There are several different types of commercial awnings to consider for your business. Before investing in shade control for your business, consider all options available. 


Exterior awnings are a multi-purpose outdoor shade option for businesses. They provide shade and protection for both the inside and outside of your company by blocking out harsh UV rays. 

Storefront Awnings

One of the advantages of an awning installed on a business storefront is that it can also be used to advertise your business. Your logo and/or business name can be displayed on the outside of your store in a highly visible way. An awning is much more likely to draw attention than a flat sign. If you want to improve your business’s visibility, a storefront awning might be exactly what you need. Awnings for storefronts may be customized to match the colors of your business, allowing clients to quickly identify your establishment.

Outdoor Seating Awnings

With an outdoor seating awning, you can provide a comfortable environment for your guests to relax. Outdoor sitting awnings, which are commonly found in restaurants or bars, protect visitors from the elements while providing adequate ventilation and can also keep outdoor temperatures more comfortable. Investing in an outdoor seating awning helps you to increase your revenue by extending your outside seating season and raising your overall capacity.

Retractable Awnings

If your business only requires the use of an awning during certain times of year, you can install a retractable awning. This allows business owners to easily open and close for a more custom shade control solution. Better yet, install a motorized retractable awning with a convenient remote control.


Canopies are slightly different than awnings but can provide similar solutions. A canopy is typically not attached to a building but rather is a freestanding structure. These versatile shade control options can be used in a variety of settings.

Shade Canopies

Outdoor shade canopies can provide shade for a small patio, deck, breezeway, or pathway. They offer a great deal of protection from the sun and harmful UV rays, creating a more comfortable place for customers to wait in line, take shelter from the rain, or step outside to take a private phone call. For retail businesses, a canopy will create the ability to display items outdoors without risking them being rained on or damaged by the sun. 

Canopy Tent

Canopies may be made more versatile by attaching shade curtains to one or more sides to keep guests cool and out of the sun during the warmer weather. It can also provide additional privacy and shelter from wind and rain. For businesses that often have private parties or host large events, a canopy tent can greatly reduce weather-related cancellations. 

Outdoor Patio Shades

Outdoor shades can significantly enhance the interior and exterior of your business. Outdoor window coverings keep the sun out of your eyes and decrease glare on computer screens all while giving varying amounts of privacy. They help filter harmful UV rays when positioned directly outside your windows, lowering energy expenses and safeguarding your furniture or valuable artwork. You can even choose shades that are semi-transparent so guests inside can still enjoy the view outside. 

Shade Control from Marathon Building Environments

Marathon Building Environments can outfit your business with the outdoor shade control that works for you. Choose from a variety of reputable brands, including:

  • Springs Window Fashions
  • Draper
  • Hunter Douglas
  • Kasmir Drapery
  • Kirsch
  • Levolor
  • Lotus
  • Louver Draper
  • Norman Shutters & Blinds
  • Polywood Shutters
  • Timber

Contact us today to speak with one of our Solutioneers about the perfect awning, canopy, or shades today!