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2017
2017
NOV
09

Winter Blinds

Keep the heat in with external blinds

Cold, Winter, Coat, Heating

The cold nights are upon us and there is nothing worse than waking up to a cold room and starting your day with a chill. There are ways in which we can help to keep ourselves warm and energy efficient at the same time. It’s not the wisest idea to leave the heating on through the night as it can be very costly and it does not help the environment. By investing time and money in the right energy efficient home improvements you will save yourself a substantial amount on energy bills.

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2017
NOV
02

Quality not Quantity

A wide range of products can often be confusing and sometimes poor quality.

Quality

When you visit a high end restaurant it is sometimes often easy to tell what sets it apart from its competitors and that is usually the small selection of fine food they have on their menu. A clear and precise menu that focuses on the quality of the ingredients and the experience it will leave you with. In other cases I am sure that we have all experienced it one time or another where we have sat down to eat in a restaurant and spent half the experience reading a menu that would put a child to sleep. When we are presented with a long list of options it can quite often be difficult to analyse what it is we actually need and want. This same method is applied to all of our other purchasing processes when it comes to the real world.

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2017
SEP
19

Winter is Coming

Prepare your home for the seasons ahead with our quick checklist.

Winter, Snow, Cold

As summer slowly departs the morning dew and the chill in the air arrive to take us into autumn. Some may not like the idea of the colder seasons coming in to take over but it’s a force that is inevitable. We have to be prepared and start making maintenance checks on our homes and make the appropriate adaptations in order to get through the frosty days. We have created a small autumn checklist for you to get stuck into over September and make your home safe and ready for your family.

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2017
SEP
12

Bye Bye Summer

Get your home ready for Autumn and save on your energy bills.

Autumn, Leaves, Cold, Summer

Autumn is be fast approaching bringing along its colourful yellows and reds with that chill in the air. Our days will soon get shorter and our layers of clothing will get thicker as we approach the tail end of the year. One thing that will be certain is our energy bills will see an increase as the thermostats get cranked up and gas fires put on blast.

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2017
AUG
17

Escape the Urban Heat Island

Are you paying high energy bills in the city?

Gas Bill, Bills, Energy Bills

London is a lively and crowded place and it continues to grow and flourish as people flood in to experience city living. As we are all aware that living this life can come with a price, property value is on the rise and rental prices can be very extortionate. If there are ways to reduce costs in areas then Londoners will take the opportunity to do so as we are in the day and age where we now have to be smart about the way we live and take different approaches.

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2017
JUL
27

Installation of the Month – July

Bromley – External Roller Blinds

External Blinds, Sun Blinds, Modern, Contemporary, Blinds

We are in full swing with the summer season, the kids are off from school, the parks are busy and the shops are rammed, this part of the season is particularly busy for parents as they plan activities and holidays to keep the children occupied.  It is generally a busy time for many of us across the country especially at Caribbean Blinds as demand for external shading soars with the warm weather.

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2017
JUL
25

Sensing Technology

Automated shading solutions make easy living.

Rain, Sensor, Technology, Blinds, External, Awning

The British weather can be hard to predict most of the time, when the weather is good it is great but when the weather takes a sudden turn and catches us off guard then this can be a disappointment, especially when you have left the clothes outside to dry or mid-way through a BBQ. As technology continues to advance we continuously seek out these solutions to make our lives run smoother with far fewer altercations.

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2017
JUL
06

It’s More Than A Shading Product

External shading could save you thousands all year round.

Energy Saving, Climate Change, Roof Blinds, Energy Bills, Caribbean Blinds

We’ve all noticed that the suns intensity increases year on year and although cooling the home may not be on the top of our agenda, considering our colder seasons (and typical British Summer weather, hot then cold), it is still something that is worth considering as it could save you money in the long term, no matter what the season.

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2017
JUL
04

Stay One Step Ahead

Don’t wait in line, enjoy the sunshine with shade.

Awning, Garden, Caribbean Blinds

As always the British weather is changing, throwing us off and keeping us on our toes for that next spin of sunshine. As we work through the week we are always clinging on to that hope that the sun will arrive in time for the weekend so that the BBQ’s and parties can commence. As soon as it makes an appearance it is only then in a typical British manner that we start to moan about the heat being too intense to even step foot outdoors, we will never be happy unless we start doing something about it.

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2017
JUN
27

‘Professional, polite and friendly’

Equipped to handle all scenarios

External Roller Blinds

Having recently built a contemporary house, with expansive glazing to capture the stunning views across the Cromer coast, the Royalls realised they needed to regulate solar radiation entering the space as even early on in the year, the open plan living space was warming to uncomfortable levels.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2014
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
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
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
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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2013
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
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
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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