SBI Ltd (Sun Blinds Installations) established in 1998 in Kent.
Our aim is to provide new awnings, repairs, servicing, and cleaning. Not just in Kent but across England and Wales.
As with any purchase, there are countless options and accessories to choose from.
This is where our knowledgeable, experienced awning advisors come into the equation.
When you contact us we will pass your details on to your own dedicated awning advisor.
They will answer any of your questions and work out what awning will best suit your needs.
Our advisors do not need to visit your home to provide you with a price.
So you have no pushy salespeople in your home trying to make you buy there and then!
We work with industry-leading awning manufacturers from around the world.
We offer a huge range of awning styles to compliment any garden or patio.
Large collection of colours and fabrics styles to choose from.
Free design consultation.
Remote control awnings technology available.
Professional survey and installation
Five-year guarantee on all awnings (excludes budget range)
Add an SBI (Sun Blinds Installations) awning to your home and you can enjoy outdoor living to the full.
Outdoor living has never been easier than with an SBI Ltd awning.
Whether you are coming home to unwind outside with a drink or two. Or in need of an alfresco dinner with friends and loved ones.
Our awnings provide practical, stunning solutions and are the perfect home accessory for all your outdoor living needs.
SBI awnings shade you and your family from the sun’s harmful rays.
You can relax in complete confidence knowing that your SBI awning will provide protection as well as adding a real touch of luxury to your home.
They are fully retractable and combine superb design and advanced technology.
We can promise you an expert design service and an unrivaled range of materials, designs, and colours to choose from.
Our experienced designers will answer any questions you have.
Fully trained installers will survey, fit and test your awning with maximum care and minimum fuss.
Add affordable extra space.
You’ll be amazed at how much extra space one of our awnings will add to your home.
Space to eat outside and entertain friends and family, space for the kids to play in the fresh air, or space to simply relax.
What’s more, you can make all your plans without having to worry about the weather.
They also protect your valuable carpets, furniture, and curtains from fading.
Awnings that think for themselves.
We offer fully motorised awnings so the days of winding them in and out by hand are long gone.
They are activated by means of a compact handset which can be programmed to extend and retract your awning to exactly the distance you require.
Plus SBI awnings light and wind sensors mean your awning will think for itself – extending when the sun comes out or retracting if the wind gets too strong.
Our awnings are designed to add a touch of luxury to your home.
We have many years of experience in supplying fabrics that are resistant to fading and extremes of temperature.
We also offer an unrivaled choice of colours and styles to choose from.
Make us your first choice for awning design and installation.
One of our designers will be happy to assess your requirements and advise on the best choice.
Then our dedicated team of professional installers will guarantee you a skilled, professional, and courteous service on every installation.
How much does an awning cost?
Our prices start from as little as £1399* inc VAT for our non-branded budget range of manual awnings.
The electrically operated version of the non-branded model starts at £1499* inc VAT.
*Please note that both price options are for our standard build and a standard installation.
It is also very easy to spend in excess of £5000 on our range of luxury awnings. from Markilux and Weinor.
There are so many factors that make up the price we have listed some of them below:
- Size width x projection
- Brand, SBI own brand, Markilux, Weinor, or others
- Model of the awning, full cassette, semi cassette, or open awning for example
- Manual or electric operation
- Sun, wind, and rain sensors
- Built-in lighting
- Infra-Red Heaters
- Home automation
- Awning cover material, polyester or acrylic
- With a valance, variable drop valance (shade plus), or no valance
- Framework powder coated colour and finish
- Side screens manual hook on or pull out the cassette
- Standard fixing bracket or custom made brackets
- Freestanding or attached to a building
- Signwriting for commercial awnings
- The complexity of the installation
- Servicing, cleaning, and maintenance
If you have a fixed budget this can be taken into account when working out the price.
Our pricing policy is simple we keep our operating costs as low as possible.
This enables us to keep the price we charge you as low as possible!
The price we charge for Markilux and Weinor awnings is set by the manufacturers.
We use their (RRP) Recommended Retail Pricelist to work out the price of the awning.
You may require special fixing brackets and you will be advised if they are required.
Once the awning and accessories have been chosen the only other cost is our installation charge.
Having been trading for over 20-years and carried out thousands of installations across the UK.
We know that our prices are very competitive for quality bespoke awnings.
Awning Brands: SBI Awnings, Markilux, Weinor, Gibus, Fridgerio, Arquati SPA, Thomas Sanderson and SOMFY.
SBI offers its own brand of domestic and commercial awnings manufactured in Kent.
- Full Cassette Awning
- Semi Cassette Awning
- Open Awning
- Shade Plus Awning (Drop Valance)
- LED Lights in Arms Awnings
- Victorian Awnings
- Drop Arm
- Pergola Awning
- Conservatory awnings
- Under Glass Awnings
- Free Standing Awnings
- Back To Back Awnings (Butter Fly Awnings)
- Vertical Awnings
- Thomas Sanderson Awnings
- Manual Awnings
- Dutch Canopies, French Wedges, Approach Canopies.
Q What is the difference between a full cassette, semi cassette, or an open awning?
Full cassette awnings off maximum protection to the cover when retracted. Semi cassette awnings provide a medium level of protection to the fabric. They protect the fabric from above but are normally exposed from the underside. Open awnings have no protection to the cover and the mechanism is exposed. These are normally used if there is an overhang to install the awning under.
Q What is the difference between a Drop-Arm Awning and a Folding-Arm Awning?
The drop-Arm awning has arms on each side of the awning that can be extended nearly flat against the wall. This provides lots of shade and privacy. Folding-Arm Awnings the arms are in two parts and fold up under the cover of the awning.
Q Do you make and install Traditional “Victorian” Awnings?
Yes, handcrafted from quality hardwood timbers, mild steel, and cast iron fittings. They can be manually or electrically operated. Finished in beautiful hard-wearing Docril covers.
Q Do you make and install Dutch Canopies and French Wedges?
Yes, we do and our Dutch Canopies can be fixed or retractable. Wedges are fixed as standard.
Q Do you make and install Approach Canopies (Walkway Covers)?
Yes, we do and offer Apex and Bull Nose shapes plus custom shapes.
Q Can you install an awning onto a conservatory roof?
Yes, we can and we offer both awnings the can be installed above the glazing or below the glazing.
Q Why should I choose SBI Ltd (Sun Blinds Installations) to carry out the work?
We are a family-run business that has been trading for over two decades. We have access to one of the largest selections of awnings in the Country. We are dealers for some of the largest awning manufacturers in the World. Our installers have carried out thousands of installations across the UK. Our company is used by other blind companies to install awnings they sell. We are one of only a few companies in the country that offer awning servicing and maintenance. It is important to protect your investment in a new awning by having it professionally maintained and cleaned.
Q Where is your awning company based?
The Garden of England in the county of Kent.
Q What areas do you cover?
All areas of England and Wales including the Isle of Man. We have a strategic network of surveyors and installers located across the UK. This means you get the security of dealing with a specialist awning company., combined with the reassurance of a local service.
Q How long has your company been installing awnings?
Over two decades SBI Ltd was established in 1998 all be it the installation Director has been in the trade for over 35 years.
Q Who are your customers?
We carry out work for homeowners and businesses alike. Some of the companies and charities that trust us to carry out the work are Canary Wharf Management, Shepherd Neame Brewery, RSPCA, Salvation Army, Age Concern to name but a few.
Q Can I discuss my awning ideas with a designer?
Yes, as with any home improvement it is always best to discuss your ideas with experienced designers. You will gain vital advice on how to create a shading solution for your home or business. They will be happy to provide you with a free quotation to consider – and all without any obligation.
Q Do you belong to a trade association?
Yes, we are proud to be full members of the BBSA: British Blind and Shutter Association.
Q When are you contactable?
We can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through our freephone number 0800 0742 721. Leave your details and request with one of our customer service advisors. In turn, your details will be passed on to a dedicated designer who will call or email you back.
Q Why should I use a BBSA member to make and install my awning?
BBSA members are fully insured. Committed to ongoing training. Committed to child safety. Abide by a code of conduct. Access to a free mediation service. Up to date with regulations and best practices.
Q Do you have insurance?
Yes, due to the size of some of our projects we have in place £10 million pounds of public liability insurance and £5 million pounds of employers liability insurance.
Q What is the largest size you can make awning?
We have manufactured an awning up to 24 meters wide. The maximum projection for a conventional folding arm awning is 5 meters.
Q Will an awning gives some extra space?
Yes. An awning effectively extends your living room into the garden, by giving you an outdoor space that is protected from the elements
Q If I have more than one awning installed, do I need extra remote controls?
No, you can have one remote control that can operate several awnings, heaters, sun and wind sensors and even the lights.
Q Where is the awning motor on an electric awning?
The awning motor is tubular and inserted in the steel barrel that the material rolls around.
Q Are awning motors all the same?
No, there are different strengths of awning motors and the strength depends on how many arms the awning has. The diameter of the awning barrel and the projection of the awning. The power of the motors torque is measured in Newton metres.
Q Do you install Markilux awnings?
Yes, we have access to the whole Markilux range of awnings and accessories.
Q Are you a main Weinor awning supplier and installer?
Yes, we have access to the whole Weinor range of awnings and accessories.
Q If I’ve bought an awning from another company can you install it?
Yes, we can install most makes and brands of awnings. Our company is used by other National companies to install some of their awnings as well.
Q What happens if I put my awning away wet?
On the next available dry day take your awning out and let it air dry. Do not store your awning cover away for long periods of time if it is wet!
Q What is a Butterfly Awning?
This is when two or more awnings are bolted to a free-standing goalpost framework at the top on either side. When both are extended out the appearance is of butterfly wings.
Q Would an awning protect my carpets from fading?
Yes, awnings block off the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays, so they will prevent your valuable carpets, curtains, and furniture from fading.
Q What awning is the best to use in the rain?
Most awnings can be used in light rain and we recommend that they are fitted with a minimum of 14-degree pitch. This enables the rainwater to run off the cover without pooling. Awnings that have guide rails and posts at the front are best suited for rain and windy conditions.
Q What happens to an awning when it’s windy?
If you choose an awning with a wind and sun sensor it will automatically react to both the wind and sun. Extending to offer shade and retracting when the wind speed gets too strong.
Q Will, I have to wind the awning in and out by hand?
We offer fully motorised awnings which operate by means of a compact remote control, so you can adjust them to exactly the position you require.
Q Which payment methods and cards do you accept?
We accept BACS, Cash, Visa, MasterCard debit, and credit.
Q What are the electric requirements for an awning?
We can wire back to a fused spur or the awning can be plugged into a standard plug socket. Motorised awnings only draw around 3amps from a normal domestic 240 volt supply. If you add heaters and lighting this rampage can increase but in most cases a standard 13amp socket will suffice. Our surveyor/installer would guide you on any specific requirements.
Q Who will install the awning?
We have a dedicated team of professional installers who will carry out the fitting with a minimum of fuss and disruption.
Q Can I have an awning installed if I have rainwater and soil pipes in the way?
Yes, we can make made to measure steel brackets that stand the awning off of the wall to avoid the pipes.
Q Can you install an awning to a single-story extension or a bungalow?
Yes, we can make the metal framework and or special brackets to enable the awning to be installed.
Q I don’t think I can have an awning installed, can you advise?
Yes, with over two decades of experience and thousands of installations. We have yet to come across a property that we couldn’t fit an awning to.
Q Are the awnings guaranteed?
Yes, all SBI Ltd awnings are guaranteed, including the installation.
Q Are there many awning cover colours to choose from?
Yes, over 300 colour options along with plain and patterned covers.
Q Do you recover awnings?
Yes, we can recover most make of awnings with newly made-to-measure covers. This helps to prolong the lifespan of the awning.
Q Are your awnings made to measure?
Yes, our awnings are made to measure. We do offer some set size budget awning from stock as well.
Q What accessories can I add to my awning?
You can upgrade from manual operation to electric. Add sun, wind, and rain sensors to automate the awning. Incorporate the awning to a home automation system. Add lighting and heating. Add drop-down valances and side screens for privacy and additional sun protection.
Q What motors do you use in the awning?
The high specification awnings will normally have Somfy, Elero, or Becker motors in them. The lower specification awnings will have non-branded motors.
Q What is Somfy TaHoma?
Somfy TaHoma is an easy-to-install home automation system that makes controlling your house simple. With Tahoma you can open and close your awning, blinds, garage door, and lights. All from your smartphone, computer, tablet, or Alexa.
Q Can you sign-write the awning cover and valance?
Yes, we can sign-write your awning and we provide artwork proof for you to approve.
Q Are there many awning frame colours to choose from?
Yes, most of our awnings can be powder coated in any RAL colour.
Q Should my awning be cleaned?
Yes, to keep the awning looking good and to provide the longest life span of the material cleaning is essential. We offer a professional chemical cleaning service for new and existing awnings.
Q How can I clean my awning?
Yes, and awnings should be regular cleaned to avoid the build-up of moss, mold, and mildew. If you would prefer the awning to be cleaned we offer this service and we will also seal the cover.
Q If my awning cover gets ripped can you patch it up?
As a rule, if the cover is old we would make a new cover and replace the damaged cover.
Q Do you supply and install tent or camper van awnings?
No, we specialise in an awning for domestic and commercial properties that are attached to buildings.
Q Can you repair an existing awning supplied and installed by a different company?
Yes, if you purchased your awning elsewhere and the company no longer sells awnings. Or they may have ceased trading we can step in and help in most cases.
Q Who repairs Thomas Sanderson Awnings?
Q Do you replace awning motors and gearboxes when they break?
Yes, our installation teams regularly carry out changing replacement motors, gearboxes, and other parts too old out of warranty awnings.
Q What happens if my awning breaks after the warranty period?
We will diagnose the problem and advise you on any cost for the part. We will carryout the repair work to keep your awning going after it’s warranty has finished.
Q Can I leave my awning out all year round?
No, the awning must be closed in windy conditions or heavy rain. If you need all year cover consider a veranda with or with out an awning attached to it.
Q Do I need planning permission for an awning?
In most cases, planning is not required, with the exception of listed buildings.
Q How long will man awning last?
If you purchase a good quality awning. Have it regularly cleaned and serviced. It should last for many years. We have awnings that we installed over 20 years ago still going strong!
Q What happens if I leave my awning out in a storm by mistake and it gets damaged?
We will diagnose the problem and provide you with a price to repair the awning. Sometimes the cost of parts and repair work can be claimed on your insurance.
Q Where are the awnings manufactured?
Our own range of awnings is manufactured in Kent. Markilux and Weinor awnings are manufactured in Germany. Arquati SPA and Frigerio awnings are manufactured in Italy.
Q How much do the awnings cost?
Prices vary depending on the manufacturer, model, size, accessories and installation.
Q How do I work out what awning will be best for me?
We have a team of knowledgeable awning advisors that will find out what you require. They can offer you several different options depending on what your budget is.
Q Can I fit the awning myself?
Most of our awnings are very heavy and require 2-4 people to lift them into position on the building. We would strongly advise against fitting an awning yourself.
Q How high does my awning have to be installed?
We can install an awning at any height. The awning is fitted higher on the wall to enable a minimum 10 degree fall so that the front edge is lower than the cassette. This allows the rain water to run off. Awnings with steeper pitches don’t bounce around as much in light winds.
Q How long does it take to install a standard awning?
Under normal circumstances, our installation teams take between 2-4 hours from start to finish.
Q Can I order awning fabric samples before arranging a visit?
Yes, all of our fabric suppliers are happy to send out samples directly to you. Just let us know the fabric number and we will do the rest.
Q Do you have to visit me in person to place an order or can it be done remotely?
No, our awning advisor doesn’t need to visit you for an order to be placed. All they need to be able to provide you a price is the width that you want and the projection. A photo of the area where you want the awning installed. They will then give you a fixed price for any-work.
Q Do you have to carry out a site survey?
Not in all cases, if the wall is straight and we have seen a picture of what we are fitting too it may not be necessary. If we need to carry out a survey we will advise you accordingly.
Q Can the awning be wired up to a light switch?
No, it must NOT be connected to a light switch only to a 3 pin plug or fused spur.
Q Can you relocate my old awning to my new property?
Yes, we can in most instances.
Q Do I have to pay a deposit?
Yes, we do require a 50% deposit with your order. If a survey has been booked in and the surveyor says we can not install the awning. Your deposit is 100% refundable!
Q Which cards do you accept?
We accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit.
Q How long from placing my order will I have to wait for it to be installed?
Awnings made in Germany take around 4 weeks from order. Our own brand of awnings can be turned around within a few days if the cover is in stock.
Q What areas do you cover?
We currently carry out installations throughout England and Wales and the Isle of White.
Q Do you charge for a site survey?
No, not if you have placed your order and paid the deposit.
SBI specialises in all types of awning repairs for top-quality awnings.
We help hundreds of customers every year. Not only in Kent but all over England and Wales to maintain their awnings.
At the quality end of the awning market, customers would have spent several thousands of pounds on their awning.
Unfortunately, most customers were never told to have their awnings serviced, cleaned, and generally maintained on a regular basis.
This has led to many of the older awnings all over the country. Needing repair and maintenance work to keep them looking good and functioning.
If you have invested thousands of pounds in your awning. Or moved to a property that has a top-quality awning. You don’t want to replace it with a new one just because it’s old, broken and dirty.
Call us to see if we can service it, clean it and replace the parts.
Don’t write it off before you let our specialist team check out how we can refurbish your quality awning.
Full free design consultations, survey, and installation service.
Awning repairs, upgrade from manual to electric, replacement parts.
Insurance work is undertaken with detailed written quotes provided.
Recovering existing awnings and canopies, vinyl, and traditional hand-painted signage to covers.
Contract installation service, we work for many smaller companies and offer them a fitting service as well as direct to the end-user.
Removal and relocating awnings within London and the Home Counties, signwriting, and corporate branding of awnings.
Awning framework and cover, valance low-pressure professional cleaning service for domestic and commercial awnings all make and models.
SBI Ltd has been trading for over 20 years and is a full member of the BBSA British Blinds and Shutter Association.
We provide top-quality products professionally installed. Throughout Kent, London, and all parts of England including the Isle of White and Wales.
Call 0808 1892 012 to discuss your requirements today.