Tempest, Tempest, Tempest: The Umbrella to Withstand it All
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Tempest, Tempest, Tempest: The Umbrella to Withstand it All

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- October 25, 2023

At Sunshade we love anything that does what it says on the packet. When it comes to the Shade7 Tempest umbrella, this thing sure can withstand a storm – up to 100kph in fact!

In this article we look at a few of our more recent installations of these stylish beasts, to show you what can be achieved with some solid know-how.

Handling the Havelock North hills

Our East Coast licensee, Mark Hannan, was asked to help provide shade for this customer’s patio in Hawke’s Bay’s Havelock North. A shade sail wasn’t going to work for the space, so Mark suggested a 4x4m Tempest umbrella.

Choosing a PVC fabric (with 10 colour options) gives this customer an additional 20kph wind rating (up to 100 kph) compared to the Acrylic Canvas option (which has 24 choices, and a still-impressive 80kph rating).

We think their grey colour choice works in great, and the extra strength is worth it for this location!

A Shade7 Tempest Market Umbrella installed on a hillside patio in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay NZ
A pair of large market umbrellas by a blue pool

An umbrella duo for the poolside

Attention to detail is everything. Check out these two Shade7 Tempests by our customer’s beautiful cobalt blue pool in Havelock North.

Our customer was a builder type so he was able to work with us on reinforcing the deck from underneath, helped to set up the base, and co-installed together with our experienced licensee Mark.

A deck with umbrella post installation in progress

Before / during installation – Careful attention was paid to reinforcing and levelling of the umbrella posts.

A poolside home and deck with two large outdoor umbrellas installed on permanent stands

After installation – notice the details that come from experience. The shade line is bang on, with the umbrellas sitting snugly under the soffit when open, and covering the area right to the pool.

Pro tip: Take a look at the structural integrity when shopping for umbrellas. For example, the arms of the Tempest’s canopy are made from reinforced aluminium. These are connected to an impressive 94mm mast with internal reinforcing channels for extra strength – fwooar!

Pretty in Pistachio

For commercial client Mr Apple‘s staff area we were stoked to specify and install two 5x5m Shade7 Tempest umbrellas in Pistachio. That’s 50 square metres of shade cover!

When furniture is installed, the canopy will open and close neatly above it. The water repellent canopy offers rain protection, and being a non-permanent structure the client has flexibility for their space.

We love the colour choice!

Two large green deck umbrellas in front of a commercial building
A grey umbrella installed in a contemporary outdoor setting

Industrial strength for residential life

The durability and sheer block of shade is evident from this Sunshade installation.

Stylish in a contemporary setting, the Tempests also offer an impressive UVR block – the premium marine-grade acrylic fabric having the highest possible rating of UPF 80.

The acrylic fabric also comes with a 5 year warranty and has the best available colour fastness rating of 7-8 out of 8.

After an umbrella that lasts the distance?

To get a feel for the Shade7 umbrella options that Sunshade can offer, seek out advice from our local expert in your area. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Hostel life: Shade upgrade for Napier Boy’s Hostel
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Hostel life: Shade upgrade for Napier Boy’s Hostel

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- May 8, 2023

Recently, we were thrilled to receive an invitation to work on a shade sail project at Napier Boys’ High School in Hawke’s Bay. The school’s hostel courtyard required an upgrade to replace the 12 umbrellas that were previously provided at each table. The 12 octagonal tables accommodate almost 100 students during mealtimes.

Shade sails were chosen to enable a wider coverage for a longer portion of the day, and because of their high wind and weather strength.

Our local expert, Mark Hannan, designed and installed the shades to create a shade path for the outdoor courtyard and lunch area of the school.

Napier Boys' hostel area before shade sails were installed
Shade sail design for Napier Boys' High School
Shade sail design for Napier Boys' High School

We selected Extreme32 as our high strength textile of preference. It is a performance architectural shade cloth that comes with a 15-year UV warranty and an impressive 99% high UVR block. It was an ideal choice to provide remarkable shade for the congregation space.

Our industrial upholstery experts at the Sunshade head office in Hastings set to work on the marking, cutting, and sewing.

Shade sails by Sunshade Hawke's Bay for Napier Boys Hostel with Extreme32 fabric

Mark ordered the manufacture of steel poles that were powder-coated to match the colour palette of the high school building. This helps to provide the integrated look that complements the building and supplies a robust and stylish shade space for students.

With the shade sails measuring a huge 6x7m each, this was a serious amount of shade coverage for the expansive courtyard.

Given how long we know these shade sails last, this is an investment that will continue to protect students at the school for a long time.

Shade sails for Napier Boys High School by Sunshade Hawkes Bay NZ
Shade sails for Napier Boys High School by Sunshade Hawkes Bay

Pro tip: Using shade sails saves a lot of time when compared with putting up umbrellas and taking them in each day. They also tend to be a lot more durable and hold a higher strength. In fact, in choosing our Extreme32 fabric, the shade sails won’t need to be taken down over winter. Cleverly, this school has now saved a lot of time and hassle.

Searching for a high-quality shade sail of your own

To comprehend the substantial distinction that Sunshade shade sails can offer, seek advice from our local expert in your area. We’re here to help.

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Some of our favourite shade sail installations
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Some of our favourite shade sail installations

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- January 10, 2023

Shade sails have been around since the age of the Ancient Egyptians, and they’ve proven themselves to be one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your outdoor areas from the sun. Over the years we’ve been involved in many awesome shade projects, so we thought we’d share some of our favourites. 

Shade sails for an early childhood centre, schools and other educational institutions.

Bright shade sails protect play area from harsh UV rays

We’ve done a lot of shade sail installations for ECEs, including the one pictured above at Cumberland Kindergarten in Hamilton. This is the ideal location for a shade sail: close to the building, but offering a sun shade spanning over two different popular play areas. In keeping with the centre’s branding, the colours are bright and bold.

Shade sails create a safe and shady space for play, providing extremely high UV protection and shelter from the sun. Shade sails create a functional space that not only looks good but offers protection from the weather.

We also have continued to supply sun shelters to a number of schools to protect students from the sun.

Shade sails providing shade for students at Taradale High School
Sunshade Shade Sails Wellington project for Tui Glen School Stokes Valley

The first above is a large, sheltered outdoor space at Taradale High School in Hawke’s Bay where students can relax while they study or eat lunch.

The second is at Tui Glen School in Stokes Valley in Wellington where the shade sails shelter the junior student’s play equipment, picnic areas, and more!   A vibrant and practical cost-effective solution, both of which have great aesthetic appeal and add a contemporary feel to school buildings.

Shade sails for the community

Shade sails are an ideal solution for many types of businesses and organisations. You can find us working on shade sails for restaurants, and we also install shading systems for parks and recreational facilities such as community swimming pools, parks and playgrounds, marae, churches and picnic areas.

A shade sail is an easy-to-install alternative to a traditional pergola roof or solid structure because it requires no heavy machinery or complicated construction methods. The shades are made from lightweight materials that can be installed onto virtually any surface with little more than straps and ratchets. Some types of shade sails may require some additional support or bracketry, but they save time and come with minimal disruption to erect them.

Shade sail installation by Sunshade in the community - Marine Parade Napier
Shade sail in community pool area
  • The images above illustrate how two large installations create totally different shade solutions and cleverly complement their surroundings.
  • Our structures are PS1 compliant to ensure they can withstand all the elements.

Here are some of our favourite shade sail installations in New Zealand for private residences.

At Sunshade, we understand that your shade sails are more than just a place to chill out and enjoy the sun. They’re an investment in your home and lifestyle, and therefore deserve to be built to last.

Outdoor residential shade sail solution by Sunshade Wellington
Award winning shade sails by Sunshade NZ
Black modern shade sails by Sunshade NZ

Above are some examples of how we’ve installed shade sails for private residential customers in New Zealand, including an award-winning Auckland installation (shown centre).

Because Sunshade Shade Sails are custom-made to fit the specific needs of each customer, they are extremely popular for private residences. No off-the-shelf here!

Shade sails also add a certain architectural design element to the home, and they come in a variety of colours to match your style.

At Sunshade our shade sails are designed using 3D software, ensuring that they meet your precise specifications. In addition, our system allows for a straightforward process as well as access to our local expert installers from the get-go.

Talk to us about your shade sail project

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the shading projects that we’ve been involved with. If you’re interested in installing shade sails on your property whether it’s for public or private use, please give us a call or message today!

We’d love to work with you.

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Sunshade Wins Two National Shade Sail Awards!
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Sunshade Wins Two National Shade Sail Awards!

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- July 20, 2022

Sunshade were stoked to be recognised at this year’s national OFPANZ Awards for Excellence in Nelson, for two separate pieces of work.

Two of our regional licensees were awarded – Mike Atwood in the Waikato took out the top prize in the Residential Shade Sails category, and Mark Hannan in Hawke’s Bay received a Highly Commended in the Commercial Shade Sail section.

The OFPANZ Awards are designed to celebrate design and workmanship, and winners have to show the challenges they had to overcome and that they have created an overall positive and lasting impression.

Accepting the award on the night for Sunshade was Pete Swinburn and Peter OConnel
Pete Swinburn and Peter O'Connell from Sunshade Group were there on awards night

Sunshade’s 2022 award-winning shade sail installations were:

Highbrook – by Mike Atwood, Sunshade Waikato licensee
WINNER: OPFANZ Awards for Excellence 2022, Residential Shade Sails

From the landscaper’s concept to reality this was a true test of our skills. Experienced Waikato installer Mike Atwood was brought in to finesse a cool-looking shade sail concept, and make it work to adhere to the core principles of shade sail design, detail and robustness. 

The installation features 3 triangle and 2 rectangle sails, fabricated in our Hastings workshop using Z16 architectural shade cloth in Charcoal. Set in Hamilton’s Highbrook subdivision, the sails needed to provide shade and shelter for not just the north-facing deck but also the home’s interior, in an extreme high wind zone.

A stuck concrete truck and a digger that couldn’t reach above the retaining wall all added to the challenge! And all through Covid lockdowns which added layers to the communications and our ability to make things happen on site.

But Mike and the customer came through and we now have a landscape client who has asked for more quotes since, so well done Mike and the team on this impressive effort and show of skill.

Get more ideas specific to Residential homes here:   RESIDENTIAL

Wairoa College – by Mark Hannan, Sunshade Hawke’s Bay licensee
WINNER: OPFANZ Awards for Excellence, Commercial Shade Sails

Wairoa College asked our local Hawke’s Bay licensee Mark to create a large range of shaded spaces across the school grounds, to provide much-needed UV protection for rangatahi. The shades needed to tie in with the existing environment and established trees, be resistant to graffiti, meet the budget and stand up to the high wind zone. 

The main complexity of this job was the scale and sheer number of sails and posts involved (10 sails, 29 posts!).

Another challenge was the location, in a small rural town about 120kms from our business. 

You can learn more about the project here

The result is a serious set of shade sails and sun protection for the students, and we’re proud to have created a stylish set of architectural shades that invite rangatahi to hang out in a variety of spaces.

Get more ideas specific to the Education sector here:   EDUCATION

Further kudos

We also wish to acknowledge our Auckland Licensee, Seaton Meredith, who entered the blinds and screens category for this awesome custom PVC screen installation at a rustic rural barn-style property. 

While the project didn’t receive a gong, it is still an impressive piece of work!

Sunshade Group Ltd co-Director Suzanne Hoyt was delighted with the wins.

Ziptrak blinds for covered verandah in semi-rural Auckland NZ

“I feel all of our licencees are very deserving because we know how hard they have been working. Mike is 10 years + experienced in the shade sail world but continues to rise to new challenges and expand his expertise with examples like this award-winning Highbrook job,” says Suzanne.

“Mark on the other hand has a 20 year legacy working with shade sails and screen systems and has kind of become our ‘Yoda’ – his attention to detail and ability to carry out these large scale jobs with precision is a testament to an owner/operator who has really honed his craft.”

Georgie and Alexi, winners at OFPANZ Apprentice of the Year 2022
Georgie and Alexi from our workshop were both recognised at this year's Industrial Textile Apprentice of the Year Awards.

“In addition to our Sunshade licensees taking out two categories this year, we are also delighted to have two of our workshop apprentices receive accolades in the Apprentice of the Year. One team member was named Tier 1 Apprentice of the Year, and the other received the Highly Commended.”

“Overall this year’s awards offered some great recognition of the hard work our teams put in.”

Looking for your own slice of shade sail paradise?

Browse our shade sails here, or check out our solutions with premium high-grade umbrellas and outdoor blinds here, or simply contact us now and we’ll guide you through.

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Innovative play happens underneath sails for shade
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- June 23, 2022

Creating a functional and fun space for your school with smart weather protection

Sunshade has been featured in Term 2’s School News magazine. We were delighted to share our experience and advice for anyone looking to improve the quality of shade cover for tamariki in New Zealand schools. Here’s an excerpt from the article if you missed it:

Outdoor play is the pinnacle of joy for kids at school, however even sunny days can have a dark side!

Looking at a recent JAMA Dermatology Study, Melanoma cases are set to skyrocket, increasing by 50% over the next 18 years. This does not bode well for New Zealand, which already has one of the highest mortality rates for Melanoma in the world.

And it is not just our skin we need to look after from our harsh New Zealand sun, but also sunlight. Did you know strong sunlight can also affect our focus, stamina and our longer-term wellbeing? This becomes very apparent to teachers in schools; students can become fatigued and lethargic in the heat and the glare can impair their vision.

Child hugging shade sail pole pad

This places shade as a critical part of any school’s health and safety mitigation strategy.

Why are shade sails the solution to sun protection in NZ schools?

UV Protection and Safety

Shade sails are a highly effective solution to create a safe and shady space for play, as they provide high UV protection and shelter from the sun and heat. At Sunshade, we use textiles with at least 50 UPF and a UVR block of no less than 90 percent. Our fabrics are also strength-tested, fire-tested and certified by structural engineers.

Sunshade NZ custom shade sails solution for ECE centre play area

Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne Owner/Operator Mark Hannan describes some of the worst shade structures that he has seen in some schools.

“Aside from inadequately durable fabrics, probably the worst thing I see in schools is loose shade sails. These can be an accident waiting to happen or at least degrade shades more quickly; another problem arises where the shade sails have not been fixed correctly and could cause damage to property in an extreme weather event. If it is not attached to something seriously strong or it is sagging or visibly damaged in places, it’s time for a repair or refit.”

What are the latest trends in school shade sails?

Sunshade sails also create a striking effect and come in a wide selection of colours and styles, turning a sunny space into a functional and fun space. It also enables opportunities to escape the classroom and participate in outdoor learning which not only improves the well-being and resilience of students, but also contributes to their mental and physical well-being. Not to mention reducing the spread of viruses within our schools.

Mark has the current trends for Sunshade at schools.

“Awesome shade sail fit-out requests lately have been for playground space designs without centre poles, allowing for uninterrupted play in the space underneath. Others use rectangles to cast strong blocks of shade when the sun is at its highest which also ends up looking cool. It really depends on the space and the needs of the school, so custom designs are a strong trend. Shades can be an opportunity to bring the school colours to life too; Primary schools tend to choose some fun colours. In areas where graffiti or damage might be a concern, some schools are also opting for more forgiving colours like black and charcoal and pole pads continue to be a standard requirement for knock prevention too.”

Needing quality shade + shelter protection at your school or kohanga? 

Talk to your local expert, or fire us a quote request today.

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Ziptrak® Blinds for Impressive Rustic Haven
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Ziptrak® Blinds for Impressive Rustic Haven

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- April 13, 2022

What a fantastic outdoor screen project this was to work on for our customers. Singing with rustic charm, this expansive semi-rural property in Auckland was in a perfect position to harness the sun.

The job was to add clear PVC Ziptrak® blinds to the huge, covered deck area, side veranda and spa pool area. Naturally this would create a swag of spaces to enjoy as the sun moved over the property throughout the day. 

Quality, weather-tightness, and an integrated aesthetic were the order of the day. Ziptrak® blinds were chosen for the product’s quality reputation, durable features, and effortless operation. 

The silver track and frame colour was chosen to compliment the rustic feel of the space, with the attractive bottom bars and pelmets adding a style of their own whether the screens are up or down.

A total of 14 PVC Ziptrak® blinds were custom fabricated and installed, each requiring time and consideration. Our Auckland Sunshade licensee Seaton and his team spent a generous number of hours on this job, getting the installation just right and paying attention to those little but important details. 

The result is a host of enjoyable spaces that the owners of this beautiful space can make the most of at any time of day. The area can be kept free of debris and bird life from the outside with the screens down, and opened up to the sun and stars by simply lifting the PVC outdoor curtains.

Pro tip #1: Always adapt on site. To secure a seamless seal against the wall of the house and stop any draughts, part of the skirting and step had to be carefully cut out to allow for the screen track to be attached.

Ziptrak blinds installation showing the careful cut in the skirting board to enable a snug fit

Pro tip #2: Find ways to make life easy for your customers. By designing the Ziptrak® screen thoughtfully, the reverse handles were offset in an easy-to-operate spot. See how they have been perfectly aligned with the placement of the steps as the user would walk up to it, and in the case of the spa, nicely available instead of having to reach behind the spa to find the handle.

Want to enjoy your own outdoor enclosure with Ziptrak® blinds? 

We’d love to talk to you about your ideas and help guide you on your choice. Whether your space is big or small, rustic or modern, we have the expertise and fabrication know-how to create something amazing for you. We’ve been installing Ziptrak® for years and know this product intimately – feel free to bring your ideas and ask us anything.

You can learn more here about Ziptrak® outdoor blinds or shoot us a quote request below.

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Shade sail spaces created for Wairoa College
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Shade sail spaces created for Wairoa College

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- October 26, 2021

In Hawke’s Bay our local expert Mark has built a reputation for the quality of his large-scale school shade sail installations over the years. He was stoked to get the call from Wairoa College about a comprehensive shade sail project for their outdoor areas – our largest Hawke’s Bay shade sail project this year.

The project involved creating a multitude of shaded spaces within the school campus, offering a variety of choices for rangatahi (young people) to enjoy the green space. 

With established trees offering dappled natural shade, the school’s shade sail project needed to tie in with the existing environment and build on the shade spaces available.

Shade Sail solution for Wairoa College

Part of the challenge for our Hastings-based team installing in Wairoa is the somewhat remote location, particularly for getting specialist services to site such as hydro-excavation for efficiently digging the posts. 

This was a massive job with 10 custom-designed and fabricated shade sails requiring a total of 29 posts to be freighted to site, so manual pole digging was not an option! Hydro excavation services were called up from Napier for digging day, which turned out to be the perfect call. 

Pro tip: always expect the unexpected and be prepared to adapt. Despite having access to the plans for the underground services and being given the all clear, we still managed to find a heap of services including stormwater pipes present under the ground! Thanks to having the hydro-excavator on site, adapting was not a major problem – we were able to quickly dig more holes and shift the set of shade sail poles over slightly to accommodate.

Our heaviest duty shade cloth was employed for the job – Extreme32 (E32) by Rainbow Shade. Thanks to its monofilament and tape construction E32 not only performs excellently in exposed weather areas but also when required to span large spaces. E32 also provides impressive UVR protection (up to 95.8%). 

The black shade cloth chosen for the college offered a UVR Block of 95.7% and a cooling 95.3% shade. An incredibly strong choice for the protection of the students underneath. 

It was fantastic to be called up for another large-scale shade sail project like this one. The result is a serious set of shade sails and sun protection for the students at Wairoa College, and we’re proud to have created a stylish set of architectural sails that invite rangatahi to hang out in a variety of spaces.

Looking for a shade or screen solution for your school or community space?

We’d love to talk to you about your project and scope a quote to put forward. We have the expertise and fabrication know-how to create something amazing for your space – feel free to bring your ideas and ask us anything.

You can learn more here about our work in education, community or commercial environments, or fire us a quote request below.

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New Outdoor Umbrellas for Poolside Haven
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New Outdoor Umbrellas for Poolside Haven

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- September 20, 2021

This outdoor umbrella installation tells the story of when one just isn’t enough. After having one umbrella installed and enjoying it so much, our customer just had to have another!

Outdoor Umbrella #1

Set in the leafy suburb of Greenmeadows, the Western sun would beat down into this contemporary backyard. Our customer needed to protect their black outdoor furniture (and those sitting on it) from the harsh Hawke’s Bay sun. They were also looking to cast a shade over the pool for respite during the heat of the day. 

Like many people we talk to they had an old umbrella that needed replacing, so we started there. A 3×4 metre Shade7 Riviera cantilever umbrella was selected – one of the first installations we have done with this new rectangle model. 

This incredible umbrella has the ability to cover the pool and also be switched over to shade the furniture, thanks to the infinite tilt and 360° rotation.

Plus, with the 10 year fabric warranty against fading and rot, our customer has the peace of mind that this is one umbrella that will last and the colour will remain looking great.

First Shade7 Outdoor Umbrella installed for poolside haven in Hawkes Bay
Ultimate shade from two outdoor umbrellas poolside in Hawkes Bay

Outdoor Umbrella #2

The first cantilever umbrella was such a hit for our customer that they called us up for another one. This time it was an umbrella to shade the spa pool at the rear of the section. Bliss!

To keep with the aesthetics of the space, a matching Riviera cantilever umbrella was selected in the same colour and size as the first.

Pro tip: Onsite we discovered the tiles were different levels, so we paid special attention to the packing on the base of the umbrellas. This ensured both umbrellas match in height to be in line with the fascia line of the house, for both a practical head-height and uniformity.

Ready to upgrade to your own high quality outdoor umbrella?

The durability and ease of use of Shade7 umbrellas is world class. If you are looking at one, we do recommend you save the hassle and get it installed by the experts. 

We have a direct line in with Shade7, can advise you on the best model for your needs and can carry out the installation to exacting standards.

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Tempest, Tempest, Tempest: The Umbrella to Withstand it All

Recently, we were thrilled to receive an invitation to work on a shade sail project at Napier Boys’ High School in Hawke’s Bay.

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Hostel life: Shade upgrade for Napier Boy’s Hostel

Education Projects - May 8, 2023

Hostel life: Shade upgrade for Napier Boy’s Hostel

Recently, we were thrilled to receive an invitation to work on a shade sail project at Napier Boys’ High School in Hawke’s Bay.

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Create a Toasty Haven with Patio Blinds for the NZ winter

Advice - Mar 20, 2023

Create a Toasty Haven with Patio Blinds for the NZ winter

Have you been dreaming about creating a warm and inviting space to enjoy during the cold NZ winter months? In this article, we share our experience and advice to get your cosy outdoor space feeling ‘just right’.

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Kindy’s outdoor screens get a cosy makeover in Avondale
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Kindy’s outdoor screens get a cosy makeover in Avondale

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- September 12, 2021

Thanks to a long-standing relationship, we’ve been delighted to carry out several projects for this Kindy in Avondale, Auckland over the years. This time it was to replace their old PVC screens, which were old and had received a fair amount of use in that time.

A refreshed set of screens were required to make the screens easier for teachers to roll up and down on the daily basis and close those draughty gaps to keep the little ones warmer inside.

Our Auckland shade + screen specialist Seaton Meredith was pleased to be called back to Avondale to help the kindy out. 

Outdoor screen technology has changed a lot in recent years and this time the kindy were able to upgrade from the old manual roll-up screens to Ziptrak® track-guided PVC blinds, which are much easier and quicker to operate.

Easy screen operation in an ECE or public environment also makes a swifter exit possible in an emergency, enhancing safety in the space. 

The latest Ziptrak® blinds have other helpful features these days also, including improved bottom bars and spring mechanisms to keep the area fully enclosed and make the screens easy to use and more durable.

Seaton helped the kindy achieve a custom fabricated set of Ziptrak® outdoor screens that fit perfectly with the existing frame. To stay in keeping with the posts of the existing structure the Ziptrak® frame was also powder coated in a nice dark blue to match.

Now the indoor/outdoor play area is completely draught and debris free, safer, and brighter for all to enjoy. 

Before - the Kindy's screens were manually operated and getting a bit weathered
Kindy Outdoor Screens project in Auckland NZ - Results
After - the outdoor screens are refreshed and easier to use long-term

Looking to create your own cosy outdoor enclosure?

Learn more about Ziptrak screens here, and check out our options for both residential, commercial and education environments.

We look forward to hearing about your ideas for your project.

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Shade Sails for a Converted Shepherd’s Cottage
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Shade Sails for a Converted Shepherd’s Cottage

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- August 13, 2021

Sometimes we get to install shade sails in some beautiful locations. This was an old farmhouse shepherd’s cottage at Ngaruru Station in Central Hawke’s Bay which was definitely one of those.

The old school farm building had been converted to offices and needed some shade to make a more practical workspace and deck area.

The first shade sail was installed by our local Hawke’s Bay expert Mark Hannan to provide shade for the deck and BBQ area. What a view they have!

Mark was also asked to add a second shade sail so the window glass could be shaded to reduce the glare and keep things cool inside.

With the shade sails measuring 6x7m and 6x6m, this was a serious amount of shade coverage for the sizeable deck.

Pro tip: Even though the two shade sails visually connect at the house in the centre, careful attention was paid to use one bracket per shade sail. Choosing to fix them to separate brackets instead of using the one bracket greatly increases the strength of the individual sails and reduces the risk of damage to the house in extreme winds.

Since installation the customer has had massive winds in the region and says the shade sail has held fast with no worries at all.

The textile chosen was our most popular – Z16 – specifically designed architectural shade cloth that comes with a 10 year UV warranty. With an extremely high UVR block of 99% this was a quality shade choice for the workspace.

The steel posts were powder coated in black to match, giving the rural property a smart and attractive finish.

Looking for your own high quality shade sail?

Not all shade sails are created equal – talk to our local expert in your area to understand the lasting difference Sunshade can offer.

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Tempest, Tempest, Tempest: The Umbrella to Withstand it All

Projects - Oct 25, 2023

Tempest, Tempest, Tempest: The Umbrella to Withstand it All

Recently, we were thrilled to receive an invitation to work on a shade sail project at Napier Boys’ High School in Hawke’s Bay.

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Hostel life: Shade upgrade for Napier Boy’s Hostel

Education Projects - May 8, 2023

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Create a Toasty Haven with Patio Blinds for the NZ winter

Advice - Mar 20, 2023

Create a Toasty Haven with Patio Blinds for the NZ winter

Have you been dreaming about creating a warm and inviting space to enjoy during the cold NZ winter months? In this article, we share our experience and advice to get your cosy outdoor space feeling ‘just right’.

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