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2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2014
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
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
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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2013
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
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
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
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
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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