Your shop front is the very first impression of you as a business that your customers and potential customers are greeted with in person. 

This means you need to plan your look and style perfectly, making it stand out from your competitors but at the same time, fit in with your local environment. 

You should not underestimate the importance of a shopfront.  It is a visual representation of your business and how you can best represent your brand. 

Which means your shopfront must aim to: 

  • Create a consistent look and style that fits with your current brand. 
  • Encourage people to come into our store. 
  • Keep your shop and your goods and services inside, safe, and secure. 

You want a commercial shop front that not only looks good but that is also going to last! 

An aluminium shopfront that creates an ever lasting impression

Ways to make your entranceway more welcoming 

We understand that as business owners, you might not have a great deal of time to think about what the outside of your shop looks like, but trust us, a welcoming business entrance can be make or break, as first impressions do indeed count! 

To help, you should: 

Keep areas clean and clear. People can form an opinion about your business before they’ve even stepped inside. That’s why it’s essential to keep your entranceway clear from mess and litter; you want your shopfront to be as enticing as possible. 

Make use of both indoor and outdoor signage.  Can people spot your business from a distance?  Do you need them too?  Help customers and potential customers know they’re in the right place by placing consistent signage both inside and outside your premises, utilising all the space you have. 

Replace or install a new entrance door.  If your shopfront could do with an upgrade, installing a new entranceway could be the perfect solution.  Complimenting your style, business vision, and providing increased security, a new entrance can offer it all. 

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Choosing the right shop front for you 

Every type and style of door has a different purpose, and all aspects should be considered, including material and functionality, i.e., do you want sliding or folding doors?  Doors with automatic sensors, or maybe anti-finger trapping safety doors? 

It’s important to think of your shop front as part of your marketing strategy, just like your website, i.e., how do you need to present yourself to encourage those that see your business to step inside and become a customer.  Marketing your products and services in such a way that, ideally, your shopfront does the hard work for you. 

Types of shop fronts to choose from 

One of the most popular shopfronts in Leeds to choose from is Aluminium. 

Robust, durable, secure, low maintenance, long-lasting, and competitively priced, there isn’t anything an aluminium shopfront can’t provide! 

Aluminium is 100% recyclable making it environmentally friendly, and it is a material that can withstand varying weather conditions.  It’s also incredibly versatile, so it can be customised to any shape and size store front, meeting all of your requirements and business specifications. 

Aluminium today can also come in various colours so you can match your company colours perfectly, creating brand recognition in an instant.  

Due to the strength aluminium provides, this is often the material of choice for shop fronts for security reasons. 


Glass provides a very elegant and stylish shopfront look.  Allowing you to showcase your products and services, glass gives your customers a great view of your business. It’s always advisable to opt for toughened glass for glass shopfronts, securing your business and belongings further.  (Note: there is also the option to install roller shutters for added security, too, if required). 

Frameless glass

Frameless glass is primarily found in office blocks and commercial shop fronts such as car salesrooms, where the glass used is treated to make it fully secure in these instances. 

This shopfront style is easy to maintain and clean and provides you with free advertising 365 days of the year! 

The type of shopfront you choose can change your business’s overall look and help make that great first impression.  Remember, it’s about standing out against your competitors while fitting in with your local environment. 

For expert advice and more information on aluminium shop fronts in Leeds, call the professional, friendly Crucial Engineering team today. 

Call 03451 930 420