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2016
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
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
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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2015
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
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
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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2014
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
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
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
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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2013
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
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
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
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
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
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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