Custom Dome Awnings

An awning creates an eye-catching display for a business.

Multiply that visibility factor by three, and you have a dome awning — a striking decorative element that shades your customers, protects merchandise from weather damage, and serves as a business marquee.

Dome awnings are ideal for restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and other businesses looking to add personality to their storefronts. They’re also popular with homeowners searching for something different from the rigid geometry of standard awnings.

An apartment building with dome awnings.

What Is a Dome Awning?

A dome awning has a curved, semi-spherical, or dome-shaped fabric canopy supported by a rigid frame. The frame is typically made of aluminum or steel and can have custom colors and patterns to match the aesthetics of a business or home.

In Southern California, dome awnings are a familiar sight on business storefronts. Hotels place them over entrances; cafes use them to shield customers from bright sunlight. They also work well for homes with European-style architecture.

Dome awnings can be fixed or retractable.

Red dome awnings on a business front.

Why Choose Aero Shade?

  • We specialize in window treatments and can deliver the best possible results for your home or office.
  • We've been in business since 1947.
  • We're family-owned and 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Our window treatments for luxury homes have been featured in lifestyle and design magazines.
  • We've installed blinds and shades for USC, UCLA, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and several Fortune 500 corporations.
  • Our prices are reasonable. All estimates are free.
  • We're an authorized dealer of the high-quality Hunter Douglas and Lutron brands.
  • Our customer relationship continues after the installation. If you ever have a problem with an Aero Shade window treatment, we'll do our best to fix it.

Dome Awnings Vs. Standard Awnings

Dome awnings offer several advantages over standard canopies, which are typically flat or slightly sloped.

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: They have a unique and eye-catching design. Their curved, semi-spherical shape stands out and enhances a building’s exterior.
  2. Water Runoff: The curved shape of dome awnings allows rainwater to run off quickly, preventing water from pooling on the awning’s surface and causing damage.
  3. Increased Shade Coverage: Dome awnings often provide better coverage and shade than standard flat awnings. Their shape casts a wider shade area, making them especially suitable for windows and doors.
  4. Increased Durability: The sturdy frames of dome awnings can withstand wind and rain better than some flat awnings.
  5. Visibility and Branding: Dome awnings are an excellent platform for signage and branding. Their curved surface can feature company names, logos, and information.
  6. Architectural Versatility: Dome awnings add character to a building’s flat facade, creating a unique focal point. They blend with various architectural styles, from traditional to modern.
Four four maroon dome awnings on a white brick building.

Fixed or Retractable Dome Awnings?

Fixed Dome Awnings

  • Fixed awnings are permanently attached to a building or structure. They can’t be moved or adjusted.
  • Fixed awnings don’t require manual operation or adjustment. Once installed, they provide continuous shade and protection.
  • Fixed awnings are securely anchored and can withstand harsh weather conditions, including wind, rain, and sun exposure.
  • Fixed awnings are generally cheaper because they have a simpler design, are easier to install, and don’t need a retractable mechanism.

Retractable Dome Awnings

  • Retractable awnings can be extended for shade on sunny days and retracted during cool, overcast weather.
  • Retractable awnings give you greater control over the shade and weather protection they provide.
  • The moving parts of retractable awnings can affect their lifespan. They need proper maintenance.
  • Retractable dome awnings tend to cost more due to the complexity of the retractable mechanism or motorization.

Other Considerations

  • Dual-Color Dome Awnings: Some dome awnings feature two or more colors on the canopy, creating a dramatic contrast.
  • Backlit Dome Awnings: These have built-in lighting elements illuminating the canopy from within or behind. They attract attention during evening hours.
  • Customized Dome Awnings: Businesses can customize dome awnings to match their branding and design preferences.
Red and white candy striped dome awnings on a commercial building.

Who Uses Dome Awnings?

The businesses most likely to use dome awnings include:

  1. High-end restaurants emphasizing elegance and ambiance choose dome awnings for an inviting outdoor dining experience.
  2. Cafes and coffee shops use dome awnings to define their outdoor seating areas and enhance curb appeal.
  3. Boutiques and retail stores opt for dome awnings to make their storefronts more fashionable.
  4. Luxury hotels and resorts install dome awnings over their entrances and at poolside areas to provide shade and shelter while enhancing the property’s aesthetics.
  5. Art galleries and museums may have dome awnings to protect outdoor exhibits, create sheltered entrances, or lend artistic flair to their architecture.
  6. Wineries and vineyards place dome awnings in their outdoor tasting areas to shelter wine enthusiasts and showcase their scenic surroundings.
  7. Artisanal shops and craft studios selling handmade or artisanal products often favor dome awnings to emphasize their artistic nature.
  8. Commercial and office buildings may incorporate dome awnings to enhance their appearance.
A gray dome awning over a storefront.

Installation & Follow-up: What to Expect

  • Our sales staff will make an appointment to install your blinds.
  • Our installers will install your shades to the highest standards and show you how to operate and maintain them.
  • We view our relationship with you as permanent. If ever you experience a problem with your blinds, we’ll do our utmost to repair them.
A man measuring window blinds with a tape measure.