How to Spend Your Client’s Shade System Budget Wisely
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives…”
Aristotle (387-322 BC).
Identifying where to allocate your client’s budget according to their needs is what makes you an expert.
Whether you are an architect, builder, specifier, or consultant, you will inspire confidence by mastering this skill.
Winning shade systems installations have several characteristics in common. While intention, effort and execution are givens, the wise choice of technical features and design features will ultimately ensure the success of the project and the delight of the client. Here is what to look for to optimize your client’s shade system budget:
1 / Know the key components of each shade system
Many people like folding arm awnings because, when retracted, the space is free of any structure.
Make sure you know the key differences between folding arm awnings models as well.
Fixed awnings require posts or vertical supports. They are not retractable and have a fixed rigid frame.
- Polycarbonate awnings are usually used for to allow light into a space, while protecting furniture and outdoor spaces from the rain.
- Canopy awnings are custom made from clear anodised, extruded aluminium, assembled with high-quality fittings, usually as a fixed awning but can be retractable.
With retractable roofs, when extended, the roof is completely opened. The waterproof PVC roof fabric is folded back in pleats, concertina style.
Louvered roofs rely on aluminium louvres, which can be adjusted from fully open to completely closed, for that contemporary aesthetic flat ceiling look.
Retractable outdoor blinds, outdoor shades or external blinds as they are also called, supplement the protection given.
2 / Options and accessories are important. Nobody gets up and manually changes the TV anymore: your clients should not have to either.
Using tubular electric motorisation and linear actuators, wind, sun & rain sensors can automatically adjust for weather conditions. Operation is simple and made even more convenient for residential and commercial clients alike. Recommend options like multi-channel remote controls and smart home automation systems to comfortably put your clients in complete control.
3 / Select adapted high performing fabrics & materials
Dickson Orchestra fabrics are chosen for folding arm awnings used in homes and businesses. These long-lasting fabrics, made from solution-dyed acrylic yarn coloured to the core, offer guaranteed colourfastness, excellent mechanical strength, damage resistance, water-resistant effect and optimal thermal insulation.
For outdoor/external blinds, SERGÉ FABRIC 100% recyclable fabrics are a great option. Made from fibreglass yarns coated with PVC, they offer incredible durability and greater resistance to harsh weather conditions. Outdoors life expectation is up to 15 years. A wide range of colours and textures, opacity/transparency options are available. Compliance with the Oëko-Tex standard 100 and REACH standards prescribed by the EU means they are as eco-friendly as possible.
For fixed polycarbonate awnings we use polycarbonate sheets, heat-formed in the factory to accommodate a variety of shapes and sizes. The structural integrity of our frames is assured by compliance with Building Codes and Australian Standards.