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2017
2017
JUL
18

The Architects Choice

Why is the Cuba Awning so popular among architects?

Architect, Plans, Drawings, Architecture

Design plays an integral part in our lives, the right design will create a positive vibe, it will influence how we feel and act. When designing something you need to take into consideration the two elements that will create a harmonious project, the aesthetics and functionality. When it comes to designing the interior or exterior of your home it is something that you will naturally take your time with in order to find the right look that will fit to your needs. Architects however understand design on a more complex level that requires them to make calculated decisions but also decisions that will create an aesthetically pleasing look.

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2017
JUL
13

The New Wave of Awnings

A shading solution not to be underestimated.

Patio Awning Contemporary

When most people think of awnings they tend to associate them with being old fashioned wind out shop front features but the development of the patio awning from Caribbean Blinds has come a very long way. It has taken a step into the 21st century leaving behind the old misconceptions and making new wave in to exterior design world.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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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