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Stop the Y-awning -- Wake Up Your Entry With a Bright Awning

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

restaurant awningAwnings are a great way to perk up your storefront or building.  A canopy can protect the building and customers from the heat in the summer and provide some lively business signage.  Consider giving that tired, hot entry area a facelift, both for comfort and for promotional value.  Your signage professional can recommend the best type of awning.

Manufacturers are providing newer and more durable materials as well as innovative print methods.  Solar fabrics, canvas and tightly woven polyesters provide ideal shade and are designed to be weather-resistant and fade-resistant.  They will also accept the most current printing processes.  Choose from stripes, patterns and solids, keeping in mind your logo colors and how they will blend with the awning fabric.  The awning, emblazoned with your company name and logo, and even a short tag line, will now be the first impression for your customers both visually and practically.  Backlit awnings allow graphics to be lit at night, so that the message isn’t lost in the dark.

A canopy can offer respite from the rain, wind or beating sun, and provides a brief transition area between the busy sidewalk and the store floor or office lobby.   It’s a place to open and close an umbrella, check personal electronic devices and have a sheltered conversation.  It’s an easy and obvious meeting place and becomes a landmark of sorts for local consumers.  “Meet me under the Bluewater Signs awning,” becomes a household phrase, and calls up a visual picture for the consumer.   

So stop yawning and start the awning – by talking to a signage professional who can give you a wide variety of exciting awning choices.

Protect and Proclaim with Awnings

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Have you ever considered the practical side of awnings?  They serve several purposes and can really make a difference for your business.  First, an awning can protect the front of your building from the elements.  It will cushion the blow of driving rain or sleet and provide shade from the intense Maryland summer sun.  It will also help keep the inside of your building a little cooler by providing shade.  An awning also protects you by preventing wet, slippery floors in your entrance way that can be dangerous for customers.  The awning gives that necessary transition between the outside weather and the inside business.

An awning can also proclaim your business to customers.  A brightly colored or specially designed awning adds curb appeal to your entry way, dressing up an otherwise stark frontage.  Use it to give your business a personality and an identity.  Add graphics or lettering to identify yourself, giving customers an easy way to find you on the street or in the shopping center.  

Before adding graphics, have your signage professional check to be sure your awning is in good condition.  If not, your professional sign installer can advise you on the right material and its wearability, and if necessary, use your existing awning frame to rewrap new material.  Blue Water Signs works with awning specialists like Hoffman Awnings to get the best fabrics and installations that will withstand the weather and general wear and tear.  Together, we can recommend the most practical and functional awning for your needs and help you create meaningful signage.  The return on your investment will be measurable in aesthetics and customer attraction.


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