A shop front installation, exterior design or curtain wall must be visually appealing. It needs to actively attract new customers whilst pleasing existing clients and offering a positive impression of your business and brand to any passers-by. But whilst aesthetic appeal is understandably a key element when considering the design and installation of exterior fit-outs and fixtures, they also need to withstand the test of time and the effects of the elements so that they don’t need to be replaced or repaired too often. This might seem impossible, but achieving the perfect balance between resilience and appearance doesn’t need to be difficult when you have professionals on board who understand your brief and the limitations of the property itself. Here are just a few examples of versatile materials which enable you to gain the best of both worlds – often in a cost-effective way.
Metals are one of the more obvious material choices when considering longevity and strength. Raw types such as brass and copper can offer a rustic or industrial appearance, yet these are often better suited to embellishments and fixtures such as lighting, rails and door handles. For a contemporary feel, hybrids and alloys including steel and titanium are perfect either used in sheets, poles or bespoke creations.
Well known as a brittle and fragile medium, glass may not appear on the outset to be a traditionally strong or tough material, but advances in glass manufacture technology and the physical creation of glass make it a must-have material when it comes to keeping the elements out and your valuable stock and interiors safe.
Simple glass shop fronts can be classic and eye-catching, modern and slick – and the addition of specialised strengthened glass ensures it stands the test of time as well as any breakages or attempted damage which may occur.
Using earthy materials such as woods and plant-derived options enhances the surrounding environment in a soft, natural way – but they can also add substance to the structure of an installation, sometimes invisibly. Thick beams once held modest residential buildings, large halls and grander establishments such as banks and places of trade together – and now they can be used in a similar way to provide support and attractiveness for a range of applications.
Bricks and stones
Traditionally brick and solid stone were used to create buildings and facades with the sole purpose of keeping valuables in and undesirables out. Even now when compared with their contemporary counterparts they are still a savvy choice when constructing an exterior which requires both substance and charisma. Some types of stone however don’t stand the test of time so well and can be eroded by water or weathered by dirt and moss – so ensure you enlist expert advice in order to choose wisely.