbies
- Restaurants with glassed in patios
- Luxury homes or apartment complexes where style and functionality must merge
Explore the Interior Benefits of a Retractable Commercial Awning
When considering a retractable commercial awning for your property, it’s easy to focus on the exterior, but it’s important to consider the impact of these interior benefits, too.
Block the Rays – As much as we love the sun, UV-rays can be damaging in large doses. These invisible rays can cause immediate issues, like sunburns, or contribute to longer-term health concerns. Retractable Vertical Screens for windows and Tension Shades for skylights and overhead windows can block up to 99% of harmful UV-rays.
Stop the Glare – An intense amount of glare can make it impossible to work with any amount of accuracy, especially when that work needs to happen on computer screens. A retractable commercial awning empowers property owners or tenants to extend the canopy when they need it and retract it when they don’t.
Protect Your Assets – Natural light certainly creates a nice ambiance, but it can be incredibly damaging to furniture, electronics, and precious décor. With blinds or curtains, you’re left with an either/or scenario. A retractable commercial canopy, on the other hand, offers a third option: soft, diffused light that keeps your assets safe and beautiful.
Reduce Your Energy – Solar heat gain (or the warming effect that naturally happens inside as the afternoon sun heats up outside) causes business owners to spend a great deal of energy on air conditioning. As a highly effective “passive cooling” solution, a retractable commercial awning can help you reduce your environmental impact and save on utility costs.
Enjoy the Privacy – With many different design options to choose from, a retractable commercial awning, canopy, or shade can also provide some added privacy to your space. For example, many of our retail clients lower their vertical Tension Shades at night to limit the view into the store after-hours.
For a look into the exterior benefits of a retractable commercial awning, check out our post: How a Retractable Awning Can Help You Save (and Make!) Money.
Is a Retractable Commercial Awning Right for Your Property?
At Retractable Structures (a division of Eide Industries, Inc.), we specialize in designing, manufacturing, and engineering commercial retractable structures and awnings. With almost 80 years of extensive design, construction, metal fabrication, industrial sewing, and installation experience, we are proud to offer the highest quality custom and pre-engineered products possible, made right here in the U.S.