[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Environmentally friendly and sustainable materials are a huge emerging market and the screens and blinds industry is well ahead of the trends. “Sustainable” isn’t really a buzzword, it’s an economic concept for industries, and the product life cycle studies inherent in sustainable product manufacturing have been producing benefits for businesses and consumers alike. Roller blinds, for example, are a case in point. These large blinds use up a lot of material, and better production through use of sustainable practices has paid off very well for the market.

Green in more ways than one

Eco friendly capabilities for blinds extend well beyond the fabrics themselves. Even synthetics are now being developed specifically to help energy management and cut pollution by reducing the demand on power for air conditioning and heating. Energy efficient blinds can save up to 40% on power usage.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Commercial awnings are a real feature of any streetscape, and they're a valuable part of the external space of any commercial building. These awnings are required to last, look good, and be easy to maintain if required. Some commercial awnings are huge, and used as a design feature in their own right, like cafe awnings. Like all business fittings, the big outside awnings are a real design issue.

Commercial awnings - Issues and design

Commercial awnings have a range of functions, including business functions. For some businesses, outside areas are valuable space, and stock is kept there for shoppers. (This is often the case in upmarket car yards, hardware outlets and nurseries, where the cover protects stock very effectively.) For restaurants, cafés and city fast food diners the awning may cover an eating area. The awnings effectively increase the commercial space, often by a large amount.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] External Blinds & Sun Screens External blindsare a major issue for homeowners. Durability, appearance, and fuss-free maintenance are the big issues. This is a case where quality really matters, and most people are quite prepared to be pretty choosy. The trouble, actually, is having so many choices. Outdoor blinds, sunscreens, sunroofs, and other features take some planning, too. The best option is to check the suppliers and get a good idea of prices and quality, as well as the design issues.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] When you are not able to change or decide on the position of the windows in your home, then you must then think of ways to enhance and make the most of natural light in your house. There are many tips you can follow to ensure that maximum light is let in and spread around the room. Too much light When your house is exposed to too much sun in the long days of the summer months, then you will be looking for ways to minimise heat and glare inside your home. There are many ways to manage light inside the home and they come mainly from window treatments, because it’s the windows that are allowing all that light and heat from the sun.

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" z_index=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Folding arm awning on a balcony External awnings haven’t always been synonymous with style. Some might think of them as rusty, unusable eyesores on old-fashioned houses. However, there have been great strides made with the look and useability of external awnings. With more emphasis placed on design and with developments in materials and automation technologies, external awnings can be a very stylish and practical addition to any style of home.