How to Introduce Al Fresco Dining with Café Barrier Screens

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Increase your sales and profits with ease, by simply creating an outdoor dining area with our very affordable café barriers. What better way to entice customers in the warmer weather than to sit outside, enjoy the summer and your hospitality.

It wasn’t long ago the British boozer suffered a blow with the smoking ban, which led to an increase in sales of Café Barrier Screens and in turn helped publicans and landlords create a comfortable area for smokers to keep customers (and profits) happy.

Café Barrier Banners are now an important addition for any hospitality establishment and with the inclusion of patio heaters you can give your customers an area that can be used all year round.

It’s incredibly easy to order Café Barrier Banners, first you will need to decide on your area and whether this is to be joined to your building or it will all be standing alone.

Measure the outer edge of your area and then divide by 1200mm, 1500mm or 1800mm, this will give you an idea of how many sections you will need.  You can mix and match widths and remember to allow for an opening to enable your guests enter!

Once you have an idea of how many sections you require you can then establish how many poles/stands you will need, (2 per banner is usual unless fixing to a wall) and whether your budget will allow two cross rails per banner or just one.  It is a requirement of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to have two rails, but if this doesn’t apply to you then you can opt for the Eco Barrier and fix the bottom of your banner with cost effective bungee fixings.

Banners are a great way of getting your name out there! We print onto three types of banner material including a mesh PVC for the same cost, all are suitable for our good ole British weather, you will just need to choose your preference and decide what you would like printing on them.  Logo’s, name of your business or simply coffee cups all look great, don’t go for promotions or special offers as you will need to change your banners too often.

Our wonderful sales team is always on hand to help, if you have any problems please give them a call on 01353 665141, they will be happy to hear from you and advise 🙂

How does screen printing work? BHMA Explains.

Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a printing plate (made with a wooden or aluminium frame) with a fine nylon mesh stretched over it. The mesh is coated with a light sensitive emulsion, which when dry will block the holes in the mesh.

The image that needs to be printed is output to film either by camera or image-setter and is sandwiched together with the mesh, it is then exposed to ultra-violet light in a device called a print-down frame. After curing the screen is washed with a jet of water to wash away the light sensitive emulsion that has not been hardened by the ultra-violet light. This leaves you with an open stencil which corresponds exactly to the image that was supplied on film.

The screen is fitted on a press and hinged so it can be raised and lowered. The substrate to be printed is placed in position under the screen and ink is placed on the top side of the screen, (the frame acts also as wall to contain the ink ). A rubber blade called a squeegee (similar to a giant wind-screen wiper) is pulled across the top of the screen; it pushes the ink through the mesh onto the surface of the substrate you are printing, with a return stroke the mesh is flooded with the squeegee before printing the next impression.

This printing technique is also known as silkscreen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.

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