Standing out as a business is getting more important by the day, as competition has never been fiercer. So what can you do to get the edge on your neighbouring businesses?
Products such as awnings are a fantastic way to do this, and have numerous benefits which can help to save you money, bring in new customers and please your
One of the biggest benefits an awning has is that is can be personalised or branded. This allows you to extend your presence on the high street and stand out compared to your peers. Physically standing out from your competitors provides a massive boost and is more likely to attract new customers and visitors.
A branded awning can be a very impressive addition to your property. When done well, it can provide a massive boost to your businesses aesthetics.
With space at a premium in busy city centres or high streets, maximising your space has never been so important. Because of this, a lot of different businesses are looking for ways to make the most of their outdoor areas to maximise revenue.
Awnings help to allow use of your outdoor spaces even in trickier weather conditions by protecting your customers or visitors from rain. Alongside this, combined with LED lights or infrared heaters you can extend the usability of your outside space further into the night time and even during the colder months. This allows for more space for customers and the chance to maximise revenues at all times for a relatively small amount of money.
Of course, one of the biggest benefits of an awning is simply the weather protection it will provide to those both inside and outside the property. Keeping those underneath dry and protected is a massive benefit, allowing for additional seating, as well as keeping the pavement or path underneath it dry and less slippy.
Not only this, but awnings have been shown to have a positive effect on passing trade, with customers more likely to stop outside under an awning and look in the window of the shop.
One of the effects often forgot about is actually the effect awnings can have in warmer summer weather, where they stop the hot sun from warming up the glass and making the room inside unbearable. From shops to offices, this can have a massive benefit for both visitors and members of staff, helping increase productivity by relieving uncomfortable weather conditions.
Winter has fully arrived, and with it we have harsher weather that makes spending time outside more difficult. Earlier sunsets and darker nights are combined with much lower temperatures and wet and windy weather, which can be a nightmare combination.
Luckily companies such as Markilux, Vortex and Weinor are one step ahead and have a number of different accessories that can be used in conjunction with their products to help you still enjoy your time outdoors, at low energy costs.
For wind protection, both Markilux and Weinor provide side screens, helping you to enjoy your outside space without being buffetted by the winds, whilst Erhardt Markisen, Gibus and Weinor all provide glass panels and doors for their veranda and 90° pergola systems.
The Markulux 790 and Weinor Paravento are fabric horizontal blinds that extend from vertical aluminium cases, allowing them to be neatly tucked away when not needed. The main benefit of these products is that as well as protecting from rain or wind, they also provide shading and privacy.
Erhardt Markisen, Gibus and Weinor all provide high quality glass elements, that can both slide and fold open, or fixed elements that provide 24/7 protection. These of course don’t provide shading, however certain Gibus systems can also offer blinds to provide the best of both worlds.
|Weinor Zenara with Integrated LED Lights||Veito 2000 Infrared Heater|
If heating is the main issue, then a whole host of different companies offer solutions to accompany their systems, as well as third party options that offer excellent performance.
Vortex, the makers of large commercial umbrellas, offer infrared heaters, designed to be ideal for use in the catering or hospitality industry, when outside space is at a premium and the systems themselves are more likely to be used at different times of the year.
Infrared technology saves a lot of energy as opposed to conventional heaters, and due to it’s ability to transfer heat directly to surfaces rather than air, it also requires almost no heat up time at all, proving instant comfort whilst saving money.
For this reason, Markilux and Weinor also offer similar heaters for their systems. The Markilux heaters are designed to work with any awning, and can even be combined with lighting in the shape of the Markilux Hotspot. Weinor, meanwhile, provide the Tempura. the Tempura is available in two different models with varying design styles.
Gibus also provide a 4000W bar heater, whilst Erhardt Markisen offer both infrared heaters and a unique item called the Erhardt Heatscope Vision. The Heatscope Vision is a panel that provides as much heat as possible whilst providing minimal light intrusion, ideal for creating an atmosphere.
Finally, third party company Veito also provide heaters, with an impressive range to suit every application. In business for roughly 40 years, Veito and Samson Awnings work together to supply six different models with different strengths and uses. for instance the Veito Blade S2500 is a beautifully designed wall and ceiling mounted heater mounted by brackets that is ideal for use under awnings or verandas, whilst the Veito CH1800RE is a self supporting vertical heater ideal for use in glass rooms.
When it comes to Lighting, there are a range of LED options from companies such as Erhardt, Gibus, Markilux, Vortex, Weinor. LED lighting is useful because it conserves energy as opposed to normal lighting options and is also much brighter.
Erhardt’s Light Bar attaches to the wall and provides light without looking out of place due to it’s modern design, whilst LED spot lights can be incorporated into the roof of any Erhardt veranda. Weinor also offer the Lux system which combines different LED systems, and many of their awnings come with LED lights integrated as standard.
Markilux offer the spotline bar with integrated spotlights, as well as the Hotspot system, which is a bar containing both LED spotlights and infrared heaters. Gibus also offer bar lights and spot lights, but as well as Weinor, they also offer RGB led strip lighting that runs around the inside perimeter of the system, providing stunning visuals that can be changed at the touch of a button.
|Gibus RGB Strip Lighting||Weinor RGB Strip Lighting|
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.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
A brand new system from Gibus, the Med Varia is truly a league apart from others.
The system has a roof similar to that of the Med Twist, with aluminium blades that twist and rotate. They open up to an impressive 135°, and can be adjusted to provide just the right amount of shade or heat. When open, the blades create a natural airflow that feels like being outside, yet when closed, the blades form a full roof, with a watertight seal that prevents occupants underneath from getting wet. Rain water is dealt with via an internal guttering system.
The Med Varia comes with zip closures already built into the frame, so blinds to protect from the sun are a large part of the system and can be combined with glass panels or doors for a truly stunning and multi-faceted approach that protects against all weather systems. Alongside this, there is a broad range of extras available for the Med Varia. LED lights help illuminate the system and combined with infrared heating systems, they manage to extend the amount of time your business can use your outdoor space, all whilst saving up to 30% on regular light and heating systems.
Every single Med Varia is a totally bespoke system, made to order to the exact specifications required by the customer. The systems allow multiple units to be joined, allowing for a huge variety in the shapes and sizes of the system. This means that no matter what space you have, this system has you covered.
This system can even have drop awnings fitted onto the side, with minimal intrusion on the design, up to 4 metres wide. The shading options vary, from total blackout blinds to crystal, all of which can be motorised.
The new full cassette retractable awning from market leaders Markilux gives even better size range options, with up to 6000mm width using only end fixings, rather than inset brackets.
For a compact awning, the 970 offers some huge size options, up to 3500mm x 6000mm.
This cassette is also unique with a classic square edge and oblong design, enabling a range coloured to front panels to be available.
Other options include an integrated drop down ‘ShadePlus’ valance to provide adjustable shade from low lying sun. LED spotlights can be fitted underneath the cassette to provide an illuminated atmosphere, meaning the awning can be used late into the night.
The Verano verandas allow you to enjoy the outdoors for longer and enrich your living environment, with stylish and luxurious design.
There are two models to choose from, both coming with a wide range of optional extras, such as glass walls to create an outdoor room, halogen or LED lighting and sun protection.
The Verano verandas are provided with a CE-mark, which means they are produced according to European specification, ensuring they are structurally safe for your garden.
One of these unique verandas will soon be installed in our Wellingborough showroom, for you to come and visit and more information on these products will be on our website soon.
Minimal design and practicality for small outdoor spaces
Coming Soon to Samson Awnings
As summer approaches, spending time outdoors becomes a real pleasure.
To create a comfortable, cosy corner, even in the smallest of spaces, we have designed a totally unique product: Med Jeans, the new Gibus pergola. This innovative product, with its slender, clean lines, has been especially developed to harmonize perfectly with buildings characterized by small outdoor spaces, such as urban homes, terraced houses or apartments with terraces.
Every detail has been designed by the Gibus Research & Development department with this aim in mind, from the light structure, conceived as a lean-to attached to an exterior wall, made of powder-coated aluminium, to the slender profile of the posts and guides, which have dimensions of 60 x 100 millimetres.
The Med Jeans pergola is available in two versions: single module, with a width of up to 450 centimetres, and two modules, which reach 700 cm. Both have a maximum projection of 500 cm and are available with either manual or motorized movement systems.
The strong point of each Gibus product is the perfect balance between functionality and style: even for Med Jeans, the focus on design and attention to detail are elements that make this product efficient and elegant.
The young, minimal look of this pergola is perfect for complementing any architectural style without becoming overly dominant. Thanks to its minimal design and clean, slender lines, this new pergola gives outdoor spaces a dash of dynamism and stylish cool.
This effect is also achieved by the absence of exposed screws, the well-finished wall mount which hides the operating mechanisms, and the retractable PVC cover supported by horizontal profiles with the patented “Quick Block” system with aluminium front bayonet.
The canopy does not just protect against UV rays, but, together with the “Weather Strip” system, it also ensures that the fabric remains waterproof. The Med Jeans solution is therefore ideal for setting up your Place Under the Sun, whether in spring and autumn or full summer, ensuring comfortable enjoyment in any climate.
Markilux M X-1
RedDot 2015 – Winner
For the third time in only four months that our awnings manufacturer Markilux can look forward to an internationally renowned award for its new design awning MX-1/MX-1 compact. After the Interior Innovation Award 2015 and the iF Design Award 2015, this time the awning received the reddot design award 2015 for its high design quality.
With the reddot design award 2015, the MX-1 received the third internationally recognised prize within a very short time. This does not only ensure good vibes for Markilux, but also for the designer professor Andreas Kramer from Bremen: “If a concept for a new product develops in your mind, it is natural to ask yourself, how this idea and design will be received? If you are then showered with prizes like for the MX-1, this is something truly special!”
Surprise with a new design
This success, however, is possible only as a team. For several years he has been experimenting together with the Markilux product development to find an expressive design. “This process resulted in many award-winning products, and now the most recent one, the new patio awning. We try every time to make an unusual aspect stand out, and we seem to have succeeded in this with the MX-1”, says Kramer happily.
Managing director Dan Schmitz, who provided the impetus for the novel body of the MX-1 with protruding roof function, is also enthusiastic to have won another prize for this design. “We were already able to impress renowned designers and design professors as well as trade journalists with the futuristic look of the MX-1. Now all that remains is that the end customer likes the awning. “However, after a very convincing start into the season 2015 things are looking definitely positive.
According to the Design Centre North Rhine-Westphalia, the reddot design award is one of the largest and most renowned product awards in the world. In 2015, about 2,000 creative minds from 56 countries with around 5,000 design concepts took part in the competition for product design, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.