How to choose the right awning
If your pub has a beer garden or outdoor seating space, providing some kind of overhead cover is crucial. It not only keeps your punters dry in case of sudden downpours, but also provides much-needed shade on those scorching hot summer days.
The ideal solution is an awning. They can be fixed or flexible, so you can pull it out or put it away when needed. And there’s no need for extra storage space either, as many awnings fold away neatly into the fittings on the side of your building.
But which is the best option to choose? Here are some key things to think about when picking out awnings for your pub…
Awning style and size
There are a few different awning styles out there, from stretch tent awnings which take up a lot of outdoor space to compact ‘shopfront’ awnings. You’ll need to think about what you need the awning for, as well as the look.
For example, if you have a few tables at the front of your pub, a colourful retractable shopfront awning could enhance the kerb appeal of your business while giving drinkers some shelter from the elements. This can also work well for patio and terrace seating areas.
But if you’d like summer-long protection for revellers in a large beer garden, you’re likely to need something much bigger. For example, festival-style stretch tents or tarps.
Retractable, fixed or freestanding?
Retractable or drop-arm awnings are a popular option for businesses, because they can be tucked away when not in use. But when you need cover for a space that isn’t immediately next to the pub building, a freestanding awning could be a better option. This can also be portable and flexible, although it depends of course on the size.
Quality, strength and durability
When buying pub awnings, getting value for money is key. This doesn’t mean choosing the product with the smallest price tag, but finding an awning at a good price that will serve you well for years to come.
Remember that awnings have wind, rain and sun to contend with, so you need something that will withstand the elements. A super cheap awning could prove to be a false economy, as it’ll need replacing within months. The last thing you want is a broken or potentially dangerous awning rattling in the wind, over the heads of your customers.
Awnings for events and temporary use
Stretch tents and pop-up tarp awnings can be a great way to create eye-catching outdoor event spaces, but without the expense of installing any permanent structures.
As long as you have the space available, you can erect a fabulous covered space for live music, festivals and beer garden fun.
When choosing your awnings, don’t forget about those finishing touches. How will you light the space at night, and what about heaters on chilly nights? Will you need to wire your sound system through the awning?
You may also want to think about retractable side walls and screens, to make your customers’ experience more enjoyable and extend the use of the awning throughout the year.