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2017
2017
JUN
22

VIP Trade Open Day and Showsite Launch a resounding success

Welcome to the world of Caribbean.

Open Day, HQ, Caribbean Blinds, Trade Dealer

Yesterday, on the first day of Summer and hottest day for over 40 years, Caribbean Blinds, the pre-eminent name in external shading, launched their new Outdoor Living Showsite & Shading Experience Centre at their head office in Sudbury, Suffolk to their trade dealer network.

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2017
JUN
20

Love Life Outdoors

A new website to showcase our Outdoor Living Pods.

Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Caribbean Blinds

The outdoor living lifestyle continues to grow in trend as we see Britons across the country investing in their external retreats to enjoy the delightful warmer seasons. Enhancing your outdoor space can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%, which is why the exterior should not be disregarded when it comes to making home improvements. Over the past few years we have witnessed the Outdoor Living market rapidly grow.

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2017
JUN
16

‘Professional, Knowledgeable and Helpful’

An experience like no other

External Roof Blind to Pergola in Witney, Oxford

The end of another week and another great customer review received, praising the quality of the whole process and product itself. We’re often asked what the difference of dealing with a company dedicated to external shading is, given we’re the only company in the UK who is and this review from Mrs Horner near Witney, Oxford following the installation of an external roof blind to her pergola sums it up perfectly.

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2017
JUN
13

‘Exceeds our expectations’

Excelling in what we specialise in

Outdoor Living Pod in Milton Keynes

We love receiving feedback from clients, especially when they let us know we have exceeded their expectations! Each team member at Caribbean loves the role they play in creating and providing the finest external shading systems and this shows by the endless positive customer reviews we receive. We all strive to be the best at what we do so when a client lets us know our team have excelled, as Mr Dickens from Milton Keynes did following the installation of his Outdoor Living Pod last week, we know we are doing something right and will continue to do so, being the very best at what we do.

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2017
JUN
09

Privacy is Key

Is your home open to prying eyes?

External Roller Blinds, Blinds, Fabric, Caribbean Blinds

Our home is a place of relaxation, a retreat to block out the world outside so that we can enjoy our time with our loved ones. After a hard day’s work we look forward to getting home for that hot scrumptious dinner or sink into the sofa and read a book. Whatever we do in our own time we want it to be ours which means privacy is key.

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2017
JUN
06

Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down

Our Outdoor Living Pods are not just for summer.

Umbrella, Rain, Weather, Cold, Wet, British

The weather has been very good to us over last couple of weeks, many of us have spent our leisure time relaxing in the great outdoors enjoying the benefits of the sun. The heat naturally conveys a joyful atmosphere, bringing in new smells and sounds that are considered summer vibes. The distinct BBQ smells had been a regular occurrence on every street corner, the repetitive sound of the rusty springs on a trampoline and dogs to be seen everywhere you walk. This is what summer is about, socialising and connecting with the outdoors, when the heat is turned up there are smiles all round. As with all good things they usually come to an end, what goes up, must come down.

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2017
JUN
01

‘Won’t hesitate to recommend’

Another review praising our high quality personnel

Patio Awning - Hayling Island

For three decades we’ve worked to ensure that not only do we provide superior quality external shading systems but that our team provide a first class service, which is one of the reasons we do not use agency staff or sub contract out any of our work and why our team undertake ongoing training in relation to their specific roles. In fact this week, many of our team members have been in for refresher training ahead of the busy Summer months to come.

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2017
MAY
30

Installation of the Month – May

Folkestone, Kent - External Roller Blinds

External Roller Blind, Antiguan, Blinds, External Blinds, Glass Windows, Windows

It has been another busy month for us; our team are on top form and they are continuously working hard to ensure a high standard of customer satisfaction, which is reflected in our reviews. This month we have undertaken some complex and large installations where our team have got to use their individual skillsets to full advantage. It was a difficult choice between two of our projects, however, we chose May’s install based on our ability to install blinds discreetly where others could not.

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2017
MAY
24

A Warm Wake Up Call

Is your east facing room disturbing your sleep?

Sleep, Heat Gain, Blinds, Sun, Morning, Sleeping

Although we are still officially in Spring it really is starting to feel like Summer this week. During the week most of us have experienced the common issues that come with the intense suns rays – this weeks warm up is a chance to see and solve those problems before the real heat sets in.

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2017
MAY
24

Improve and Move

4 Home Improvement Ideas to Increase the Value of your Home

DIY, Home Improvement, Refurbish, Tiles, Ceramic Tiles

It can be a difficult task to sell a home and get the price that you are looking for; sometimes you may be better to improve instead of move. It is vital to make the right changes as some adjustments may lead to devaluing the home. We take a look at four improvement projects that will make your home more appealing.

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2017
MAY
18

'Totally Happy with Everything'

A seamless service from start to finish

Patio Awning - Heavy Duty - Cuba Model

After her local patio awning reseller failed to make contact to schedule a survey and was unable to answer some basic questions including an approximate price, Mrs Bates from Stowmarket, took to the internet to find an alternative supplier.

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2017
MAY
16

2017 Top 4 Smart Gadgets So Far

Make your home smart, safe, secure and happy.

Smart, Tech, Phone, App, Smart Hub, Caribbean Blinds

Technology has advanced so far and so quickly over the past few years and it is great to see new innovations making their way into our homes. A lot of products we are seeing have been designed with specific reasons, either to make our busy lives a little less busy or for peace of mind. We have put together a list of 4 Smart Home gadgets that are worth considering.

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2017
MAY
11

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Are you returning home to a stuffy welcome?

Room, Hot, Sun, Humid, Caribbean Blinds, Windows, Glass, Sofa, Blinds, External Blinds

We are starting to see a rise in the temperature as we go deeper into spring and many of us are already spending our spare time relaxing outside or tending to the garden chores. With summer only a few weeks away, this is when we will start to feel the real heat from the sun.

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2017
MAY
09

Traditional Vs Contemporary

We take a look at the differences that set these pergolas apart.

Pergola, Louvered Roof, Wood, Outdoor Living, Caribbean Blinds, Canopy

A pergola is an elegant feature that will add a different aspect to your garden whilst providing shade for your retreat. They can come in all shapes and sizes to fit your exterior requirements, making this an appealing option no matter what kind of space you have. If you are contemplating your options for a pergola then your first obstacle would be to choose what type of material would be best.

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2017
MAY
04

Garden Water Features

4 water feature styles to think about for your garden.

Water Feature, Garden

Water features are a great way to add diversity to your garden, not only are they pleasing to look at but they are able to add sound and texture to the landscape. Adding this element will enhance the natural surroundings, attracting wildlife and improving your local ecosystem. An eye catching water feature will create a tranquil space, choosing which one is best suited to your gardens aesthetics is the next step.

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2017
MAY
02

Installation of the Month – April

The Oaksmere Hotel, Eye – Folding Arm Awning

Awning, Folding Arm Awning, Patio Awning, Patio, Courtyard, Hotel, Suffolk, Eye, The Oaksmere

Over at the edge of the of the Suffolk and Norfolk border there is a stunning traditional hotel called The Oaksmere, it is situated in the tranquil countryside of Eye overlooking acers of scenic private grounds that have been carefully tended to by their groundskeepers. There is even a life size pirate ship that will greet you at the entrance of the hotel, it seems that every corner you take there is something that is satisfying to the eye.

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2017
APR
27

The Bi-Fold Movement

Extending the indoors to the outdoors.

bi-fold doors, bi-folding doors, bi-fold, doors, patio doors

A trend is emerging this year as the nation is spending more time in their outdoor space. This year 75% of homeowners will be out in the garden relaxing, entertaining and tending to the shrubs. We are becoming more connected to our natural environment as our weather warms up; new trends are emerging as lifestyle choices are changing.

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2017
APR
24

Light Up the Night

Is your garden looking a bit gloomy?

Lights, Garden, Solar, Green, Grass, Garden Lights

Garden lighting can sometimes be overlooked by many of us but adding this element to your exterior space will give you a magical atmosphere to relax in when the sun departs. By transforming your garden to a glowing retreat you can adopt the alfresco lifestyle and extend your outdoor leisure time.

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2017
APR
20

Skylight Droplets

Are you having issues with your skylight?

Window, Condensation, Rain, Glass, Wet

If your home has skylights installed then you may have or still are experiencing issues with condensation forming on the glass surface. As the weather warms up, this may become a regular occurrence that can cause a few issues.

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2017
APR
18

Fire Features

It’s time to turn up the heat.

Fire, Pit, Outdoors, Warm, Fire Pit

The long Easter weekend has given us a little taste of the summer; the weather is warmer and we are starting to spend more time in the garden relaxing or entertaining. Many of you may have already initiated the outdoor living lifestyle with a BBQ and I am sure these will be a regular occurrence as we get deeper into Spring.

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2017
APR
13

Unique Easter Ideas

These simple touches will go a long way.

Easter, Easter Sunday, Eggs, Table, Decorations, Table Decorations

As we start the transition into a colourful season with blooming plants and blue skies, there is a sudden sparkle in the atmosphere lifting our spirits. Easter for many is a time to appreciate what we have and to cherish life for its gifts it presents us. This weekend people all over the country will be celebrating with family gatherings, Easter egg hunts and long walks in the countryside. It is an exciting and pleasant time and I am sure that all the preparations are in order. For those that are a little on the drag or looking to do something different this year then take a look at our 5 inspirational ideas that you could implement into your Easter weekend.

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2017
APR
11

Artificial Grass

The grass may be greener on the other side.

Artificial Grass, Grass, Green, Garden, Chair

Last week we took a look at the benefits of composite decking and how the trend of artificial replacements to your everyday products are becoming a common site around the average household. Another synthetic manufactured product that has seen an increase in demand recently is Artificial Grass, it has had a rocky past but it has progressed into a more respectable alternative to natural grass.

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2017
APR
06

Spring Cleaning

Advice on how to maintain your outdoor wooden furniture and features.

Varnish, Wood, Paint Brush, Stain, Protection

As we move into summer, most of us look to spend as much time as we can outdoors, whether that be gardening, relaxing or entertaining. Our garden is our private sanctuary - an extended living space where we connect with the fresh outdoors.

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2017
APR
04

Investing In The Future

Short term solutions do not always pay off.

Decking, Wood, Composite

As people start to diversify with their habits and opt for a greener lifestyle, we are starting to witness more environmentally friendly products appearing in the consumer market. The way we live and the products that we choose all have an impact on our climate, by breaking the norm and looking beyond the box we can make a difference.

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2017
MAR
30

Installation Of The Month – March

Huddersfield – External Roller Blind

External Roller Blind, External Shading, Balcony, View, Window, Sliding Door

March is a busy month for our installation teams, with numerous products being installed following pre-season orders, so clients can enjoy their outdoor space during the warmer weather we are starting to experience and most importantly their first BBQ of the year of the Easter period, with protection from that typical shower.

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2017
MAR
28

Going Green

Is your home designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly?

Green, Roof, Blinds, Eco-friendly

With life expectancy increasing, the world is becoming heavily populated which results in more vehicles on the road, more heat being generated from homes and more food consumption. As cities keep on expanding and sponging up the countryside, we are experiencing a detrimental effect on the environment. Climate change has been an ongoing global topic which has to be addressed with solutions to decrease the pressure we are implementing on the earth. We all have a vital role to play to secure a future for the next generations to come, it is up to us to set an example and change our lifestyles to create a more positive effect.

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2017
MAR
23

'Absolutely Satisfied'

The finest products, expertly specified and installed

Patio Awning in Southsea

Mr & Mrs Reddy having recently moved into a seafront property in Southsea were after an awning to maximize their enjoyment from the outdoor space, however, it needed to be extremely robust due to their coastal location (see image below). Following a recommendation from a friend who already benefited from a premium Caribbean brand awning which they had installed over a decade ago and was still functioning like new, they contacted us to discuss the options.

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2017
MAR
21

Caribbean HD

Building the bigger picture.

Canon, 5D, Mark 3, Camera, Outdoor Living Pod, Outdoors, Fence, Wood

As we step into another busy season of shading the nation with the finest, innovative exterior blinds, we reflect on last year’s performance and analyse how we can make further improvements to continue to set ourselves apart. We take great pride in the service we deliver and how we deliver it, which is why we strive to surpass previous year’s achievements by setting the bar higher each time.

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2017
MAR
16

Spring Has Sprung

Are you making steps to prep?

Spring, Blossom, Season, Green, Plant, Soil

We are only a few days away till the British Spring is officially here and already we have been teased with warmer weather. The busy morning commutes seem more bearable as the gradual sun rise boosts morale, setting you up for a productive day. After enduring some very cold months, it is natural for us to be eager to soak up the benefits the season has to offer.

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2017
MAR
14

Introducing Twilight Pearl

The PVC free textile solar control mesh fabric

Twilight Blind Fabrics

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Twilight Pearl to our range, the innovative textile mesh fabric for external roller & roof blinds. Woven from solution dyed polyester fabrics, which are fade & UV resistant, Twilight Pearl is completely free of PVC and features a NANO technology (TEXgard) self clean effect coating to ensure the materials keep a clean visual appearance.

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2017
MAR
09

Adding Value

No need to move when you can improve.

Garden, Improvements, Plans

For many across the country it is proving difficult to secure a new larger home. With this being the case, instead of moving it is time start improving. Enhancing your outdoor space can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%. With spring just around the corner, now is the time start implementing your new development ideas so that you can utilise your garden to its full potential.

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2017
MAR
07

Opening the Roof on Outdoor Living

New & Exclusive Outdoor Living Pod for 2017

Since the launch of our award winning Outdoor Living Pod in July 2011, we’ve transformed 1,000’s of terraces up and down the country, providing a flexible, adaptable all weather living space that can be enjoyed all year round.

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2017
MAR
02

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Are you getting too much or too little sun?

Sun Bathing, Sun, Sun Lounge, Sun Tan

Sunlight isn’t limited to tans and good moods it is a vital part of our biological system and is an integral part of maintaining existence on earth. It is constantly delivering many UV rays to the earth, from light, to heat and of course UV (ultraviolet).

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2017
FEB
28

Installation of the Month - February

Lock Heath, Southampton - Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Garden, BBQ

It has been a pleasant but wet February with the odd spot of sunshine making an appearance. That did not however dampen the nations desire to want to invest in external shading, with record numbers of enquiries for our products. Now is the time to get prepared for the warmer weather ahead, with spring arriving in a couple of months it makes sense to install a patio awning or Outdoor Living Pod now ready to enjoy to the full over the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

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2017
FEB
23

Staying Smart

Are you making smart moves in your home?

smart homes, technology, tablet, internet

In a world where we are surrounded by technology, we are becoming more reliant on it to increase our productivity. In the past decade there have been some technological breakthroughs which have impacted our lives and the way in which we function.

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2017
FEB
21

Only a week left to beat the price increase

Act now for our lowest prices

Lowest External Shading Prices of 2017

The UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit) has resulted in an increase in raw material costs (most of which come from Europe) due to the weak pound against the Euro and whilst we have absorbed this throughout the remainder of 2016 and into the start of 2017, we do now need to introduce new prices to allow for these cost increases, along with an increase in fuel (transportation) and labour costs.

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2017
FEB
16

Inside or Out?

Are interior blinds fading away?

Roller Blind. blinds, sun, Internal Blinds, Interior Blinds

Window treatments are something that most of us will firstly think of as products to create privacy and block out the outdoor light. We will naturally select products to improve the aesthetics of our homes before we think about the other benefits. As important as this is to make a home feel comfortable it is also advisable to understand how they will impact your home. Internal blinds are the common household choice with a vast range to choose from - the most popular being the rollerblind. However does this option provide you with value?

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2017
FEB
14

A Clearer Picture

The pros and cons of a Glass Veranda

Glass Veranda, Patio, Glass, Outdoors

A glass veranda can be a great addition to the exterior of your home. A permanent fixture that will provide you with cover from the bad weather but is this the best all weather solution that will give you all the benefits that you are looking for?

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2017
FEB
09

Express Yourself

You design, we create

Pantone Greenery Awning Fabric & Hardware

Following last weeks blog on Greenery - Pantones Colour of the Year - we thought we would highlight the endless possibilities you have with our products, able to design and create your very own personalised external shading system. With hundreds of fabric designs and colourways to choose from coupled with an endless array of hardware (metalwork) colours in numerous finishes from matt to gloss you have a virtually unlimited scope to style your external blind or awning to suit your landscape and your lifestyle.

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2017
FEB
07

‘Amazing to deal with throughout’

Outstanding in everything that we do

External Blackout Blind Motorised

Having just completed the build of a new property in East Barnet, the client was concerned with privacy to the 3 sets of sliding patio doors. They wanted to ensure that no one could see into their property whilst they were not there however they didn’t want anything too bulky or cumbersome such as security shutters that would spoil the clean lines and finish of their façade.

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2017
FEB
02

It’s Hotting up

Is it the right time to consider external shading?

Summer, Winter, Hot, Heat, Cold, Weather

During the winter months, we don’t normally consider shading of any description, after all, the wet, cold grey weather doesn’t make us think of keeping cool from the sun, however, with a warming climate and Spring almost as hot as Summer, it’s not long before warm weather becomes a problem, causing our properties to overheat, making them uncomfortable to be in, particular those with heavily glazed elevations along with glass rooms & conservatories.

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2017
JAN
31

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

It’s all about the great outdoors

Pantone, Greenery, Colour, Swatch, Green

Since the year 2000, “The Global Authority of Colour” have always carefully selected a unique colour that reflects the Global culture. The selection process takes into account a wide variety of factors that include fashion, food, interior design, politics, travel, and this is just a few of many that have an influence on the new shade of the year. We connect colour with emotion which is why it is an integral element to how we can communicate.

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2017
JAN
25

Smart Meter Installation

Possible disruption so please bear with us.

Electric Meter, Company

As part of a government mandate, our electricity provider is upgrading our electricity meter tomorrow Friday 27th January to an AMR (automated meter reading) solution. This change is taking place at 7am and should be complete within 90 minutes, so before our offices open at 9am, however, as with any major electrical installation, this could run over and cause a slight delay in getting our systems (including phones) up and running at the start of the working day.

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2017
JAN
24

The Finer Details

Even down to the thread.

Blind Fabrics Thread, Awning Thread, Matching Thread

Before entering the purchasing process we are usually triggered by a need. Once this need has come to light, we look for a solution, one that will benefit us in the long run. We have to consider what we can afford and who will be able to provide us with the quality and service that we seek for the money we are willing to part with.

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2017
JAN
19

Sky's The Limit

All weather solutions for an unpredictable climate.

Weather climate

The weather in Britain never changes but people in Britain are. Outdoor living is becoming more and more a part of our lives as we relax, entertain and dine in our extended natural spaces of our homes. The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey found that a large number of people in Britain are adapting their outdoor systems and equipment, a result from these changes have led to 75% of homeowners spending more time relaxing in their updated garden space.

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2017
JAN
12

Finding the right company

Top tips to help you select the right company for external shading

Choosing the right external shading company

Every year we hear stories from customers of other companies making false claims that can’t be substantiated, and intentionally misleading consumers to get that sale and last year this seemed to only be on the increase. When purchasing an external shading system you are spending thousands of pounds, so you want to make sure you purchase a quality product that’s fit for your purpose, correctly installed and from a legitimate company. To help assist you in this process we’ve provided below our top ten tips on what to check before making a purchase:

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2017
JAN
10

Expanding our coverage

Even more postcode areas covered in 2017

Caribbean Blinds postcode map

For 2017 we’re pleased to make our innovative external blinds, patio awnings and louvered roofs available in an additional 8 postcode regions (detailed below) across England, all manufactured by our own skilled technicians and installed by our own expert teams.

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2017
JAN
06

New Office Phone Hours

Reach us on 0344 800 1947 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Caribbean Blinds Call Us on 0344 800 1947

Our office telephone opening hours are changing. From today onwards you can speak with one of our friendly advisors at the office between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Whilst the offices are staffed outside these hours, usually from 8am, by having a short period at the beginning of the day with no phones enables our teams to prepare for the day ahead, dealing with the many brochure/information requests and emails received overnight.

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2017
JAN
04

2016 prices frozen

Get your home & garden Summer ready

Blind Sale

Welcome back. For most of us this is the first or second day back to work and Christmas seems a distant memory with thoughts turning to the Spring Summer months where we can enjoy longer, warmer, dryer days.

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2016
2016
DEC
15

Seasons Greetings

Wishing you a festive holiday season and a very happy new year

Christmas & New Year

Christmas is almost here (just 10 days till the big day) and that means we close our doors for our annual Christmas shutdown, allowing the entire CB team to recover after what can only be described as an exceptional year, which saw sales of our award winning Outdoor Living Pod almost double.

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2016
DEC
05

Leaving other Patio Awnings in the Shade

Our Cuba patio awning has received an upgrade

Cuba Patio Awning - New End Caps

Our contemporary Cuba awning is rapidly becoming a best seller, particular with architects and interior designers thanks to it’s unique clean rectangular flush fitting design, enabling it to be built into the façade (as pictured below) or where mounted onto an existing façade appearing as unobtrusive as possible. Built In Awning

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2016
NOV
21

Louvered Roof Enhancements

Our Outdoor Living Pod keeps raising its game

Outdoor Living Pod Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy

Since launching the first louvered roof to the UK back in 2011 under the name ‘Outdoor Living Pod’, we have continued to develop and evolve the system, continuing to set it far apart from the alternate louvered roofs now being imported into the UK.

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2016
NOV
15

Upgrading our fleet

Bespoke installation vehicles specifically for our trade

Caribbean Blinds installation vehicle

Earlier this year we took delivery of two new installation vehicles and are just in the process of ordering an additional vehicle to add to our fleet bringing our total installation vehicles to 3. The right vehicle for the job is an important part of our business, as these transport our products across the country and enable our installers to professionally install them.

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2016
NOV
10

Job Vacancies

Exciting career opportunities at the UK Shading Experts

Jobs at Caribbean Blinds

Due to continued growth and expansion we currently have two exciting office based roles we are looking to fill.

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2016
NOV
08

Using your awning in rain

Ensure its pitch is sufficient

Awning for rain use

With the dry warm weather now a distant memory and the inclement weather upon us, awnings can now function to provide shelter from rain showers, that is, with the right pitch.

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2016
NOV
04

‘I will certainly be recommending your company’

A perfect service from start to finish comes as standard

External Skylight Blinds

The end of another week and another great review, this time following the installation of our blackout St. Lucia tensioned roof blinds to two opening bedroom skylights. The blinds were the final element to a complete renovation of a former retail unit into a luxury home nestled in Chelsea.

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2016
NOV
01

Beat the New Year price increase

Order now for installation in 2017

Increase in external shading prices due to Brexit

Since the UK voted to leave the EU (Brexit), the pound has weakened significantly against the Euro dropping by around 20%, meaning the cost of exchanging money and subsequently buying from Europe has significantly increased.

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2016
OCT
27

‘A first class job’

Delivering a truly exceptional purchasing experience

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

Our products are the very finest available, however, it is personnel who ensure complete customer satisfaction as this latest customer review demonstrates from Mr & Mrs Howell in Tattenhoe, Milton Keynes, following the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod to their terrace.

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2016
OCT
25

Christmas Order Deadlines

Act fast to avoid disappointment

Christmas Order Deadline Caribbean Blinds

It might not seem it but Christmas is only 2 months away and the run up to the festive period is an extremely busy time of year for CB, particularly with commercial clients as they look to transform their outdoor spaces, providing shelter and warmth from the elements to capitalise on the trade over the Christmas holidays which sees family’s and friends enjoy socialising, drinking and dining out.

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2016
OCT
18

Meet Our Experts At Grand Designs Live

Transforming homes & gardens for 30 years!

Grand Designs Live

Dedicated purely to the field of external solar shading, for almost thirty years we have been revolutionising the use, functionality and enjoyment of a wide range of spaces, both indoors and out. By understanding the importance exterior shading plays in creating a healthy building, our team are able to provide a thermally and visually comfortable environment for all occupants.

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2016
OCT
13

Five Golden Reasons To Consider A Passivhaus Project

Future-proof your home!

External Roller Blind Passivhaus

Passivhaus is a building standard that delivers a high level of occupant comfort whilst using very little energy for heating and cooling. Built with exceptional attention to detail through rigorous design and construction, Passivhaus properties incorporate a variety of features to enhance one's lifestyle. If you're yet to see a Passivhaus property, they're set to grow on a global scale, so one could be coming to a street near you soon!

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2016
OCT
11

How To: Enhance Aluminium Windows

Let the light in with External Roller Blinds!

External Roller Blinds Window

We've recently seen a rising number of homeowners choosing to give their home a sleek, modern makeover with the addition of stylish Aluminium windows. As well as looking the part, Aluminium windows offer a host of benefits, from impressive durability with long-lasting colour to a larger glass area to allow the maximum amount of light into the property.

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2016
OCT
06

Solar Shading That's Suitable For Every Season

External blinds are ideal for bright Winter days!

External Roller Blinds Winter

As a result of the sun's lower position in the sky and its increased intensity, we can often feel dazzled during the Winter months. Furthermore, this sunlight is prone to creating additional glare within our homes and though glare can be an issue all year round, bright Winter sunlight can make it extra difficult for our eyes to focus. This excess glare can lead to eye-strain and overall discomfort, hence why we tend to see an increase in enquiries regarding our innovative external roller blinds during this time of year. 

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2016
OCT
05

How To: Winter-Proof Your Home

Stay warm, safe & energy-conscious this Winter!

Winter Home

Following the recent decline in temperatures, it's the perfect time to embark on a few simple home improvements to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free Winter. From servicing your boiler to securing your home, get ahead with these simple maintenance tasks to save you both time and money in the near future.

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2016
SEP
30

6 Features Home Buyers Love

Consider these improvements for one hot property!

What Home Buyers Want

If you're thinking about moving soon or are wondering which property improvements add most value to your home, the search is over! Following research from a number of estate agents teamed with a study of potential buyers, these six features are a worthwhile investment as well as some great elements to look for within your prospective new home. 

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2016
SEP
28

Embrace Autumn With Our Interior Updates

Cosy and comfortable is all the range!

Autumn Home

With a new school term underway and Summer holidays a distant memory, it's time to prepare your home for the colder weather! We've rounded up five of our favourite new-season home updates to help you create a dramatically different interior this Autumn.

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2016
SEP
23

5 Ideas For Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Room This Autumn

Add style, space & sophistication!

Outdoor Living Pod

As well as offering a versatile extension to your existing living space, a well-designed outdoor area can add tremendous value to your home. Whether you own a compact space or have a vast area to work with, there's plenty of ideas that can be adapted to your balcony, patio or terrace to enhance your enjoyment of this outdoor space.

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2016
SEP
19

Could Gardening Give You A New Lease Of Life?

Getting outside is the key to good health!

Gardening for good health

Patients across the country have recently trialled a new 'green' prescription service in a bid to improve public health, with an overwhelmingly positive outcome. A recent survey found that 72% noticed positive changes to their health with more than half feeling stronger and fitter as a result of these lifestyle alterations.

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2016
SEP
15

‘The only company to use’

A glowing recommendation

Conservatory Awning

With building work fast completing on their home renovation and extension and realizing their new glass room living space was overheating before they had even moved in, the Malleys from Cambridge, knew they needed to find a suitable shading solution sooner rather than later.  

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2016
SEP
12

Join Caribbean At This Year's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Meet The UK's Shading Experts!

Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Caribbean Blinds are delighted to be exhibiting at this month's aspirational Homebuilding & Renovating Show on stand H192 which takes place at Excel, London from 23rd-25th of September. The show with our updated stand, will be our biggest and best yet, with our shading specialists on hand throughout the course of the event to offer sound, expert advice along with showcasing our pioneering products that transform the use, functionality and enjoyment of outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes.

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2016
SEP
08

How To: Integrate Indoor And Outdoor Living

Bright and breezy has never been so easy!

External Roller Blinds

An open plan living area which effortlessly connects to your garden is a popular way of enjoying your outside space whilst forming the perfect family-friendly zone. With a growing number of homeowners opting for this approach when remodelling their properties, consumer desire for these bright, breezy spaces is only set to escalate, and it's easy to see why. By combining architectural elements with carefully considered design, every home, irrespective of its size, has the potential to expand and blend with its outdoor space. Here's three ideas for making this transition possible: 

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2016
SEP
06

5 Top-Notch Home Trends To Try In 2017

Enhance your interior!

2017 Home Trends

If you're thinking about remodelling or renovating your home in the near future, chances are you'll want to ensure you're at the very forefront of current design trends. These five innovative ideas are sure to give you a head-start when creating a property that's the best looking on your street as well as tapping into 2017's hottest looks.

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2016
SEP
01

External Blinds Outshine All Other Shading Solutions

Our blinds offer year-round benefits

External Roof Blinds

Did you know it requires three times as much energy to cool a building by one degree centigrade than it does to heat it by the same amount? However, with a correctly positioned and specified exterior shading system, interior room temperatures can be reduced by more than ten degrees, which in turn can cut the energy consumption needed to cool down a hot room by more than 80%.

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2016
AUG
30

How To: Style Your Terrace

Make your zone your own!

Patio Awning

Whilst terraces were once seen as areas to merely sweep, plant and occasionally weed, they're rapidly becoming regarded as 'outdoor' rooms and essentially an addition to our existing properties. Make the most of your space this Summer with our five styling tips which are sure to add some substance to your space. 

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2016
AUG
26

Continuing To Please Down The Line

Awnings you couldn't live without!

Stylish Patio Awnings

“Just want to say how happy we are with our awning. We have had it for about a year and have used it to keep out sun and rain. Wish we had done this years ago.”

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2016
AUG
24

6 Hot Tips For Surviving A Heatwave

Keep your cool this August!

Heatwave Advice

1. Pointing a fan towards an open window helps to push the warm air outside to generate a cooler interior temperature. Perfect if you're struggling to sleep in the heat!

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2016
AUG
22

‘We had high expectations and they were met’

Our success is built on happy customers

Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy Outdoor Living Pod

Having enjoyed the benefits of a patio awning for many years but now time for an upgrade, the Woodlands in Billericay took to the internet to research what ‘current’ options were available to them. As they loved spending time in their garden, they were looking for a more year-round solution, particularly with sides to help protect from low sun and stop driving wind/rain, which was when they came across our all weather louvered roof pergola canopy and made contact.

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2016
AUG
19

How To: Establish Privacy In Your Garden

Seek solitude this Summer!

Patio Awning

Whether you're hoping to reduce noise pollution, prevent prying eyes or hide an unsightly view, there are plenty of clever landscaping ideas for introducing privacy to your patio, terrace or garden. Here's five of our favourite suggestions for creating an exotic escape this weekend:

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2016
AUG
16

‘Even better that it’s British!’

We’re proud to manufacture right here in the UK

Patio Awning - Garden Room

There are many benefits to manufacturing in the UK, aside from the pride of producing our own products, it means we can ensure we produce the highest quality external blinds and awnings that are crafted to the very pinnacle of precision and suited perfectly to the UK climate, able to withstand our ever changing weather conditions.

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2016
AUG
15

Barbecues Are This Summer's Biggest Sell-Out

All aboard the barbecue bandwagon!

Outdoor Living Pod

The British fondness for barbecuing is only set to continue as popular barbecue brand Outback announced excellent sales figures earlier today, surpassing all of 2016's sales targets. Despite some initial post-Brexit uncertainty, Outback's UK chief executive explained how among top consumer preferences, barbecues in stainless steel were in most demand, as seen above beneath our client's Outdoor Living Pod.

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2016
AUG
12

Heatwave Is Approaching The UK With Highs Of 35°C

The next fortnight will put July's hot weather in the shade!

Patio Awning Summer

From today onwards we are expecting the arrival of an 'insane Spanish plume' that will bring soaring temperatures of up to 35°C for two weeks to the UK. This predicted weather will put July's warm temperatures firmly in the shade and is more than likely to surpass this year's previous record of 33.5°C which was recorded in Oxfordshire on July 19th. 

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2016
AUG
10

A Conservatory Can Boost Your Home's Value By 10%

Glass with class!

External Roof Blind Conservatory

The first conservatories, formerly known as 'orangeries,' appeared during the 1660s, and whilst their purpose has evolved over the years, their popularity has remained relentless, with more homeowner's than ever before expressing a love for the classic glass room.  

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2016
AUG
08

Passivhaus Reduces Energy Usage By 58%

Another reason to go green!

Passivhaus External Roller Blinds

A new report released today has revealed that Passivhaus properties use a staggering 58% less energy than the average home. These results were generated following the first 12 months of occupancy for a three-bedroom eco-home in comparison to an ordinary British household. 

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2016
AUG
05

The Many Uses Of An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof is the ultimate all-rounder

Outdoor Living Pod

Following this week's news that 59% of homeowners are making outdoor living a top priority, with 43% replacing the traditional lawn in favour of hard landscaping options, it seems the Brits can't get enough of their alfresco living spaces.

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2016
AUG
01

59% Of Homeowners Are Making Outdoor Living A Top Priority

The sky's the limit with an alfresco lifestyle!

Patio Awning

The 2016 UK Houzz Landscaping Survey unveiled an astonishing 59% of homeowners are prioritising outdoor living as the biggest influence in their overall outdoor project design.

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2016
JUL
29

Four Reasons To Treat Your Terrace To An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof never goes out of style!

Outdoor Living Pod

Thanks to numerous appearances on the highly-acclaimed home design website Homify, our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod has been attracting plenty of attention as of late, and it's easy to see why! Providing sun, shade or shelter at the touch of a button, our Outdoor Living Pod really is in a league of its own when it comes to transforming your outside. Here's four reasons to consider a louvered roof from Caribbean Blinds to overhaul your outside space:

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2016
JUL
27

‘So pleased with the level of service’

Our team take great pride in their work

Unlike the industry norm which is to employ sub-contract fitters, at Caribbean we take great pride in the fact that all our personnel including our installers are employed for and work directly for us, having undergone lengthy training and equipped with the right tools for the job.

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2016
JUL
25

Five Ideas For Bringing New Life Into Your Outside Space

Jazz up your garden this July!

Outdoor Living Pod

As the UK continues to bask in glorious sunshine, Brits up and down the country are flocking to their patios and gardens to make the most of the long-awaited warmer weather. However, if you feel your outside space could do with a little revamp ahead of the weekend, these five ideas are an instant way to breathe new life into your alfresco area.

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2016
JUL
22

The Importance Of Vitamin D For Good Health

Safely boost your sunshine intake with Caribbean!

Vitamin D

In this week's news it was unveiled doctors have urged patients to start taking vitamin D pills to balance the effect of a lack of sunlight exposure, particularly during the Autumn and Winter months. With Public Heath England emphasising how vital vitamin D is for our bone and muscle health, PHE now recommended an intake of at least 10 milligrams of vitamin D every day.

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2016
JUL
20

Gardens Remain A Firm Favourite On Homeowners' Wishlists

Low-maintenance spaces prove most popular

Outdoor Living Pod

A report published today discussed the way in which homeowners' tastes are changing when looking for a new property. The article explained how the search terms 'garden,' 'garage' and 'detached' were the most commonly used words, along with a 51% increase in the phrase 'furnished' compared to last year.

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2016
JUL
18

Grand Designs Buyer's Guide To External Shading

Latest issue provides helpful hints & tips

External Shading Systems

The August 2016 version of Grand Designs magazine (out now), based on the popular C4 TV programme Grand Designs provides a 3 page feature on external shading, looking at the different types of systems on the market, benefits of each, typical costs and most importantly key considerations when thinking about external shading for your property.

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2016
JUL
15

Strawberries & Screen A Roaring Success

Our Outdoor Living Pod Pop Up Bar & BBQ Proved a Hit

Our award-winning opening and closing louvered roof pergola canopy - Outdoor Living Pod, housed a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Wimbledon Strawberries & Screen event from Monday 27th June to Sunday 10th July at Granary Square, King's Cross, London. Run by The Lighterman, part of the Open House London group, tasty Wimbledon inspired food and drink were served beneath our Outdoor Living Pod to the 1,000's who gathered on the square to watch all the Wimbledon action on London's biggest and clearest screen.

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2016
JUL
13

‘I can comfortably sit in my conservatory’

Don’t bake in your conservatory this Summer!

Conservatory Roof Blind - External

Mounted to the top of your conservatory roof, our external conservatory blinds stop the sun's heat before it even reaches the glass and therefore prevents unwanted solar heat gain. This ensures you can enjoy your conservatory without sweltering in the heat, even on the warmest of Summer's day, as Mrs Milne from Farnborough is now experiencing following the installation of our Cayman model external roof blind to her conservatory roof at the end of last month:

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2016
JUL
11

Bright Light Causes Chaos For Holidaymakers At Stansted Airport

External blinds to the rescue!

External Blinds

The long Summer sunsets are causing chaos for holidaymakers at Stansted Airport by disrupting electronic passport gates at border control. Passengers arriving at Stansted Airport have found the low setting sun shining through the windows is preventing the computer screens from identifying their faces, causing long delays for the Essex airport which deals with more than 40,000 passengers a day. 

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2016
JUL
07

Barbecuing's A Breeze With An Outdoor Living Pod

Licence to grill!

Barbecue Outdoor Living Pod

It's been another action-packed few months for the Caribbean team as we've been on the go non-stop transforming terraces up and down the country. With the warmer (albeit temperamental) weather upon us, attractive alfresco areas that can be enjoyed all year round, irrespective of the forecast, have never been in such high demand.Outdoor Living Pod Barbecue

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2016
JUL
03

Creating A Shady Oasis

Stylish awnings for all applications!

Courtyard Awning

In built-up environments outdoor space is limited and this typically occurs with courtyard-style terraces. Furthermore, these type of terraces tend to be the worse sun traps as there is nowhere to escape from the heat besides indoors, which of course is the last place you want to be on a lovely hot Summer's day! 

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2016
JUL
01

Wimbledon's Pop Up Bar & BBQ

Strawberries & Cream served from our Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod Bar & BBQ

Calling all tennis fans! We're very excited to announce that our award-winning Outdoor Living Pod with waterproof opening and closing louvered roof, is housing a pop up bar and barbecue this Summer for the Strawberries & Screen event at Granary Square, King's Cross, London.

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2016
JUN
29

'Absolutely Delighted'

Outstanding service is at the core of everything we do

Patio Awning to tile hung house on bespoke brackets

Having previously experienced the benefits of owning a patio awning, Mr Cato, on moving to his new home in Horsham, decided a patio awning was one of his top priorities so he could continue to enjoy the alfresco lifestyle he loved, especially with the warm weather approaching.

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2016
JUN
27

Tour This Iconic Grand Designs Property

A heavenly home!

Grand Designs Live

The highly unusual five-bedroom family home includes a 90ft stone tower with a spiral staircase along with five different floors. There is a master room, cinema room and guest suite located in the tower, whilst on the top floor there's an impressive roof garden, hot tub, gym and sauna. 

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2016
JUN
24

Outdoor Spaces Have Become Top Priority For Developers

Grand gardens top homeowner's wish lists!

Outdoor Space

Whether you own a private or communal, small estate or balcony-style outside space, one thing is for certain and that is that gardens have never been so important to homeowners and tenants in search of an escape from their increasingly busy lifestyles. 

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2016
JUN
22

'Impeccable Service'

Our people make all the difference

External Roller Blind

Having recently moved into their modern town house, which benefited from a roof terrace accessed via their bedroom and ensuite, the Paus soon realised their roof terrace could be seen from the neighbouring properties and therefore needed to install blinds of some description.

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2016
JUN
20

Summer Set To Return Towards The End Of The Week

Barbecues at the ready!

Outdoor Living Pod

Today may signify the first day of Summer, but with heavy rain spreading across most of the UK, many of us woke up to a rather miserable Monday morning. However, despite the recent washout, all is not lost, as Summer is finally set to make its long-awaited comeback, with warm sunny spells and temperatures as high as 25°C predicted up and down the country towards the end of this week. 

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2016
JUN
17

Roof Blinds Are The Ideal Accompaniment To A Glass Roof

In a glass of their own!

External Roof Blinds

A recently published Houzz article featured some excellent advice about how to bring light into your home with the addition of a glass roof. The article explained that whilst a large area of glazing is guaranteed to make an impressive architectural statement, as always there is a number of factors to consider before undertaking upon such project, one of which is the importance of considering the correct window treatments for your new roof. 

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2016
JUN
15

The Growing Impact Of Global Warming

First four months of 2016 were the warmest globally in 136 years

External Roller Blinds

The U.N. weather agency is warning of 'fundamental change' in the global climate along with continued warming, following the news that the first four months of 2016 were the hottest globally in 136 years. WMO global director Dr. David Carlson revealed the new data showed 370 straight months of warm or warmer-than-average temperatures worldwide, with Carlson explaining that "the state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm." 

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2016
JUN
13

The Government Recommends External Blinds To Prevent Overheating

Solar shading is a hot topic!

External Roller Blinds

After Government officials issued a warning stating that "people can die from the heat at just 24.5°C," a second news report has highlighted the importance of keeping our properties cool during prolonged periods of warm weather. The report specifically recommends installing external shading outside windows- such as our highly-acclaimed external roller blinds- in order to combat the heat caused by our increasingly extreme Summers.

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2016
JUN
10

Futuristic 'Flexhouse' Features External Blinds

Astonishing architecture!

Rather than separating the individual floors, the remarkable design incorporates a double height open space to provide a glimpse of the two bedrooms above as well as the living room situated beneath the first floor. Additionally, there are two roof terraces on the second floor which provide stunning panoramic views of Lake Zurich that's located just a few hundred metres away. 

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2016
JUN
08

6 Quick Tricks To Perfect Your Patio This Summer

Create an authentic alfresco retreat!

Patio Awning

As the glorious warm weather continues to sweep across the country, it's no surprise homeowners are keen to get outside and enjoy their outside spaces to their full potential. However, if you've neglected your garden over the Winter months or feel your outside space is in need of a little TLC, here's six quick tricks for transforming your area to an authentic alfresco retreat: 

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2016
JUN
06

Officials Warn Homeowners About Future Heatwaves

External shading recommended to keep homes cool

External Roller Blinds

In a recently-published report, The Government has strongly advised homeowners to 'paint their property white' to protect themselves from heatwaves along with considering metal blinds and dark curtains in a bid to keep their homes cool.

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2016
JUN
02

Keep Cool With Smart Shading

Happy home, happy planet!

External Roof Blinds

When you think about altering your home's design, chances are you probably don't think about how it can affect the planet. With costs and other practical considerations to bear in mind, it's unlikely that environmental impact is a top priority- and you're not alone. Despite our growing awareness of global warming and the importance of leading a greener lifestyle, according to National Geographic's Greendex Survey, people's consumption habits are slower to come to fruition. 

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2016
MAY
31

Brits Are Loving The Alfresco Lifestyle

Outdoor living is all the range!

Patio Awning

Despite our famously unpredictable weather, Brits are keener than ever before to put their outdoor spaces to good use, often by introducing an alfresco dining area which can transform a previously unused space to one of the most popular areas of the home. In fact, a recent survey of 2000 people conducted by UK Estate Agents Strutt & Parker revealed that when it came to the most important factors for our dream gardens, 'privacy' and 'space for entertaining' came out on top. 

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2016
MAY
27

Caribbean Impress Visitors At Grand Designs Live

Our best show to date!

Grand Designs Love Caribbean Blinds

The aspirational home show Grand Designs Live returned to London's Excel from 30th of April to 8th of May, marking our fourth consecutive year at the show. The show certainly exceeded all expectations and with over 600 exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors during the nine days, it's safe to say from start to finish our show-stopping stand and award-winning shading solutions attracted plenty of attention as our highlights video above shows.

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2016
MAY
25

Britain Is 10 Days Away From The Hottest Summer In A Century!

Britain set to sizzle!

Outdoor Living Pod

A heatwave is on the cards as forecasters claim Britain is just 10 days away from the start of what is shaping up to be the warmest Summer for more than a century. A freak movement in weather patterns will see temperatures climb to an impressive 30°in early June, followed by three months of exceptionally warm weather, meaning it is quite likely the highest ever recorded temperature will be surpassed over the coming months. 

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2016
MAY
23

The Many Benefits Of Natural Light

Light continues to lead the way for good health

Natural Light

According to a recently published study, people who spend more time in natural lighting have increased productivity levels and alertness compared to those individuals that spend the majority of their day in artificial lighting. This is because light directly impacts the amount of Melatonin a person produces, which affects how awake we feel. 

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2016
MAY
20

5 Secrets To Hosting The Perfect Barbecue

Make it a party to remember!

Barbecue

As the weather finally begins to improve, many of you will begin to think about heating up the barbecue this weekend. After all, there's no better way to make the most of the warmer days than gathering friends and family for some alfresco wining and dining. Take a look at our top tips below for transforming your little get-together into a party to remember: 

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2016
MAY
18

Brits Waste £672m A Year On Their Gardens Due To Lack Of Knowledge

Invest in an Outdoor Living Pod this Summer!

Garden

Britons are wasting a staggering £672m per year on their gardens, according to a survey conducted by Gardena. Yearly, Londoners splash an average £1,000 on their gardens, but much of this expenditure goes down the drain due to garden calamities, often caused by a lack of knowledge. 

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2016
MAY
16

Protect Your Skin From The Sun This Summer

Young people are running the risk of Skin Cancer

Patio Awning

Reports published last week have revealed Skin Cancer is increasing amongst young people, with two-thirds shunning sunscreen in a bid to 'get a better tan.' Teenage sun-seekers admitted to regularly getting burnt, whilst one in ten 13 to 24 year olds said they'd never worn sunscreen in a poll conducted by the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

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2016
MAY
13

British Holidaymakers Are Going Green

Renewable energy hotels are big business!

External Blinds

New research published earlier this week has revealed concern for the environment is playing a big factor in Britons' hotel bookings, with one in five people saying they're more likely to stay somewhere if it uses renewable energy sources.

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2016
MAY
11

Our Latest External Roller Blinds Projects

Properties prepped for the Summer months!

External Roller Blinds

Following the recent rise in temperatures and prolonged sunshine, during the past week we've seen a notable increase in enquiries regarding our External Roller Blinds, as homeowners begin to experience unpleasant overheating within their properties. 

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2016
MAY
09

External Shading Is Key To Tackling Overheating

Cool, energy-efficient homes are hot property!

External Roller Blinds

As global temperatures reach record highs, developers of cool, energy efficient homes are in high demand. And whilst overheating may not appear to be the most pressing environmental issue in Britain with our cold Winters and temperamental Summers, with 83% of Londoners suffering from an uncomfortably home in 2015, this issue is only set to escalate.

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2016
MAY
06

Alfresco Dining Has Never Been Hotter!

Establishments get set for the sun

Alfresco Dining

With long-awaited blue skies and temperatures expected to be higher than LA this weekend, it's only natural many of us will be looking to wine and dine alfresco style to make the most of the glorious Spring weather. 

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2016
MAY
03

Seize Summer With A Stylish Patio Awning

Caribbean have got it covered!

Patio Awning

Caribbean Blinds recognises that with the passing of a long British Winter comes the desire for quality time spent outdoors enjoying the warmth and sun-filled Summer days. With the addition of a stylish awning above your patio or decking area, you can create your dream outdoor retreat, enabling you to safely soak up the alfresco lifestyle whilst remaining fully protected from the outdoor elements. 

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2016
APR
27

Conservatories Are Making A Big Comeback

Glass rooms have never been so desirable!

uPvc Conservatory

First popular in the 80s, conservatories were an affordable and straight-forward way of increasing living space for families. However, as they were often built from cheap uPVC panelling, and prone to freezing cold temperatures in Winter and unbearably warm temperatures during the Summer, they added minimal, if any value to a home, causing a subsequent reduction in sales. 

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2016
APR
25

'Very Happy'

Service that impresses

External Roof Blinds - Conservatory Roof

Like a growing number of people, the Reeves opted for an all glass lean to pitch roof on the extension to their family home in Guildford, Surrey, complemented with bi-fold doors that opened up onto the terrace. The extension, which housed in an open plan arrangement, the kitchen, dining and day lounge was meant to be the heart of the home, where the family could enjoy quality time together, however, even though the glazing was impregnated with a solar control coating designed to prevent overheating, the Reeves soon found out their new extension was a sun trap, heating up to uncomfortable temperatures, making the space unusable.

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2016
APR
22

How To: Illuminate Your Space With A Roof Light

Let the light in this Spring!

External Roof Blinds

Whether you're extending, converting or renovating your property, roof lights are an excellent way of bringing light into your home, and generally speaking the higher the light source, the brighter the space will be. By providing up to 40% more light than a standard window installation, it's clear to see why roof lights have become such a popular choice for the modern-day homeowner.

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2016
APR
20

Summer 2016 Is Set To Be A Scorcher!

Safely soak up the sun with Caribbean Blinds

Summer 2016

Global temperatures are set to soar over the next few months as rising levels of greenhouse gases teamed with El Nino bring even more record-breaking warmth to our planet. According to the Met Office's forecast for the next five years, 2016 is set to be the warmest year since records began, followed by a slight decline in 2017 as the effects of El Nino begin to lessen.

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2016
APR
18

Caribbean Wow The Crowds At The Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Another awesome exhibition for the CB team!

Caribbean Blinds at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Caribbean Blinds team have just enjoyed an awesome four days exhibiting the UK's best range of external shading systems at this year's Homebuilding & Renovating Show. The exhibition, which took place at Birmingham's NEC, is the biggest event of its kind in the UK, showcasing self-build experts, specialist masterclasses along with plenty of inspiration and ideas to complement your project. 

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2016
APR
15

Take A Tour Of London's First Certified Passivhaus

Camden family home combines sustainability with style

Paving the way for Passivhaus properties, meticulous attention to detail has resulted in a comfortable, urban home for the client's young family, teaming maximum functionality with minimal energy consumption.

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2016
APR
13

Emerging Architecture Trends

We look at what's set to raise the roof in 2016!

Architecture

Due to a greater awareness regarding global health and well-being, the world of architectural design is progressing at an exceptional pace, as Catherine McKeown, president of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, explains: With the world we live in becoming ever more health conscious, it’s no surprise that healthy homes are becoming a must-have asset. The materials used in building, decorating and furnishing houses are key factors for architects seeking to create a home that’s kind to body and mind.”

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2016
APR
11

Under The Spotlight

Blinds & Shutters Magazine gets to know one of our company Directors

Caribbean Blinds Question Time

The latest issue of Blinds & Shutters magazine, the leading journal for everyone involved in the interior and exterior solar shading industry, from manufacturers to retailers features a 2 page exclusive question & answer session with our Sales & Marketing Director, Stuart Dantzic, who reveals all about business and personal…

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2016
APR
08

The Garden Room Boom

We investigate this modern-day must-have!

Outdoor Living Pod

With the London housing crisis showing no signs of subsiding, a growing number of the city's homeowners are dismissing the high cost of relocation in favour of a “garden room” which can provide that all-important additional living space.

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2016
APR
06

Spring Home Updates

Spruce up your home this Spring

Spring Home Garden

Now that Spring is emerging, it’s time to break out of that Winter rut and update your home ahead of the lighter, brighter days. We show you how to give your a space a fresh new look this April with our six quick tricks. 

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2016
APR
04

Installation Technician Required

Apply today for this exciting role!

Job Vacancy

We’re currently looking for a flexible, motivated individual with a technical mindset and an eye for detail to join our installation team.

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2016
MAR
31

Introducing: Billy

Meet The Caribbean Blinds Team

Meet The Team

As March draws to a close, it's once again time for this month's Meet The Team feature. Today we're chatting to Billy who works as an Installation Technician at Caribbean Blinds.

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2016
MAR
28

Passivhaus Victory For Leicester University

New Passivhaus building is top of the class!

Oxford Uni Installation

James Ellimen, Operations Manager of the impressive project said: “This is a hugely significant project not only for the university and the region, but also the UK as a whole. Further to that it has been extremely exciting for us to work on such a landmark building. Delivering a Passivhaus on such a large scale is not without its challenges and we employed a number of energy efficient mechanisms to ensure that this standard was met.

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2016
MAR
25

'I would recommend you to other people without hesitation'

Professional from start to finish

External Roof Blinds - Conservatory Awnings

The Oliphants in Brentwood, Essex, last year moved into a new build house which benefited from a large glazed roof to the open plan kitchen / diner complimented with bi-fold doors that lead out onto the terrace, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood into the heart of the home. However, despite being fitted with a solar control coating to the roof glazing, which they were advised would ensure this space didn’t overheat, it did – find out why in our recent article ‘Magic Glass’.

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2016
MAR
23

Outdoor Learning Environments Proven To Boost Children's Education

Our louvered roofs always make the grade!

Outdoor Living Pod

The survey, conducted by Learning Through Landscapes and the Early Childhood Forum, called for the Government and Ofsted to strengthen the statutory requirement for children in the Early Years Foundation Stages, stating, “providers must supply access to an outdoor play area or ensure that outdoor activities are planned and carried out on a daily basis.”

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2016
MAR
21

Electricity Meter Upgrade

No phone lines on Monday 21st March from 9am - 10.30am

Therefore, on Monday 21st March there will be no power at our Sudbury factory between 9am - 10.30am. This will include all phone lines, so our 0344 800 1947 telephone number will be temporarily unavailable during this short time span. 

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2016
MAR
18

Caribbean Blinds Excel At Ecobuild

Another super successful show for the UK's Shading Experts

Caribbean Blinds at Ecobuild 2016

We're back in the office this week following an excellent few days exhibiting at Ecobuild, the UK's leading event for the sustainable construction and energy markets. From start to finish the three-day show, located at Excel London, was jam-packed with cutting-edge technology, innovative products and a number of inspiring seminars, all of which placed an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly design. 

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2016
MAR
16

Magic Glass: Is It Worth The Hype?

We shed light on the latest conservatory craze

External Roof Blind

And whilst many people are under the impression this type of glass alone will be adequate enough to keep a conservatory cool during the summer; with over 25 years experience in the field of solar shading, we know this simply isn't the case.

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2016
MAR
14

40% Of Homes In Areas Of London Have Been Extended Upwards

The sky's the limit with external roof blinds!

External Roof Blinds

Last week new research revealed as many as four out of ten homes in some areas of London have been extended upwards, as homeowners bid to improve their existing properties rather than move.

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2016
MAR
11

March Gardening Guide

Spring is in the air!

March Gardening Guide

Following the cold, dark and sometimes uninspiring Winter days, many of us will be waiting in anticipation for the lighter and brighter Spring weather, and few things are more rewarding than enjoying the warmer climate from the comfort of your very own garden.

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2016
MAR
09

Light Pollution Linked To Rise In Sleepless Nights

Our blackout blinds guarantee a peaceful night's sleep

Light Pollution

A recent report has revealed street lights are interrupting the sleep of millions of people in urban areas around the world, with those living in towns and cities of more than 500,000 people at the greatest risk of excessive light exposure.

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2016
MAR
07

Caribbean Set To Steal The Show At Ecobuild

It's showtime for the UK’s solar shading specialists!

Ecobuild Stand

Following a busy few months preparing for the first of this year’s exhibitions, Caribbean Blinds are thrilled to be returning to Ecobuild this week. The exhibition, which is the UK’s leading event for sustainable design and construction, runs from 8th-10th of March at Excel, London.

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2016
MAR
03

Don't Be Dazzled By The Winter Sun

Low Winter sun prompts increase in solar shading enquiries

External Roller Blinds

Due to the sun's lower position in the sky during the Winter months, we've recently experienced lots of bright and sunny weather conditions. However, as much we appreciate these sun-filled days, the sun's increased intensity along with its lower orientation in the sky can leave us dazzled along with causing excess glare within our homes.

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2016
MAR
01

Exploring England's First Passivhaus

From a derelict barn to a desirable dwelling!

England's First Passivhaus

However, architects Seymour-Smith's design for the site eventually won the approval of the planners making it one of only twenty properties in the UK to ever to be granted planning permission in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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2016
FEB
25

Caribbean Blinds To Take Centre Stage At Ecobuild

See our seminar on Wednesday 9th of March at 10.30am

Ecobuild Map

The seminar will look at the rising issue of overheating in modern buildings and how external shading provides an effective solution to prevent overheating and is now a part and parcel of green eco build design.

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2016
FEB
23

Plummerswood Passivhaus

Take a look at this innovative eco-home featuring our external roller blinds

External Roller Blinds

Boasting stunning panoramic views, located in an area overlooking the River Tweed, this private dwelling was completed in 2011. The house was constructed in just six weeks during the harsh Winter of 2010 and has been designed to last 100+ years whilst taking into account the requirements of future generations.

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2016
FEB
19

Adapting Passivhaus Principles

Discover the power of Passivhaus in 2016

External Roller Blinds

If you're unfamiliar with the phrase Passivhaus (or Passive House) as it is otherwise known, this term refers to a building standard that is simultaneously comfortable, affordable, ecological and energy efficient

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2016
FEB
17

Sustainable Office Buildings Increase Workers' Productivity

Comfortable spaces prove key for workplace well-being

External Blinds Office

With features such as external shading systems and low-temperature heating, it's easy to see how green buildings help protect the environment whilst benefiting those that occupy them. This said, the consideration of users during the planning stages is often overlooked. 

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2016
FEB
15

Change In Office Opening Hours

Our new hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4pm

If you have had a consultation or have an installation booked you will be able to speak with your consultant / project manager on their direct number provided to you 7 days a week.

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2016
FEB
12

The Putney Passivhaus

Step inside this impressive remodelled residence

Having demolished the previous dwelling with the goal to create a fully sustainable home from scratch, architect Trevor and his wife Steffi successfully completed their Passivhaus project in 2013. Their impressive abode is a textbook example of what can be achieved when great design is combined with an eco-conscious approach to everyday living- and the result is nothing short of stunning.

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2016
FEB
10

The Rising Popularity Of Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic Design through the ages

Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic architecture refers to the design of buildings and spaces that share a connection to nature. By taking account of cli­matic and envi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, the interior of these buildings can achieve optimal ther­mal com­fort.

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2016
FEB
08

Natural Air Conditioning

Go green in 2016 with Caribbean Blinds

Natural Air Conditioning

In exactly one month's time, Caribbean Blinds will be exhibiting at Ecobuild, the UK's leading exhibition for the construction industry which places an emphasis on sustainable, innovative design. As the UK’s solar shading experts, the show offers an invaluable opportunity to see our products in action along with understanding the economic, environmental and lifestyle/productivity benefits they provide. 

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2016
FEB
05

Challenging External Shading Myths

We sort fact from fiction

External Roller Blind

With just over one month until we'll be exhibiting at this year's Ecobuild exhibition, we felt it would be the ideal time to shed some light on common misconceptions and myths surrounding external shading solutions. From understanding how the benefits of solar shading can be enjoyed on a year-round basis to explaining how our products are subjected to the most stringent of quality tests, we're ready to sort fact from fiction. 

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2016
FEB
03

Overhaul Your Outside Space

Be inspired by these gorgeous garden ideas

Patio Awning

With Spring just around the corner, February is the ideal time to undertake any garden projects so you can enjoy your newly-transformed space to its full potential once the good weather arrives. With that in mind, here are some effortless-yet-effective ways for designing an elegant outside space that’s sure to be the envy of all your friends and family!

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2016
FEB
01

Overheating In Modern Homes Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Temperatures are set to soar

External Roller Blinds

Despite the Government-sponsored initiative to build more ‘eco-friendly’ homes, we're beginning to see how this scheme has created many unforeseen, and potentially life-threatening problems. 

External Roller Blinds

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2016
JAN
29

Introducing: Domus

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

With January almost complete, it's time for the first of this year's Meet The Team feature. Today we're chatting to Domus who works as an Installation Technician transforming spaces up and down the country with our innovative external shading solutions. 

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2016
JAN
27

The House With No Heating Bills

Reap the rewards of sustainable design

Along with generating their own electricity, the eco-conscious couple also have a rainwater harvesting system. This operates by diverting water from the guttering into a 5,000-litre tank so it can be used to flush their toilets. As a result, their water bills – charged through a meter – have been reduced by about 60 per cent. 

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2016
JAN
25

‘Extremely Good’

Service that stands out

Skylight Blinds

Recommended by their interior designer, for the quality of product and service we provide, our surveyor met with the Rooneys at their home in Fulham, London, during its refurbishment to discuss the shading requirements to the 3 skylights over the bedrooms and 2 further skylights over the kitchen.

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2016
JAN
22

Increased Coverage

Expanding our reach in 2016

UK Blinds Awnings

We’re pleased to announce that we have increased our area of coverage, with our expert advice and superior products now available in 9 additional postcode regions (highlighted on the map above) for 2016, all serviced by our own specialist personnel (no subcontractors) so you can rest assured you will receive the same high quality level of service.

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2016
JAN
20

January Gardening Guide

Get your garden in shape this 2016!

January Gardening Guide

After the expense, excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas, January is the ideal month to get outside and catch up on any gardening jobs that may have been pushed aside during the festive period. With Spring just around the corner, this month is all about preventing damage from harsh weather conditions so your garden’s in tiptop condition when the new season arrives.  

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2016
JAN
18

‘We are delighted with our Outdoor Living Pod’

Another client thrilled with their terrace transformation

Louvered Roof - Outdoor Living Pod

Looking to replace an existing conservatory to achieve an area in the garden that they could enjoy whatever the weather, without a solid structure and whilst still maintaining the ‘size’ of the garden, the Hickmans in Staines took to Google to see what was on the market that met their brief.

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2016
JAN
15

New 2016 Trade Awnings & Canopies Price List

With spectacular all year round offers…

Awnings Canopies Trade Price List

We're pleased to announce the launch of our new trade price list and product guide for 2016, providing full pricing and comprehensive technical details on our superior range of patio awnings and window canopies available to the sunblind trade.

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2016
JAN
13

Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors In 2016

Be at one with nature!

Outdoor Living

January is synonymous with New Year’s resolutions, and whether this entails shaping up, kicking a bad habit or keeping our homes more organised, many of us pledge to make a change for the better in the forthcoming year. In fact, despite almost half of all Britons making a resolution, by the end of June, 50% of us will have discarded our good intentions, but it needn’t be this way!

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2016
JAN
08

Our New Phone Number

Replace the 08 with 03 from effect today

New Phone Number

We were recently informed Ofcom, the communications regulator, are making changes to the way consumers are charged for calling service numbers. Following research that suggested these service numbers often 'caused confusion amongst consumers,' Ofcom have introduced a series of changes which strive to make costs more transparent and easier to understand. 

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2016
JAN
07

See Our Products In Action In 2016

Where we'll be exhibiting in 2016

Grand Designs

We’re pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at five different shows during 2016 where we’ll be showcasing our complete range of innovative external blindspatio awnings and louvered roofs that create cool, comfortable and enjoyable spaces. 

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2016
JAN
05

Review Of 2015

A year to remember for so many reasons...

Louvered Roofs - Garden Rooms

Whilst patio awning sales declined slightly, sales of our louvered roof Outdoor Living Pod increased by over 20%. This demonstrates a shift in homeowner’s desires as they seek to create an outdoor space that can be used in all weathers, rather than on a seasonal basis. Furthermore, with new research suggesting ‘space’ replaced ‘location’ as the most sought-after feature for prospective homeowners in 2015, it is no wonder our Outdoor Living Pod which enables homeowners to expand their useable living space proved to be in such high demand. Louvered Roofs - Garden Rooms

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2015
2015
DEC
18

Christmas Wishes From The UK Shading Experts

Wishing you a Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year

After a busy year, the CB team are going on a well earned break and will be re-charging their batteries from today 18th December 2015 to Tuesday 5th January 2016, when the offices and factory will re-open at 9am.

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2015
DEC
16

20 Of The Best Home & Garden Design Tips

A round up of this year's best advice for a super-stylish space

Outdoor Living Pod

With 2015 drawing to a close, we felt it would be the perfect opportunity to collate our favourite design tips as featured on our blog over the past twelve months. From introducing contrasting colours into your interior to designing a space that truly reflects your personal style, our top tips are sure to help you create a desirable home and garden without the high-end price tag. Enjoy!

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2015
DEC
14

The National Gallery Achieves 85% Energy Savings With External Roof Blinds

Solar shading is invaluable in the fight against Climate Change

External Roof Blinds

Due to an ambitious sustainability programme implemented by Arts Council England, over the last two years, England's arts and culture sector saved an impressive £2.3 million along with 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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2015
DEC
10

We Have A Winner To Announce!

Who has won our £250 cash prize?

However, there can only be one winner, and we'd like to announce that Sarah Price is the lucky recipient of our fabulous cash prize. Congratulations Sarah! A cheque will be on its way to you very soon, which is perfect timing ahead of the Christmas festivities. 

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2015
DEC
09

Garden Design Trends To Look Out For In 2016

Give your outside space a new lease of life in the new year

Patio Awning

Although many fashions come and go, outdoor living remains as popular as ever, particularly in England where consumers are keen to take full advantage of any warm weather as well as maximising their usable living space. This trend is set to continue in 2016, with more homeowners than ever before opting to improve their garden to create a desirable area that can be enjoyed with family and friends.

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2015
DEC
07

Passivhaus Barn Boasts Stylish External Blinds

Solar shading is the future for energy-efficient homes

Grand Designs Passivhaus

However, despite the fact the property is designed to be fully self-sufficient, architects were keen for the property to maintain the look and feel of a 'normal' home, along with ensuring the building fitted in with its rural surroundings. 

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2015
DEC
03

8 Home Design Trends To Watch In 2016

New year, new designs!

Home Design Trends

As 2015 draws to a close, it's only natural to look ahead and wonder what the new year will have in store. Whilst 1st of January inspires many people to eat right, save money and embark on a lifestyle overhaul, what goals will we set for our homes?

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2015
DEC
02

Natural Festive Decor

Fresh from the garden!

Plus, if you prefer an artificial Christmas tree, these suggestions are a great way to add real greenery to your interior without the hassle of dropped needles! And if you're outside space is looking a little scarce this time of year, why not look out for the following on your next Woodland walk? 

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2015
NOV
30

‘I would definitely recommend Caribbean Blinds to anyone’

Another thrilled client with our ability to deliver the neatest fitting blind solution

External Roller Blinds

Mr & Mrs Taylor were carrying out their dream renovation to their home in Hertfordshire, which included the addition of a new single storey extension open plan living space, fitted with glazing running the full width to allow the space to flood with natural light and to give them unparalleled views of the expansive countryside to the rear.

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2015
NOV
25

Introducing: Jamie

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

Now that another month has almost been and gone, it's time for November's interview feature where we give you the chance to get to know our brilliant team here at Caribbean Blinds. Today we're speaking to Jamie who works as an Installation Technician, covering our full product line of external blinds, patio awnings & louvered roofs.

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2015
NOV
25

Timeless Tableware

Entertain with elegance this Christmas

As wining and dining plays a big part in the Christmas festivities, tableware is an excellent place to start. Be the hostess with the mostess this Christmas with our pick of the best decorative pieces. And don't forget if you're planning on taking the party outside this Winter, be sure to check out our guide to hosting an alfresco get-together with our Outdoor Living Pod.

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2015
NOV
23

Protecting Your Home & Garden From Frost

Don't get caught out this Winter

External Roller Blinds

Following a recent plummet in temperatures, Britain awoke to an icy start this morning as the first frost of the year made its appearance. Along with the need to de-ice our cars and grab an extra layer, there's a number of ways we can shield our property from the frosty weather conditions to guarantee a hassle-free Winter. Check out our top tips below for Winter-proofing your home and garden over the coming months: 

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2015
NOV
20

Concerns Grow For Overheating In Modern Homes

The need for external shading in buildings has never been greater

External Roller Blinds

Due to Global Warming, temperatures in megacities are estimated to rise by as much as four degrees, underlining the urgency for a sustainable and cost-effective solution to this growing issue. In fact, a recent survey by Sustainable Homes concluded that 65% of individuals (some of which are social landlords) believe there is 'real concern within their organisation regarding overheating in residential properties,' with almost half reporting they were 'extremely or very concerned' about the side effects of this issue. 

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2015
NOV
18

Harmonious Houseplants

Bring the outdoors indoors this Winter

Houseplants

Now that Summer has been and gone, many of us are planning to spend more time inside during the Winter months- but this doesn't mean we have to stop appreciating the wonder of The Great Outdoors. This can be achieved by bringing a taste of the outdoors indoors with the introduction of a classic houseplant.

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2015
NOV
16

Entertain Alfresco This Winter

Throw an unforgettable party over the festive season

Outdoor Living Pod

Whilst during the Summer our gardens are used to their full potential for relaxing and socialising, once Autumn is upon us, many of us allow our outside spaces to fall into disuse. Given the colder weather and longer, darker evenings it's only natural to spend our Winter evenings wrapped up indoors- but it needn't be this way! 

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2015
NOV
13

5 Simple Jobs To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Keep your home in tip top condition

External Roof Blind

With a recent dip in temperatures and Christmas rapidly approaching, now is a great time to embark on a few home maintenance jobs to ensure you can enjoy a stress-free festive season. From servicing your boiler to clearing out guttering, getting ahead with these 5 simple tasks will save you both time and money over the Winter months.

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2015
NOV
11

Let There Be Light!

Deck the halls this festive season

Following the recent unveiling of the iconic John Lewis Christmas advert, it seems the countdown to the 25th is well underway, and as ever there's plenty of preparation to be done.

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2015
NOV
09

Two Degree Rise In Temperatures Predicted For Megacities

Climate Change will increase demand for solar shading

England's First Passivhaus House

This morning The Telegraph published an article highlighting to what extent our megacities will 'slip under the waves' as a result of climate change. The article revealed how scientists believe large parts of New York, London, Shanghai and numerous other cities will be submerged by water as a result of rising sea levels, despite attempts to limit global warming by two degrees at an upcoming global warming summit. 

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2015
NOV
06

Caring For Your Garden Furniture During The Winter

Keep your table and chairs in tip-top condition!

Outdoor Living Pod

As it's often exposed to a variety of weather conditions, it's no surprise garden furniture can look a little worse for wear if it hasn't been fully protected against the elements. Therefore, in order to keep your garden furniture looking its best for years to come, it's well worth taking a little time to ensure your furniture is properly cared for- whether that involves coating it with a special oil, cleaning it regularly or simply investing in a waterproof cover. 

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2015
NOV
05

Wrap Up Warm This Bonfire Night

Don't be left out in the cold!

When standing around for a prolonged length of time it's easy to feel the cold, but with the correct preparations and a few handy hints, it couldn’t be easier for you and your family to stay lovely and toasty this Bonfire Night and throughout the approaching Winter season. Check out our top tips below: 

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2015
NOV
02

How Our Homes Have Evolved Over The Past 50 Years

Changing with the times

Outdoor Living Pod

A recent article from The Guardian looked at the way our changing homes provide an accurate reflection of our changing lifestyles, and generally speaking, as our lives have become less functional and more about leisure, our properties have undergone a similar transition. 

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2015
OCT
30

Introducing: Danny

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

With October drawing to an end, it's time for this month's interview feature where we give you the opportunity to get to know our fantastic team here at Caribbean Blinds. In today's interview we're chatting to Danny who works as a Solar Shading Engineer at our manufacturing facility in Sudbury, Suffolk. Enjoy!

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2015
OCT
28

Get Set For Halloween With Caribbean Blinds

The devil's in the detail!

Pumpkin Carving

Deathly Decor:
Be the talk of the neighbourhood this Halloween with our pick of the best hair-raising home and garden accessories, as shown above.

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2015
OCT
26

Outdoor Seating Can Increase Revenues By 30%

Boost your profitability with an alfresco dining area

Louvered Roof

If you're looking to maximise your establishment's revenue, outdoor seating could be the answer, with a recent survey revealing the introduction of a simple patio/terrace could increase income by as much as 30%. This figure could be even greater if outdoor seating was available on a year-round basis, so it's potentially a very lucrative investment for your business. 

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2015
OCT
23

Improve The U-values Of Your Windows

Stay warm and toasty this winter, with lower energy bills by insulating your glazing

External Roller Blinds - Keep Warm This Winter

Following on from Friday’s article about Keeping Warm This Winter, today we thought we’d give you a further insight into effectively insulating your windows, helping to reduce the amount of heat lost from your property during the cold weather.

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2015
OCT
20

How To Style Your Outdoor Living Pod

Get set for Autumn with our favourite home updates

Outdoor Living Pod

With fewer daylight hours and the weather rapidly deteriorating, many of us overlook the idea of spending time outside during Autumn and Winter. Although being confined to the warmth and comfort of our living rooms may appear a very attractive proposition when temperatures plummet, there's no reason why we can't still enjoy our gardens to their full potential during the Winter months. 

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2015
OCT
19

Don't Be Fooled By Cowboy Companies

Caribbean Blinds is the name you can trust in the external shading industry!

Last week we came across the story of BBC journalist Susan Bookbinder who was left too scared to leave her own home after a dispute with a builder turned nasty. Unfortunately, Susan's incident isn't isolated, as there seems to be a rising number of 'cowboy builders' operating in the UK who will perform poor-quality work at an over-inflated price, leaving the consumer severely out of pocket along with a highly dissatisfactory end result.  

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2015
OCT
16

Keep Warm This Winter

10 tips to heat your home for less

External Roller Blind

For many homeowners, this indecision is the result of one key factor- the rising cost of energy bills. Whilst it’s no secret we could all shop around more to find the cheapest energy suppliers, understandably, many families opt to stick to their existing plan in order to save time and hassle.

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2015
OCT
13

Autumn Home Accessories

Inject warmth & comfort into your home this October

Look forward to lazy days in front of the fire and of course the imminent festive season with our pick of the best Autumnal home accessories. 

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2015
OCT
12

Highlights From Grand Designs Live 2015

Caribbean Blinds stole the show!

Grand Designs Live

Yesterday signified the fourth and final day of the aspirational home show Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham and what a week it's been for Caribbean Blinds!

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2015
OCT
07

Excellent Evergreens

Add some year-round greenery to your outside space

Additionally, evergreens are a great way to introduce permanent structure to your garden and work equally as well as stand-alone plants as they do as part of a mixed border. They can also be used for hedging which is a good technique for creating privacy and establishing an attractive boundary whilst welcoming wildlife to spend time in your garden.  

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2015
OCT
02

17 Years On & Still Going Strong!

Proof our products are designed to last a lifetime

After seventeen years of regular use, the customer only required a new gear mechanism which is a standard wear and tear item. This said, the customer decided to opt for a new, motorised awning for ease of use and practicality.

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2015
OCT
02

'Well done to all at Caribbean Blinds'

Excelling in what we do

External Roof Blind in Northamptonshire

We recently installed a Cayman tensioned external roof blind to a conservatory in Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, at its maximum 18 square metre surface area in a single blind system. Following this installation, we received this 8 point review from the client discussing their experience with us, from initial enquiry to installation.

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2015
SEP
29

Brilliant Bird Boxes

Welcome wildlife with these chic designs

Autumn/Winter is a particularly good time of year to attract birds, as Winter is the most challenging season for wildlife to survive, primarily due to the lack of food. Best of all, with lots of new and emerging bird box designs there's plenty to choose from in order to create a stunning outside focal point. Check out our four favourite designs below:

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2015
SEP
28

Boost The Value Of Your Home

How to add space and value to your existing property

External Roller Blinds

This said, many people aren't in a position to move home at present due to the stagnant property market and the prohibitive cost of moving, as Jonnie Irwin, spokesperson for ratedpeople.com, explains. "Faced with a difficult housing market, homeowners should be looking at what they can be doing to improve their current home - and where they can add value - rather than moving on."

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2015
SEP
25

Introducing: Dhan

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Caribbean Blinds Machinist

With another month almost complete, it's time for September's interview feature where we give you the chance to get to know our team at Caribbean Blinds. Today we are chatting to Dhan who works as a Machinist at our manufacturing facility in Suffolk. Enjoy!

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2015
SEP
23

Guide To Pressure Washing

It's time for a post-Summer clean-up!

This said, patios, terraces, fences and garden furniture quickly come up sparkling with the aid of a pressure washer, making them an essential tool in your cleaning up conquest.

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2015
SEP
21

Rising Number Of Homes Affected By Overheating

83% of Londoners suffered from uncomfortably hot homes this Summer

External Roller Blinds

Last week The Chartered Institute Of Building reported that a rising number of new builds were being affected by overheating issues, particularly during the Summer months. The survey revealed that of 1,005 Londoners questioned, residents in newer homes were affected significantly more by overheating problems compared to those with older homes.

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2015
SEP
18

FREE Tickets To Grand Designs Live

We have 100 pairs up for grabs!

Caribbean Blinds at Grand Designs with Kevin McCloud

For the third year running, we’re returning to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham, the UK’s contemporary home show, running from 8th - 11th October at the NEC. At the show we will be showcasing our innovative range of stylish external blinds, patio awnings and louvered roofs that enable you to make the most of your home and garden.

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2015
SEP
16

Autumn Planting Guide

Start sowing for a stunning Spring garden

Because the soil is still warm from the Summer season due to slow heat absorption, it's much easier for bulbs to become established before the Winter frosts arrive. Within this type of environment, plants concentrate their energy on their roots to create a network that will last them a lifetime, hence why many gardeners believe "if you are ever going to plant a plant that will outlive you, chances are you'll do it in Autumn."   

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2015
SEP
14

Are Lawns Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Homeowners opting for low-maintenance alternatives

Outdoor Living Pod

A recent news article revealed one in four gardens no longer has any grass, with a rising number of homeowners opting for low-maintenance alternatives such as decking, paving and AstroTurf in replacement of the traditional lawn.

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2015
SEP
11

Exceptional Aftercare

We don’t fit and forget

Outdoor Living Pod with integrated screens

One of the best ways to judge a company, is said to be by the way they deal with a problem (aftercare) and as the below comment demonstrates, following a recent service request from a client who had our Outdoor Living Pod installed at their property in Pinner earlier in the year, our post sale service is just as impressive as our pre-sale service.

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2015
SEP
09

Contemporary Patio Heaters

Enjoy your patio every season of the year

Therefore, if you'd like to comfortably enjoy alfresco meals and drinks with friends 365 days a year, patio heaters are an invaluable investment to your outside space. There's lots of different heaters to choose between, such as those that burn gas, the traditional chimenea and the recently-launched electrically-powered radiative heater.

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2015
SEP
07

Autumn Gardening Guide

Get set for the new season with our top ten tips

Patio Awning

As Autumn approaches, shorter days and much cooler temperatures are on the horizon, making it all too tempting to stop spending time caring for our gardens.

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2015
SEP
04

Grand Designs Live Special: 5 Ways To Create A Contemporary Outside Space

Revamp your garden with these top tips

Outdoor Living Pod

With “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable. We were fortunate enough to chat to property guru Phil Spencer recently who echoed this approach, emphasising how you should “consider your garden as valuable as an extra room- it needs the same care, maintenance & decor as the home."

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2015
SEP
03

Grand Designs Live Special: A Guide To Eco-Friendly Gardening

Make your garden extra green with this useful guide

Patio Awning

We’re all aware we should try our best to help protect the environment. Whether this entails recycling, washing our clothes at a lower temperature or installing energy-efficient light bulbs, lots of us strive to live an eco-friendly life where possible.

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2015
SEP
02

Grand Designs Live Special: Merging The Outdoors With The Indoors

How to create a lighter, brighter & more contemporary living space

External Roller Blinds

Like many fashions, interior design trends come and go, but the concept of “bringing the outdoors indoors” is one that shows no sign of disappearing any time soon. This trend is one that can be taken at face value, and simply means blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor to give the illusion of one large, connected space.

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2015
SEP
01

Grand Designs Live Special: Top Tips For A Low-Maintenance Outside Space

A gorgeous garden doesn't need to be time-consuming

Patio Awning

Low-maintenance gardens have become increasingly popular amongst homeowners in recent years. With many in search of an attractive outside space without the time-consuming upkeep, there are a number of tried and tested techniques, as well as revolutionary new products that can help keep this workload to a minimum. 

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2015
AUG
31

See Our Products In Action At GD This October

We’re returning to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham

Stylish Outdoor Living at Grand Designs

From 8-11 October, the aspirational home show, Grand Designs Live returns to the NEC at Birmingham where we will be our showcasing our multi award-winning garden room with a twist - The Outdoor Living Pod, with lots of exciting new features being launched at the show.

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2015
AUG
28

Introducing: Sam

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

Ever wondered what an average working day is like for the Caribbean Blinds team? Well, you're in luck! From today onwards, we are excited to announce a new regular blog feature that'll give you the opportunity to get to know our manufacturing and installation team.

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2015
AUG
26

Alfresco Accessories

Wine & dine with sophistication this Bank Holiday

Whether you’re planning a family barbecue, garden party or simply enjoying a few evening cocktails with friends, our pick of the 20 best alfresco accessories are sure to give your get-together a stylish touch.

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2015
AUG
24

The Rising Popularity Of Outdoor Living Spaces

One of 2015's hottest home trends

In a recent article by Homebuilding & Renovating, interiors writer Natasha Brinsmead revealed her top five design essentials to maximize the potential of your property. Irrespective of whether you're renovating your existing home or looking for a new house altogether, this type of expert advice is always worth bearing in mind when embarking upon any home improvement project. 

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2015
AUG
21

A Guide To Solar Shading

7 ways our products can transform your home

A Guide To Solar Shading

Whether you’re building an extension, renovating your existing home or embarking on a new build, one thing is guaranteed, it will include large expanses of glazing in terms of sliding/folding doors, panoramic windows and sky/roof lights.

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2015
AUG
19

Outdoor Lighting Masterclass

Illuminate your garden in style this Summer

Essentially, there are four main types of outside lighting, ranging from security lamps to decorative lighting, portable fixtures and fitted designs. 

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2015
AUG
17

Stay Protected Against Harmful Infrared Rays With Caribbean Blinds

Infrared rays linked to skin cancer & ageing

External Roller Blinds

So how do infrared rays work? Firstly, infrared rays were originally discovered in 1800 and whilst they are invisible to the naked eye, they are responsible for transmitting heat, raising skin temperature and generating the warmth we feel when sitting in the sun. Infrared radiation is one of three ways that heat is transferred from one place to another and makes up almost half of all the sun's energy as demonstrated in the diagram below.

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2015
AUG
14

Join Our Team

Apply Today For Our Exciting 'Sales Support Role'

Jobs at Caribbean Blinds

Sales Support Role: We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and hardworking individual to join our team in this exceptionally exciting and important position. We are seeking the highest calibre of communication and presentation skills, an excellent telephone manner, outstanding literacy and numeracy skills coupled with a very organised approach.

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2015
AUG
12

Self-Watering Pots & Planters Guide

Allow your plants to fend for themselves with these dynamic designs

This said, self-watering systems effectively solve this age-old dilemma and significantly decrease the demand for watering, from daily to as little as once a week.

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2015
AUG
10

Too Hot To Work

Students at a library in southern China resort to using umbrellas to control the heat

External roller blinds

Despite the fact large windows create an inviting and attractive space, the surplus light and heat can cause a multitude of problems that severely restrict the building's practicality. Although the student’s umbrellas may provide a small amount of shade, this solution is far from ideal in terms of comfort and functionality. This said, it was revealed officials did consider the installation of blinds to control the heat, but this was deemed impractical due to the architecture of the library.

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2015
AUG
07

'Very Impressed'

You’re in safe hands when selecting us for your external shading solutions

External Roof Blind

The difference between dealing with a company who doesn’t employ direct sales people and is 100% dedicated to their field, (in our instance of external shading), coupled with the fact we employ our own installation teams (no sub-contractors) results in complete customer satisfaction. This was reflected in our most recent customer review following the installation of our external roof blind to their glazed roof over a kitchen/diner extension in Teddington:

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2015
AUG
05

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

Enjoy a taste of The Great Outdoors fresh from your patio

What’s more, it’s very economical, eco-friendly and of course extremely healthy as home-grown food is bursting with far more vitamins, nutrients and taste than you’ll ever find on a supermarket shelf.

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2015
AUG
03

How To Holiday At Home

Enjoy a Staycation with Caribbean Blinds

Holiday At Home

Staying put this Summer? You’re not alone! Staycations have grown in popularity over recent years with a rising number of families opting to holiday at home rather than jet off abroad. In fact, 40 percent of Brits will not go on holiday at all this summer, exchanging long-haul flights, stressful airports and costly hotels for making the most of what’s on offer right outside their front door. (And who can blame them?)

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2015
JUL
31

Behind The Scenes At Caribbean Blinds

Join us on Instagram

Additionally, it'll demonstrate how, as the only dedicated exterior blind and awning specialist in the UK, we're a fully legitimate and trustworthy company dedicated to every part of the design and installation process. Whether that includes our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, busy head office or on-site with our team of installers, our photos will give you a unique insight into Caribbean Blinds.

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2015
JUL
29

Solar-Powered Water Features

Make a focal point with a fabulous fountain

From subtle, understated designs to features adorned with sophisticated LED lights, solar-powered water features create the ultimate centerpiece for your garden. With solar-powered features running entirely from free solar energy, there’s no hassle with plugs or cables unlike a mains-powered feature. 

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2015
JUL
27

‘Our thanks to your company’

Another review praising the quality of our personnel

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

Mr & Mrs Whitbread, from Whitstable, Kent love outdoor living as they benefit from an exposed south facing garden. They previously had (as the before picture below shows), a patio awning installed (some 12 years ago) which allowed them more use of their garden, however, they were seeking all weather use of their terrace. After seeing the Outdoor Living Pod in action at Grand Designs and the flexibility it offered, without spoiling the alfresco envrionment they both enjoyed, they decided it was time to invest. As this review shows, they are delighted with the finished result and how it has extended their enjoyment of The Great Outdoors.

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2015
JUL
24

Forecasters Warn 2015 Could Be A Record-Breaking Year

Rising temperatures highlight the importance of solar shading solutions

External Roller Blinds

This map highlights how each continent experienced warmer than average temperatures throughout June. 

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2015
JUL
20

Pave The Way

Contemporary paving ideas for a patio with wow factor

Paving

When it comes to paving, choosing the right surface material is key to bringing your garden to life whilst complimenting the aesthetics of your home. Not only do stylish paved surfaces enhance your outside space, they also create the perfect environment to enjoy some alfresco dining alongside our innovative patio awnings. Whether you are looking to create a whole new patio or just a small feature area, these contemporary paving ideas combine durability with wow factor for a space that'll shine for years to come.

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2015
JUL
20

Q & A Special With Professional Garden Designer Lisa Cox: Part 2 (Of 2)

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

3. How do you expect garden trends to evolve in the future?

Fashions change whatever the industry, but in the garden it tends to take a while to get going and feed out to the masses. For example, outdoor lounge furniture is now seen everywhere – ten years ago, this would have been something we saw on holiday, rather than in our own back gardens.

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2015
JUL
17

Q & A Special With Professional Garden Designer Lisa Cox: Part 1 (Of 2)

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

With paving, planting, shading and furniture to consider, it’s easy to dedicate as much time to designing your perfect outside space as you would the interior of your home. What with “attractive spaces for entertaining and relaxing” appearing as the top priority for homeowners in 2015, a well-designed garden has never been so desirable.  

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2015
JUL
15

Perfect Patio Plants

Bring the best of The Great Outdoors to your patio this Summer

Whether you have a large, lawned garden with an alfresco dining space or a rooftop terrace, our top five patio plants are an effortless way to add both colour and texture. What’s more, they’ll flourish beautifully in our chic metal planters as featured on the blog last week.

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2015
JUL
13

'Modern Homes Are Turning Into Ovens'

The importance of external solar shading highlighted in Friday's Daily Mail

External Roller Blinds Passivhaus

Emma explained how, whilst initially the house was "great because I saved on bills and never ran out of hot water" during the Summer "the flat turns into a greenhouse and there’s no way of controlling the temperature. It’s an absolute nightmare at this time of year."

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2015
JUL
10

Our Reviews & Photos Are The Real Deal

Don't be fooled by fake online reviews

External Conservatory Roof Blind

With more and more people turning to online reviews in order to make a judgement about how to spend their money, it's recently come to our attention that some companies are paying for 'fake reviews' in order to attract potential customers. Whilst reviews can give a good indication of a company's services and products, please consider that not every review online gives an accurate representation of the firm.

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2015
JUL
08

Metallic Pots & Planters

Add a contemporary twist to your garden this Summer

1. This functional pair of zinc wall pots are both durable and versatile. Ideal for growing small herbs or plants on your patio, they instantly spruce up any plain wall whilst providing a handy storage solution. RRP from £16.00. Available here.

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2015
JUL
06

The Launch Of Our New Responsive Website

Staying one step ahead in the Digital Age

Caribbean Blinds Website

By 2017, the number of smartphone users in the UK is expected to reach a staggering 43.4 million. With this in mind, it’s no surprise an increasing number of consumers are opting to access the Internet via their mobile device rather than desktop computer.

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2015
JUL
03

Keep Your Cool

We unveil the best ways to stay cool during a heatwave

External Roof Blinds

What a week it’s been! With highs of 36.7°C in the UK and the good weather set to continue, whatever you’ve got planned this weekend it’s important to stay safe in the sun whilst keeping as cool as possible. We reveal the most effective ways to stay comfortable during a heatwave:

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2015
JUL
01

All Decked Out

Create the perfect environment to relax this Summer

1. The classic deckchair has been given a modern twist with this vibrant floral print, making it the perfect choice for adding a pop of colour to your patio this season. RRP £69.00. Available from Marks & Spencer.

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2015
JUN
29

Keep Bugs At Bay This Summer

Make a stand against pesky bugs this Summer with our top ten tips

Patio Awning

With July just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to plan picnics, camping trips and garden parties to make the most of The Great Outdoors. This said, irritating ants, flies, mosquitoes and stinging insects are all at their most energetic during the Summer months, threatening to ruin your outside enjoyment. Make a stand against pesky bugs this Summer with our top ten tips, enabling you to soak up the sunshine bug-free.

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2015
JUN
26

Raise Your Glass

Whip up a delicious drink this weekend with our classic cocktail combinations

Cocktails

There’s nothing better than relaxing on a warm Summer’s day with a fruity cocktail in hand. Today’s post showcases our ultimate cocktail recipes so you can sip in style all Summer long! What's more, they make the perfect accompaniment to our delicious barbecue recipes. Enjoy on your patio, terrace or even better, in our Outdoor Living Pod for the ultimate alfresco experience. Cheers!

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2015
JUN
24

Brilliant Barbecues - Part 2 (of 2)

Sizzle in style with our favourite charcoal barbecues

Although gas barbecues deliver reliability and efficiency, charcoal barbecues provide a distinctive chargrilled flavour due to their glowing embers and smouldering coals. Furthermore, they tend to be the cheaper option and are easier to move from place-to-place. We present our top five choices:

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2015
JUN
22

‘Very impressed with the whole process’

We always deliver on our promises

External Roller Blind - Sun Screen

More positive feedback on the entire purchasing process received following the installation of our Antiguan 110S model external roller blind to a living space in Woking earlier today:

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2015
JUN
19

Gourmet Grilling

Get grilling with our ultimate Summer barbecue recipes!

Outdoor Living Pod

Nothing says Summer quite like a barbecue and with the weekend on the horizon and the sun (hopefully) set to shine, it’s time to get the family together and enjoy the great outdoors. Today we present simple-yet-scrumptious recipes so everyone can grill with skill!  

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2015
JUN
17

Brilliant Barbecues - Part 1 (of 2)

Get grilling with our pick of the best gas barbecues

Join us for our two-part barbecue special as we reveal our perfect barbecues for Summer entertaining. Today we unveil our pick of the best gas barbecues, followed by charcoal barbecues next week. With something to cater for every budget and cooking preference, you’re guaranteed a sizzling Summer with Caribbean Blinds. Bon appétit! 

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2015
JUN
15

Sliding Or Bi-fold Doors?

We put both to the test!

External Roller Blinds

Allow us to solve your door dilemmas as we weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option to help you choose the perfect entrance for your outside space. 

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2015
JUN
12

Summer Design Inspiration

Stay up-to-date with our pick of the best Summer outdoor trends!

With our first post due to be published next week, our weekly Style & Inspiration articles will provide our pick of the best outdoor living ideas to help you make the most of the warmer weather. From finishing touches to getting ready to fire up the BBQ, it has never been easier to give your garden a new lease of life with Caribbean Blinds.

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2015
JUN
05

Sun Safe

How High is Your Personal Protection Factor?

Patio Awning UV Protection

Discover how long you will stay protected (based on your skin, eye and hair colour) under one of our UV rated patio awnings in the easy to use chart above. 

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2015
JUN
03

Enjoy The Sun Responsibly

Summer has finally arrived

Heatwave Advice

After a relatively cool May and with yesterdays rain and gale force winds behind us, temperatures should reach in some areas (South East) 25 degrees by the weekend, as we’re set to bask in a glorious heatwave for most of the month of June. 

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2015
MAY
24

'Very Satisfied'

Another Glowing Review

Patio Awning to Tiled House

“The installation was perfect. We are very satisfied and would not hesitate to recommend you to our friends and family. Thank you for a truly great service.”

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2015
MAY
05

A Crowd Pleaser

Latest video demonstrates the buzz we created at Grand Designs Live - London 2015, as top garden exhibitor!

 

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2015
MAY
01

Our Louvered Roof Is In A League Of Its Own!

Finishing touches and attention to detail set our Outdoor Living Pod apart.

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

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2015
APR
24

As Seen In...

New summer adverts starting to appear

Grand Designs Outdoor Living Pod Advert

Our new look adverts promoting our garden room with a twist – the award winning Outdoor Living PodTM, have started to appear in all major homes & garden titles such as Good Homes, Real Homes, Homebuilding & Renovating to name just a few, along with selected newspaper supplements, the first being the Grand Designs Live supplement in this weekends Mail On Sunday (pictured).

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2015
APR
20

A Whole Spectrum Of Colours

Endless choices enable a truly personalised product

Colour co-ordinated blind hardware with facade

This is quite contrary to the norm in the industry, where typically a few standard colours are offered for the framework, with fabrics banded into price groups, with the material design and hardware colour you want normally always costing more.

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2015
APR
13

Helpful Expert Advice

More great feedback on our knowledge and experience

Conservatory Roof Blind

We received the below feedback from a client in Haywards Heath following the installation of our Cayman external roof blind to their conservatory last week.

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2015
APR
08

Beware Of Imitations

Companies falsely claiming to offer the Outdoor Living Pod

Original Outdoor Living Pod

It has come to our attention recently that several companies are claiming to offer an ‘Outdoor Living Pod’. Whilst they may now be importing and offering a (inferior) louvered roof system given the surge in demand for flexible outdoor shade/shelter solutions that allow all year round use of the garden (without spoiling the alfresco feel), they do not offer the Outdoor Living PodTM, which is the name & trademark of our louvered roof pergola canopy – the first, the original and still the best (by far!).

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2015
APR
02

Love Life Outdoors

See us at Grand Designs Live London 2015

Caribbean Blinds at Grand Designs

In exactly one months time, Grand Designs Live will open its doors at Londons Excel for 9 days to over 100,000 visitors looking to be inspired and find the latest innovative products for their home and garden.

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2015
MAR
23

How Much Do Our Products Cost?

Finding out is as easy as…

We understand however that prior to having a survey carried out, most clients in the first instance want an indication of guide price for their requirements to ensure it is within the budgets they have set and so as not to waste their time (and indeed ours).

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2015
MAR
13

Don’t Bake In Your Conservatory This Summer

Conservatory blinds that actually keep the heat out

Conservatory Roof Blinds - Externally Mounted

Internal conservatory roof blinds (the most common being pleated roof blinds) have in the past been opted for in conservatories to try to regulate the suns heat when it gets too hot. Whilst correctly specified internal blinds are good at regulating light levels, helping to eliminate glare, they, as the majority of owners of them will have found out, are not effective at preventing overheating, having very little cooling effect and this is the reason why:

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2015
MAR
02

Is It Time For A Spring Clean?

Revitalise your garden this year and turn it into an amazing space that can be enjoyed by all your family & friends

Louvered Roof, Pergola Canopy

Spring is here and despite a bit of a chill in the air, the weather is dry and the sun is shining through the clouds across most of the UK. Now is the time we all start to address the issue of the garden, getting it prepared for the famous Easter bank holiday weekend BBQ, which is just over a month away.

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2015
FEB
27

Our BIG Sale Ends At 5pm Today

Don’t miss out, save big and get set for summer!

With genuine discounts of upto £1,500, just imagine what you could do with the money saved – You could purchase new rattan furniture enabling you to enjoy the long hot summer days ahead shaded & sheltered by your striking new awning or install a maintenance free composite decking that perfectly compliments your stylish new Outdoor Living Pod or alternatively put the money towards another home improvement project.

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2015
FEB
26

‘Your team are a credit to Caribbean Blinds’

The expertise of our skilled personnel is a continuous theme throughout the customer reviews we receive

Outdoor Living Pod to Gable End Bungalow in Reigate

“The installation was completed today, and both Jane and I are extremely pleased with its appearance, and from what we can see so far, the quality of the construction.

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2015
FEB
19

Don't Put Your Back Out!

Yearly manual handling training course promotes correct lifting and moving methods

Manual handling covers the lifting and moving (including carrying, pushing or pulling) of any load. More than a third of all work place injuries are manual handling related, with around 50% of these resulting in injury to a persons back, which costs both the employee and employer money in terms of time off work to recover and lack of productivity (being a person down).

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2015
FEB
16

Trade Dealers – We Want Your Photos

…of our awnings and canopies you have installed

Awnings & Canopies Trade Dealer Photos

We’re on the hunt for more photos of dealer installations of our patio awnings and window canopies installed across both residential and commercial applications. The photos will be uploaded to the secure trade section of our website for other dealers to download and utilise on their marketing material to promote our superior range of awnings & canopies along with being used on product literature and other sales / marketing items we produce for our dealer network.

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2015
FEB
11

Discounted Marketing Support For Trade Dealers

Raising the bar and expectations for trade supply in the Blinds & Shutters Industry

Discounted Awnings Marketing for CB Trade Dealers

Skyblue Creations is a leading Essex based creative design agency, offering the complete package from cmyk (print) to html (web).

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2015
FEB
09

Forklift Refresher Training

Passes for all our operators

Caribbean Blinds Forklift Truck Driving

Today, our 3 forklift truck operators have undertaken their refresher training courses (undertaken every 3 years) to ensure they remain competent and skilled in the safe operation of our counterbalance forklift truck.

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2015
FEB
05

Controlling Glare With Fabric Blinds

Selecting the right material

External Blinds for Glare Control

With a significant increase in enquiries for external roller blinds for glare control, which has been heighted due to the low winter sun reflecting off the snow covered ground, we thought we would post this useful article on making the right fabric selection to provide sufficient glare control.

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2015
FEB
03

‘Delighted with every stage of the process’

Another customer thrilled with the addition of their new patio cover

Outdoor Living Pod with Infill

More great feedback about both the quality of our personnel and products following a tricky installation of our Outdoor Living Pod to a terrace in Loughborough last week.

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2015
JAN
26

New Health & Safety Training Providers

Morgan Training Solutions appointed…

To carry out this training, we have appointed local professional H&S training company, Morgan Training Solutions, who have over 20 years experience in the field.

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2015
JAN
22

Standing Out From The Crowd!

New safety clothing makes sure are personnel are seen

Caribbean Blinds Safety Clothing

The safety of both our employees along with other contractors, pedestrians and road users is something we take extremely seriously. We want to make sure our employees can be seen (and are safe), especially when working roadside (unloading goods and/or equipment from their vehicle) and on a busy construction site with lots of trades on site at once. For this reason we have always issued as standard to all our personnel hi-visibility clothing (at no expense to them). As with all clothing, despite how well it is looked after, there is a point at which it needs to be replaced and we have just issued all our employees today with their new improved hi-visibility vests and jackets.

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2015
JAN
19

Hot Off The Press

New inspirational product catalogue

2014 Product Catalogue Brochure

After months of designing, proof reading, changes and tweaks we were excited today to take delivery (a transit full) of our new 36 page product catalogue.

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2015
JAN
16

What Areas Do We Cover?

Updated coverage map

External Blind Coverage UK

The map above shows the postcode areas in the UK we currently cover for both direct consumer and trade enquiries. For larger specialist projects (contract work) we can provide a service across all of mainland England, Ireland and the majority of Scotland too. 

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2015
JAN
14

Built-In Frost Protection

New safety sensor fitted as standard to all Outdoor Living Pods

Outdoor Living Pod - roof auto open via sensor

All new installations of our Outdoor Living Pod, installed from next week (w/c 19th January) onwards, will come equipped with a frost protection sensor embedded in the circuit board as standard. The sensor, if the ambient temperature drops below 2 degrees centigrade, automatically triggers the roof louvers when closed to open approx 10 degrees, to stop the rubbers on the leading edge of the roof louvers freezing together, thereby preventing any damage to the seals and / or motor should the Outdoor Living Pod roof be operated in freezing conditions.

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2015
JAN
12

The Year Ahead

Find out what we’ve got planned for 2015

Caribbean Blinds Advert

Already in the first 12 days of the New Year, we’ve completed the merging of all our micro-sites, including this blog and our dedicated trade dealer portal into our main cbsolarshading website, so everything is in one place and most importantly easily accessible with the right information found for each sector / requirements with only a few clicks of a button. Our web presence is extremely important to us, as usually it’s the first port of call for customers, so other than making sure we give the right impression, its paramount that the relevant information can easily be found and that we can easily be contacted, which we hope the integration of all our websites into one has achieved.

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2015
JAN
10

Are You Looking For A Career In The Fast Paced Digital World

We’ve got an exciting job opening, seeking an Online Marketing Executive

You will be responsible for putting in place and executing a comprehensive, well thought out digital strategy covering both on and offsite search engine optimisation.

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2015
JAN
08

Review Of 2014

A year to remember, with outstanding performance across all sectors

It’s fair to say we experienced some of the best weather yet, with a prolonged Summer and Spring like Winter weather (both at the start and end of the year) with generally speaking very little rain overall in comparison to previous years.

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2015
JAN
01

JANUARY SALE NOW ON!

Save big on our products in January

January Sale

Prepare your property for the warmer weather and benefit from huge savings across our outdoor living and solar shading product lines in our spectacular January sale:

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2014
2014
DEC
19

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

We’re closed for the festive period - here’s a fun little seasonal animation featuring Bert for you to enjoy while we are away

Our offices close at 3pm on Friday 19th December 2014 and re-open at 9am on Monday 5th January 2015.

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2014
DEC
17

Home Design Trends: Rustic Chic

Some great ways to adopt this trend and give your home a rustic chic-inspired makeover

Rustic Patio Awning

This design trend offers great versatility and can be adapted to suit virtually any home effortlessly combining style with tradition. The addition of rustic elements can also give the rooms in your home an instant timeless feel. 

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2014
DEC
15

Create The Ultimate Outside Area For Your Restaurant!

Alfresco dining at it's very best!

Outdoor Living Pod for Restaurants

How can an alfresco dining area make a difference for your business?

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2014
DEC
11

Home Design Trends: Parisian Style

How to transform your home into a French inspired masterpiece

Stylish Awnings

Paris is one of the most fashionable places in the world, as well as the most romantic; it is birmming with sleek, chic European style, so of course, it is one of the most desirable home trends and can be used both inside and out. 

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2014
DEC
09

2015 Trade Awnings & Canopies Programme

Full details now released…

2015 Awnings & Canopies Trade Price List

Our trade price list and product guide, containing our exclusive patio awnings and window canopies offering to the sunblind trade for the 2015 season is now available to download from the trade dealer section of our website (you will simply need your account number to login).

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2014
DEC
04

Stylish Christmas Decor Ideas

It's December, so it's time to start decorating your home, or your business for the festive period!

Fabulous Fairy Lights

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2014
DEC
01

Fabrics Are Just A Click Away

shadingspecifier.co.uk integrated within our main website

Awnings Fabric Selector

For the past few years, you have been able to view the different materials available for our wide range of fabric shading systems on our Shading Specifier, a dedicated online performance fabric selector where aswell as seeing all the design and colour options, you could view how well the selected fabric blocked heat in combination with your glazing type along with all other key solar and optical properties.

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2014
NOV
27

Make A Statement Outside!

There are so many home design articles that focus on transforming the interior of your home, what many people forget is that the exterior is just as important – or even more so!

Patio Awnings

Garden AwningsPatio Awnings

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2014
NOV
24

'Dealing with Caribbean Blinds has been an absolute pleasure'

Continuing to impress with both our products and service

Another outstanding review following the installation of a freestanding module of our deluxe version Outdoor Living Pod, this time at a property located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Henley on Thames.

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2014
NOV
20

Stop Throwing Money Out Your Windows

Some simple insulation can make a big difference, improving how well your windows retain heat inside your property, saving you energy and money on your heating bills.

U-values, seen on all window manufacturers literature is a measure of the thermal transmittance of the window or any material. Standing for watts per metre squared celsius, the lower the u-value, the lower the heat loss, therefore meaning the material is a better insulator.

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2014
NOV
19

Fancy A Brew?

Our installers would welcome a warm drink

Whilst we provide our installers with hats, gloves and insulated waterproof clothing to ensure they remain warm and dry, there is nothing like the occasional hot brew throughout the duration of the installation to warm them through and keep them motivated. Plus if you have a biscuit or two spare, these always go down a treat – our installers love to dunk a biscuit in a warming cup of tea or coffee.

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2014
NOV
17

Changes To External Blinds & Awnings Performance Requirements

Draft proposal aims to raise the standards

Currently there is a draft proposal for changes to the current standard, which were last updated in 2008. The key proposed modifications to the previous edition are:

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2014
NOV
15

Great Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Your home is often the largest investment you have, and with so much of your money tied up in it, it makes sense to ensure that it maintains and even improves its value.

Conservatory Blinds

Make Space

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2014
NOV
13

Let There Be Light

When it comes to enhancing and making the most of the light in your home there are a number of great options available.

Increasing the amount of light in your home is an ideal way to banish the gloom and create a bright and airy feel in your property, particularly at this time of year with the nights drawing in and the days getting shorter. There are a number of clever lighting options available which you can take advantage of. For example, installing uplighters in the corner of a room will pool light on the ceiling, increasing both the amount of light and the feeling of space. So here we give a quick guide to some top tips for increasing and making the most of the light in your home.

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2014
NOV
11

Take The Party Outside This Winter

Your garden is an important part of your house, however, many people treat it as if it’s only available during the summer & miss out on the opportunity to enjoy fantastic winter parties outdoors.

Winter Barbecue

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2014
NOV
09

Be Part Of A Winning Team

Two office based customer service role vacancies

The roles are:

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2014
NOV
07

Increasing The Style And Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

Making your home more energy efficient can save you money on your bills and also help the environment too, making this an attractive option when it comes to home improvements.

External Roller Blinds

There are many ways you can make your home more energy efficient and a number of these options can also enhance the look and style of your home too. So here we give a quick guide to some great ways to make your home both more energy efficient and stylish too. 

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2014
NOV
06

We're Sociable

Connect with us on all these platforms…

We’re pleased to announce you can now engage and connect with us through all the above social media channels. Along with finding out about what we have / will be up to, such as the consumer exhibitions we will be attending where you will be able to see our entire product range in action and recent projects we have completed including any out of the ordinary installations, we will use these platforms to provide much more information including:

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2014
NOV
04

Great Patio Design Ideas

Patios areas can increase the usability of any garden and can be both beautiful and functional spaces, allowing you to make the most of your outdoor space.

Indeed patio spaces are the perfect way to make the most of any garden and will provide you with a place to eat, entertain, and most importantly relax and enjoy your garden. There are numerous ways you can turn your patio into an amazing outdoor space, so here we give a quick guide to some great patio design ideas to get you inspired.

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2014
OCT
27

‘Professional, friendly and very, very good’

Impressing with our products & service

The start of another week and more great feedback received from a client over the weekend who had an Outdoor Living Pod complete with all options; integrated screens, lighting & heating installed at their property in Bassingham last week.

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2014
OCT
24

2014 The Hottest Year On Record

With the warming weather set to continue

Climate experts have warned that if the long awaited ‘El Niño’ (a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean, that causes the surface of the sea in the area along the equator to become hotter than usual, known to drive up temperatures worldwide) arrives over the next month or two as expected, it will continue into 2015 increasing the probability that 2015 will be even hotter than 2014.

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2014
OCT
22

Like A Sail In The Wind

How much wind can patio awnings withstand?

All our patio awnings have been extensively and rigorously tested to ensure they will withstand consistent strong breezes and stronger gusts of wind (albeit not 100mph) with the patio awnings we supply direct, featuring the strongest folding arms of all UK manufactured awnings, certified to the highest wind speed classification under European Quality & Safety Standard EN13561 (which all awnings must be tested to) - Beaufort 6, 30mph; Large branches in motion. Whistling heard in overhead wires. Umbrella use becomes difficult. Plastic bins tip over, giving you re-assurance that the sudden changing British weather, calm one minute, gusty the next won’t pose a problem for our patio awnings.

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2014
OCT
16

Christmas Order Deadlines

Cut off for pre x-mas installations is fast approaching

There are only 10 weeks (70 days) until Christmas with the festive sales from major retailers well underway.

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2014
OCT
08

Unbeatable Show Offers

With low deposit & buy now for installation in 2015 option

Grand Designs exhibition in Birmingham kicks off tomorrow Thursday 9th October running until Sunday 12th October. Aswell as being able to view our complete range of external blinds, patio awnings and the award winning Outdoor Living Pod louvered roof pergola canopy, so you can see first hand the exceptional quality of our products, you will benefit from our newly introduced best price guarantee, meaning you won’t be able to purchase our products cheaper than at a show and you will also benefit from a low £1,000 deposit (irrespective of the order value) with the ability to order now for installation in 2015, therefore avoiding the new year price increases. All you need to do is make sure you come prepared with photos / plans (dimensions) and then you'll be able to gain the best prices and deals of the year. 

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2014
OCT
06

Sometimes It Does Go Wrong

But we’ll rectify it promptly

We’re all human and that means sometimes errors do occur, albeit we’re pleased to say very rarely. However, when an error does occur we will always rectify the issue as promptly and efficiently as possible.

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2014
OCT
02

The Upwards Trend Continues

9 months in and we've exceeded 2013

On analysing year to date sales, in the first 9 months of 2014, we have compared to the whole of 2013:

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2014
SEP
29

More Payment Options

We now accept American Express

As with all card payments for direct retail sales we do not charge a credit card transaction fee. For trade sales as the majority of account payments are made via electronic transfer our standard 2.5% card transaction fee will apply.

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2014
SEP
22

Hoist Away

Roof terraces don’t pose a problem

We are noticing a rise in the number of enquiries for patio awnings to be installed on apartment balconies and roof terraces. Not only do these applications have numerous additional health and safety requirements due to the high level of work but normally always due to restricted access inside the building through the stairwell area require the use of specialist hoisting equipment outside to get the awning into location, which in turn needs certain permissions granted along with appropriate insurance cover.

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2014
SEP
18

Join Our Team

Technicians / Installers Required

With more products leaving our factory and being installed than ever before, to cope with demand we’re looking for flexible, motivated individuals with a technical mindset and an eye for detail to join our production and installation teams. The role will be split between producing our range of superior outdoor living and solar shading solutions at our production facility in Sudbury, Suffolk and installing them across the country, primarily the South.

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2014
SEP
09

1 Month Until Grand Designs Birmingham

Our biggest show yet…

In exactly a months times, Grand Designs Birmingham will open its doors, running from 9th-12th October and is set to be the biggest and best show yet with an extra day added due to the unprecedented volume of visitors in 2013. Again we have been featured in Grand Designs magazine as one of the ‘must see’ exhibits in the garden section with the following comments by the editor:

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2014
AUG
28

‘I’ve never seen anything like this’

Outdoor Living Pod wows everyone who sees it

At the beginning of August we installed a large Outdoor Living Pod at a property in Romford, Essex complete with all options including lighting & heating plus screens to the sides to enable the client to use their terrace all year round.

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2014
AUG
22

Changes To Our External Roof Blind Fabric Ranges

cb_297 Twilight Pearl fabric being phased out

Our external roof blinds are available in a wide range of blockout and dimout materials to ensure the right level of solar heat block and light control is provided, with our most popular fabrics those from the Twilight Pearl Collection, a unique range of materials with a wide 2.2m fabric width (so minimal joins), constructed from a hi-tenacity polyester, with solution dyed fibres and TEXgard easy clean coating.

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2014
AUG
13

Educating Consumers

Real Homes + Homebuilding & Renovating take the lead

We have recently mailed out to various home & garden magazine titles an educational editorial piece titled ‘Effective solar shading, selecting the right blinds to prevent overheating and glare’ which as the title suggests is aimed at helping consumers choose the right type of shading solution for their application and requirements.

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2014
AUG
11

Improved Website

Enhancing your viewing experience

We have now completed the planned updates to our main www.cbsolarshading.co.uk website which went live 2 days ago. 

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2014
AUG
07

We Love Our Customers

Especially when they bake us cakes

During a recent week long installation of a louvered roof Outdoor Living Pod with all the options (screens, lighting, heating & even speakers) to a riverside terrace at a property in Reading, one of our installers, Billy, got a very nice surprise, in the form of home baked cupcakes.

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2014
JUL
31

Where There Is Glazing, It Needs External Shading

Explainer video tells all

Following on from our previous blog article below ‘External v Internal’ we are pleased to announce we have produced a new animated video designed to educate anyone who is experiencing and wants to prevent overheating in their properties caused by solar gain through the typical large expanses of glazing incorporated in modern extensions, renovations and new builds. This explainer video, in under 2 minutes demonstrates how the suns energy works and why external blinds are so effective at preventing unwanted solar heat gain, outperforming any interior shading devices, window film etc.

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2014
JUL
29

External 'v' Internal

New heat transmission comparison charts

At Caribbean we don’t just say our products will keep you cool, we are proud of the fact that we are the only UK manufacturer to have invested in actually having all our materials tested to strict European standards for their heat transmission in combination with all common glazing types (single, double, double low-e….), so the overall heat element of the suns energy that gets through both the fabric and glazing into the property.

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2014
JUL
25

Going Above And Beyond

Our installation teams always go the extra mile

“I’d like to thank Brad and his colleague for all their hard work removing the existing film. It was a challenge but they persevered at it. Now looks wonderful. Thank you”

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2014
JUL
23

See Our Superior Products In Action

New YouTube Videos

Whilst exhibiting at Grand Designs Live in London earlier in the year, we took the opportunity to commission a videographer to film the external blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions we were showcasing in action. The videos are now complete and uploaded to our YouTube account for viewing and will shortly be embedded in our website on the appropriate product pages. These are the first of numerous planned videos to better demonstrate the style, function and benefits of our products. Take a look and if you like the videos make sure you give them a thumbs up.

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2014
JUL
21

'Faultless'

You're in safe hands with us

Once an installation of any of our products has been carried out, we don’t fit and forget, we write to confirm the installation is complete along with balance payment received, provide an additional electronic (pdf) copy of the Operation & Maintenance manual with product serial number and helpline details along with ask for constructive feedback on our service and product, which we duly post on here. We appreciate people are busy and don’t always have time to give us feedback, especially when everything has gone to plan, but its really nice when customers feel they need to let us know what we are doing is right and take the time to provide a full review of their experience of dealing with us, like the below, which a client from Portsmouth sent us at the weekend, post installation of an Outdoor Living Pod in their courtyard terrace.

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2014
JUL
16

Mix And Match Hardware Colour

Design an awning colour combination to suit you

Our patio awnings, like out external tensioned roof blinds and external roller blinds are available in any RAL colour – that’s more than 200 colours as standard, with most clients opting to have all the hardware (cassette casing and folding arms) finished to match the colour of the door/window frames (bottom left photo) or the façade itself (bottom right photo).

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2014
JUL
14

‘We could not have asked for a better experience’

Dealing direct really does make a difference

“We are delighted with the new awnings.  The room is cooler and we are enjoying the outside shade and privacy the awnings give us. They look superb too and are very much in keeping with our contemporary house.

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2014
JUL
09

Overheating In Buildings Is A BIG Issue

Committee on Climate Change warns heatwaves are a threat

The CCC estimate that around a fifth of all existing homes are already at risk of overheating even during a cool summer and forthcoming research from Cambridge University concludes that 90% of hospital wards already overheat.

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2014
JUL
08

‘We are very pleased’

Another overheating problem solved

“The installation looks great, we are very pleased with the finished product.”

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2014
JUL
06

‘A professional job from start to finish’

The reason so many clients have no hesitation in recommending us

We really appreciate getting feedback about our products and service, especially when clients take the time to give us a detailed review about their whole experience with us, like the below, received on Friday (4th July) afternoon no more than half an hour after our installation team completed the installation of our Antiguan model external roller blinds to the ground and first floor windows of the rear elevation of the above new build ultra modern property set on the riverfront in Weybridge, Surrey, on what was reported as the hottest day of the year.

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2014
JUL
02

Dealers Please Check Order Acknowledgements

They are produced to save costly mistakes

Following a dealer error that occurred 3 weeks ago, when they ordered a folding arm awning with bespoke ‘spreader plates’ but actually meant to order standard fixing brackets, which only came to light yesterday when we delivered the awning, we thought we would post this reminder about the importance of checking order acknowledgements, which unfortunately the dealer failed to do in this instance, but had they done so it would have saved them an error that cost them hundreds of pounds.

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2014
JUL
01

Bahamas Awning Bracket Specification Changes

500mm fixing plates being replaced with 300mm plates

Our Bahamas model awning, the crème de la crème of our exclusive trade range of patio awnings and canopies will now be delivered with 300mm wide fixing plates where previously 500mm wide fixing plates were provided.

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2014
JUN
27

A Striking Transformation

Before & After - The Difference An Outdoor Living Pod Makes

A client we installed an Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) complete with all options including integrated screens, LED lighting and infra-red heating in Harlow last year, has kindly forwarded us the above photo (top), now that their garden renovation is complete to show us the end result. We have also posted below (bottom) the photo taken at survey before the terrace was renovated to show the difference.

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2014
JUN
18

'Thank you!'

Over the moon with our after sales service

Last week we received a call from a customer where we installed in Autumn last year two tensioned exterior roof blinds (above) to the large skylights over their open plan living/dining/kitchen area at their property in Battersea.

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2014
JUN
16

A Great Example

The challenge glass boxes pose

Following on from our article a few weeks ago pertaining to the problem of shading glass box extensions, that are constructed from structural glass and therefore have no attachment points to install specifically designed tensioned exterior roof blinds to, the above is a great example of a recent application we were asked to look at to provide effective heat control to.

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2014
JUN
09

Named And Shamed

The lengths some companies will go to, to try to win sales

It’s virtually a month since we exhibited at Grand Designs Live in London and what a busy month it has been, not only was it the tenth anniversary of Grand Designs it was for us the biggest and best show yet, with show orders and enquiry volumes at an all time high.

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2014
MAY
30

'A Neat Installation'

The difference our own surveyors and installers make

“We are very pleased with the blinds and the neatness of the installation.”

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2014
MAY
28

New Ambient Infra-red Heaters

The same heat output without the glare

Radiant heaters are a popular choice to compliment both our Outdoor Living Pod and Patio Awnings for anyone wishing to stop the cold spoiling the use of their outside space, as they heat people and objects, not the air in-between, so the heat never blows away. However, traditional infra-red heaters emit a red colour bright light, which is often undesirable, certainly for residential applications.

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2014
MAY
26

The Problem With Shading Glass Boxes

No glazing bars or frame = limited chance of external shading

We are noticing an increase in enquiries to shade glass boxes (as pictured above), an all glass extension using structural glass to create a frame free conservatory that maintains a seamless connection to the outside. Whilst these structures certainly have a wow factor they often end up becoming unusable due to excessive solar heat and light that causes both thermal and visual discomfort.

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2014
MAY
20

Changes To Our Consultation / Survey Appointments

From timed to morning & afternoon slots

We are making some changes when you book a free survey or consultation with one of our shading experts. Currently we offer timed appointments, between the hours of 7am-6pm Monday to Friday, however, it is increasingly hard to keep to the times booked (even though we always try our very best) due to a number factors, which includes the length of time the previous appointment takes, which can vary from as little as 15-20 minutes upto almost 2 hours, depending on the size of the project to survey, amount of in-depth detail the client requires and also the weather (it takes a lot longer to survey on a rainy day then it does a dry day). Additionally the level of traffic travelling between appointments can significantly impact arrival time too.

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2014
MAY
15

Dominica ERB Discontinued

Wire guided screen phased out from production

Sales of our external roller blinds (ERB) continue to grow year on year, helped by the fact that so many refurbishment projects include large quantities of glazing in the guise of sliding/bi-fold doors and skylights, all of which needs effectively shading to ensure the new space is comfortable and does not overheat.

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2014
MAY
02

See Our Products In Action From 3rd to 11th May

Grand Designs London (Excel) - Stand G117, Grand Gardens Hall

As the leading exterior blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions specialist in the UK, our experts will be on hand to discuss your shading requirements and demonstrate to you our innovative range of external solar shading products that create cool, comfortable and sustainable indoor / outdoor spaces, places people love and enjoy, that remain cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter, free from glare all year round.

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2014
APR
28

'I would highly recommend'

More positive feedback on our products and service

“Excellent customer care and service from all aspects. Quick job and good quality product. I would highly recommend Caribbean Blinds.”

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2014
APR
22

New Product Taster Brochures

Hot off the press

We’ve today taken delivery of our new product taster brochures, just in time for the upcoming Grand Designs Live show in London, taking place from the 3-11 May. In two different sizes, both A4 and A5 depending on whether they are being used as a handout at an exhibition/in a showroom (A4 size) or mailed out to a specific database (A5) the brochures provide a great overview to the innovative range of exterior blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions we offer, with a brief, clear concise description about the benefits of each product line and fresh stunning new photography showing not just the transformation our products make but also how great they look. Additionally the brochures outline the benefits of dealing direct with the manufacturer along with containing numerous testimonials from a series of previous customers across the country, about both the outstanding quality of our products and the exceptional service we provide.

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2014
APR
16

'Very impressed'

And that’s just with the Outdoor Living Pod framework in

We currently have two installation teams on site installing a triple module of our Outdoor Living Pod complete with integrated screens and lighting to cover a large terrace and hot tub at a property in Glasgow ready for an Easter party. They’re just over half way through the build of this 600 square foot structure and the client took the time to drop us the below email to let us know how everything was going:

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2014
APR
15

Q1 Sales Rise Over 34%

Savvy customers prefer to deal with the experts

The first three months of the year have been extraordinarily busy, in particular for our production facility who have been working flat out to keep up with demand. Orders year on year for our external roller blinds alone have increased by over 400%, yes more than 4 times the volumes for the same quarter in 2013, and our patio awnings, which for the past several years sales have been fairly consistent have rose by almost 78%.

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2014
APR
11

Ready To Be Put Through Their Paces

Sewing machines ready for top summer performance

Modern, state of the art machinery plays a key role in producing the finest exterior solar shading solutions available, along with our expert shading technicians of course who are the very best in the field. Just like a quality car, all our machinery requires servicing (which is undertaken yearly) to ensure they continue to run and perform correctly.

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2014
APR
07

A Must See At Grand Designs Live 2014

Innovative Outdoor Living Pod gets Grand Designs attention AGAIN...

Our unique and exclusive Outdoor Living Pod, voted a Grand Designs Magazine ‘Loves’ product, has been featured in the latest issue of Grand Designs magazine as a “MUST SEE” product at Grand Designs Live 2014. 

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2014
APR
04

What Do You Think Will Be The Future Big Changes For The Industry?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 5

"Given the increase in sales of more ‘all weather awnings’, so structures like our Outdoor Living Pod, with a fixed frame and an opening roof that are more suited to the ever changing weather we experience here in the UK which can sometimes be four seasons in a day (sun,wind,rain,snow) over the next few years we will see fewer but larger retailers of ‘fixed frame type awnings’ who are specialising in this type of product, particularly given that such products require typically a 3 person install crew, specialist equipment/skill and large vehicles.

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2014
APR
03

What Are The Major Trends In The Industry At The Moment?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 4

"With people staying at home and improving (investing in their properties subsequently raising its value) rather than moving along with the desire to make the most of the available outdoor space whatever the weather without spoiling the alfresco feel, the popularity of fixed frame awnings with opening/closing roofs and drop down sides like our Outdoor Living Pod system, that can withstand as much wind, rain and even snow the British weather can throw at them, has increased significantly with consumers happy to invest more money in these types of solutions to enhance their life, creating a Holiday at Home terrace, rather than traditional retractable folding arm awnings that can only be used for sun and occasional light rain shower protection." 

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2014
APR
02

Where Does CB Draw The Inspiration For Its Products?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 3

"Innovation is key. We work closely with leading European partners who are specialists in their individual fields to source, design and develop exterior shading solutions specifically for the UK market taking into account 3 key criteria; climatic conditions, building stock and their function/performance. This ensures that our products are suited to the UK weather conditions (so will stand the test of time), able to attach to our typical building construction aswell as look good against it and most importantly deliver the benefits they are being purchased for, whether it be energy saving, comfort or lifestyle".

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2014
APR
01

How Would You Define The CB brand?

Blinds & Shutters Feature - Question 2

"It was Gucci that said 'Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten' and there isn't any better way to sum up the Caribbean brand. From the quality of our products to the quality of our service, it’s simply superior in every way. We never rest on our laurels, continuing to evolve and innovate, designing, manufacturing, supplying and installing the very finest exterior solar shading solutions that money can buy, products of true distinction that people are proud of, products that are striking, adorning the facades of luxurious buildings and delivering real benefits, whether it be energy saving, lifestyle or comfort".

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2014
MAR
31

Question Time in B&S Magazine

We tell all in this exclusive interview

So today, we’ll lead with the answer to B&S question: What is Caribbean Blinds’ USP?

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2014
MAR
28

Brustor.co.uk Microsite Launched

CB exclusively UK manufacture Brustor Awnings, Screens & Pergolas…

For almost 2 decades, Caribbean have been exclusively manufacturing Brustor designed awnings in the UK and more recently Brustor Screens and Brustor Pergolas.

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2014
MAR
25

Loler Testing Complete

Our assembly rigs are a vital part of manufacture

As part of the manufacture process of our patio awnings, as well as building your new awning to the highest quality using the finest premium grade materials, prior to them leaving our premises for expert installation, they are fully set up, adjusted and tested to make sure they function perfectly and are the very pinnacle of precision.

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2014
MAR
24

Integrating The Outdoors With Indoors

The difference our Outdoor Living Pod makes

Another week gone by and another terrace transformed (this time in Watford) with the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod. What is quite interesting about this install is how the client opted to mix and match the structure colour, choosing dark grey as the colour for the cross beams and posts (uprights) contrasting with a matt white roof to really set the structure off.

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2014
MAR
19

Switched On

Troubleshooting tips for if your exterior blinds don’t function

After a phone call earlier in the week, where a clients awning would not function after they had left it dormant over the Winter period and it transpired the awning had simply been unplugged, we thought we would post these common problem solving tips to get your blinds working again, should they not after their winter hibernation…

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2014
MAR
12

Chaffing Strips

Prolonging the life of window canopies

Following a phone call yesterday from a new trade dealer, about the additional strips of fabric to the underside of the main fabric on our window canopies (as pictured above, picture taken during production to demonstrate these fabric strips before the main cover is attached) we thought we would post this article to clarify what these important strips of fabric are and the difference they make, as we are the only company in the industry who builds canopies (often referred to as Dutch Canopies) with these ‘chaffing strips’ in.

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2014
MAR
06

Miss-selling and Poor Installations

Helping out where we can

It is a sad fact that we are hearing more stories of where consumers have been sold either the wrong type of external blind system for their application or have had an external blind system fitted completely wrong.

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2014
FEB
26

Ex Demo Twin Awning For Sale

Grab a bargain on a freestanding awning

As part of the refurb of our showsite in Sudbury, our ‘twin’ awning is being removed to make way for new products and therefore we are offering this for sale at a fraction of the normal retail price – only £7,500 + vat.

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2014
FEB
20

Wirefree Sun Sensor Back In Stock

‘Sunis’ sensor available for immediate despatch

The popular Sunis autonomous sun sensor, that automatically opens our shading solutions when it’s sunny, is now available again after being temporarily unavailable from October last year due to a key component shortage,

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2014
FEB
19

Patioawnings.co.uk Now Launched!

A new web experience on folding arm patio awnings

We are pleased to announce that our new website dedicated purely to our superior range of patio awnings and canopies, www.patioawnings.co.uk, which we leaked a preview of last week, is NOW LIVE.

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2014
FEB
14

Improved Dealer Awning Training Sessions

On a Unique One to One basis

There is no substitute for knowledge and that’s why for years we have been holding pre & post season comprehensive Awning training schools for both new and existing dealers, that covers everything from marketing & selling to surveying, installing and servicing of our trade range of patio awnings and window canopies.

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2014
JAN
31

Interior Blinds Too?

The growing demand for external blinds to be mounted internally

We have not gone into the internal blind market, no, definitely not, we’re 100% committed to exterior blinds and this is one of the many things that makes us different to every other company involved in the industry – we’re the UK external shading specialists. However, we have noticed over the past year and in particular a surge in the last 6 months for our external roller blinds and tensioned roof blinds to be mounted internally, primarily in commercial and educational facilities to provide shading or blackout to large glazed areas.

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2014
JAN
30

Deal With An Honest Company

Don’t fall foul of a companies non existent heritage

Following our article last year about companies closing down and resurfacing immediately again appearing to be the same company, although not, following recent events in the blinds and shutters industry we thought we would re-highlight the situation and provide practical advice on how to avoid shading cowboys.

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2014
JAN
28

NEW Dealer Awning & Canopy Sample Package

Selling has never been so easy

Following the launch of our Awning Sales Kit over a decade ago, which we refreshed in 2013, we’ve bundled even more in the package for the 2014 season, to provide the ultimate selling aid we’ve ever offered.

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2014
JAN
27

Dealer Awnings Marketing Manual

Packed Full of Ideas and Inspiration

As part of our ongoing support to our dealer network, which currently includes a comprehensive range of sales aids such as our NEW Awning & Canopy Sample Package (details to follow) and extensive FREE training covering survey, sale & installation, we have produced a 12 page marketing manual loaded with tips and advice on how to successfully market our awnings and canopies.

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2014
JAN
24

We're On Twitter...

Stay up to date with our latest news articles as we post them by following us on Twitter - @cbsolarshading

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2014
JAN
21

Blinds And Shutters Trade Magazine Out

Issue One promotes our unique lead referral scheme

The first 2014 issue of the leading trade journal aimed at everyone involved in interior and exterior blinds, awnings and shutters is now out, having landed on most of the doorsteps of the circa 6,000 companies involved in the industry over the weekend.

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2014
JAN
20

Transmitters And Sensors

New specification sheet to aid selection

With so many control options available to operate our exterior solar shading solutions, we have put together an information sheet on the main radio controlled transmitters and sensors actually used to operate our exterior blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions following an analysis of sales over the past 12 months.

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2014
JAN
11

Amazing Trade Offer

10% off our retractable awnings and window canopies

For the whole of 2014, we are offering all existing and new trade dealers 10%* off the trade price of our entire range of awnings and canopies including replacement fabrics, when selecting from our end of line ‘Elements’ fabric collection, providing exceptional value for money on the finest range of awnings and canopies manufactured in the UK.

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2014
JAN
06

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a great 2014

The festive period is now over and the CB team after a extraordinarily busy end to a successful 2013 have re-charged their batteries and are now ready again to start transforming the use, functionality and enjoyment from both indoor and outdoor spaces with the installation of our innovative exterior blinds from today at 9am.

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2013
2013
DEC
19

Merry Christmas Everyone

We’re closed for the X-mas period from 19/12/13 – 06/01/14

We hope everyone has a fun and enjoyable Christmas period and would like in advance to wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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2013
DEC
18

Winter Bargain – Only £8,950 For An OLP

Ex demo Outdoor Living Pod for a fraction of the normal list price

We are pleased to offer for sale our ex demonstration Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) showcased for only 3 days at the Grand Designs Live show earlier in the year.

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2013
DEC
16

'Even Better Than Expected'

A service and product that leaves the competition in the shade

We today received the below review following the installation of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) at a new build bungalow in Ipswich, Suffolk. This particular Outdoor Living Pod hardware was custom finished in the same RAL colour (and gloss level) as the properties aluminium window frames to harmoniously integrate it and was fitted with bespoke infill panels (as above photo) to bridge the void between the rear posts and property façade, as due to the lack of eaves height above the doors/window where the OLP was going over, the structure had to be sited in front of the soffit/guttering.

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2013
DEC
12

New Fabrics Introduced To cb_600 Screen Range

3 great colourway additions

Our popular cb_600 solar control mesh fabric collection, featured on our windproof Antiguan model external roller blind and the integrated zip-guided screen within our Outdoor Living Pod has been expanded with the addition of 3 new colours; wet sand, jade & sandstone (from left to right in image). These new colourways perfectly fill the current voids in the collection and now mean the cb_600 range has a comprehensive neutrals selection from light to dark tones allowing you to find the perfect shade for your application and requirements.

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2013
DEC
11

New O&M Manual

Essential information in a new clearer format

As part of the refresh of our product literature, we have updated and improved our operation and maintenance manual too. Previously, we produced a separate manual for each of our product lines (tensioned roof blinds, external roller blinds etc), printed on our laser printers on A4 double sided paper, however, with many of the operational features being the same across different product lines and wanting to improve the look, feel and quality of this important document, we have integrated everything into a single manual, that is now produced as an A5 size 4 page brochure manual, printed by a professional press onto a hard wearing 350gsm silk card, that will still look as good after several years time stuffed in a drawer.

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2013
DEC
09

Rippling & Waviness in Awning Fabrics

Natural Characteristics That Cannot Be Avoided

We were recently asked to comment on the above photo of a competitors awning about the waviness / rippling around the seams which the dealer had been advised by their supplier was a ‘natural characteristic’, so thought we would post this in depth article about this particular characteristic of awning fabrics that sometimes (when not advised at point of sale) gives cause for complaint, however, despite even the most advanced confectioning machinery and techniques cannot be eradicated.

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2013
DEC
05

'We stood admiring it!'

More positive feedback on our Outdoor Living Pod

Our installation team have just completed what was probably the trickiest Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) installation of the year in Banbury, Oxford. This particular OLP was located in a courtyard, providing a roof to the entire area. Access was through the adjacent graveyard and over the side courtyard wall and the courtyard itself had a floor surface area of approx 15 sq/m making for a confined working space. Couple this with a property that had no fixing attachment to the rear due to the single storey extension pitched roof part of the property and a rough faced return side wall that was not at 90 degrees (circa 110 degrees) plus obstructions including downpipes and you have a challenge ahead, requiring skill, expertise and a range of fixing methods to overcome along with numerous bespoke infill panels to bridge the awkward gaps.

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2013
DEC
02

Awnings Are Not For All Weather Use

The function of a patio awning explained

Today we received an email from a committee member of the BBSA (British Blind & Shutter Association) relating to a patio awning installation with the comment ‘the purpose of the awning is all year round’, so we thought we should post this article on what the function of a patio awning (aka folding arm awning) actually is:

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2013
NOV
29

2014 Grand Designs Magazine Advert

Take a look at our NEW full page advert in the January 2014 issue of Grand Designs magazine - out now!

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2013
NOV
27

'I Will Recommend Your Company'

Another glowing review following the installation of our OLP

We today received via email the below review about an Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) purchased at the recent Grand Designs Live (Birmingham) show and installed by our experts (or Pod Squad as they prefer to be called) on Monday & Tuesday this week in Nottingham. The OLP covers a large 7m x 4m area and fits between two buildings to provide complete coverage of this ultra modern, courtyard style terrace. Additionally the OLP aswell as being remote control operated, is linked into our new RS485 transmitter and operable from the clients home automation system.

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2013
NOV
25

New Product Literature

The features and benefits have never looked so good

It’s the time of year again where we review and refresh our product literature, including updating technical details in respect of improvements, however, this year, based on client feedback and improved photography across all our product ranges, we have completely redesigned our literature and specification sheets.

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2013
NOV
21

Grand Designs Live Ticket Offer

The inspiration starts with a visit to Grand Designs Live

We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Grand Designs Live London, held at the Excel Centre between 3 – 11 May 2014. Located on stand G117, in the Grand Gardens Hall (virtually opposite the entrance) our stand will be twice the size as previous so aswell as showcasing our award winning Outdoor Living Pod, we can display our entire range of products including our external roof blinds, roller blinds and folding arm awnings.

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2013
NOV
19

Online Image Gallery

View 100’s of inspirational installations

As part of the planned updates to our cbsolarshading.co.uk, we have now introduced an image gallery to each of our product line pages. Positioned in the side bar to the left of each page, the ever expanding gallery showcases the vast array of applications our products have been utilised for across all sectors including residential and hospitality. Hovering over a specific image with your mouse cursor will light that image up whilst clicking on it will open the image up so you can see it as a full page view.

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2013
NOV
18

Website Server Downtime

Websites out of action over the weekend

If you tried to access our websites www.cbsolarshading.co.uk or www.shadingspecifier.co.uk over the weekend, you will no doubt have been confronted with a blank black page with no images and just the category tabs, and if you clicked on any of the tabs the above error message would have been displayed. This was due to some unplanned maintenance on the servers to which are websites are hosted that we were completely unaware of, so please accept our apologies if you tried to access our website at the weekend with no luck.

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2013
NOV
12

Control Your Exterior Blinds Via Your Home Automation System

RS485 transmitter provides easy integration

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the tried and tested RS485 transmitter. Designed to interface with home automation units including popular systems such as Crestron, Lutron, Control 4, iLight and AMX the RS485 transmitter provides control of our exterior blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions including accessories such as lighting and heating through your home automation system.

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2013
NOV
07

High Sun Protection

To what extent are UV rays filtered out by your awnings?

Yesterday we received the above question through our contact form on our cbsolarshading.co.uk website and given that studies by the WHO (World Health Organisation) indicate a threehold increase in skin diseases caused by harmful UV radiation and that our patio awnings are designed to offer optimum sun protection we thought we would post an expanded answer / information on here. So just how well do our awnings protect you from the suns harmful ultraviolet radiation...

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2013
NOV
05

Glare Control

Harnessing Natural Light

Following on from our article on Friday – Openness Factor, we thought we would post this relevant follow up article on managing natural light to avoid glare.

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2013
OCT
31

Openness Factor

Preventing glare whilst maintaining the view

Following questions we were asked earlier this week pertaining to the various openness factors of the solar control mesh materials featured on our external roller blinds and tensioned roof blinds and what it all meant, we thought we’d post this comprehensive article to clarify.

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2013
OCT
30

Pre-Christmas Installations

Order Now to Avoid Disappointment

With Christmas fast approaching and unseasonably high demand for our specialist products including the award winning Outdoor Living Pod, our deadline for guaranteed installations before Christmas is this Friday 1st November 2013. Orders taken after this date, upto and including Friday 15th November 2013 we will do our absolute best to install before Christmas but we cannot guarantee.

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2013
OCT
28

2014 Trade Price List Released

Available for download now!

Our NEW 2014 Trade Price List and Product Guide, containing our full range of patio awnings, window canopies and associated accessories available exclusively to the sunblind trade is now available for download from the dedicated trade dealer section on our main website www.cbsolarshading.co.uk (you will simply need your account number to login).

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2013
OCT
24

Black Bahamas Awning Stocks Deplete

Demand for black framed awnings as standard a thing of the past

Introduced as a standard frame colour folding arm awning in the run up to the smoking ban in England, Scotland and Wales, due to the increased demand and requirement for black framed awnings from the hospitality sector (in particular pubs and bars), the Black Bahamas awning has continued within our range ever since, however, with the boom in sales of all black awnings due to the smoking ban well behind us and stocks of this black metalwork diminished, the Black Bahamas awning is now officially discontinued.

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2013
OCT
20

CB To Supply JD Wetherspoon

Leading pub chain introduces Outdoor Living Pod to terrace scheme

We are pleased to announce that British pub chain JD Wetherspoon, founded in 1979, are introducing our award winning Outdoor Living Pod into their latest terrace design. Typically giant fabric parasols / umbrellas have been installed to their outdoor areas to provide sun and rain shower protection for their patrons, however, the desire to use the outdoor space 365 days as an extension to the main bar / dining area, coupled with the entirely unpredictable weather which can change instantly from sunny to strong winds / driving rain to snow and back again, has meant parasols / umbrellas are no longer suitable for their requirements.

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2013
OCT
11

Online Pricing

Clear, Transparent, Product Price Guide Calculators

Unlike all other external blind companies, we do not hide our prices and insist you book an appointment just to get a price. We have always prior to an appointment provided an indication of budget price for the required product based upon your approximate measurements and ideally a photo of the application.

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2013
OCT
10

Sunis Sensor Temporarily Unavailable

Stock unavailable until end of January 2014

We have just been notified by Somfy (the world leader in motors and controls for exterior blinds), that their Sunis sun sensor, commonly used in conjunction with the Eolis 3d wirefree wind vibration sensor on patio awnings, will not be available until the end of January 2014 due to the shortage of a key component part.

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2013
OCT
06

What Power Supply Is Required For The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 5

The Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) motorised louverd roof, optional screens and led lighting can all be powered from a single standard 13amp domestic power socket. If you opt to have heating installed, each heater will require its own separate 13amp power socket as they draw approximately 10amps each (dependent on model) constantly when switched on.

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2013
OCT
05

Can Screens Be Added Later To The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature – FAQ No. 4

It is possible to add screens to the Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) at a later stage. The cross beams which the screens are integrated within, are the same for an OLP with screens, as they are without, the only difference is the post uprights, which need to have a separate guide attached to them which the screen material and lead rail runs up/down and is locked within.

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2013
OCT
03

How Long Does It Take To Install The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 3

A typical residential installation of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) takes just two days. Where there are extensive preparatory works (ie groundworks) or multiple modules (see above photo) fully loaded complete with all options (screens, lighting, heating) this may add an extra day to the install period.

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2013
OCT
02

What Foundations Are Required For The Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 2

Ideally a solid concrete base provides the ideal surface for the Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) to sit on and be attached to, however, an average sized Outdoor Living Pod equipped with screens weighs less than 500kg so can be mounted / positioned on all types of ground surfaces including timber decking, patio slabs and block paving.

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2013
OCT
01

Do You Need Planning Permission For An Outdoor Living Pod?

Grand Designs Feature - FAQ No. 1

As this week is the run up to Grand Designs Live Birmingham (kicking off on Friday - 4th) where we will be showcasing our exclusive Outdoor Living Pod (OLP), we’ve decided each day to post the answers to the most common frequently asked questions. So to start - is planning permission required for our OLP?

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2013
SEP
26

Meeting & Exceeding Expectations

Positive feedback from a new trade dealer

We today received the below positive feedback from a new dealer of our patio awnings in Whitstable, Kent, who recently installed their first awning order from us for a local residential customer:

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2013
SEP
24

The Pitfalls Of Not Dealing With a Specialist

Knowledge and experience makes all the difference

There are various types of exterior blinds on the marketplace and whilst they are designed with the same key purpose in mind, to provide solar control and sun protection, each product group is designed for a specific application.

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2013
SEP
23

Roof Rafter Mounted Awnings

The neater way to install awnings to pitched roof single storey properties

We have recently completed the installation of several awnings to a property where there was no mounting space (void) above the doors to install the awnings. The traditional method of overcoming this would be to install what is commonly referred to as gutter or gallows brackets (image above left). Constructed normally from box section steel, which is powdercoated to match the awning hardware, these types of brackets have a leg of between 0.5m-1.0m that is attached to and runs down the wall either side of the doors and then an extension type arm projecting off that runs under and up in front of the soffit/guttering to which the awning is mounted to.

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2013
SEP
13

Recently Completed: AHMM London Offices

Caribbean put award winning Architectural Practice of the Year in the Shade

35no. of our Antiguan external roller blinds with zip locking side guides have recently been installed as part of the extensive refurbishment and upgrade package to Morelands office building, located in Londons design district, Clerkenwell and part of Derwent London's prestigious property portfolio.

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2013
SEP
11

Website Updates

Improving your online experience with us

Based on feedback, analytics and our commitment to continual improvement, over the coming weeks, you will notice numerous changes and amendments to our website cbsolarshading.co.uk, some of which have already taken place. 

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2013
SEP
06

Beware of Bogus Claims

External blind retailers making claims that can’t be substantiated.

Whilst we do not agree with companies who close down to wipe their debt and restart the next day as we feel it is highly unethical, especially for consumers who have lost deposits (in some cases substantial amounts), it is not illegal in this country (yet), however, when these companies blatantly lie to appear as if they have been in business far longer than they have and therefore are reputable (when they are not), we feel the need to, well post this article, after it was pointed out by a recent savvy customer.

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2013
SEP
04

All Fabrics - Same Price

No price differential between fabric ranges

Unlike virtually all other companies who supply exterior blinds of any description, we do not make a price difference between our dimout and blockout fabric ranges available for our external blind systems.

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2013
SEP
03

Any RAL Colour

Co-ordinate or contrast our external blinds with your facade

Currently our exterior solar shading systems are available in a number of standard hardware (metalwork) finishes, including pure white and dark chocolate brown – the 2 most popular metalwork colour options selected in the UK due to our houses being fitted with white and woodgrain effect uPVC windows / soffits, which most people wish to blend their blind metalwork with.

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2013
AUG
29

Complimentary Tickets...

...to Grand Designs Live Birmingham

We have 20 FREE tickets up for grabs to the UK’s most contemporary home show based on the popular channel 4 TV series and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud. Packed with more than 500 exhibitors across all sectors, Grand Designs Live is the must go to show for the latest in everything home and garden related. To get your hands on a free ticket send an email with your full contact details including postal address. Grand Designs Live takes place from Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2013 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information visit the Grand Designs website at www.granddesignslive.com

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2013
AUG
27

Before & After Photos

A complete transformation with our Outdoor Living Pod

We are now encouraging our installers to take 'before' and 'after' photos of all our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) installations so we can show the huge difference the installation our unique OLP makes to the terrace area, turning it from an occasional space, into the favourite place to enjoy some good food and company with friends, family and alike, protected from the elements throughout the year.

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2013
AUG
21

Even Curved Facades Don't Phase Us!

We can achieve what other companies just cannot.

Following on from our article on the 15th - Overcoming Obstacles - the above photo is another example of how our unsurpassed technical knowledge and experience allows us to provide solutions to even the most awkward of situations.

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2013
AUG
20

'Highly Professional'

Exceptional from start to finish

We recently received the below feedback from Mr & Mrs Graham of Loxwood following the installation of our innovative Outdoor Living Pod to the terrace area of their detached family home.

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2013
AUG
15

Overcoming Obstacles

Infilling to give a clean, neat finish

When installing our outdoor living products including our Outdoor Living Pod and Patio Awnings to the rear of houses and commercial establishments, it is not uncommon to have to overcome obstacles on the wall, such as fixed soil pipes or drain pipes that cannot be moved or to be confronted with a staggered property line, where half of the property is set back from the other part but the shading system is required to run the full width.

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2013
AUG
13

Outdoor Living Pod - Perfection

The finishing touches that make all the difference

Following on from the theme of yesterdays article on small improvements to our products, todays is about a pair of new end caps that are now standard on all installations of our exclusive Outdoor Living Pod.

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2013
AUG
06

Grand Designs Magazine (Sept Issue) Out Now

Check out our refreshed advert promoting our unique Outdoor Living Pod in the September issue of Grand Designs Magazine available online and in all good newsagents now.

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2013
AUG
02

The Season To Be Outdoors

Our tensioned exterior roof blinds create a sultry alfresco terrace at one of London's top alfresco dining spots.

We’re a nation that at the first glimmer of sunshine love to get outdoors. With the recent heat wave, thats continued into August, bookatable.com has put together a top 10 favourite restaurants for alfresco dining in London list and we’re excited to see that Ping Pong Southbank is ranked no. 5.

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2013
JUL
31

Barbados Model Awning Discontinued

After 13 years of service, our Barbados awning, once a top seller, is now retired.

Launched at the turn of the Millenium, our Barbados awning (baby brother to the premium Bahamas model awning) perfectly bridged the gap between the non cassette awning (where the fabric, folding arms and operating mechanism are exposed when retracted) and the full cassette awning (where all the parts are protected when retracted from the elements). With its 3/4 flush fitting cassette casing, easy ‘hook on’ installation brackets and adjustment methods similar to the Bahamas awning, the Barbados became a firm favourite patio awning for residential applications. 

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2013
JUL
29

New Clothing Range

Take a sneak peak at the Autumn/Winter clothing range that's just been signed off for the CB crew. Simple, smart, stylish...

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2013
JUL
25

'Such an amazing difference'

External shading makes home habitable again

Following the heat wave we have experienced over the past few weeks, we received the below feedback from a client on the installation of our Cayman model tensioned external roof blinds to their architectural triple curved skylight above a kitchen/dining area in their modern family home in Putney, London.

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2013
JUL
23

CB Awarded Solihull MBC Civic Suite Contract

Caribbean to provide exterior solar shading to new window installation at Council

Located within the town centre and where the full council meetings take place, plus cabinet, planning, licensing and various other council meetings and home to the Mayor’s office, the MBC Civic Suite is the political hub of Solihull.

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2013
JUL
22

We're Exhibiting At GD Birmingham

4-6 October @ NEC - See us on Stand G320 - Grand Gardens Hall

Following our successful show debut at Grand Designs (GD) Live London earlier in the year, we're pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at GD Live Birmingham from 4-6 October 2013 in the Grand Gardens Hall stand G320 (across the hallway from the Grand Gardens feature).

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2013
JUL
19

Wall Sealing Strip For OLP

Installer feedback fuels product development

Since the launch of our Outdoor Living Pod (OLP) back in January 2012, the product has gone from strength to strength and as our fastest growing product line we're continually enhancing and improving the product. Our latest product improvement is based upon installer feedback and al-beit only a small change to the installation detail, it's a finishing touch that makes all the difference.

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2013
JUL
17

Welcome...

...to the blog of Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd, the UK's largest manufacturer of exterior blinds, awnings and outdoor shading solutions.

So firstly in case you're wondering why the domain name weloveexteriorblinds.com for our blog - it's quite simple really, WE (the entire team at Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd) LOVE EXTERIOR BLINDS and it's this passion and love for our products that makes us different to, well, every other exterior solar shading supplier of any description in the industry. Dealing with people who actually care about and love what they do makes a real difference to the service and quality of product/workmanship you receive.

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