Designing Tips for your Shade Structure: From Awnings to Shade Sails

November 23, 2016

​When it comes to choosing the right shade structure for your home, office, or business, it’s important to consider all your options and designs. Doing your research and talking to a professional is essential when it comes to finding the best fit. But, also remember, you should look at your property and see what would work for your building.
Here are some things to consider when it comes to the design of your shade structure:

  • Color: What color is your building/business? You don’t want to install a shade structure that clashes with your business’ theme.
  • Style: Would your awning look better with a scalloped trim? Remember, awnings come in different fabrics and styles that can accentuate the look of your shop.
  • Pattern: Sometimes patterns in the fabric of the shade structure can enhance the look of your business and catch people’s attention. Patterns can be tastefully done and created to compliment the look and feel of your business. 
  • Size: Is your business’ footprint small? Large? Installing a shade structure that is too big for your business can dwarf the look of your shop. You want to be sure you install the right size awning that will not only shade customers and your building, but also make your shop look good.​
  • Types: There are various types of awnings and shade structures. You need to talk to your local awning shop to see what fits your needs the best. Here’s a quick list of the common types of awnings/shade structures out there:
    • Retractable
    • Fixed
    • Cantilever
    • Drop Screens & Curtains – these are attached to the awning.
    • Skylight
    • Slide on Wire
    • Shade Sail
    • Canopy
  • Permitting: This is an essential part of the design and installation of your awning. You must be sure to consult your city or your association, or your landlord, about the permits you need to install an awning. Remember, every city is different.
​Doing your research and finding a professional like American Awning & Blind Co. – who also handles the permitting process for you – is an important, if not essential part of designing and finding the right awning for your business.
For more information about awnings and shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co by visiting us at Or call us at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at