Designing a Metal Structure for Your Ohio Property

Designing a Metal Structure for Your Ohio Property

Designing a Metal Structure for Your Ohio Property

Consider these factors and tips when designing a metal structure to meet your Ohio property’s unique needs.

Ohio businesses come in every shape and size, and each facility has its own unique needs and style. While some properties may do well with a simple, functional, one-size-fits-all awning, many businesses require eye-catching sunshades or structures that match their existing architecture. At Datum, we create custom awnings to suit any property, and our expert designers work hard to ensure that our clients get the personalized service and bespoke metal structures that they require. Consider these factors and tips when designing a metal structure for your Ohio property.

Determine the Purpose of Your New Metal Structure

Does your awning need to provide shelter from the elements, or is it mostly decorative? Our awnings run the gamut from massive, durable loading dock covers to minimalist architectural accents. If weather protection is your primary concern, consider an aluminum body without holes or grates. If your metal structure is intended to highlight or accent your architecture, opt for a smaller awning with grates, louvers, or shade fabrics. Many restaurants are investing in outdoor seating areas, and the awnings used to cover those areas often need to combine aesthetically-pleasing design with shade and weather protection. Knowing the purpose of your new structure from the start is an excellent way to make wise design choices.

Consider Average Weather Conditions in Your Area

Our aluminum awnings can utilize a wide range of body and fascia types, from flat or corrugated aluminum panels to wire grates and shade fabrics. The purpose of your structure and the average weather in your area can have a significant impact on your new metal structure’s design. Businesses in areas with heavy snowfall may be better served with an angled, solid awning, while those in sunny climates may opt for a light and airy shade trellis. You must also choose a powder coating. While our standard powder coating meets the AAMA 2604 specification requirements, we offer premium options for even greater protection.

Make Appropriate Aesthetic Choices for Your Metal Structure

Finally, your new metal structure should add to your building and your brand instead of detracting from them. Does your new canopy’s design boost your brand image? Will it age well? Does the design clash with your existing architecture? Make design choices that serve to elevate your brand without looking out of place in your neighborhood. By working with the team at Datum, you can create a metal structure that looks right at home on your Ohio property.


Datum Wholesale Shade Structures are fully welded for superior construction and shipped fully assembled for fast and simple installation. At Datum, we save time and cost on projects of all types and sizes. We serve businesses nationwide, including clients in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, and more. At Datum, you’re in business immediately with the No. 1 manufacturer and wholesale supplier of commercial shade structures in the USA. Please give us a call at 954-541-9745. You can also follow Datum on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter!

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