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Awning basics
Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

Established in Putney in 1894, Deans Blinds has seen many developments in the types and applications of external blinds and awning products.

The original shop blinds on which Deans Blinds was founded are still made in the same way at its factory in South London. The arms are made from mild steel with component parts from original sand castings. The painting of the wooden boxes is still carried out by hand in the craft workshop, but today much more care is taken over the sourcing of timbers from sustainable sources.

Awning fabrics, such as the sunvas from markilux, while looking much like the traditional cottons, are now made from modern polyesters treated to provide a considerable degree of self-cleaning properties and are UV resistant.

Time has not stood still and Deans has embraced new technologies becoming the main UK supplier and installer of markilux products. Markilux are leaders in outside awning development and all staff at Deans Blinds are factory trained in both features and benefits of the markilux products in order to provide advice and the correct manufacture and installation methods.

The selection of the correct type of awning or outside blind is crucial and the markilux range of almost 100 different types of systems caters for virtually every need. Additional benefits including heating, lighting, automatic control and freestanding options can be chosen.

Unfortunately, there have been cases of awning mis-selling, particularly when the ban on smoking came into effect in the UK and many awnings were sold as all-weather products that were simply not up to the job.

Deans introduced an Italian-developed all weather awning system in the UK and these are suitable for use in all but the most extreme weather conditions. The Tecnic range by Pratic of Italy is rated up to Force 10 on the Beaufort scale and Deans has installed these systems successfully on such diverse installations from a school on the North Yorkshire Moors to restaurants on the windy Cornish south coast. This range of awnings has now been supplemented by the freestanding Tecnic Reverse system available up to 13 metres x 7 metres with free area below incorporating integrated gutters and down pipes.

When deciding on the right type of external blind or awning there are some basic questions it is helpful to answer in order to ensure the correct choice is made.

It may seem obvious but the first thing to do is consider for what purpose is the awning to be used i.e. is it to reduce UV fading; reduce heat; for summer entertaining; for business promotion; for shelter in the rain or to extend restaurant facilities?

The blind or awning supplier must establish these facts in order to offer the best possible advice, which will ensure correct specification and ultimate customer satisfaction. The role of a professional blind or awning company is not to 'sell' awnings, but to advise customers so that they make the best buying decision for their needs.

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