Buying a commercial retractable awning: 3 things to know

With the arrival of the warm season, merchants are considering adding retractable awnings to their businesses. Why should they do so? Because a well-designed terrace and the comfort of their customers are key elements that set them apart from their competitors.

It’s also a good way to encourage owners to come back or recommend their establishment. For restaurateurs, retractable patio awnings are an excellent way to increase their visibility and attract the attention of passers-by.

Although web marketing is also an interesting solution to make yourself known, it is the customers who enter your business that are the source of your income. Your exterior design, therefore, plays a crucial role in the traffic of your business.

If you wish to complete your exterior design with a commercial retractable awning, here are 3 elements not to be neglected for your choice. After all, an awning is an investment. It is therefore important to choose an awning adapted to the needs of your business. If you need help, our team of experts in exterior design is at your disposal.

Customize your awning to suit your business

Investing in an awning is also a good way to invest in its marketing. After all, when people walk down the street, it’s your outdoor décor they see first. It is therefore important that your awning complements your decor and adds to your brand image.

This is why we do not recommend that you purchase an awning from Costco. Although they are less expensive and can be obtained more quickly, they are not adapted to the needs of businesses. Here are a few reasons to demonstrate the importance of a custom-made commercial awning for merchants :

  • By purchasing a custom-made awning, you ensure that you can personalize your window awning with your company’s colors. If your company has colors that reflect your corporate image, use them on your awning to show it off. It is important to make sure that the color of the canvas complements your outdoor décor. If this is not the case, we invite you to choose a complementary color.

  • Groupe Bellon Prestige offers you a wide range of choices, with over 500 different colors and patterns.

  • Another important element for your awning is to make sure that the fabric used for your canvas is treated against UV rays , otherwise, you risk having an unpleasant surprise next season. The fabric of your awning will have lost its original color.

  • Depending on the desired style, you can also add festoons. Our team is able to offer you more than a hundred festoon options.

The regulations in effect in your city

Each municipality and city manages the installation of awnings in a different way. Regulations, therefore, vary from one city to another. Before undertaking your project, you should, therefore, check with your city to find out what regulations are in effect.

To do so, here is some sound advice from our experts:

  • The first step is to go to your city’s website to check whether you can apply online. If possible, gather all the necessary documentation to begin the process. Our experts are also available to help you with this step.

  • In the event that an online application is not possible, you will need to travel or call your city. It is important to find out about the permit you need to obtain, how long it will take to obtain it, and the cost of the permit. Some municipalities also have rules for color and lettering. Don’t forget to ask for additional instructions before installing your commercial awning.

If you need help, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help merchants with their commercial awning installation projects.


Another major disadvantage of awnings found in big-box stores is that you probably won’t be able to add lettering. Since humans have an attention span of 8 seconds, it is important that your potential bosses notice or recognize you quickly. By adding lettering or a logo on your awning or festoon, you maximize the chances that a customer will refer your establishment. Here are a few tips for your lettering:

  • We recommend opting for a logo or simple lettering. Loaded logos or heavy lettering will be difficult to decipher quickly, so keep it simple for quick recognition.

  • Preferably, it is good to have your logo in vector format, so that you can use it everywhere in your communications. If you don’t have your logo in vector format, our specialist can take care of it for you.

The advantages of a good after-sales service

As a merchant, it is important to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. This is why good after-sales service is essential when you choose your commercial awning.

The patio season is coming to an end

The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to remove the canvas from your retractable awning. All you have to do is retract your awning and let it close. We still recommend that you get a protective box to ensure better protection from the elements.

Cleaning, waterproofing and repair

After several summers it is possible that your canvas will lose its luster. Groupe Bellon Prestige has many products adapted to awning fabrics. If you don’t have the time, we are also able to come to you to offer you our cleaning service on-site.

Our team will come and brush your awning canvas with the best cleaning products in the industry. In addition to cleaning, we can also re-waterproof and repair your canvas inside our heated and secure plant.

Why trust Groupe Bellon Prestige

We have 125 years of experience and excellence in the field. We are the expert in custom awnings and gazebos. In addition to our extensive knowledge of the field, we also offer many related after-sales services. You will, therefore, be able to take advantage of services such as :

  • Storage in heated, insured and secure premises;

  • The cleaning and re-waterproofing of canvases;

  • Repairs;

We also ensure the delivery of your retractable awning within 4 weeks following the quote. We invite you to request a free and quick quote today! An experienced member of our team will go to your address and will take the measures to give you a price. As soon as the quote is accepted, the production of your canvas will begin.

If you have any questions about our service or our awnings, contact us. We will take your call and try to answer all your questions with great pleasure.

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