Commercial shade can transform your business premises, giving you more usable space with protection from the elements. Learn about the most important points to consider when you buy commercial shade structures in 2020.
There’s a Difference Between Commercial and Residential Shade
Not all shade structures are created equal. If you are looking to save money by investing in a residential shade structure for your business, you should think twice about the decision. Residential structures are sometimes made to lower standards and tolerances, like when you purchase shade from big box stores, which could result in an investment that doesn’t provide long term returns.
For most businesses, a custom made commercial shade structure will be the best option. Whether you are looking for awnings, umbrellas, or canopies, commercial designs are made to withstand wind, rain, direct sunlight, and even chemical interactions (particularly important for pools and resorts).
If you’re unsure where to start, you can browse the range at Anchor Industries. As a leading commercial shade manufacturer with decades of experience in the industry, we offer long-lasting structures that can meet the demands of any business.
Foundation is Important
Before you invest in commercial shade, think about where it will be installed and whether any engineering concerns will need to be addressed.
Most residential commercial shade structures are made using a design that allows for mounting and removal by an end-user. These are a great option for homes where shade needs are likely to change throughout the year, from season to season.
Commercial structures typically require an engineered footing, or a dedicated mounting point when considering awnings. They are designed to be kept in place long term, essentially becoming a permanent feature of the commercial property.
Some structures, such as the PERFECTSHADE® fabric structure, are designed to be anchored to a solid concrete footing using a heavy base plate and bolts.
If you anticipate that you will need a specialized mounting solution, it pays to work with a company that has extensive experience in the industry. Anchor is the best choice when you want a long-lasting solution that meets all your requirements.
You May Need to Think About Building Codes
Depending on where your business is located, you may have to meet specific code requirements before installing a permanent or removable shade structure. Failing to meet these requirements could result in extensive fines and an order to remove your shade solution. Obviously, this would be costly for your business. Research your local codes and you will ensure that your investment will remain within full compliance.
For an example of a product that meets most local shade codes, you can again look at the PERFECTSHADE® solution. This post and fabric shade structure is designed to provide all-day sun protection, high wind tolerance and is engineered to international building codes. It also meets the ASCE 7-10 specification, having been tested to withstand 90mph wind gusts for up to three seconds.
It Pays to Choose a Domestic Shade Manufacturer
There are countless shade options on the market, including shade structures that can be ordered from overseas suppliers. China is a major supplier of tent and shade structures that are sold in the United States. While buying internationally is not necessarily a bad idea (there are some companies that meet the highest standards), you will never have complete peace of mind when making your purchase.
An international supplier may not meet your engineering requirements and may not honor the guarantee or warranty terms that they advertise. If you do have problems, it could take months to resolve them as you communicate with language barriers. If products need to be shipped back or if replacements are sent, this will add more time and cost to the transaction.
Dealing with a domestic supplier will give you certain consumer protections as well as convenience. Shipping times will be more reasonable, and warranties will be honored. You will also deal with a sales department that understands the local market, specific engineering requirements, and safety issues.
If it’s possible to deal with a local commercial shade manufacturer or an authorized distributor, this will always be the best option.
Lead Times Should Factor into Your Decision
Lead times can vary depending on the type of shade you are ordering, its size, and any customization options that you have chosen. In many cases, awning canopies and standalone shade structures could be manufactured and delivered within three weeks. Anything that takes longer should be expressly communicated by the manufacturer, along with reasoning for the delay.
Keep in mind that if you request a one-off custom product, the lead time could be increased. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what is reasonable.
Consider branding for Your shade Canopies and Awnings
Shade structures can provide protection from the sun, with reduced energy costs from cooling and ventilation. One thing that some business owners overlook is the branding potential. If you want your company to stand out in your local market, then branding is a great way to gain an advantage. For street-facing awnings, you could include your company name, logo, or even the nature of your business by including signwriting for product brands or categories.
At Anchor Industries we offer high definition branding to incorporate on your shade structures, including standalone commercial umbrellas. Text and graphics are printed using UV stable materials so that your shade will keep looking impressive in the years to come.
Maintenance Requirements Should be Considered
Most shade structures don’t require an extensive amount of maintenance. Even so, it’s important to choose a solution that can be repaired or maintained so that you can get the best return on your investment. As an example, our custom commercial umbrellas that feature moving parts can be opened and repaired over the lifetime of ownership. Raising and lowering mechanisms can be kept functional by your maintenance team.
Permanent shade structures like awnings and commercial shade canopies require very little maintenance outside of cleaning, which can be achieved with a pressure washer on a moderate setting.
No matter what type of commercial shade you invest in, be sure to check the maintenance requirements and consider how these may impact your business.
Find the Perfect Commercial Shade Structures at Anchor Industries
With decades of experience, Anchor Industries has developed versatile and long-lasting shade solutions for America’s businesses. If you need shade for windows and doors, walkways, seating areas, resorts, parks, or any other place, we can provide options.
Browse our range of shade systems today and make a lasting investment for your business.