Evolution of the Conservatory Industry

| Published On: February 3rd, 2017


Evolution of the Conservatory Industry

 The conservatory and Garden Room shade blind industry have started to initiate significant change within the conservatory sector, as customers demand more from the space.  These changes “mentioned below” have forced an Evolution of the Conservatory Industry sector itself. As such, conservatory Companies are having to implement a completely different construction design and marketing approach to maintaining growth in the market.

For a while, the demand for conservatories was far greater than industry expectations.  The marketplace ‘boomed’ as conservatories became common alternatives to traditional extensions due to reduced costs and the promise of an ‘outdoor indoor’ living space. 

Unfortunately, conservatories have a few disadvantages, including the temperature extremes that are experienced in the height of summer and depth of winter being the most difficult to live with on daily basis.  In essence, traditional glazed conservatories are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter to use as an everyday room. This has, once again, driven change within the conservatory industry as these temperature extremes have encouraged conservatory owners to seek out and find solutions which enable them to use the space all year round. 


What’s happened to the conservatory dream?

Traditionally conservatories were built with thin wall polycarbonate sheeting or single glazed glass panels.  Theses allowed sunlight in while keeping construction costs down, whilst also providing relatively decent thermal properties. 

The main aim of most conservatories was to increase the internal living space with an environment to aid relaxation.  Due to the low-quality polycarbonate and glazing materials being used for the roof of conservatories heat would be trapped within the conservatory space on hot days creating an uncomfortable environment to spend time in.  In winter, with lower temperatures, they offer little thermal insulation letting heat escape at a high rate, creating very cold internal environments that need excessive heating solutions.  To try and combat these issues the industry brought out improved “thicker” polycarbonate sheeting and double glazed panels. A focus was then put on the glazing panels by the sales and marketing, stating and demonstrating the increased light and outdoor appeal; also because the glazed roof approach increased profits. The problem is glazing allows too much UV radiation in and increases the heat build up. Also, it isn’t good at keeping heat in during the winter months.  

A such, homeowners that invested in conservatories are now looking for cost-effective ways of reclaiming conservatory areas for all year round use. 


Is it possible to have a pleasant, usable conservatory all year round?

The simple answer is Yes!  It is possible but is incredibly expensive. Garden Rooms are now becoming more popular that tradition glazed conservatories and a new market have sprung up offering Conservatory to Garden Room Makeovers. Problem is that to remove a glazed or polycarbonate roof and then replace it with a more traditional roofing solution isn’t cheap.  Many conservatory owners are simply not willing to spend another £15,000+ on top of the £20,000+ they initially spent on the conservatory structure.  However, the benefit is that a stable temperature and living environment can be created and the living space will feel more like a traditional internal room it they do.  Additionally, this is also at a cost of losing the light and airy feel the conservatory originally offered. 

The alternative, cost-effective, solution is our bespoke Shade Sail Blinds.  Our Shade Sails are constructed from a UV-protected stretch fabric which does not block natural daylight unlike other forms of blinds that act as ‘blackout screens.’  This makes our Shade Sail Blinds ideal for providing soft shading or privacy screen solutions without destroying the light and airy ‘outside inside’ feel.

Additionally, Shade Sails offer extra insulation solutions thus help control heat build up in the summer months and heat loss during the winter months, whilst at the same time create that ‘wow’ factor feature. 


Conservatory roof replacement




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CONSERVATORY ROOF INSULATION will make your conservatory feel like a proper room with a consistent temperature throughout the year.  The conservatory roof will look the same from the outside but with super-efficient insulation fitted and a newly plastered ceiling inside.


SHADE SAILS BLINDS can help you to reclaim your conservatory offering great benefits in all aspects.  Made in Britain to the highest specifications, the fabrics have superior quality and Shade Sail Blinds are 100% machine washable.  Using 95% recycled plastic bottles our fabric is one of the most environmentally responsible materials available today.

Clients can create their own designs in the color of their choice.  They are able to mix and match colors and shapes to enhance their existing décor and create contemporary designer features.

In addition, our Shade Sails are simple to fit offering our clients the option to save on installation costs.  We also offer a ‘no-drill’ fixing option – perfect for ensuring the conservatory warranty is preserved – or you can opt for stylish chrome fittings if you prefer.

Shade Sails are becoming one of the most eagerly adopted ways of filtering harsh sunlight while also introducing a new aesthetic to conservatories, atriums, outdoor cafes, retail outlets and offices, reducing the harmful UVB/UVA rays.


To create an inspiration design, or to discuss project ideas, please contact us at hello@shadesailblinds.com or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.

Improving the Restaurant outdoor area appearance

| Published On: November 23rd, 2016

Improving the Restaurant outdoor area appearance

Often, when we’re looking for a place to eat, the first thing that draws attention is the visual, what makes a huge difference. It’s undeniable that a well laid out facility that comes across as being cozy and beautiful designed fills our eyes and makes us feel good. Follow this with a quality of the service and food and customers will keep coming back.


The Design tendency for this sector is versatile in various fields and aspects. No matter the area outdoor or indoor, the fact is that designers are always incorporating in this sector products that bringing influences observed in society, both in terms of behavior and style.


This is exactly why Shade Sail Blinds has a mission to offer. We are constantly interacting with and developing the new influences in terms of appearance, what options they bring to our clients and exactly what currently are the most modern and efficient solutions for that sector.


Our goal is to provide highly styled shading solutions, developing each project

according to in terms of our customer’s needs whilst optimizing all the ideas they bring to us and developing ways to best deliver a solution.


Shade Sails Blinds are unquestionably the ideal cost-effective solution when it comes to offering dynamic shapes and impact. As a matter of fact, they are highly rated by designers because of the benefits they bring; they are also suitable for all kinds of Commercial outdoor areas that need to be protected from the sun or rain whilst improving the overall visual impact and appearance.


Finally, Shade sails can change that simple outdoor setting into a dynamic area. Bringing a more modern and stylish appearance that complements a variety of architectural approaches. So, if you are planning to change the outside appearance of your Commercial building, restaurant or Pub we can help you with ideas and suggestions by defining your project in accordance to your needs. Please give us a call or visit our Blog page at the website to have more information, design or just to discuss the project ideas: hello@shadesailblinds.com or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

Below are some design ideas which you may find useful: 


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Shade Sail Blinds – Testimonial

| Published On: November 18th, 2016

“So pleased with the blinds, they are great and look lovely”  Mrs. Smith 



Commercial Shade Sail Blinds & Canopies

| Published On: September 22nd, 2016

At Shade Sail Blinds we’ve been working with commercial shade sails & canopies for many years, providing tailored solutions to meet your commercial needs, regardless of the requirement.
Our Solutions include:
• Privacy
• Shading and Anti-glare
• Protection from the elements
• Acoustic treatment
• Aesthetic architectural interest
• Heat reduction



Commercial canopies and sails are both decorative and functional. The flexibility of hang and installing these sails in any which way you wish means they can be arranged in artistically, giving you the most modern and stylish f options.
Our team has extensive experience in the designing, engineering, fabrication and installation of bespoke commercial stretch sails, canopies which we do for a huge range of clients. Here’re some regular customers:
• Retail premises
• Commercial offices
• Local government
• Schools/Colleges
• Architects
• Shopping Centres
• Bars and Restaurants
• Swimming Pools
• Hotels

Our Process


Step 1:
The first step to getting shade sail blinds or Canopy is to gather information. This may include a site survey and reviewing all site plans and construction data available.
Step 2:
When we’re satisfied that we understand your business requirements and the intended use of the blinds we’ll begin the concept design process. This is an opportunity for you to see what they will look like, allowing you to tweak and agree on the ascetics before they’re manufactured.
Step 3:
Before any of our products are released they go through a compressive Quality Control check, ensuring they meet our exacting standards and comply with all our engineering requirements.
Step 4:
Once released from our quality control check the products are handed over to our in-house installation team whom will provide all necessary Health & Safety and works process documentation prior to arriving on site to complete the installation as per the agreed design.
Step 5:
The last step is very important to us and that is that we have a Happy Customer. Upon project completion, we will send out quick feedback request asking you to outline any areas which you feel could be improved and how you would rate our service. After all, we want you to recommend and use us again!

Shade Sails are unquestionably the ideal cost effective solution with the dynamic shape which can transform your indoor or outdoor environment by enhancing the existing décor. As a matter of fact, they are highly rated by designers because of the benefits that they bring. Installation of shade sails or canopies can change that simple outdoor setting into an eye-catching and dynamic area. They have a modern and stylish appearance that complements a variety of architectural approaches.
To create an inspiration design, or to discuss the project ideas, please contact us at hello@shadesailblinds.com

or call us on +44 (0)1249 848649

We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds

| Published On: July 14th, 2016

Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds Summer

If your conservatory actually is a non-functional and useless place in your home or have been using as a Storage, the summer season is a perfect time to looking for options to make the most of this place in your home!

Reducing excess of heat and glare with stylish and modern 3D bespoke design, our Shade Sail Blinds are the solution and also the fantastic alternative to traditional blinds, not just for the summer season, but for all year.

When you decide to shade your conservatory is crucial realize how important is to have a bespoke product, not only to ensure the product is fit for purpose but also ensures it’s created based on your needs and requirements, giving you exactly the design and style what you were looking for.


Mrs Beverly Jordan

Here’s some benefits shade sail blinds can provide making this product totally PERFECT for your conservatory: 

  • 100% machine washable
  • Made in Britain to the highest specifications
  • created to your own measurements and in the color of your choice, so you can mix and match colors and shapes to enhance your existing décor
  • fabric created using 95% recycled plastic bottles to become one of the most environmentally responsible materials available today.
  • can be easily cleaned in a domestic washing machine to keep them looking as good as new for many years to come.
  • simple to fit with a ‘No Drill’ mounting system – perfect for ensuring your conservatory warranty is preserved – or you can opt for stylish chrome fittings if you prefer.
  • sun shade sails are becoming one of the most eagerly adopted ways of filtering harsh light introducing a new aesthetic to conservatories, atriums, outdoor cafes, retail outlets and offices.
  • Stylish and Contemporary Shades
  • reduce the harmful UVB/UVA rays which damage your skin and fade furnishings ‘by up to 64%’.

We are currently working on a number of jobs at this season. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we are pleased to offer you a Free Quotation.

Give us a call +44(0) 8448111382, send us an email hello@shadesailblinds.com or visit our website www.shadesailblinds.com Shade Sail Blinds team are more than happy to hear from you!

The Restaurant Game and how to improve the design of cafes, bars and restaurants.

| Published On: June 6th, 2016

The restaurant game is a fierce and cut throat business, with bars and eateries desperately vying for the customer’s attention, trying to create that one dish, look and defining ambience that will entice the diner into their establishment. At Shade Sail Blinds we have created a product that will put your business’s name far above the rest.

During the four years that we have been trading, our interior design department has invested time in educating designers and budding restaurateurs in the benefits of these sails. Not only are the sails functionally beneficially – the sails can be made of acoustic fabric which absorbs a considerably significant amount of sound – but they also can be used to incredible stylistic effect.


Shade Sail Designers

Our Shade Sail designers have worked with numerous top London architects to devise breath taking restaurant installations, using leader wire installation to create the illusion that the sails are floating elegantly above the diner’s heads. These romantic and polished installations create a clever and dignified dining environment. In addition, using shade sails to cover bulbs and diffuse light can create an ambient setting as well as a contemporary lighting fixture. We have experience with incorporating LED’s into the shade sail designs to create a unique design feature and art installation.

Interior Shade Sail Design Department

Our design department boasts an interior designer who spent over five years heading up the design team of one of London’s top pub groups. During this time the change from shabby chic to slick eco-friendly architecture was notable and shade sails are the perfect tool to accompany this new direction in both interior and exterior design. Combined with a top concept designer with six years’ experience of bringing visions to life, Shade Sails are unquestionably the ideal cost effective solution to keeping up with this new trend.

The dynamic shape and fluidity of the sails reflect the modernist nature of the new design movement. With a generation focused living and eating clean, it was obvious that clean lines and a simplistic design ethos should follow.


Exterior Shade Sails

The exterior use of Shade Sails also combines style with function, and their elegant shape can be seen hovering above many hotel, bar, cafe and pub gardens throughout England. Their unmistakable design adding further usable space by protecting the customers against the elements.

Install Service and bespoke design service

Because the designs are bespoke, the sails are able to be tailored to any project, no matter how grand or modest. We also boast a rapid turnaround time and install service, so urgent and challenging installs are a task Shade Sail Blinds will zealously take on.

To create an inspiration design, or to discuss and evolve an idea to fruition, please contact James directly at designers@airsculpt.com, or Philly on philly.gaisford@airsculpt.com. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your discussion and look forward to hearing from you.

Conservatory shade sail blinds – Testimonial Mr & Mrs Amos

| Published On: November 5th, 2015

Conservatory shade sail blinds – Testimonial Mr & Mrs Amos

“…We are both absolutely 100% happy with our sails and the service we received from your and your fitter, who arrived on time and made an excellent job of our conservatory, it has given it a new lease of life.  They look beautiful and make the conservatory so very cosy, it’s like being in a bedouin tent.  We have now started using the room more in the cooler months, albeit with a small convector heater, as the sails keep more of the heat in and we are looking forward to seeing how much cooler it is when summer arrives next year ”


Bob and Pam Amos
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Entrance Canopies and Awnings

| Published On: October 21st, 2015

The 21st century has brought along with it an array of design possibilities supported by architectural knowledge which makes it possible to come up with buildings of all styles and shapes. However, despite all these improvements, there is always something you can add to complement the architecture and increase the curb appeal of any building. Entrance canopies and awnings are some of these additions that can completely transform your outdoor and adjacent spaces to make them noticeable to your prospects or visitors.

There are a variety of canopies and awnings you can choose from seasonal stationary, retractable to permanent stationary. By adding a canopy at the entrance to your business or residential home, you can extend your living space as well as add safety and comfort to any outdoor activities that you may have. In addition, these canopies reduce home energy consumption, fading of interior furnishings and protect your family and patrons from the harmful UV rays.


Reception Sails

Your reception is the face of your business or home. Many visitors don’t go beyond the reception meaning investing in the right reception sails can dramatically change the perceptive of your guests and prospects towards your business and brand. You can have fixed or stationary fabric sails cover your reception area thereby giving your guests a relaxed atmosphere knowing that they are entertained and protected from the elements.

Reception sails come in hundreds of patterns giving you a wide range of choice in design possibilities. They add shape, color and dimension to complement the architecture of your ordinary home or business premises. You can choose from traditional concave, sloped style, dome, gable or waterfall.


Bespoke Designed

Business and home owners have a variety of taste and preferences when it comes to canopies and awnings. In order to meet these preferences, canopies are designed using different shade materials such as knitted Commercial 95 (Com95) for shade and UV protection as well as waterproof Ferrari 502 to protect the occupants against the elements.

Apart from the material, you can also pick your favourite colours from a pool of different colour options. Particularly if you have a theme that you want to develop, choosing complementary colours can boost the visual appeal of your premises. If you are looking for long life performance for your canopies, you have the option of reinforced stainless steel wire rope within the hem pocket or webbed hems.

The advantage of bespoke designed canopies is they give you the opportunity to pick the type of thread to use. While polyester thread fibre may be used in some canopies, it has the disadvantage of breaking down when exposed to UV sunlight, saltwater, cleaning agents and extreme weather conditions. Proprietary threads such as tenara can give you a lasting canopy.

How to Choose Your Canopy Supplier

An entrance canopy is an investment expected to serve you for a long time. This means before you spend your valuable finances, you need to vet your supplier to ensure you get a good deal. There are certain aspects you need to evaluate before choosing your supplier amongst them:

The Variety of Canopies and Awnings – It’s important to have a look at the collection of canopies the prospective company stocks. When assessing variety, look at the shapes, colours and materials available and see how well they complement your premises. In case they don’t have what you are looking for, see whether they can tailor make one based on your preferences.

You should also request to see existing installations the company has done for clients to have an idea of how your installation will be should you choose to buy from them.

Usefulness of Canopies Across Seasons – Entrance and reception canopies are not temporal make shifts, but rather permanent installations that will serve you throughout the year. What this means is the canopies must be useful across all the seasons of the year from spring to winter. The materials used should be able to withstand the elements as well as provide shade.

Guarantees Offered – The company must be clear on the performance guarantees of its canopies. This is important because these canopies are designed to last a long time and you can’t afford disappointments along the way. The design framework must be able to serve you for long (at least 20 years) before giving in to wind and snow loadings and the material should be able to withstand discolouration from UV rays.

Conservatory shade sail blinds Testimonial Mr Damian

| Published On: August 19th, 2015

Conservatory shade sail blinds Testimonial Mr Damian

” Thank you for the blinds. They are fantastic, we’ve already had several comments from friends saying how modern they look.”

Mr Damian Roche (2)    Mr Damian Roche3

Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds – customer review Mrs Segar

| Published On: August 19th, 2015

Conservatory Shade Sail Blinds – customer review Mrs Segar

“The blinds look lovely. I’m so pleased with them. They were fitted within a few hours. No mess and very professional.

I hesitated for so long as to whether to get them or not and I needn’t have been worried. Thank you – M. Segar”

Marie Segar