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2018
2018
SEP
20

New Website Coming Soon

We are in the process of updating our website to enhance the user experience.

New Website, Caribbean Blinds

At Caribbean Blinds we are continuously working on developing new processes to make the user journey a smooth process. Our shading systems are the most advanced in the United Kingdom and we want to be able to highlight the benefits in the most effective way possible, which is why we are now working with a Web Design and SEO company to cultivate a new and improved website.

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2018
SEP
18

External Blinds & Louvered Roof Training Academy Now Open

Take your company to the next level and book your place on this year’s courses.

Training, External Blinds, Louvered Roofs, Caribbean Blinds Training, Academy, Outdoor Living

It’s that time of the year again, the Training Academy for our External Blinds and Louvered Roofs is now open for bookings for all Trade Companies. This is our second year of running training courses using our state-of-the-art training facility in Sudbury, Suffolk. This is a great opportunity to get hands on with our innovative shading and outdoor living solutions and get the chance to speak to experienced members of our team to gain in-depth industry knowledge

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2018
SEP
13

How Global Warming will Affect us and you at Home

The need for External Blinds will continue to increase.

Global Warming

As the world’s population increases we are using more resources which is putting an immense strain on our planet causing irregular weather patterns. We have experienced a very intense summer this year as temperatures soared to as high as 40 degrees, a heat that we are not regularly used to hear in the United Kingdom. Unless we really get a grip on global warming then we may be set for a few more scorching summers, so how can we adapt and ensure that we can get through the next one?

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2018
SEP
10

Cayman Roof Blind Photoshoot

Huntingdon – Cambridgeshire

Cayman Roof Blinds, Roof Blind, Glass Room Extension, Conservatory, Skylight, Skylight Blinds, Rooflight Blinds, Veranda

The Digital Team visited our lovely clients in Huntingdon to photograph a special project that we completed earlier this summer which highlighted the versatility of our Cayman Roof Blind. This wasn’t on your average skylight window, this was something more than that, we enhanced a Veranda and gave it the ability to provide the clients with more.

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2018
SEP
06

The Benefits of Natural Light in your Home

Improve your health and lifestyle with a free natural resource.

Sunlight, Natural Light

Natural light is a resource which we should not take for granted, it has many benefits that can improve our health, increase our productivity and reduce our energy consumption; these are all factors that we want to be taking advantage of for a better lifestyle. Here are just a few key points that will open your eyes.

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2018
SEP
04

The Last Month of Summer Outdoor Living

It may be the last for some but with the Outdoor Living Pod™ you can carry on.

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Classic, Garden Room, Louvered Canopy, Louvered Pergola, Aluminium Pergola, Gazebo

September is here which can only mean one thing, the summer is slowly slipping away. We have had a very fruitful year with the weather, it has been more that what we had anticipated with temperatures reaching nearly as high as 40 degrees. Let’s hope that the weather sticks out to give us a great end to the season. Just because the summer is ending it doesn’t necessarily mean your outdoor living days should. You can create a garden design that incorporates a weatherproof structure that can be used throughout all the seasons. There are many pergola systems available but most are typically designed for summer purposes, but why limit yourself to one season we say.

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2018
AUG
30

Can you add Glass Walls to your Outdoor Living Pods™?

As smart as it may look it can be more trouble than it is worth.

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Classic, Garden Room, Louvered Canopy, Louvered Pergola, Aluminium Pergola, Gazebo

The reason the Outdoor Living Pod™ is an Award Winning louvered roof system is because of its stunning design, practicality and innovative features. We have refined the design over a number of years and we understand the fundamentals that are needed to enjoy outdoor living in comfort. With over 30 years of industry knowledge and connecting with our clients we are familiar with the certain needs and desires to provide an outdoor living retreat with no drawbacks.

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2018
AUG
28

Cuba Awning Photoshoot

Roydon – Essex

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awnings, Patio Awnings, Sun Awnings, Retractable Awnings, Outdoor Awnings

Our Digital Team took a trip to Roydon in Essex to visit our wonderful clients to photoshoot their stunning two Cuba Awnings situated at the back of their spacious garden. The clients have a large patio area with lots of potential for additional outdoor features to enhance their garden space further. What they had in place already was enough to make the most of outdoor living, especially now they have two retractable awnings to take advantage of and extend their dedicated outdoor living area.

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2018
AUG
23

Outdoor Living in Seville

We took a look at a different culture of outdoor living in a hotter part of the world.

Awnings, Alfresco, Commercial, Restaurant, Seville

As the temperatures continue to rise year on year the British outdoor living culture continues to increase as more and more people are seeking outdoor living solutions to enhance their garden spaces and commercial properties. We want to take a look a different culture to see how they use outdoor living and the different techniques used to combat the scorching heat.

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2018
AUG
20

Ventilate your Outdoor Living Space

Keep cool and comfortable with an Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Canopy, Pergola, Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living, Patio Canopy

During the summer season the atmosphere can really change, sometimes its enjoyable to durable in the matter of days. When we have no solution to control the surrounding atmosphere it can get uncomfortable to the point where we will retreat indoors to seek the shade. Why have a garden that you cannot use during a season of sunshine? It is time to create a dedicated outdoor living area that provides you with the shade, ventilation and comfort you need to maximise on the way you use your outdoor space.

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2018
AUG
15

Our Awnings & Outdoor Living Pods™ will Light up your Evenings

The ambient LED Lights will enhance your evenings outdoors.

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awnings, Patio Awnings, Sun Awnings, Retractable Awnings, Outdoor Awnings, LED Lights

At Caribbean Blinds we are firm believers of outdoor living and we want our clients to be able to enjoy their spaces in luxury and comfort and for as long as they can. It can be hard to make the most of your garden spaces when you are up against the British climate, which can be unpredictable at times, with our External Shading Systems we are able to combat the elements so that our clients can enjoy being outdoors for longer.

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2018
AUG
14

Commercial Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod™ Photoshoot

Ichiba, Westfield – Shepherds Bush

Ichiba, Westfield, Shopping Centre, Restaurant, Japanese Food, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Classic, Garden Room, Louvered Canopy, Louvered Pergola, Aluminium Pergola, Gazebo, Outdoor Living Area, Alfresco

This summer we were fortunate enough to have been involved in an amazing project over at Westfield in Shepherds Bush. We were specified by our friends at Cada Design and in conjunction with Bluecrow to provide Ichiba, Europes largest Japenese Food Hall with a fantastic alfresco setting using our Award Winning Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod™. It was certain that we were going to send over our Digital Team to capture the stunning aesthetics of their outside dining area to show you how well the automated aluminium louvered pergolas can work in a commercial setting.

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2018
AUG
09

Our Awning Fabrics are Designed to Take on the Rain

We only use the best materials to make up our superior awning designs.

TEXGARD Fabric, Awning Fabric, Waterproof Fabric

At Caribbean Blinds one of our primary focuses is to ensure that we deliver the best Patio Awnings money can buy which is why we take great pride in the detail of the design and manufacturing. We use skilled technicians that are precise and attentive to each garden awning that is produced in our factory with each awning going through a rigorous quality control process. We use the finest materials in the industry to make up our superior retractable awnings so that we equip our clients with an awning that is reliable and robust throughout all the seasons.

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2018
AUG
07

6 Ways the Sun Affects You

It’s important to know the effects of the sun and how to enjoy it safely.

Sun Protection, Sun Lotion, UV Rays

The summer season is in full swing as we see temperatures hit as high as 35 degrees, it has been a very blissful summer that has kept on giving but are we doing enough to stay safe in the sun or are we neglecting the detrimental effects that it can have. We list 6 positive and negative effects the sun can have and highlight the importance of how to keep safe.

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2018
AUG
01

Classic Outdoor living Pod™ Photoshoot

West Malling – Kent

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Classic, Garden Room, Louvered Canopy, Louvered Pergola, Aluminium Pergola, Gazebo

The weather has been in the digital team’s favour this summer as they continue to venture out to clients to capture their exquisite External Shading and Outdoor Living Installations in situ. We have been even busier due to the consistent hot weather which meant there were a lot of installations for the team to choose from, it was a difficult task for them but we believe they have selected the perfect examples to highlight the great benefits of our systems and to inspire you to improve and transform your own space.

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2018
JUL
30

Get Fresh Air with the Outdoor Living Room Whilst Staying Dry

The Outdoor Living Pod™ is adaptable to any situation.

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola

We have experienced a very intense few weeks of heat during this summer period and the whole country was in relief when the clouds let the rain fall and cool the atmosphere, but our summer is far from over yet. We may be due a few light showers over the course of the season but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your garden to its full potential whatever the weather.

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2018
JUL
26

‘Why Do You Need A Photo To Get A Guide Price For Your External Blinds?’

We have a process that leaves no surprises that customers appreciate.

Caribbean Blinds, Guide Price, Photo, Camera

Over the past few months during this sweltering weather you can imagine how inundated we have been with enquiries regarding our External Shading and Outdoor Living Solutions. The sunshine has uncovered solar heat issues that would not normally be apparent during the cooler months so people are desperate to resolve these problems to restore the balance in their homes and gardens.

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2018
JUL
24

Why Choose a Modern Pergola over a Traditional One?

You can get more for your money with an aluminium louvered pergola.

Traditional Pergola, Pergola

When it comes to garden design a pergola is an attractive feature to implement as it serves as a dedicated shaded outdoor living area to relax in and it provides an aesthetic appeal to your external space. Most traditional wooden pergolas can be made bespoke to your requirements to coincide with your landscape design but are these traditional wooden pergolas enough anymore?

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2018
JUL
19

Automated External Blinds Will Help You Beat The Heat

Apply External Shading over your glazing to eliminate Solar Heat Gain.

Cayman Roof Blinds, Roof Blind, Glass Room Extension, Conservatory, Skylight, Skylight Blinds, Rooflight Blinds

As much as we love this hot spell we are experiencing it is hard not to complain about the uncomfortable humid heat and it is only set to get worse as we get deeper into the summer season. Our homes are our sanctuary to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work and it’s not nice to come back to a warm welcome that is going to leave you frustrated. External Shading is the most effective solution to reduce the internal temperature inside your home but first you need to understand why it happens.

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2018
JUL
16

Why are External Blinds better for my home?

Find out the benefits of protecting you home from the exterior.

External Roller Blind, Blinds, Antiguan, Glazing, Windows, Doors, Window Blinds, Outdoor Roller Blinds, Window Awnings

The hot weather that we are experiencing is a great way of understanding how External Shading can benefit your home. At this moment of time many of you may be feeling the heat, we have listed some benefits of applying External Solar Shading Systems to your windows and doors so that you can make an informative decision on protecting your home.

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2018
JUL
12

Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod™ Photoshoot

Battersea – London

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Roof Terrace, London, Battersea

The digital team are on a mission this year travelling around the country capturing stunning images of our favourite installs to feature in our new 2019 Product Brochure. Our collection of exquisite hi-res images have been carefully selected by our team to help stimulate you to transform your home and garden. By creating this assortment of lifestyle shots we are able to express the aesthetic appeal of our systems and highlight the great benefits at the same time.

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2018
JUL
10

Poolside Canopies

Create the perfect poolside haven with an Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola, Swimming Pool, Pool Side, Pool

We are currently experiencing one of the most consistent summers in history and it is safe to say that a lot of people are feeling the heat, even those who are lucky enough to have a swimming pool to cool off in may not have a shaded space to relax in afterwards. We have an outdoor living solution so innovative that it will make your parasol seem insignificant and it will make you never look back to those days of positioning the flimsy umbrella every time the sun moved.

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2018
JUL
05

Our Guide Price Service

'Why don’t you display basic prices?'

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola

Over the glorious weekend we had a member of the public mentioned on one of our advertisements ‘You know it’s going to be expensive when they don’t advertise prices’, we thought this would be a great opportunity to explain why we do not display basic prices on any of our platforms. The main reason being is because the products we manufacture here in the United Kingdom are not your regular ‘DIY’ products, we offer state-of-the-art external shading solutions and luxury outdoor living products which do not come in regular sizes.

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2018
JUL
03

‘very clear where that additional money went’

We're not the cheapest, but we do offer the best value for money

Patio Awnings in Roydon, Hertfordshire

When looking for external shading, after doing an online search you will be presented with a whole host of companies claiming to be specialists and after obtaining pricing you will be presented with a differing price scale, so how do you select? 

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2018
JUN
28

Can I create a bespoke Outdoor Living Pod™?

We can overcome obstacles that other companies cannot.

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola

At Caribbean Blinds we pride ourselves on being specialist in our industry, with over 30 years’ experience we have come to understand our customers and the complexities of some projects. Our team have gathered knowledge over the years that have enabled us to push our designs further to meet the client’s specifications. We do not turn jobs away just because they look problematic, we will assess the situation and accept the challenge and work with the client to come up with the neatest design that will be fit for their purpose.

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2018
JUN
26

Outdoor Living Made Easy

Three Ways to Transform your Garden

Outdoor Living, Patio, Decking

We are currently experiencing a heat wave this week and I am sure many of you have been wishing that you had a dedicated outdoor living space to come back to after a hard day at work. Nobody wants to be stuck in a stuffy home when you can be outside enjoying the sunshine in a perfectly harmonised space with a comfy outdoor furniture set and the adequate amount of shading to create the perfect balance. We have three options that we would like to share with that will help to transform your garden area.

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2018
JUN
21

Tortola Awning Photoshoot

Chelsea - London

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awning, Patio Awning, Sun Awning, Chelsea, London

Our digital team have been busy this season with plenty of photoshoots capturing our favourite installs in some fabulous outdoor living spaces across the country. Our aim is to gather stunning imagery that we can put forward to you and inspire you with. Our external shading and outdoor living products can really change the way you use your space and by capturing hi-res images we are able to highlight the benefits and aesthetic appeals our shading systems have.

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2018
JUN
19

Seamless Glass Extensions

Here is how you apply solar protection to a seamless glass extension.

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awing, Patio Awning, Sun Awning

Using large expanses of glass in a building design is a common trend in the United Kingdom, it creates an open airy feel but it also comes with its disadvantages which we have mentioned in a previous blog. Glass is commonly known to magnify the solar rays and intensify the temperature within the internal environment which is why it is ideal to apply solar protection on the exterior side of the glass using External Roller Blinds and Roof Blinds, but what if you have a glass room extension that uses seamless glass?

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2018
JUN
14

Awning Maintenance

Take care of your awning and your awning will take care of you.

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awing, Patio Awning, Sun Awning

When the sun starts to peak we will naturally venture outdoors to embrace the sunshine in a typically British fashion, we don’t know when it may take a turn so we have to make the most of it when it is here. So it’s time to live the outdoor lifestyle and get the BBQ out, get the deck chairs in position and get the awning out to protect and cool when the sunshine gets too intense. In some situations this may not be as smooth going because you may have neglected the retractable awning and not serviced and maintained it to keep it in good working order.

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2018
JUN
12

Too Much Glazing

The flaw in some contemporary homes.

Modern Home, Contemporary, Architecture, Bathroom

The growing trend of architectural designs that incorporate glazing is not something that is likely to fade out anytime soon. There are more and more building design masterpieces that are being built with large expanses of glass as the main features, they create a stunning effect, flooding in lots of light into the internal space. If they are not designed right with the appropriate cooling systems in place then they can cause issues later down the line.

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2018
JUN
07

Top 6 Summer Tips

Get your garden ready for the summer ahead

Summer, Top Tips

Only 14 days to go until summer is officially here, have you got your garden ready for the season ahead? It’s time to make the most of your outdoor living space this year so we have come up with 6 top tips to help you do just that. 

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2018
JUN
05

'Sophisticated Comfort'

Lifestyle changing products and service

Awnings, Awning, Garden Awning, Rain Awning, Sun Awning

The start to another week and another great review about our professional approach, this time from a client, literally down the road from our factory in Sudbury, Suffolk. 

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2018
MAY
31

Let it Rain

The weatherproof Outdoor Living Pod™ lets you carry on the party

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Canopy, Pergola

We have had a great streak of sunshine over the last few weeks, in a typical British fashion the forecast has taken a quick turn as we are expected to see a sea of clouds heading our way. Our weekends are often worked around the weather which can be frustrating at times especially when you are trying to plan a garden party or an alfresco evening. What if we told you we can eliminate that hindrance and give you piece of mind in your planning?

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2018
MAY
29

Overheating Home

Was your bank holiday weekend too hot to handle?

Overheating, Home, Temperature, Fan

Yesterday was a particularly hot day in most parts of the country and it is safe to say that many of us may have experienced some internal heat issues in the home which would have caused some unwanted discomfort. The fans were probably on full blast and windows wide open to try and catch a slight light breeze to cool us down, it sounds like a lot of effort to us.

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2018
MAY
24

Take the Party Outdoors

Create the perfect outdoor kitchen with an Outdoor Living Pod™

Alfresco, Outdoor Kitchen, Grill

Outdoor Living continues to trend as people all over the UK are transforming their external areas with stylish furniture and dining sets, outdoor pizza ovens and fire pits. The sun is on our side this year so it’s time to embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle and maximise on the garden space. So let’s take the party outside and create the ultimate patio feature.

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2018
MAY
22

Alfresco Season

Live the Alfresco Life in Style with a Cuba Awning

Alfresco, Dining, Dinner

Alfresco dining is all about setting the scene by fashioning an experience that combines food and atmosphere. Creating the right environment is essential to comfortably enjoying the food presented. Your outside space needs to be designed to be able to cater to your guests and have them feeling relaxed so that they can get a full alfresco experience.

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2018
MAY
17

Let’s Stay In Touch

Keep up to date with the latest outdoor living and external shading news

Caribbean Blinds, Awnings, Blinds, Roof Blinds, Outdoor Living Pods, GDPR, Competitions, Offers

Outdoor living and external shading solutions are high investments to make to your home and they can certainly add great value to your property so it is important to get the right information when making crucial decisions like these. As a company that has been specialising in this area for over 30 years you can trust us to continue to deliver innovative products that offer endless features and benefits. We are always able to provide the right solution for each application and requirement.

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2018
MAY
15

Invest In Your Home

External shading can save you money.

External Roller Blind, Blinds, Antiguan, Glazing, Windows

The weather is starting to become increasingly consistent with sunshine as we go deeper into spring, with summer around the corner we are looking very hopeful for a sunny season. Cooling the internal temperature of our homes is not high on the priority list as most people’s focus will be on other domestic improvements. External shading should not be disregarded as it could potentially save you thousands in the long term and that fact alone is something we certainly do not want you to miss out on.

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2018
MAY
10

Faded Furniture

Are you tired of the sun ruining your furniture?

Cayman Roof Blinds, Roof Blind, Glass Room Extension, Conservatory

The bank holiday weekend was the hottest we have had since 1999 and Brits across the country certainly made use of it, the DIY and garden centres were busy as people started to prep their homes for the summer. Spring is the ideal time to make new improvements, a heat spell like this is enough motivation to get those plans started.

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2018
MAY
08

The end of garden rooms?

Or the dawn of a new generation garden room…

Garden Room

Garden buildings do what they say on the tin, they provide another room away from the home in the garden that can be used for a multitude of things, from a home office, to a gym or even housing a hot tub, however, when it comes to outdoor living they lack a true connection to the garden as even with the windows and doors open they are still enclosed due to the permanent roof….

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2018
MAY
03

Hanging Chairs

Our Top Hanging Chairs inspired by Pinterest

Hanging Chair, Garden, Garden Furniture, Chair

Hanging Chair, Garden, Garden Furniture, Chair

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2018
APR
30

What Rain?

Carry on enjoying your outdoor space with an Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, canopy, Pod

It was only two weeks ago our hopes of a sunny spring were lifted as we had a generous week streak of sunshine that had everyone smiling and actively embracing the healthy outdoors. The typical British climate has proceeded to let us down once again, lifting our spirits to only have them crashing back down.

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2018
APR
26

‘Very Smart’

The ability to do projects other companies say cannot be done

External Roof Blind

Since the companies inception over 30 years ago, Caribbean Blinds has been dedicated purely to the field of external shading, so it’s fair to say we are truly experts in the field. Many clients who contact us for external shading have been told by local companies that it is not possible to install external blinds in their application, particular when it comes to glass roofs, however, with experience comes knowledge and ultimately an ability to do projects that others simply cannot. 

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2018
APR
24

Sun’s out Cameras Out

Our digital media team made the most of the sunshine.

Puerto Rico, Pergola Awning, Caribbean Blinds, Awning, Pergola

Spring has been kind this year with sunshine and blue skies so let’s hope it stays that way, as we all know that the British weather can be disappointingly inconsistent. People all over the country would have made the most of this blissful sunshine, a lot of BBQ’s would have been uncovered and dusted off, parents desperately blowing up the paddling pools for the impatient and excited children and neglected gardens getting the attention they needed. The joyous sunshine is a great stimulant to happiness and fun activities so let’s keep praying that this weather continues so we can all make the most of the great outdoors.

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2018
APR
19

Staying Safe in the Sun

Protect your health with a patio awning and carry on enjoying the sun.

Caribbean Blinds, Garden Awning, Patio Awning, Sun Awning, Awning, Awnings

Sunshine has been forecast for the rest of this week and we are certain that this will be lifting a lot of moods. Spring is here and it’s time get out in the sun and start enjoying ourselves and topping up our vitamin D intake and shake off the miserable wet weather we have had over the last few months. Many of you maybe be working through the course of this week but for those that get to spend some leisure time in the outdoors will certainly be basking under the sun. 

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2018
APR
17

We Want You

Join our Team

Caribbean Blinds, Hiring, Job, Job Hunt, Suffolk, Admin, Technician

Due to continued growth to ensure we meet demand and provide exacting levels of customer services we are looking for additional members to join our team. We have two key roles with 4 positions available, however, if you like our company ethos and believe you can add value and mix to our team, we would love to hear from you.

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2018
APR
12

A Company That Cares

We have an eye for detail and go that extra step in our designs.

Caribbean Blinds, Thread, Trim, Design, Hydem

When it comes to choosing a product there are many factors that ultimately lead to our decision to purchase and that can be based on price, quality, reputation and the service. With the cost of living increasing it is vital to make the right choices and invest in a product with longevity and quality. Premium products can often lead us to choose a cheaper option as we are lead to believe that we would be saving money, quite often this is not the case but only a short term solution. This does not go to say that you should be looking for the most expensive product on the market as this could lead you into a false sense of security. A price tag should not be the lead influence of your purchasing decision, you need to be able to look at the finer detail and see what qualities make that company stand out. These fine details could provide you with a product that will guarantee you a long term investment.

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2018
APR
10

Limited on Outdoor Living Space in the City?

Patio Awnings could help to give your space some life.

Awning, Awnings, Garden Awning, Sun Awning, Patio Awning

Finding a house with ample garden space in most cities can prove to be quite difficult. For those that do have some space it is important to get creative and make the space work for you. We all spend too much time cooped up inside which is why no matter how small your outdoor area, you should make this an area you can relax and retract to.

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2018
APR
05

Longer Days Ahead

Are you making the most of the time that you spend in your garden?

Spring, Clocks, Time

We are pretty sure that most people would agree when we say that we are glad that the cold winter days are behind us, despite the weather not feeling too much like spring at the moment but at least the ‘Beast from the East’ is nowhere to be seen. The dark days and chilly mornings can really set the tone of the day, the struggles of getting your car defrosted ready for the gruelling commute to work and to then get back home whilst it is still dark can really dampen the mood.

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2018
APR
03

Pre-Season Trade Event

Welcoming partners new and existing

Trade Event, Trade Dealer, Hot Tub and Swim Spa Company, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof

Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd have been manufacturing and supplying the finest external shading solutions to the trade for over 30 years. We have continuously refined our products and developed lasting relationships with our trade dealers; some of our partnerships have lasted over the duration of our presence in the industry because we are a reliable and trusted manufacturer and strive to provide the best service year after year.

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2018
MAR
29

Enjoy Outdoor Living this year for less

Happy Easter with savings of upto £1,800

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Caribbean Blinds, Garden Room, Canopy, Easter

With the arrival of Spring and the extended Easter bank holiday underway our thoughts turn to outdoor living, with many of us looking to prepare and revitalise our gardens, ready to enjoy alfresco living to the full.

There is nothing quite like the ambience of being outside, however, the unpredictable British weather often spoils and dampens the use of the terrace.

A key design feature to consider therefore when investing in your garden is providing flexible shade and shelter, that enables you to enjoy your outdoor space come sun, wind, rain or even snow.

External Blinds, External Shading, Blinds, Awnings, Outdoor Living Pods, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Canopy, Sun Awning, Garden Awning, Patio Awning

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2018
MAR
27

Who’s Ready for Spring?

It’s time to prepare your home for the new seasons ahead.

Spring, Seasonal

We’ve finally entered Spring which offers us dryer, warmer weather; our first glimpse into Summer which is looming round the corner. It is going to be a great transition as we steer away from seeing brown fields and naked trees to enjoying the sunshine being out on a regular basis and blossoming plants will soon adorn gardens across the country. To get ready for the months ahead we’ve put together a top 5 list of things to prepare your home and lifestyle ready:

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2018
MAR
22

The Home Tech Future

SMART tech will give you control and piece of mind.

Technology, Tech, Gadgets

Technology is moving at a very fast pace and we are continuously seeing more and more advanced and innovative products on the market, all designed to make our lives easier by using SMART applications that will eliminate the unwanted stresses of life. A technology that is becoming more common in household objects is voice control along with SMART phone software.

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2018
MAR
20

Frost/Snow Protection

Protect your blind/awning during chilly temperatures.

Snow, Weather

Snow decided to make an appearance over the weekend but it did not cause as much disruption as the ‘Beast from the East’ did the other week. As beautiful as the snow may look it can cause some minor issues which we just don’t want to deal with, such as clearing the driveway and gritting, along with washing the car to keep it free from damage causing minerals from the roads but these jobs have to be done.

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2018
MAR
15

Connect With The Outdoors

Create the prefect indoor - outdoor living space.

Caribbean Blinds, Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living Pod, Pergola

Domestic architecture is changing as people are looking to feel freer in their homes by creating open plan living spaces that change the way they live. We have become too used to surrounding walls and being enclosed, this new way of living really breaks that mould and creates a better social aspect to how we use space.

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2018
MAR
13

Top 5 Energy Saving Tips

Reduce your energy consumption and save money where you can.

Energy Saving, Green Energy

As the population continues to grow the stress on our planet sadly increases as we demand much of its resources to function. We have the world’s smartest and innovative people continuously working around the clock to create solutions that will be able to provide us with sustainable energy for a greener future that does not involve such a high carbon foot print. We cannot just rely on these people to pull us out of this situation, we need to start making changes to our own habits and start teaching future generations a new way of life. This can all start at home by implementing these five top energy saving tips, with everyone making the effort we will be making a huge difference already.

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2018
MAR
08

A Sunlight Surprise

Are you walking into an unwelcoming humid office/home?

Sun rise, Sun

There is nothing better than seeing clear blue skies and the sun shining down, when it makes a surprise appearance it really sets the tone for the day. As great as this moment can be this can come with some other unwanted surprises that can stall the start of a great day.

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2018
MAR
06

Time To Make A Change

Enhance your external space and add value to your property.

Timber Decking, Patio

Spring is drawing closer and now is the perfect time to consider making changes to your outdoor living space as this can account for 20% of the property’s value; that is a huge percentage to turn a blind eye to. Outdoor living continues to grow in popularity as people are now making more effort to design their garden and there are many ways to incorporate features to help with enhancement.

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2018
MAR
01

World of Sattler

New Patio Awning Fabrics Now Available!

Caribbean Blinds, External Blinds, Awnings, Awnings, Fabrics, New Fabric Range, Sattler, World of Sattler

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the new World of Sattler premium acrylic fabric collection, exclusively available from Caribbean Blinds and featured as standard on our contemporary patio awnings and available as an option on our external roller and roof blinds.

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2018
FEB
26

Garden Canopy Styles

Which canopy will suit your garden design?

Wooden Pergola, Pergola, Garden Design, Landscape Gardening

Wooden Pergola, Pergola, Garden Design, Landscape Gardening

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2018
FEB
22

Upgrade your Pergola

Use your traditional pergola for longer with external shading solutions.

Caribbean Blinds, External Blinds, Roof Blinds, Pergola, Cayman

Wooden pergolas are a popular feature in many gardens all across the United Kingdom. The traditional and elegant style fits in well with most landscapes as they are versatile in their use. When these structures are co-ordinated with plants then they are sometimes used as decorative archways for garden paths, this can create a very aesthetic feature to the garden. Most often they are the main focal point of the external space, used as an outdoor living area where people can relax under.

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2018
FEB
20

Beat the Heat

Keep your home cool with external shading this year.

Window Blinds, External Blinds, Antiguan, External Roller Blinds

Over the weekend many of us will have experienced some surprisingly warm weather, for a moment it seemed like winter was a thing of the past until that cold Monday came back around to bring us back to the chilling reality of February. At least we got a taste of what is to come and I am sure this would have triggered some summer senses and habits for a brief moment, it may have also unveiled some common issues that come with warmer weather.

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2018
FEB
15

Commercial Alfresco Settings

Are you missing out on potential business?

Budapest, Hungary, Parliament, Bridge

After our recent visit to Budapest there was something that we noticed in a country that experiences far colder temperatures than the United Kingdom, they sure did have a lot of alfresco options in place at their restaurants and coffee shops. The business proprietors took full advantage of their space by providing the alfresco option, whether it is an awning or a canopy they were usually fully fitted with heaters and side screens to help maintain an appropriate atmosphere to serve customers. The weather is very unpredictable in Hungary but at least they were always prepared for that sudden change.

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2018
FEB
13

'Very Straight Forward'

An effortless process from concept to completion

Patio Awning in Ipswich, Suffolk

At Caribbean we’re proud of our team who provide exceptional levels of service day in, day out, from the office, to production, to installation and aftercare, everyone plays a key role in delivering the finest external shading systems. By being dedicated to the field of external shading our team are truly specialists in the field and this shows in the way every project is handled, as highlighted by our latest review from Mr Standley in Ipswich following his Tortola model Patio Awning installation.

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2018
FEB
08

Glare Control in the Office Environment

Is glare ruining staff efficiency and moral?

Office, Computer, Solar Glare, Windows

On average UK motorists lose over 30 hours per year sat in traffic on route to work. Few of us can avoid the traffic and for many it can set the tone to a bad day in the office.

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2018
FEB
06

Make the most of your Garden in 2018

Adding an Outdoor Living Pod™ will change the way you use your space.

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Garden Design, Landscape Design

Spring is only six weeks away so now is the ideal time to prepare your garden space for the warmer weather ahead. Gardens are often overlooked when we come to decorating and furnishing, the last ‘room’ in the house to get attention, often consisting of little more than a patio, BBQ, shed and maybe some chairs and a table.

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2018
FEB
01

The Purpose of an Awning

Is an awning an all-weather solution?

Awning, Patio Awning, Sun Awning

Folding Arm Awnings have been specifically designed as a solar protection solution to provide adequate shading from the sun’s intense heat and to keep you safe from harmful ultraviolet rays, however, awnings are more than just your outdoor living feature. They also provide protection to your internal space by keeping the room temperature cool and preventing your indoor furnishings from getting bleached by the sun as well as averting glare from TV or computer screens.

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2018
JAN
30

Let’s Talk Tech

We take a look at SMART features that could change your way of living.

Tablet, Technology

Technology is fast becoming a part of our everyday lives whether we like it or not. It has no signs of slowing down as we continue to see more and more innovative products make their way into our homes. There is so much choice out there for us, products that can cost you a real fortune and those that simply have a purpose of making us lazy. We want to sieve through all of that and bring to you SMART Home Technology that can truly make a difference to your everyday lives.

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2018
JAN
25

Outdoor Living Continues To Trend

How can you create the perfect outdoor living space?

Landscape Gardening, Garden Design, Plans

Modern homes have changed as people are taking more pride in their living space and making investments that will make an impression as well as increase the value of their property. The home is a place where we can escape from the daily stresses of reality and be in the comfort of our loved ones which is why enhancing our internal living space is an important aspect to experience a comfortable sense of wellbeing. As the outdoor living trend continues to grow people are looking to seek that same feeling from their external living space.

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2018
JAN
23

Low Winter Sun

Reduce solar glare with External Roller Blinds

Winter, Sun, Cold, Season

With clearer skies and the days beginning to lengthen, many homes consisting of large expanses of vertical glazed elements such as bi-folding and sliding doors are now suffering from the low winter sunlight, which easily and directly penetrates through, causing excessive light (glare) and for heavily glazed rooms such as glass box extensions excessive heat build-up too. This in turns leads to many people drawing the curtains or blinds which blocks the view and spoils the enjoyment from the space as the outside has been blocked off.

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2018
JAN
18

Down to the Detail

Create the perfect external shade with any RAL colour

RAL Colours

The design is in the detail and it is important to correspond each detail to unify a design that will create the perfect space to tend to our needs. Sizes, positions, colours etc are all elements that need to be considered to craft a living area that coincides with one’s lifestyle. There is a process to creativity and there should be no limits to how far we can go.

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2018
JAN
16

Another Year for Outdoor Living

Love your garden with an Outdoor Living Pod™

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

Enjoy the growing trend for Outdoor Living and embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle, as we’re set to bask in glorious sunshine this Spring/Summer.

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2018
JAN
11

‘I’m very impressed’

Shading that looks as good as it performs

Caribbean Blinds, External Roller Blinds, Blinds, Exterior Blinds, Solar Shading, External Shading

The start of the day and another great review received overnight complementing an external roller blind installation in Croydon, Surrey.

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2018
JAN
09

New Year Sale

Get your home and garden ready for the Summer.

Awnings, Outdoor Living, Patio Awnings, Sun Blinds, Patio Blinds

Christmas is now a distant memory and whilst the weather is still cold, many of us have been bothered by the low Winter Sun and it won’t be long till we’re experiencing Mediterranean temperatures (and those occasional British Summer showers) again with Spring just around the corner.

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2018
JAN
04

Welcome Back

This is the season for outdoor living

Caribbean Blinds, Awning, Oaksmere Hotel

Firstly Happy New Year. We hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas period filled with much joy and happiness.

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2017
2017
DEC
21

Seasons greetings from the CB team

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Christmas External Shading Banner

They say keeping busy makes time fly by and that certainly feels how 2017 has gone, with the New Year just 10 days away. After a busy season which has seen an increase in sales across all our product lines, its time for the CB team to have a well deserved break and refresh ready for the New Year.

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2017
DEC
19

‘The whole process was simple’

Our clients enjoy an effortless journey from conception to completion

Caribbean Blinds, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola

As part of the garden scheme at their newly built property in in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, the Hudsons, who love to cook and entertain outdoors, incorporated two Deluxe Outdoor Living Pods into their scheme to provide them with the flexible shade and shelter they needed.

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2017
DEC
14

The Festive Pod

Spend Christmas outside alfresco style with our Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Caribbean Blinds, Rickmansworth, Christmas

There is a buzz in the air as Christmas draws closer, with precisely 18 days to go we cannot wait. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and appreciate what we have by celebrating with food, drink, games and entertainment. Every family has their own set traditions but we want to show you something that could really change the game for Christmas, something unique and special that will have your family and friends talking.

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2017
DEC
12

Don’t Let the Frost Bite

Keep your external shading system protected.

Frost, Snow, Weather

Most of us have experienced the harsh frosty weather we have been having over the last few days, the temperature has really plummeted and disrupted the daily routine. We could be close to a white Christmas with only two weeks away. As beautiful as the snow and frost may be we need to take precautions and be safe.

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2017
DEC
07

Don’t Get Caught in the Wind with your Awning

Protect your awning with SMART technology.

Wind, Weather

It’s that time of year where the weather is against us making it hard to judge the day and dress accordingly. Is it going to rain? Is it going to snow? And sometimes the winter sun makes an occasional appearance to throw us right off. It is always good to be prepared and plan ahead, equipping yourself with an umbrella or have the appropriate amount of layers on, but the world is not as perfect as that. The unpredictable British weather can take a sudden turn and have you caught in what feels like the middle of a wind tunnel. Wind can be a disastrous force and it should not be reckoned with, it can take down trees and the tiles on your roof, it can create monstrous waves destructing and eroding the coast lines. If Mother Nature can take down such strong and solid objects it will cause damage to exposed external shading solutions, in particular retractable folding arm awnings.

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2017
DEC
05

Installation of the Month – November

Battersea, London – Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Caribbean Blinds

This past year we have seen some major installations of our Outdoor Living Pod, all with their own unique appeal; some consisting of integrated fireplaces and others with outdoor kitchens and November was no exception.

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2017
NOV
30

‘Excellent communication skills’

We keep you in the loop at every stage of the journey

External Roller Blinds to Porch

The McIntyres had a wonderful porch to the rear of their home in Horsham, Surrey, which enabled them to enjoy alfresco living however the open exposed sides prone to driving rain and wind entering the space limited their enjoyment from this feature.

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2017
NOV
28

Time to get Festive

Put some sparkle into your outdoor space with our top 5 outdoor Christmas ideas.

Christmas, Christmas Tree, Decorations, Presents

Some of you may have already been to your first Christmas fayre over the weekend and I am sure a lot of you have already noticed how busy everything is with everyone in a rush to get some great deals early on. We are coming ever so close to December and now that the nights have drawn in early it’s time to add some magic to your home with some festive decorations. We have put together a short list of our favourite outdoor decoration ideas that will make your home come to life and stand out.

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2017
NOV
23

The Versatile Garden Canopy

The different ways our clients use our Award Winning Louvered Roof.

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

The popularity of outdoor living in the UK continues to grow and therefore sales of outdoor living products are no surprise on the up. People are looking to reconnect with the outdoors and in order to do so they need to create a living space that will provide a relaxing environment including shelter, warmth, lighting and comfort. At Caribbean Blinds we provide the perfect shelter solution in the guise of our award winning Outdoor Living Pod that enables you to take full control of the elements.

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2017
NOV
21

Installation of the Month – October

Wimbledon - Outdoor Living Pod™

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

During October we saw a drastic change in the weather as we dwelled deeper into autumn, the trees are bare and the leaves are piling up. The month was full of fun and excitement as we celebrated Halloween and watched the annual fireworks around the bonfire with family and friends. It was also a challenging and thrilling month for us as we had multiple large scale projects on the go that would certainly show off our ability to provide a spectacular outdoor living design.

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2017
NOV
12

We're 30 Years Old

3 decades of external shading

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd. Over the past three decades we’ve grown from humble beginnings with a single employee working out of a rented unit to today owning our own modern 30,000 sq/ft production facility with staff working across survey, sales, marketing, production, installation and aftercare, producing 1,000’s of premium external shading systems each and every year.

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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
07

All Weather Awnings

More than just a summer shade.

All Weather Awnings

We have been lucky with the weather up until recent, however, we are now beginning to feel a true chill in the air when we wake in the morning and get home from work in the evenings. The Autumn weather is truly here and Winter is just around the corner, with temperatures set to drop.

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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
OCT
31

Trick or Treat

We want to give you an inspirational treat to get your home ready in that last minute effort.

Halloween, Pumpkins

It’s Halloween and it’s time to get the decorations out and the pumpkins carved because there will soon be a flooding of miniature goblins and zombies roaming the streets and knocking on doors for treats. It’s a fun festivity that doesn’t just have to be for the kids, here are 4 inspirational quick ideas that you can get done before the kids get home from school.

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2017
OCT
26

‘Marvellous Job’

Our installation teams are a pleasure to have around

Patio Awning in Canterbury, Kent

More great feedback on our highly efficient and professional installation teams, this time from the Clements family in Canterbury, Kent, following the installation of our heavy duty Cuba model patio awning to their single storey living space.

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2017
OCT
24

Order Deadlines

Act now for pre Christmas installations

Christmas Order Deadline

In two months time it will be Christmas eve and many of us will be enjoying quality time with our friends and family, with many of our clients enjoying true alfresco Christmas living under the shelter, warmth and cosyness of our Outdoor Living Pod.

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2017
OCT
19

Seasonal Pod Photo Shoot

We want to show you how you can use an Outdoor Living Pod™ whatever the weather

Autumn, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Caribbean Blinds, Rickmansworth

When we think about outdoor living we mainly associate it with Summer but outdoor living is so much more than that. It’s about enjoying the fresh outdoor space all year round from summer to winter and using your living space to its full potential on all occasions.

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2017
OCT
17

SALE NOW ON

Enjoy outdoor living for less

Sale, Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Pergola, Outdoor Living, Caribbean Blinds, Autumn

For 30 years Caribbean Blinds UK Ltd have been transforming all types of outdoor spaces across the country, turning them from occasional spaces into the heart of the home, that can be used come rain or shine, day or night, in the Summer or Winter.

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2017
OCT
12

'Awesome'

Delivering the highest quality products and service

Patio Awning in Guildford

When investing in external shading, you want to make sure that not only the product is of the highest quality so it can withstand the changing British weather and that it performs the function expected, but also that the service provided is of the highest quality and the end result is exactly as you envisaged.

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2017
OCT
10

Installation of the Month – September

Wokingham - Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Caribbean Blinds, Wokingham

Our Deluxe model Outdoor Living Pod™ is our most popular louvered roof thanks to its flexible design – able to customise to suit all types of outdoor spaces and customer requirements. This model can come as a simple four post freestanding structure, lean to structure supported at the rear by the façade or as a roof only model that can sit within or on top of an existing structure, as was the case in our installation of the month.

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2017
OCT
05

Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod – Promo Video

A short video displaying the key features and benefits

2011 was the year that we first introduced the innovative louvered roof to the UK under our unique brand Outdoor Living Pod™. Since then the product has gone from strength to strength with thousands of Pods installed all over the country. Over the years we have continuously made advancements to our aluminium louvered roof system to meet the needs of our clients to ensure that we are the number one choice for such a luxurious outdoor living solution. We have been that successful that our product has been recognised by Grand Designs with an Award for design for the past 5 consecutive years.

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2017
OCT
03

‘minimum fuss’

You’ll barely know our team are there until your blinds are installed.

External Roller Blinds, External Blinds, Blinds

It’s always a stressful time when you have external tradesmen at your property, worrying about the mess that could be created, any damage they may cause and whether they will get the work done to your satisfaction and expectations.

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2017
SEP
28

Pamper the Pod

Quick Tips to Keep your Outdoor Living Pod Looking Fresh All Year Round.

 Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Cleaning, Maintenance

 Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Cleaning, Maintenance

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2017
SEP
26

'A pleasant experience'

Enjoy a first class service from start to finish

Louvered Roof - Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham

Having enjoyed the benefits of owning a patio awning for many years, the Salmons in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, decided it was time to upgrade for an upgrade. They wanted a flexible solution like an awning but something that could withstand all weathers, as they enjoyed socialising and throwing BBQ parties and didn’t want wind & rain to keep on bringing these to a halt.

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2017
SEP
21

Will a cheap awning stand the test of time?

The Fine Line of a Cheap Design

Patio Awning, Outside Blind, Sun Blind. Awning

When we develop our systems in conjunction with leading partners, we design systems that will stand the test of the time, withstanding whatever the unpredictable British climate throws at them. This means ensuring the powdercoating is of a certain thickness, the arms will withstand the required wind loads, the aluminium profiles won’t warp under pressure, the materials provide optimum UV block along with not fading or stretching etc. This level of detail results in a product that if used correctly will last a lifetime.  Our systems combine striking design, with performance and function and all coupled with strength and durability

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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
14

The Customer Journey Video

A short stop motion animation explaining the six step process to getting the perfect external shading system from Caribbean Blinds.

The Caribbean Blinds team are unceasingly working to look for constructive ways to make our steps and processes better to enhance the customer experience because customer satisfaction is one of our main company priorities. When a client makes an initial enquiry with us our aim is to provide them with a sound service that is hassle free so that they can relax knowing that they are in trusted hands.

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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
SEP
07

'I couldn't have asked for a better installation team'

Guaranteed service with a smile

Outdoor Living Pod in Sheffield

Our installers are normally the last face to face interaction with our company. And they’re typically on site for two days installing an Outdoor Living Pod, so not only do you want a team who are great at their job but also to carry out the installation with a smile. And that’s something you’re always guaranteed when purchasing a terrace covering from Caribbean Blinds.

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2017
SEP
05

Bubbles All Year Round

Create the perfect spa space in your garden.

Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Outdoor Living, Lifestyle

The summer is nearly over but it doesn’t mean your outdoor living lifestyle should totally change. Whilst you may have to make some slight adjustments to allow for the inclement weather you can still maximise on the time you spend in your garden or patio area. Your home is a place of relaxation, your private sanctuary where you can enjoy quality time with friends and family, so why not create a space that you can use all year round with features that everyone can enjoy.

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2017
AUG
31

Installation of the Month – August

Cambridge – Outdoor Living Pod™

Outdoor Living Pod, Outdoor Living, Pod, Louvered Roof, Cambridge

Whilst we haven’t seen much of the sun this August, we’ve remained extremely busy particulary with our all weather outdoor living solutions that enable you to enjoy your terrace in a pleasant environment whatever the weather. We have been working around the clock to transform numerous terraces all over the country. It has been a challenge particulary because of the poor weather but our experienced installation crews have successfully completed all installations on time and to the high standards our customers expect.

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2017
AUG
29

A Cool Alfresco Experience

Create a shady oasis to enhance your outdoor dining lifestyle.

Alfresco Dining, Outdoor Living, Outdoor Space, Outdoor Dining

Over the bank holiday weekend I am sure many of you were enjoying the outdoor life as the sun was consistently on point. A rare glimpse of summer had emerged in the latter part of the season, we are undoubtedly taking advantage of this late hot spell. The BBQ’s were out in full force for the garden parties and the dining room was obsolete as alfresco dining was the only option.

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2017
AUG
24

The Healthy Outdoors

An outdoor life can lead to a positive and productive lifestyle.

Outdoors, Garden, Reading

Spending time in the great outdoors has been proven to be beneficial to our health but most of us are cooped up inside surrounded by artificial lighting and then left wondering why we feel so tired. We use the term ‘get some fresh air’ when we are feeling stressed, contained or down but once we do retreat outdoors it rejuvenates us as the natural light and fresh oxygen comes into play, making us more alert, productive and feeling more positive. 

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2017
AUG
22

Garden Tables

Tables to suit every outdoor living space.

Wood, table, Outdoor Living, alfresco dining

Wood

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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
AUG
15

Why Change your Plans for the Weather

Outdoor Living Pods™ - An all-weather proof solution to your British Summer

Deluxe, Outdoor Living Pod, Pergola, Louvered Roof, Outdoor Living

The weather has seen a gradual improvement over the weekend but it is not expected to last as we are going to see more downfalls of rain hit our little island. The summer isn’t feeling so summery but that does not mean you have to change your plans and lifestyle for this long awaited season. We have become accustomed to this weather but there are ways to get around it.

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2017
AUG
10

'No hesitation in recommending'

Our people make all the difference

Patio Awning in Milton Keynes

Mr and Mrs Young after having moved into a new build property in Milton Keynes, soon found their tranquil garden was bathed in the sun for most the day – part of the reason they were attracted to it. With a love of the outdoors, they found the space was uncomfortable to use, too hot and too bright, with the adjoining living room also becoming unbearable to sit in.

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2017
AUG
08

Harmonise With Your House

Outdoor design ideas to make your garden an extension of your home.

Cushions, Outdoor Living, Garden

Cushions

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2017
AUG
03

Relax and Take a Seat

Outdoor Furniture Ideas to Transform your Garden Space.

Garden, Garden Furniture, Blog, Outdoor Furniture

During the summer most people will be relaxing and making full use of their outdoor living space, but for some this is a time for transforming, updating and upgrading the garden retreat. The garden is a private outdoor bubble that is the focal point during the hotter months which is why many will be working hard designing and digging deep to landscape their ideal haven. We have put together an inspirational collection of Outdoor Garden Furniture Ideas that will add a great touch to your garden design.

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2017
AUG
01

The Credit and Debit Card Surcharge Ban

Card charges are a thing of the past.

Credit, Card, Charges, Ban

As of January next year companies who offer the option of card payment will not be able to add surcharges to any card transactions. Many companies add charges to deter customers from using credit cards when it comes to high value items even though this is the safest approach to purchasing.

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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
20

The Customer Journey

Relax in Six Steps

Customer Journey, Customer Service, Steps, Icons

At Caribbean Blinds we pride ourselves on offering the highest levels of customer service, after all, when selecting the finest external shading systems it is natural to expect a service that is second to none from initial contact, through to survey, installation and after sale. After 30 years in the industry we understand our clients and their needs and we are continuously working with them to enhance and maintain our great reputation. We have refined and finessed our customer processes and journeys over the years and believe we offer exceptional and unparalleled levels of customer service. The glowing reviews we receive weekly let us know that the service we provide exceeds expectations which we always aim for. We ensure all of our technicians and staff are trained to the highest level to meet our company standards so that we can deliver great customer service across the board. We are continuously analysing all our methods and training so that we can always adapt and progress wherever we need to.

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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
11

Gas or Charcoal?

Which way will you go this summer?

BBQ, Outdoor Living, Trade Open Day, Burgers, Meat

One of the best things that we love about summer is the BBQ smells that linger on every street corner, nothing beats that distinctive smell of meat being grilled over a hot fire. As the summer gets into full swing so do the social gatherings and there is no other way to host a party then to invite your loved ones over to gather in your outdoor space to drink, eat and laugh. Most will agree that hosting a BBQ party is the perfect way of getting people together. If you are yet to initiate your summer with grill fest and have not yet purchased a grill or looking to upgrade then let’s take a look at the two main types on offer.

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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
29

Installation Of The Month - June

Enfield – Deluxe Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor, Living, Pod, Garden, Caribbean Blinds

June has been an incredibly busy month for us at Caribbean Blinds, as the temperature increased so did the workload, but that did not deter our team from their dedicated efforts. As we transitioned into the summer season we had been endlessly working around the clock to complete our large-scale projects and prepare our new Showsite & Shading Experience Centre for the official launch to our trade dealer network - the pressure was certainly on for all of us.

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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
22

VIP Trade Open Day and Showsite Launch a resounding success

Welcome to the world of Caribbean.

Open Day, HQ, Caribbean Blinds, Trade Dealer

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

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2017
JUN
20

Love Life Outdoors

A new website to showcase our Outdoor Living Pods.

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

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

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2017
JUN
16

‘Professional, Knowledgeable and Helpful’

An experience like no other

External Roof Blind to Pergola in Witney, Oxford

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

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2017
JUN
13

‘Exceeds our expectations’

Excelling in what we specialise in

Outdoor Living Pod in Milton Keynes

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

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2017
JUN
09

Privacy is Key

Is your home open to prying eyes?

External Roller Blinds, Blinds, Fabric, Caribbean Blinds

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

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2017
JUN
06

Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down

Our Outdoor Living Pods are not just for summer.

Umbrella, Rain, Weather, Cold, Wet, British

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

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2017
JUN
01

‘Won’t hesitate to recommend’

Another review praising our high quality personnel

Patio Awning - Hayling Island

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

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2017
MAY
30

Installation of the Month – May

Folkestone, Kent - External Roller Blinds

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

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

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2017
MAY
24

A Warm Wake Up Call

Is your east facing room disturbing your sleep?

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

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

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2017
MAY
24

Improve and Move

4 Home Improvement Ideas to Increase the Value of your Home

DIY, Home Improvement, Refurbish, Tiles, Ceramic Tiles

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

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2017
MAY
18

'Totally Happy with Everything'

A seamless service from start to finish

Patio Awning - Heavy Duty - Cuba Model

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

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2017
MAY
16

2017 Top 4 Smart Gadgets So Far

Make your home smart, safe, secure and happy.

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

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

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2017
MAY
11

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Are you returning home to a stuffy welcome?

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

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

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2017
MAY
09

Traditional Vs Contemporary

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

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

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

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2017
MAY
04

Garden Water Features

4 water feature styles to think about for your garden.

Water Feature, Garden

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

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2017
MAY
02

Installation of the Month – April

The Oaksmere Hotel, Eye – Folding Arm Awning

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

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

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2017
APR
27

The Bi-Fold Movement

Extending the indoors to the outdoors.

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

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

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2017
APR
24

Light Up the Night

Is your garden looking a bit gloomy?

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

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

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2017
APR
20

Skylight Droplets

Are you having issues with your skylight?

Window, Condensation, Rain, Glass, Wet

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

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2017
APR
18

Fire Features

It’s time to turn up the heat.

Fire, Pit, Outdoors, Warm, Fire Pit

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

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2017
APR
13

Unique Easter Ideas

These simple touches will go a long way.

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

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

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2017
APR
11

Artificial Grass

The grass may be greener on the other side.

Artificial Grass, Grass, Green, Garden, Chair

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

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2017
APR
06

Spring Cleaning

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

Varnish, Wood, Paint Brush, Stain, Protection

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

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2017
APR
04

Investing In The Future

Short term solutions do not always pay off.

Decking, Wood, Composite

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

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2017
MAR
30

Installation Of The Month – March

Huddersfield – External Roller Blind

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

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

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2017
MAR
28

Going Green

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

Green, Roof, Blinds, Eco-friendly

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

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2017
MAR
23

'Absolutely Satisfied'

The finest products, expertly specified and installed

Patio Awning in Southsea

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

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2017
MAR
21

Caribbean HD

Building the bigger picture.

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

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

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2017
MAR
16

Spring Has Sprung

Are you making steps to prep?

Spring, Blossom, Season, Green, Plant, Soil

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

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2017
MAR
14

Introducing Twilight Pearl

The PVC free textile solar control mesh fabric

Twilight Blind Fabrics

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

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2017
MAR
09

Adding Value

No need to move when you can improve.

Garden, Improvements, Plans

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

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2017
MAR
07

Opening the Roof on Outdoor Living

New & Exclusive Outdoor Living Pod for 2017

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

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2017
MAR
02

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Are you getting too much or too little sun?

Sun Bathing, Sun, Sun Lounge, Sun Tan

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

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2017
FEB
28

Installation of the Month - February

Lock Heath, Southampton - Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod, Louvered Roof, Garden, BBQ

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

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2017
FEB
23

Staying Smart

Are you making smart moves in your home?

smart homes, technology, tablet, internet

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

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2017
FEB
21

Only a week left to beat the price increase

Act now for our lowest prices

Lowest External Shading Prices of 2017

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

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2017
FEB
16

Inside or Out?

Are interior blinds fading away?

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

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

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2017
FEB
14

A Clearer Picture

The pros and cons of a Glass Veranda

Glass Veranda, Patio, Glass, Outdoors

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

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2017
FEB
09

Express Yourself

You design, we create

Pantone Greenery Awning Fabric & Hardware

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

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2017
FEB
07

‘Amazing to deal with throughout’

Outstanding in everything that we do

External Blackout Blind Motorised

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

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2017
FEB
02

It’s Hotting up

Is it the right time to consider external shading?

Summer, Winter, Hot, Heat, Cold, Weather

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

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2017
JAN
31

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

It’s all about the great outdoors

Pantone, Greenery, Colour, Swatch, Green

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

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2017
JAN
25

Smart Meter Installation

Possible disruption so please bear with us.

Electric Meter, Company

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

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2017
JAN
24

The Finer Details

Even down to the thread.

Blind Fabrics Thread, Awning Thread, Matching Thread

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

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2017
JAN
19

Sky's The Limit

All weather solutions for an unpredictable climate.

Weather climate

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

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2017
JAN
12

Finding the right company

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

Choosing the right external shading company

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

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2017
JAN
10

Expanding our coverage

Even more postcode areas covered in 2017

Caribbean Blinds postcode map

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

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2017
JAN
06

New Office Phone Hours

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

Caribbean Blinds Call Us on 0344 800 1947

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

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2017
JAN
04

2016 prices frozen

Get your home & garden Summer ready

Blind Sale

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

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2016
2016
DEC
15

Seasons Greetings

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

Christmas & New Year

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

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2016
DEC
05

Leaving other Patio Awnings in the Shade

Our Cuba patio awning has received an upgrade

Cuba Patio Awning - New End Caps

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

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2016
NOV
21

Louvered Roof Enhancements

Our Outdoor Living Pod keeps raising its game

Outdoor Living Pod Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy

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

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2016
NOV
15

Upgrading our fleet

Bespoke installation vehicles specifically for our trade

Caribbean Blinds installation vehicle

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

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2016
NOV
10

Job Vacancies

Exciting career opportunities at the UK Shading Experts

Jobs at Caribbean Blinds

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

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2016
NOV
08

Using your awning in rain

Ensure its pitch is sufficient

Awning for rain use

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

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2016
NOV
04

‘I will certainly be recommending your company’

A perfect service from start to finish comes as standard

External Skylight Blinds

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

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2016
NOV
01

Beat the New Year price increase

Order now for installation in 2017

Increase in external shading prices due to Brexit

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

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2016
OCT
27

‘A first class job’

Delivering a truly exceptional purchasing experience

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
OCT
25

Christmas Order Deadlines

Act fast to avoid disappointment

Christmas Order Deadline Caribbean Blinds

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

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2016
OCT
18

Meet Our Experts At Grand Designs Live

Transforming homes & gardens for 30 years!

Grand Designs Live

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

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2016
OCT
13

Five Golden Reasons To Consider A Passivhaus Project

Future-proof your home!

External Roller Blind Passivhaus

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

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2016
OCT
11

How To: Enhance Aluminium Windows

Let the light in with External Roller Blinds!

External Roller Blinds Window

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

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2016
OCT
06

Solar Shading That's Suitable For Every Season

External blinds are ideal for bright Winter days!

External Roller Blinds Winter

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

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2016
OCT
05

How To: Winter-Proof Your Home

Stay warm, safe & energy-conscious this Winter!

Winter Home

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

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2016
SEP
30

6 Features Home Buyers Love

Consider these improvements for one hot property!

What Home Buyers Want

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

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2016
SEP
28

Embrace Autumn With Our Interior Updates

Cosy and comfortable is all the range!

Autumn Home

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

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2016
SEP
23

5 Ideas For Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Room This Autumn

Add style, space & sophistication!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
SEP
19

Could Gardening Give You A New Lease Of Life?

Getting outside is the key to good health!

Gardening for good health

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

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2016
SEP
15

‘The only company to use’

A glowing recommendation

Conservatory Awning

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

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2016
SEP
12

Join Caribbean At This Year's Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Meet The UK's Shading Experts!

Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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

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2016
SEP
08

How To: Integrate Indoor And Outdoor Living

Bright and breezy has never been so easy!

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
SEP
06

5 Top-Notch Home Trends To Try In 2017

Enhance your interior!

2017 Home Trends

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

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2016
SEP
01

External Blinds Outshine All Other Shading Solutions

Our blinds offer year-round benefits

External Roof Blinds

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

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2016
AUG
30

How To: Style Your Terrace

Make your zone your own!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
AUG
26

Continuing To Please Down The Line

Awnings you couldn't live without!

Stylish Patio Awnings

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

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2016
AUG
24

6 Hot Tips For Surviving A Heatwave

Keep your cool this August!

Heatwave Advice

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

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2016
AUG
22

‘We had high expectations and they were met’

Our success is built on happy customers

Louvered Roof Pergola Canopy Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
AUG
19

How To: Establish Privacy In Your Garden

Seek solitude this Summer!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
AUG
16

‘Even better that it’s British!’

We’re proud to manufacture right here in the UK

Patio Awning - Garden Room

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

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2016
AUG
15

Barbecues Are This Summer's Biggest Sell-Out

All aboard the barbecue bandwagon!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
AUG
12

Heatwave Is Approaching The UK With Highs Of 35°C

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

Patio Awning Summer

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

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2016
AUG
10

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

Glass with class!

External Roof Blind Conservatory

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

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2016
AUG
08

Passivhaus Reduces Energy Usage By 58%

Another reason to go green!

Passivhaus External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
AUG
05

The Many Uses Of An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof is the ultimate all-rounder

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
AUG
01

59% Of Homeowners Are Making Outdoor Living A Top Priority

The sky's the limit with an alfresco lifestyle!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
JUL
29

Four Reasons To Treat Your Terrace To An Outdoor Living Pod

A louvered roof never goes out of style!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JUL
27

‘So pleased with the level of service’

Our team take great pride in their work

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

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2016
JUL
25

Five Ideas For Bringing New Life Into Your Outside Space

Jazz up your garden this July!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JUL
22

The Importance Of Vitamin D For Good Health

Safely boost your sunshine intake with Caribbean!

Vitamin D

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

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2016
JUL
20

Gardens Remain A Firm Favourite On Homeowners' Wishlists

Low-maintenance spaces prove most popular

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JUL
18

Grand Designs Buyer's Guide To External Shading

Latest issue provides helpful hints & tips

External Shading Systems

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

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2016
JUL
15

Strawberries & Screen A Roaring Success

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

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

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2016
JUL
13

‘I can comfortably sit in my conservatory’

Don’t bake in your conservatory this Summer!

Conservatory Roof Blind - External

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

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2016
JUL
11

Bright Light Causes Chaos For Holidaymakers At Stansted Airport

External blinds to the rescue!

External Blinds

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

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2016
JUL
07

Barbecuing's A Breeze With An Outdoor Living Pod

Licence to grill!

Barbecue Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JUL
03

Creating A Shady Oasis

Stylish awnings for all applications!

Courtyard Awning

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

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2016
JUL
01

Wimbledon's Pop Up Bar & BBQ

Strawberries & Cream served from our Outdoor Living Pod

Outdoor Living Pod Bar & BBQ

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

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2016
JUN
29

'Absolutely Delighted'

Outstanding service is at the core of everything we do

Patio Awning to tile hung house on bespoke brackets

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

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2016
JUN
27

Tour This Iconic Grand Designs Property

A heavenly home!

Grand Designs Live

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

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2016
JUN
24

Outdoor Spaces Have Become Top Priority For Developers

Grand gardens top homeowner's wish lists!

Outdoor Space

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

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2016
JUN
22

'Impeccable Service'

Our people make all the difference

External Roller Blind

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

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2016
JUN
20

Summer Set To Return Towards The End Of The Week

Barbecues at the ready!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JUN
17

Roof Blinds Are The Ideal Accompaniment To A Glass Roof

In a glass of their own!

External Roof Blinds

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

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2016
JUN
15

The Growing Impact Of Global Warming

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

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
JUN
13

The Government Recommends External Blinds To Prevent Overheating

Solar shading is a hot topic!

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
JUN
10

Futuristic 'Flexhouse' Features External Blinds

Astonishing architecture!

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

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2016
JUN
08

6 Quick Tricks To Perfect Your Patio This Summer

Create an authentic alfresco retreat!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
JUN
06

Officials Warn Homeowners About Future Heatwaves

External shading recommended to keep homes cool

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
JUN
02

Keep Cool With Smart Shading

Happy home, happy planet!

External Roof Blinds

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

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2016
MAY
31

Brits Are Loving The Alfresco Lifestyle

Outdoor living is all the range!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
MAY
27

Caribbean Impress Visitors At Grand Designs Live

Our best show to date!

Grand Designs Love Caribbean Blinds

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

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2016
MAY
25

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

Britain set to sizzle!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
MAY
23

The Many Benefits Of Natural Light

Light continues to lead the way for good health

Natural Light

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

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2016
MAY
20

5 Secrets To Hosting The Perfect Barbecue

Make it a party to remember!

Barbecue

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

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2016
MAY
18

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

Invest in an Outdoor Living Pod this Summer!

Garden

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

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2016
MAY
16

Protect Your Skin From The Sun This Summer

Young people are running the risk of Skin Cancer

Patio Awning

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

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2016
MAY
13

British Holidaymakers Are Going Green

Renewable energy hotels are big business!

External Blinds

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

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2016
MAY
11

Our Latest External Roller Blinds Projects

Properties prepped for the Summer months!

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
MAY
09

External Shading Is Key To Tackling Overheating

Cool, energy-efficient homes are hot property!

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
MAY
06

Alfresco Dining Has Never Been Hotter!

Establishments get set for the sun

Alfresco Dining

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

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2016
MAY
03

Seize Summer With A Stylish Patio Awning

Caribbean have got it covered!

Patio Awning

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

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2016
APR
27

Conservatories Are Making A Big Comeback

Glass rooms have never been so desirable!

uPvc Conservatory

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

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2016
APR
25

'Very Happy'

Service that impresses

External Roof Blinds - Conservatory Roof

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

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2016
APR
22

How To: Illuminate Your Space With A Roof Light

Let the light in this Spring!

External Roof Blinds

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

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2016
APR
20

Summer 2016 Is Set To Be A Scorcher!

Safely soak up the sun with Caribbean Blinds

Summer 2016

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

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2016
APR
18

Caribbean Wow The Crowds At The Homebuilding & Renovating Show

Another awesome exhibition for the CB team!

Caribbean Blinds at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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

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2016
APR
15

Take A Tour Of London's First Certified Passivhaus

Camden family home combines sustainability with style

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

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2016
APR
13

Emerging Architecture Trends

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

Architecture

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

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2016
APR
11

Under The Spotlight

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

Caribbean Blinds Question Time

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

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2016
APR
08

The Garden Room Boom

We investigate this modern-day must-have!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
APR
06

Spring Home Updates

Spruce up your home this Spring

Spring Home Garden

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

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2016
APR
04

Installation Technician Required

Apply today for this exciting role!

Job Vacancy

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

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2016
MAR
31

Introducing: Billy

Meet The Caribbean Blinds Team

Meet The Team

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

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2016
MAR
28

Passivhaus Victory For Leicester University

New Passivhaus building is top of the class!

Oxford Uni Installation

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

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2016
MAR
25

'I would recommend you to other people without hesitation'

Professional from start to finish

External Roof Blinds - Conservatory Awnings

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

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2016
MAR
23

Outdoor Learning Environments Proven To Boost Children's Education

Our louvered roofs always make the grade!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
MAR
21

Electricity Meter Upgrade

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

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

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2016
MAR
18

Caribbean Blinds Excel At Ecobuild

Another super successful show for the UK's Shading Experts

Caribbean Blinds at Ecobuild 2016

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

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2016
MAR
16

Magic Glass: Is It Worth The Hype?

We shed light on the latest conservatory craze

External Roof Blind

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

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2016
MAR
14

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

The sky's the limit with external roof blinds!

External Roof Blinds

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

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2016
MAR
11

March Gardening Guide

Spring is in the air!

March Gardening Guide

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

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2016
MAR
09

Light Pollution Linked To Rise In Sleepless Nights

Our blackout blinds guarantee a peaceful night's sleep

Light Pollution

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

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2016
MAR
07

Caribbean Set To Steal The Show At Ecobuild

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

Ecobuild Stand

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

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2016
MAR
03

Don't Be Dazzled By The Winter Sun

Low Winter sun prompts increase in solar shading enquiries

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
MAR
01

Exploring England's First Passivhaus

From a derelict barn to a desirable dwelling!

England's First Passivhaus

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

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2016
FEB
25

Caribbean Blinds To Take Centre Stage At Ecobuild

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

Ecobuild Map

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

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2016
FEB
23

Plummerswood Passivhaus

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

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
FEB
19

Adapting Passivhaus Principles

Discover the power of Passivhaus in 2016

External Roller Blinds

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

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2016
FEB
17

Sustainable Office Buildings Increase Workers' Productivity

Comfortable spaces prove key for workplace well-being

External Blinds Office

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

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2016
FEB
15

Change In Office Opening Hours

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

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

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2016
FEB
12

The Putney Passivhaus

Step inside this impressive remodelled residence

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

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2016
FEB
10

The Rising Popularity Of Bioclimatic Design

Bioclimatic Design through the ages

Bioclimatic Design

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

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2016
FEB
08

Natural Air Conditioning

Go green in 2016 with Caribbean Blinds

Natural Air Conditioning

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

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2016
FEB
05

Challenging External Shading Myths

We sort fact from fiction

External Roller Blind

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

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2016
FEB
03

Overhaul Your Outside Space

Be inspired by these gorgeous garden ideas

Patio Awning

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

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2016
FEB
01

Overheating In Modern Homes Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Temperatures are set to soar

External Roller Blinds

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

External Roller Blinds

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2016
JAN
29

Introducing: Domus

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

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

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2016
JAN
27

The House With No Heating Bills

Reap the rewards of sustainable design

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

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2016
JAN
25

‘Extremely Good’

Service that stands out

Skylight Blinds

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

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2016
JAN
22

Increased Coverage

Expanding our reach in 2016

UK Blinds Awnings

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

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2016
JAN
20

January Gardening Guide

Get your garden in shape this 2016!

January Gardening Guide

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

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2016
JAN
18

‘We are delighted with our Outdoor Living Pod’

Another client thrilled with their terrace transformation

Louvered Roof - Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2016
JAN
15

New 2016 Trade Awnings & Canopies Price List

With spectacular all year round offers…

Awnings Canopies Trade Price List

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

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2016
JAN
13

Make The Most Of The Great Outdoors In 2016

Be at one with nature!

Outdoor Living

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

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2016
JAN
08

Our New Phone Number

Replace the 08 with 03 from effect today

New Phone Number

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

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2016
JAN
07

See Our Products In Action In 2016

Where we'll be exhibiting in 2016

Grand Designs

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

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2016
JAN
05

Review Of 2015

A year to remember for so many reasons...

Louvered Roofs - Garden Rooms

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

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2015
2015
DEC
18

Christmas Wishes From The UK Shading Experts

Wishing you a Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year

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

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2015
DEC
16

20 Of The Best Home & Garden Design Tips

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

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
DEC
14

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

Solar shading is invaluable in the fight against Climate Change

External Roof Blinds

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

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2015
DEC
10

We Have A Winner To Announce!

Who has won our £250 cash prize?

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

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2015
DEC
09

Garden Design Trends To Look Out For In 2016

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

Patio Awning

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

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2015
DEC
07

Passivhaus Barn Boasts Stylish External Blinds

Solar shading is the future for energy-efficient homes

Grand Designs Passivhaus

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

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2015
DEC
03

8 Home Design Trends To Watch In 2016

New year, new designs!

Home Design Trends

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

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2015
DEC
02

Natural Festive Decor

Fresh from the garden!

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

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2015
NOV
30

‘I would definitely recommend Caribbean Blinds to anyone’

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

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
NOV
25

Introducing: Jamie

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

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

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2015
NOV
25

Timeless Tableware

Entertain with elegance this Christmas

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

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2015
NOV
23

Protecting Your Home & Garden From Frost

Don't get caught out this Winter

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
NOV
20

Concerns Grow For Overheating In Modern Homes

The need for external shading in buildings has never been greater

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
NOV
18

Harmonious Houseplants

Bring the outdoors indoors this Winter

Houseplants

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

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2015
NOV
16

Entertain Alfresco This Winter

Throw an unforgettable party over the festive season

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
NOV
13

5 Simple Jobs To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Keep your home in tip top condition

External Roof Blind

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

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2015
NOV
11

Let There Be Light!

Deck the halls this festive season

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

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2015
NOV
09

Two Degree Rise In Temperatures Predicted For Megacities

Climate Change will increase demand for solar shading

England's First Passivhaus House

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

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2015
NOV
06

Caring For Your Garden Furniture During The Winter

Keep your table and chairs in tip-top condition!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
NOV
05

Wrap Up Warm This Bonfire Night

Don't be left out in the cold!

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

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2015
NOV
02

How Our Homes Have Evolved Over The Past 50 Years

Changing with the times

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
OCT
30

Introducing: Danny

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

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

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2015
OCT
28

Get Set For Halloween With Caribbean Blinds

The devil's in the detail!

Pumpkin Carving

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

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2015
OCT
26

Outdoor Seating Can Increase Revenues By 30%

Boost your profitability with an alfresco dining area

Louvered Roof

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

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2015
OCT
23

Improve The U-values Of Your Windows

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

External Roller Blinds - Keep Warm This Winter

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

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2015
OCT
20

How To Style Your Outdoor Living Pod

Get set for Autumn with our favourite home updates

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
OCT
19

Don't Be Fooled By Cowboy Companies

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

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

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2015
OCT
16

Keep Warm This Winter

10 tips to heat your home for less

External Roller Blind

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

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2015
OCT
13

Autumn Home Accessories

Inject warmth & comfort into your home this October

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

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2015
OCT
12

Highlights From Grand Designs Live 2015

Caribbean Blinds stole the show!

Grand Designs Live

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

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2015
OCT
07

Excellent Evergreens

Add some year-round greenery to your outside space

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

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2015
OCT
02

17 Years On & Still Going Strong!

Proof our products are designed to last a lifetime

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

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2015
OCT
02

'Well done to all at Caribbean Blinds'

Excelling in what we do

External Roof Blind in Northamptonshire

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

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2015
SEP
29

Brilliant Bird Boxes

Welcome wildlife with these chic designs

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

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2015
SEP
28

Boost The Value Of Your Home

How to add space and value to your existing property

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
SEP
25

Introducing: Dhan

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Caribbean Blinds Machinist

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

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2015
SEP
23

Guide To Pressure Washing

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

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

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2015
SEP
21

Rising Number Of Homes Affected By Overheating

83% of Londoners suffered from uncomfortably hot homes this Summer

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
SEP
18

FREE Tickets To Grand Designs Live

We have 100 pairs up for grabs!

Caribbean Blinds at Grand Designs with Kevin McCloud

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

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2015
SEP
16

Autumn Planting Guide

Start sowing for a stunning Spring garden

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

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2015
SEP
14

Are Lawns Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Homeowners opting for low-maintenance alternatives

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
SEP
11

Exceptional Aftercare

We don’t fit and forget

Outdoor Living Pod with integrated screens

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

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2015
SEP
09

Contemporary Patio Heaters

Enjoy your patio every season of the year

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

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2015
SEP
07

Autumn Gardening Guide

Get set for the new season with our top ten tips

Patio Awning

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

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2015
SEP
04

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

Revamp your garden with these top tips

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
SEP
03

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

Make your garden extra green with this useful guide

Patio Awning

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

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2015
SEP
02

Grand Designs Live Special: Merging The Outdoors With The Indoors

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

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
SEP
01

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

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

Patio Awning

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

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2015
AUG
31

See Our Products In Action At GD This October

We’re returning to Grand Designs Live in Birmingham

Stylish Outdoor Living at Grand Designs

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

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2015
AUG
28

Introducing: Sam

Meet the Caribbean Blinds team

Meet The Team

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

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2015
AUG
26

Alfresco Accessories

Wine & dine with sophistication this Bank Holiday

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

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2015
AUG
24

The Rising Popularity Of Outdoor Living Spaces

One of 2015's hottest home trends

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

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2015
AUG
21

A Guide To Solar Shading

7 ways our products can transform your home

A Guide To Solar Shading

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

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2015
AUG
19

Outdoor Lighting Masterclass

Illuminate your garden in style this Summer

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

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2015
AUG
17

Stay Protected Against Harmful Infrared Rays With Caribbean Blinds

Infrared rays linked to skin cancer & ageing

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
AUG
14

Join Our Team

Apply Today For Our Exciting 'Sales Support Role'

Jobs at Caribbean Blinds

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

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2015
AUG
12

Self-Watering Pots & Planters Guide

Allow your plants to fend for themselves with these dynamic designs

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

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2015
AUG
10

Too Hot To Work

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

External roller blinds

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

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2015
AUG
07

'Very Impressed'

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

External Roof Blind

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

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2015
AUG
05

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg

Enjoy a taste of The Great Outdoors fresh from your patio

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

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2015
AUG
03

How To Holiday At Home

Enjoy a Staycation with Caribbean Blinds

Holiday At Home

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

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2015
JUL
31

Behind The Scenes At Caribbean Blinds

Join us on Instagram

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

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2015
JUL
29

Solar-Powered Water Features

Make a focal point with a fabulous fountain

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

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2015
JUL
27

‘Our thanks to your company’

Another review praising the quality of our personnel

Louvered Roof Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
JUL
24

Forecasters Warn 2015 Could Be A Record-Breaking Year

Rising temperatures highlight the importance of solar shading solutions

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
JUL
20

Pave The Way

Contemporary paving ideas for a patio with wow factor

Paving

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

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2015
JUL
20

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

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

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

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

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2015
JUL
17

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

Lisa unveils her top tips for a desirable outside space

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

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2015
JUL
15

Perfect Patio Plants

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

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

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2015
JUL
13

'Modern Homes Are Turning Into Ovens'

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

External Roller Blinds Passivhaus

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

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2015
JUL
10

Our Reviews & Photos Are The Real Deal

Don't be fooled by fake online reviews

External Conservatory Roof Blind

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

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2015
JUL
08

Metallic Pots & Planters

Add a contemporary twist to your garden this Summer

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

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2015
JUL
06

The Launch Of Our New Responsive Website

Staying one step ahead in the Digital Age

Caribbean Blinds Website

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

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2015
JUL
03

Keep Your Cool

We unveil the best ways to stay cool during a heatwave

External Roof Blinds

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

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2015
JUL
01

All Decked Out

Create the perfect environment to relax this Summer

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

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2015
JUN
29

Keep Bugs At Bay This Summer

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

Patio Awning

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

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2015
JUN
26

Raise Your Glass

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

Cocktails

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

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2015
JUN
24

Brilliant Barbecues - Part 2 (of 2)

Sizzle in style with our favourite charcoal barbecues

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

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2015
JUN
22

‘Very impressed with the whole process’

We always deliver on our promises

External Roller Blind - Sun Screen

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

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2015
JUN
19

Gourmet Grilling

Get grilling with our ultimate Summer barbecue recipes!

Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
JUN
17

Brilliant Barbecues - Part 1 (of 2)

Get grilling with our pick of the best gas barbecues

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

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2015
JUN
15

Sliding Or Bi-fold Doors?

We put both to the test!

External Roller Blinds

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

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2015
JUN
12

Summer Design Inspiration

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

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

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2015
JUN
05

Sun Safe

How High is Your Personal Protection Factor?

Patio Awning UV Protection

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

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2015
JUN
03

Enjoy The Sun Responsibly

Summer has finally arrived

Heatwave Advice

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

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2015
MAY
24

'Very Satisfied'

Another Glowing Review

Patio Awning to Tiled House

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

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2015
MAY
05

A Crowd Pleaser

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

 

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2015
MAY
01

Our Louvered Roof Is In A League Of Its Own!

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

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

Louvered Roof Comparison - Design

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2015
APR
24

As Seen In...

New summer adverts starting to appear

Grand Designs Outdoor Living Pod Advert

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

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2015
APR
20

A Whole Spectrum Of Colours

Endless choices enable a truly personalised product

Colour co-ordinated blind hardware with facade

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

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2015
APR
13

Helpful Expert Advice

More great feedback on our knowledge and experience

Conservatory Roof Blind

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

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2015
APR
08

Beware Of Imitations

Companies falsely claiming to offer the Outdoor Living Pod

Original Outdoor Living Pod

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

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2015
APR
02

Love Life Outdoors

See us at Grand Designs Live London 2015

Caribbean Blinds at Grand Designs

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

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2015
MAR
23

How Much Do Our Products Cost?

Finding out is as easy as…

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

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2015
MAR
13

Don’t Bake In Your Conservatory This Summer

Conservatory blinds that actually keep the heat out

Conservatory Roof Blinds - Externally Mounted

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

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2015
MAR
02

Is It Time For A Spring Clean?

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

Louvered Roof, Pergola Canopy

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

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2015
FEB
27

Our BIG Sale Ends At 5pm Today

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

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

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2015
FEB
26

‘Your team are a credit to Caribbean Blinds’

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

Outdoor Living Pod to Gable End Bungalow in Reigate

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

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2015
FEB
19

Don't Put Your Back Out!

Yearly manual handling training course promotes correct lifting and moving methods

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

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2015
FEB
16

Trade Dealers – We Want Your Photos

…of our awnings and canopies you have installed

Awnings & Canopies Trade Dealer Photos

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

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2015
FEB
11

Discounted Marketing Support For Trade Dealers

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

Discounted Awnings Marketing for CB Trade Dealers

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

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2015
FEB
09

Forklift Refresher Training

Passes for all our operators

Caribbean Blinds Forklift Truck Driving

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

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2015
FEB
05

Controlling Glare With Fabric Blinds

Selecting the right material

External Blinds for Glare Control

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

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2015
FEB
03

‘Delighted with every stage of the process’

Another customer thrilled with the addition of their new patio cover

Outdoor Living Pod with Infill

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

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2015
JAN
26

New Health & Safety Training Providers

Morgan Training Solutions appointed…

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

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2015
JAN
22

Standing Out From The Crowd!

New safety clothing makes sure are personnel are seen

Caribbean Blinds Safety Clothing

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

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2015
JAN
19

Hot Off The Press

New inspirational product catalogue

2014 Product Catalogue Brochure

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

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2015
JAN
16

What Areas Do We Cover?

Updated coverage map

External Blind Coverage UK

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

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2015
JAN
14

Built-In Frost Protection

New safety sensor fitted as standard to all Outdoor Living Pods

Outdoor Living Pod - roof auto open via sensor

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

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2015
JAN
12

The Year Ahead

Find out what we’ve got planned for 2015

Caribbean Blinds Advert

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

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2015
JAN
10

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

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

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

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2015
JAN
08

Review Of 2014

A year to remember, with outstanding performance across all sectors

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

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2015
JAN
01

JANUARY SALE NOW ON!

Save big on our products in January

January Sale

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

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2014
2014
DEC
19

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

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

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

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2014
DEC
17

Home Design Trends: Rustic Chic

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

Rustic Patio Awning

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

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2014
DEC
15

Create The Ultimate Outside Area For Your Restaurant!

Alfresco dining at it's very best!

Outdoor Living Pod for Restaurants

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

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2014
DEC
11

Home Design Trends: Parisian Style

How to transform your home into a French inspired masterpiece

Stylish Awnings

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

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2014
DEC
09

2015 Trade Awnings & Canopies Programme

Full details now released…

2015 Awnings & Canopies Trade Price List

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

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2014
DEC
04

Stylish Christmas Decor Ideas

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

Fabulous Fairy Lights

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2014
DEC
01

Fabrics Are Just A Click Away

shadingspecifier.co.uk integrated within our main website

Awnings Fabric Selector

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

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2014
NOV
27

Make A Statement Outside!

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

Patio Awnings

Garden AwningsPatio Awnings

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2014
NOV
24

'Dealing with Caribbean Blinds has been an absolute pleasure'

Continuing to impress with both our products and service

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

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2014
NOV
20

Stop Throwing Money Out Your Windows

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

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

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2014
NOV
19

Fancy A Brew?

Our installers would welcome a warm drink

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

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2014
NOV
17

Changes To External Blinds & Awnings Performance Requirements

Draft proposal aims to raise the standards

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

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2014
NOV
15

Great Ways to Add Value to Your Home

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

Conservatory Blinds

Make Space

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2014
NOV
13

Let There Be Light

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

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

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2014
NOV
11

Take The Party Outside This Winter

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

Winter Barbecue

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2014
NOV
09

Be Part Of A Winning Team

Two office based customer service role vacancies

The roles are:

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2014
NOV
07

Increasing The Style And Energy Efficiency Of Your Home

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

External Roller Blinds

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

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2014
NOV
06

We're Sociable

Connect with us on all these platforms…

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

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2014
NOV
04

Great Patio Design Ideas

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

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

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2014
OCT
27

‘Professional, friendly and very, very good’

Impressing with our products & service

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

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2014
OCT
24

2014 The Hottest Year On Record

With the warming weather set to continue

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

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2014
OCT
22

Like A Sail In The Wind

How much wind can patio awnings withstand?

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

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2014
OCT
16

Christmas Order Deadlines

Cut off for pre x-mas installations is fast approaching

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

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2014
OCT
08

Unbeatable Show Offers

With low deposit & buy now for installation in 2015 option

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

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2014
OCT
06

Sometimes It Does Go Wrong

But we’ll rectify it promptly

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

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2014
OCT
02

The Upwards Trend Continues

9 months in and we've exceeded 2013

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

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2014
SEP
29

More Payment Options

We now accept American Express

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

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2014
SEP
22

Hoist Away

Roof terraces don’t pose a problem

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

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2014
SEP
18

Join Our Team

Technicians / Installers Required

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

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2014
SEP
09

1 Month Until Grand Designs Birmingham

Our biggest show yet…

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

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2014
AUG
28

‘I’ve never seen anything like this’

Outdoor Living Pod wows everyone who sees it

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

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2014
AUG
22

Changes To Our External Roof Blind Fabric Ranges

cb_297 Twilight Pearl fabric being phased out

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

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2014
AUG
13

Educating Consumers

Real Homes + Homebuilding & Renovating take the lead

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

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2014
AUG
11

Improved Website

Enhancing your viewing experience

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

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2014
AUG
07

We Love Our Customers

Especially when they bake us cakes

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

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2014
JUL
31

Where There Is Glazing, It Needs External Shading

Explainer video tells all

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

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2014
JUL
29

External 'v' Internal

New heat transmission comparison charts

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

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2014
JUL
25

Going Above And Beyond

Our installation teams always go the extra mile

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

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2014
JUL
23

See Our Superior Products In Action

New YouTube Videos

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

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2014
JUL
21

'Faultless'

You're in safe hands with us

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

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2014
JUL
16

Mix And Match Hardware Colour

Design an awning colour combination to suit you

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

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2014
JUL
14

‘We could not have asked for a better experience’

Dealing direct really does make a difference

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

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2014
JUL
09

Overheating In Buildings Is A BIG Issue

Committee on Climate Change warns heatwaves are a threat

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

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2014
JUL
08

‘We are very pleased’

Another overheating problem solved

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

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2014
JUL
06

‘A professional job from start to finish’

The reason so many clients have no hesitation in recommending us

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

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2014
JUL
02

Dealers Please Check Order Acknowledgements

They are produced to save costly mistakes

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

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2014
JUL
01

Bahamas Awning Bracket Specification Changes

500mm fixing plates being replaced with 300mm plates

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

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2014
JUN
27

A Striking Transformation

Before & After - The Difference An Outdoor Living Pod Makes

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

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2014
JUN
18

'Thank you!'

Over the moon with our after sales service

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

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2014
JUN
16

A Great Example

The challenge glass boxes pose

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

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2014
JUN
09

Named And Shamed

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

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

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2014
MAY
30

'A Neat Installation'

The difference our own surveyors and installers make

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

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2014
MAY
28

New Ambient Infra-red Heaters

The same heat output without the glare

Radiant heaters are a popular choice to compliment both our Outdoor Living Pod and