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Introducing Erhardt Markisen

Coming soon to Samson Awnings is a range of products by German manufacturer Erhardt Markisen. Amongst the products are a range of high quality retractable awnings and a glass roof terrace system.

Founded in 1980, Erhardt Markisen started as a one man operation. Over the last 38 years the company has grown exponentially, and for the past 10 years they have been designing and manufacturing terrace roofs and glazing solutions at their Burtenbach site in the German region of Bavaria.

Focused on high quality products and innovative ideas, Erhardt are a well known and respected name within the industry. They pride themselves on having fast and reliable deliveries and knowledgeable staff.

All fabrics undergo strict testing, both in the sewing room and the weaving plant. The current range of materials spans to over 250 different fabric designs across seven collections.

Samson Awnings plans to sell the following specially chosen products:

 Erhardt BS-System

An awning system with three basic models, available with many extras and variations.

 Erhardt C

A classic cassette awning with flexible installation options to suit you.

 Erhardt J

A proven cassette awning that impresses right down to the smallest detail.

 Erhardt K

A small cassette awning with an installation height of just 13cm, excelling on balconies and terraces.

 Erhardt PM

An aluminium pergola awning that provides flexible protection for domestic or commercial settings.

 Erhardt Q

Modern Bauhaus design incorporating the best in technical advances and LED Lighting.

 Erhardt S

An open-cassette awning with a sleek design and modern fabric choices.

 Erhardt SD

A high-performance cassette awning with sophisticated technology & a low-profile design.

 

Energy Saving Tips

As the summer winds down and we head into the Autumn, we face the possibility of another long and harsh Winter. Climate change has left many scientists warning that the previous 12 months of extreme weather could become the norm for these isles, and so the need to adapt whilst being energy efficient is one of the average household’s most pressing challenges.

So what can you do to save energy and how can we help you?

 

LED Lights

Led lights are a big energy saver, using up to 75% less energy than their comparable halogen equivalent, and need replacing less often. Many of our systems such as Markilux awnings, Weinor retractable roofs or Gibus Med Systems have LED lighting as an option, and this is something that could be extended through your home.

While LED lights save money and conserve energy, they are also very bright, and are even available in a variety of colours, with remote controls available for some LED lights which allow you to change colour, have them alternate or even set up patterns.

 

External Shading

External shades are an often overlooked way to save money in the long run in warmer climates. During hot summers like the one we have just experienced, it can be difficult to cool down a property when the sun in beating down on the windows, cooking the room on the other side.

External shades allow you to prevent the sun from reaching the glazing and therefor stop the room from being heated without the use of fans or air conditioning, saving money and conserving energy. This is something that is going to become more important in the UK as climate change takes effect, and therefore is something that more households will need to consider than ever before.

Similarly, retractable awnings do a similar job, whilst also offering a larger shaded area outside for you to relax.

Markilux are a world leader in awnings and blinds, and vertical blind products such as the 710/810 and 750/850 or awnings such as the 990 being perfect for this purpose.

 

Infrared Heating

Infrared heating has many strengths over standard heating. It requires almost no warm up time and provides instant heating, making it perfect for outdoor use.

Infrared heating uses electromagnetic radiation, however it is 100% safe (our bodies actually emit infrared radiation, which is how things such as night vision goggles work). It is a different heat to our usual heating systems, which heat the air which comes into contact with it. Infrared heat meanwhile, travels through the air until it hits a solid object, at which point the object absorbs the heat. In people, this gives a deep feeling of warmth.

Because of this targeted heating, they conserve a lot of energy compared to conventional heaters and this can help you save more money. Infrared heaters are available on numerous systems available from Samson Awnings.

May Introduce New Colour Options

German umbrella giant May have unveiled that they are widening their selection of LED bars, to include even more colours to brighten up your outdoor space.

Previously you had the option of RGB colours or warm white LED bars, however there is now the option to have both in the same bar, making the system even more diverse.

What’s more, these new RGB-ww bars are available at no extra cost. These new LED bars are even able to be controlled via an app. You can even combine different colours and even save various colours, patterns, combinations and brightness levels.

The free app for the transmitters (operated via Bluetooth) is available for download on the May website. The new RGB-www LED bars can be controlled by an app as well as a hand-held Bluetooth remote control sender. It is recommended to use the app however, as the Bluetooth sender limits it to controlling two parasols maximum.

The regular white LED bars are also still available.

For more information, please call us on 0800 328 6250.

Introducing a new Automation System: The Somfy Connexoon

The new Somfy Connexoon Window RTS app is a brand new way to control your awning, as well as blinds and other things within the home.

With the Connexoon, you are in complete control of multiple aspects of your home, all able to be powered via an app from your smart phone, making it easier than ever.

Remote access makes everything easier. Not only can you control things at the touch of your phone, you can also set timers. Blinds can go up at a set time every morning to help you wake up naturally for work, and lights can come on timed for when you get back in the evening.

Another benefit of this is the ability to simulate a presence when you aren’t at home, perhaps on holiday or more. The ability to time lights or blinds means it can always appear someone is at home, making break ins less likely.

You can also set up “scenarios”, as well as using preset ones, such as “evening ambience”, which closes the curtains and blinds, and turns on the living room lights.

Anything operated by a Somfy motor can be connected to the connexoon through the use of a small window RTS box. To automate your home, all you need to do is speak to a Somfy installer, who can help you take the first step into easier, futuristic living.

With over 270 million customers, Somfy are a name you can trust, with experience at automating awnings and more.

Weinor VertiTex II

Weinor has recently launched the new VertiTex II.

A compact, vertical awning, the VertiTex II by Weinor is a fantastic option for shading from the sun. The unobtrusive design creates an elegant awning that can be applied in a number of applications, including patio roofs, windows, conservatories and more. Available in widths of up to 6 meters, the VertiTex is suitable for various requirements you may have – it can be fitted virtually anywhere!

The awning is manufactured with three different operational methods that you can choose from:

– Zip: The fabric is held tight on both sides, meaning that it is highly tensioned and therefore wind-resistant
– Rail: The fabric is guided in a rail, the standard, universal option.
– Rope: Guided by a rope, this is the light version, and the most aesthetically delicate.

Weinor’s extensive fabric colours, patterns and material designs, as well their offering of over 200 frame colours mean you are able to own the most ideal vertical awning that is perfect for your home’s façade.

 

May Umbrella Colour and Fabric Updates

May Umbrellas have adapted their range of colour and fabrics, aiming to update their products for the year of 2018.

May Umbrellas are premium parasols designed to fit in equally amongst the domestic and commercial markets, and look fantastic amongst any setting. With a range of designs that include side-supported and centre pole umbrellas, there are plenty of designs available to choose from.

Discontinued colours

MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 008 ochre
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 019 terracotta
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 257 green/black
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 271 navy blue/black
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 344 multi color (Available at extra cost)
MayTex-PVC, 302 1496 mandarin (Available at extra cost)
MayTex-PVC, 302 1497 rust (Available at extra cost)

Changed from gloss finish to matt

MayTex-PVC, 302 1093 beige becomes 302 544 beige matt
MayTex-PVC, 302 1115 dark brown becomes 302 328 darkbrown matt
MayTex-PVC, 302 056 green becomes 302 814 green matt
MayTex-PVC, 302 390 grey becomes 302 331 grey matt

Additional colours

MayTex-Poly, M 9654 graphite grey
MayTex-Acryl, DA 7244 lime green
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 396 green/apple green, structured
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 007 pure red
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 397 magenta
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 143 mallow
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 851 vanilla
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 402 black/beige, structured
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 028 stone grey, mottled
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 030 light grey
MayTex-Acryl, SA 314 398 atlas grey
MayTex-PVC, 302 378 slate grey matt
MayTex-PVC, 302 165 beige grey matt

Introducing the Weinor PergoTex Pure

A new free-standing pergola awning from Weinor, the PergoTex Pure is a brilliant sun and weather protection system from the innovators at Weinor. Usable as either a free standing or lean-to system, meaning it can either be constructed to attach onto an existing wall or structure, or be made to stand independently itself.

It has a cubic design, with special lighting and decorative strips that ensure this system looks fantastic wherever it is erected, and with a large range of features, it can be customised to suit whatever needs you may have.

The PergoTex Pure is based upon the already existing PergoTex II Pergola awning. The syststem contains a tough and weather-proof PVC fabric which folds open simply at the press of a button, providing sun, rain and wind protection. It also allows for an open air feeling all around when open.

Weinor have took this model and converted it to a cubic design, allowing it to be a truly free standing system. The pergola awning can stay extended in up to wind strength 6 weather, whilst rainwater is drained via the guttering down the posts.

LED strips are available to provide lighting, available in up to 48 colours and three different types or white. The colours can even be dimmed or adjusted via the Weinor transmitter. The sides can be filled in too, with the options for either vertical blinds, glass sliding doors or glazing, enabling you to fully close off the system and convert it into an outdoor room.

The First Verano Garda Installation

As part of our Great British Glass Off offer, Verano’s fantastic Garda glass roof system has recently been installed for the first time by Samson Awnings.

An exceptional glass roof system, it can have either a glass or polycarbonate roof, allowing for different needs and budgets, and can also have an awning style fabric system installed either above or below the roof. Alongside this, lighting can be requested as either halogen or LED spotlights. It is also a modular system, allowing the sides to be filled in at a later date with glass elements such as wall panels and doors.

This particular Garda roof was fitted to a domestic property, and was erected so easily and unobtrusively that the customers wife actually missed the system being set up!

Finished in anthracite, this system blends perfectly with the colour of the bi-folding doors that are underneath. This system is fitted with 8.8mm glass, which offers superb vision combined with fantastic durability, with the added benefit over polycarbonate options of being much quieter in the rain.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Benefits of an Awning and Glass Room Combination

The Ulimate UK Weather Protection!

Awnings and glass rooms both have their advantages and disadvantages. Awnings are adaptable, yet unable to cope with heavier wind and snow. Glass rooms meanwhile are more fixed, however lack natural shading, merely rain and wind protection.

Perhaps this is why it has become an option with many glass rooms to have an awning attached. Often fixed to the roof of the glass room itself, the awning extends via runners and this adds stability to the awning itself. These can be placed either above or under the glass, with each having advantages. Outside shading is perfect for keeping the sun from heating up the glass, increasing the temperature, whilst inside shading prevents wind or heavy rain from becoming an issue.

The benefit of this means that not only can you shelter from the rain and wind, and even snow in the summer, but you can also provide shade from the summer sun. This transforms an already impressive glass room into a truly year round all weather system.

The benefits of this are obvious. When combined with sliding glass doors, you can create an area that can be entirely closed off, with a shaded roof, yet can also be completely opened up, with a glass roof and no walls.

Examples for suitable systems:

Weinor Terrazza

The Terrazza is a glass and aluminium roof structure, designed for us on a terrace or patio in any domestic or commercial environment.

The Terrazza can have shading added, with a product called the Sottezza, an under-mount anti-glare screen that blends in perfectly and shields the area underneath from the sun.

The Terrazza has a couple of different roof models and shapes, meaning that every need is catered for, and sides can be personalised to make them more stable or transparent.

An elegant and appealing design, the Terrazza has a number of different options to suit different needs, and can be fitted with lights to extend usability.

Weinor GlasOase

The Weinor GlasOase is designed to be the ultimate in roof protection. It has a high quality aluminium profile, and a roof that is similar to that of the Terrazza, but is designed from the ground up to be transformed into a glassroom.

Sides can be filled in with a variety of options, such as glass panels, sliding or folding glass doors and more, and the sides include minimal posts, offering a truly panoramic view of the surroundings with a possibility for full-surface glazing, with no restrictions to the view.

The GlasOase can also have both inside and outside shading, making it an incredibly versatile system. Alongside this, both LED lighting and infrared heating systems are available, both of which are energy efficient.


Verano Riva

The Verano Riva is a stylish and sturdy glass roof system, which when filled in at the sides uses exceptionally high-quality glass to create a fantastically clear veranda, which offers protection from all sorts of weather conditions, from sun shading, to winds and rain, and even light snow.

There is also the option for polycarbonate to be used, and whilst this is cheaper, it does make it much noisier in wet weather conditions. Alternatively, you can also fill the sides with zip screens as well as the standard glass partitions or sliding glass doors.

Similarly to the glasOase, the Riva has minimal posts, which allows for fantastic views, without losing any of the structural integrity. The Riva only needs two supports to span 6.5 metres, and does this with ease.

Both halogen and LED lights are available built into the structure, which can save up to 30% on energy costs, whilst shading is placed above the roof.

For more information on these options, please contact us.

Offers on Glass Rooms and Winter Gardens

Wintergarden Offer

Our British summer is never quite long enough, so why not extend the season and the usability of your garden or outside space with a stylish wintergarden/glass room. Our completely bespoke solutions make a valuable addition to any home or business.

With a broad range of systems, the options are enormous. From giant Pergotex retractable roof systems which can filled in, and Glasoase systems that make excellent glassrooms that lean to an existing wall or structure of your house, to Med Twist and Varia systems which contain stunning louvred roofs and can be stand alone systems.

These systems suit both commercial and domestic properties. Domestically they can be used to host guests and entertain, as well as a possible island of tranquility for you to relax. Commercially, the systems work particularly well in the food and drink sectors, with cafes, restaurants and bars often using them to extend the usability of their outdoor space.

With extras such as LED lights, the usability of these systems all throughout the evening and night is extended even further. Alongside this, infrared heaters are available for colder days. These heating systems are not only powerful but save up to 30% on energy costs compared to traditional heaters;.

Our Autumn sale on any glass room or louvred rood system is now on!

This season, any like for like quotation will be beaten on these products. Give us a call now and discuss this.

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