Customer Testimonials

Welcome to our Testimonials page, where you can discover the stories and experiences of our satisfied customers who have benefited from our top-notch Awning and Shading Services. We take pride in providing exceptional service and value to our clients in the realm of awnings and shading solutions, and their feedback speaks volumes about their journey with us.

Real Voices, Real Experiences

Here, you’ll find a collection of testimonials directly from our clients who have experienced the transformative power of our Awning and Shading Services. These testimonials are unfiltered and authentic, showcasing the impact our products or services have had on their lives or businesses.

Everything about our new shaded deck has been a revelation! Firstly Cam and his team were professional, very pleasant to work with and did a great job of assembling our Clearspan Mono Pitch awning. I gather it is one of the largest in Nelson. The awning has created the most valuable outdoor room during the summer when it was really warm, and now getting into winter. In the past we rarely sat out during the day without an umbrella. Now with the highly effective UV screening we are warm and sheltered. Over the summer we eat outside as often as we could. Truly a game changer for us. Cheers!
Sally Grant
We wish to thank Brad and his team for installing our outsider awning. We are more than pleased with the end result which was carried out exactly on schedule and was erected in a very efficient and tidy manner. It has made a great improvement to our new extension and has been admired by friends and neighbours alike. Thank you Brad for such an excellent job.
Gary and Jenny 2024
My wife and I recently had the pleasure of working with Shades Direct in Coromandel and Bay of Plenty, and we cannot speak highly enough of the fantastic service, top-notch quality, and impressive durability they provided. In December 2022, we had clear drop-down shades installed at our Bach in Whangamata, and the experience was so impressive that we decided to have more installed on the other side of the house this December.

Anton and Chris from Shades Direct have truly been a delight to deal with. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to customer satisfaction have made the entire process seamless and enjoyable for both of us. From the initial consultation to the installation, every step was handled with expertise and care.

One aspect that truly impressed us was the durability of the shades. During the early part of 2022, our area experienced some unexpectedly strong winds, and the shades stood up to the challenge remarkably well. The fact that they maintained their integrity in adverse weather conditions speaks volumes about the quality and craftsmanship that Shades Direct delivers.

The shades not only enhance the comfort of our space but also add a touch of elegance to the overall design. We appreciate the robustness and resilience demonstrated by Shades Direct’s products.

What sets Shades Direct apart is their commitment to customer satisfaction. Anton and Chris were responsive, reliable, and went above and beyond to ensure that the shades met our specific needs. The level of communication and transparency throughout the project was impressive and greatly appreciated by both of us.

We wholeheartedly recommend Shades Direct to anyone in need of high-quality shades, professional service, and products that can withstand the elements. Thank you, Anton and Chris, for making our experience truly exceptional!
K and M HARDY, Whangamata
Cam from Shades Direct installed a canopy over the deck in front of our house. We were very impressed by his service, from the initial quote to the final installation and highly recommend him. He was able to colour match another roofing structure and arrived on time with every visit appointment. His attention to detail and pride of workmanship was very evident and we are very happy with the final result. Thanks Cam, a superb job in all respects.
Wayne and Fay Lloyd, Tasman
Arrived home today to absolute delight with how wonderful the pergola looks! It was a light rain with no wind, and a beautiful rainbow framed between the posts - couldn't have looked better. Thank you for being fantastic to work with this entire time. From being prompt with your initial call, and how quickly you made everything happen. Compliments on your professionalism and attention to detail. The guys on site did a great job and we will get so much enjoyment out of the shade for years to come. Super happy we went with Shades Direct, you've been excellent.
Katie Barlow, Auckland
I wish to thank Taranaki Shades Direct for carrying out an amazing job of our new “Clearspan” roof that really compliments our home. Chris was very talented from quoting to installing, he had given us so many options to pick from. Chris and his co-worker had shown friendliness and professionalism. Last weekend was the first time we could experience Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner outside without hiding from the harsh elements. We absolutely love and our outdoor room and would highly recommend Taranaki Shades Direct for their loyalty and work ethnics. Thanks again 🙂
Helen and Geoff Tangira
I would like to compliment Rodger for his professional and prompt reply to my enquiry for a canopy that would provide a pleasant sheltered outdoor area that would still let light into the house. The job was completed in an efficient & tidy manner and I’m so happy with my new outdoor space. I won't hesitate to recommend Rodger and his team.
Sharon, 17th September, 2020
Many thanks for the great job here at 2 Charlise Place. We are really pleased with the way the Outsider Awning turned out and looks. It has been much admired by all the neighbours, so hopefully it will bring some further orders your way in the future. We would be happy to recommend you and your product.
Bryan and Veronica Hills, Whangarei
We have recently had the pleasure of contacting Shades Direct to remove our old porch blinds and replace with new ones. We cannot speak highly enough of the service provided by Mike and his team. They listened to our requirements and went the extra mile to ensure that these needs were met. The end result is one that we are absolutely delighted with. We have no hesitation at all in recommending Shades Direct.
Homai Kindergarten, Manurewa, Auckland
Thank you for installing the Outsider Awning. It looks fantastic and has with stood the gale force winds we’ve been having without a problem. Rodger, thank you for your fast and professional service – Good Job
Rupert Scott, Maungatapere, Northland
Absolutely thrilled with the work, what a transformation Impressed with the job, very pleased with the result and the guys were great. They left the whole place very clean and tidy.
Sitaram Salvaji, Kelston, Auckland
Papatoetoe High School has worked with Shades Direct on two projects to improve shade/shelter areas at the school. The quality of the products, the workmanship and our dealings with the company has been excellent. Shades Direct are able to provide durable, cost effective, aesthetically pleasing solutions for your shade and shelter needs and I recommend their product and service highly.
P R Gall, Principal, Papatoetoe High School, Auckland
Just a line to say how efficient you and your crew were putting up our Outsider Awning – very pleased with the job – you will be well recommended
David and Jan Leavins, Huapai, Auckland
We have been up to Teal Bay to have a look our new Outsider Awning and are very pleased with the look and happy with the result. It looks very fantastic and we are very happy with it. Thank you very much
The Outsider Awning is the best thing we could have done to the house. The area gets full use all the time. Brilliant, thanks.
Sue, Northland
Thanks very much for the excellent service you and your staff provided when installing my awning It has completely changed my house and has given me an extra room and added value to the property - so I am really pleased. Your service was fantastic – efficient and quick and I appreciated how clean and tidy your men were. I was also pleasantly surprised by the price and would definitely recommend your company to others.
Pene Gee, Milford, Auckland
In 2012 I started renovating my 1960s house to make it one for the 21st century. The final step was a new car port. I checked three options and decided on Shades Direct’s Outsider Awning. From the time Scott Lanning made the initial consultation visit to the final installation I was impressed with the care taken and attention to detail. The awning has added to the house substantial covered in space which is fabulous. I subsequently added Outdoor Curtains so in wet weather all of that extra space can stay dry. Shades Direct is a quality product. My choice has been much complimented by neighbours, friends and other visitors.
Vivienne Hill, Glenfield, Auckland
I am writing this to convey our customer satisfaction regarding an Outsider Awning which was installed at our property at Mangawhai Heads which is in a particularly high wind area. We are Auckland based and dealt with Rodger from Shades Direct Whangarei branch. Rodger was punctual, reliable and professional. The workmanship was excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend Shades Direct to anyone who was considering this company.
Grant and Janet Souness, Mangawhai Heads
We would like to thank you for your prompt and efficient supply and installation of our shade sail and curtains. They look great and I am sure they will be appreciated by the children and parents alike in our centre for many years to come.
Sarah Nilsson, Kawakawa Playcentre, Kawakawa
Just to let you know how delighted we are with your company. The Outsider Awning looks good and already is doing what we hoped – can’t wait to use it fully in the summer. We were impressed with speed and efficiency of your work and our yard was left than before you started.
Jim and Hazel Peters, Whangarei
We are thoroughly enjoying our Outsider Awning shades and they are admired by many. I thank you once again for the wonderful job. Shades Direct is truly a professional outfit and a pleasure to deal with.
Carol Pollock, President, Mission Bay Bowling Club, Auckland
When deciding on a shade there are lots of companies to choose from BUT when I saw a friends shade I was impressed with the workmanship and contacted Scott. We are very pleased with our shade but also the friendly professional manner of Scott and his team. As to the performance of our new shade.... simply perfect.
Barry & Megan Martin, Mairangi Bay
I just want to take this opportunity to write to you and tell you how thrilled we are with the two new awnings we had erected at our house recently. We got exactly what we wanted and there was no fuss at all. Your installers were in and had the two separate installations completed quickly with no disruption to us at all. We are absolutely thrilled with the quality of the awnings, they look really great. We are very happy, thank you. We have had two storms after the awnings were erected with some full force winds and there was no worry about the structures at all. We look forward to lots of enjoyable times under the shelter of the awnings and many of our visitors have been full of compliments about what we have done. Thank you for an excellent product and workmanship. We have no problems recommending your product to anyone who is considering adding an awning to their house.
Ross and Barbara Webber, Warkworth
I would like to thank Shades Direct for the friendly and efficient service we have received from your Company. The whole process went very smoothly from quotation through to the fitting of the awnings. We were very impressed with the fitters, they were very friendly and even continued to install in the pouring rain! Please feel free to give any future customers our contact details for a reference.
Graeme and Bonni Higham, Milano Heights, Auckland
“Good service is not easy to find but Shades Direct exceeded our expectations. The quoting service from Scott Lanning was prompt and efficient and he provided us with options. The installation was carried on schedule and the guys were both experienced and professional. We are thrilled with the end result and are very happy to recommend Shades Direct.”
Linda & Phil Noble, Rothesay Bay, Auckland
I would like to take the time to thank Shades Direct Northland for the amazing job Rodger did installing our new shade over our barbecue area. It was constructed perfectly to our needs and has a professional and sleek look which adds to the value of our house. Rodger was great to deal with and nothing was a problem. He was able to make relevant and practical suggestions to the build and as such it was finished in a timely and convenient fashion. It is clear that he is passionate about work which reflected in that final result and we appreciated his clear communication throughout the process and the personal touches he included. I would not hesitate to recommend his work and would defiantly use him again should the need arise.
Tracey Henty and Jayden King, Whangarei
Hi Rodger, a big thank you for the great job you have done with our canopy and for the efficient and friendly service you provided. We absolutely love it! Kind regards
Jo Pickering
Hi Scott - just a note to let you know we are most impressed with our Outsider Awning and curtains that have come through the last two major storms with flying colours. The easterly wind (in June 2014) was horrendous, by far the worst we have had in twenty odd years here. Incidentally the curtains were down at the time. This installation is the best best thing we could have done, it's absolutely perfect. We use it all year round. Thanks again for your expertise and excellent service
Julie McIntyre, Omaha
Shades Direct carried out the construction of an Awning at my address on Friday 4 April 2014. This job was completed by Scott and his team as we had discussed and planned. We are very pleased with the quality of the materials, the efficiency and speed in which the Awning was constructed and the final outcome is that we have an addition to our home which we are proud of and which will provide us with all of the outcomes we had hoped for. Dealing with Scott has been an experience that is a reflection of his work ethic. Everything he said he would do was done to perfection. His customer focus is paramount and I trusted Scott to do exactly what he said he would do to provide a finished product of a very high standard. I recommend Scott Lanning and his company Shades Direct to anyone considering having any of his products installed at their property and we are really happy to have our awning inspected by prospective clients as an example of the high quality of the product.
Ivor and Yvonne Powick, Browns Bay, Auckland
Hi Peter - thanks for the great job and quality products used in our new awning. We are very pleased with the results. Balance of account has been paid. Once again many thanks
Graeme Philp, Tauranga
Hi Rodger - just a wee note to say how ecstatic Jacqui and I are with the completed awning. The planned extension just finishes off the area beatifully. Thanks again so much for your fantastic service and efficiency. If you ever need another verbal reference or want any propective clients to have a look at it, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Phil and Jacqui, Whangarei
Hi Brad - you and your team did a fabulous job, very organised and the awnings were completed to a high standard of workmanship. We are absolutely stoked with finished product. Thanks again guys.
Spencer & Laurette Powell, Riverhead, Auckland
Hi Scott - thank you for your efficiency and the installation timing was as you predicted. You and your team were excellent and worked hard and we were all lucky with the weather. Thank you again, you are truely recommended
Joy Wilshire, Orewa
Hi Peter - you installed a Outsider awning on my mothers, Joy Ayling, unit at Greenwood Park Retirement Village. I want to thank you for the time you spent with Mum talking her through the process and coming up with a great design. This canopy looks great and fits in so well with the unit. Mum is really pleased with the outcome and found you really easy to talk to and understand. Thanks you
Joy Ayling, Tauranga
Hi Rodger - we've now experienced our first summer with the Outsider awning. Wow! it has been wonderful, everything we had hoped it would be. Protection from the sun and the rain. Provided another 'room' to the beach house. The entire family are impressed and appreciative. It looks great and is well worth the investment. Our grateful thanks again Regards,
Stan and Pauline, Whangarei
Hi Peter and Marea - thank you so much for the Outhsider awning. We are absolutely thrilled with the results and couldn't be happier with the speed of work completion and quality of product. We really appreciated your ongoing communication throughout the process. We will highly recommend you and pass on your details to others seeking your product. Kindest regards
Trevor and Brenda Goldstone, Tauranga
Shades Direct did a wonderful Professional job I have given many of my friends their phone number and they have also used them Thank you Roger and your team for a great job.
Ivan & Norma Lonsdale, Whangarei
Hi Peter and the team - thank you very much. We have been very impressed from start to finish with your professionalism and communication. With regards to the quality of the finished Outsider awning, I really don't think we could be any happier. If you haven't already taken photos please feel free to drop round on a nice day. Also if you wish to use us as reference please feel free to do so. Kind regards
Daryl and Diana Henson, Tauranga
Rodger is very professional in his approach. I was impressed. The deck is much more useable and looks so good. I am happy to recommend Rodger and his team to my friends.
Brenda Gates – Northland
Hi Rodger - after two large sails got ripped down due to the strong northeast winds our deck is exposed to, Rodger installed a Outsider awning. That was in 2011 and it has stood up to the gale force winds we occasionally get with no problem. I would recommend Rodger and Shades Direct Northland highly. Thanks so much! Cheers
Penny Barrott, Northland
Hi Brad - I just paid the of the remainder of invoice. We are very happy with the completed Outsider project. It exceeded our expectation and with the solid materials used, the advise given on site, the professional workmanship and follow-up phonecall after completion of the job, was outstanding!! WELL DONE, Brad, and please pass on our thanks to your two staff who were reel excellent guys, professional, very helpful and polite. Thanks
Roelof Siebring, Henderson. Auckland
I would like to thank Rodger and his helping hand for installing the outsider on our huge deck, with a view to die for,now completely usable. It was installed with profession, finesse and speed. I cannot fault it. Previously the deck was completely unusable as it was too hot in the summer and too wet during the other seasons. I am very impressed at the difference it has made and will not hesitate to recommend him and his workmanship to others.
Mick and Dawn Slade, Northland
Hi Rodger - Just arrived back from a day in Auckland to see our fantastic new shade. We love it. Thank you so much......we will tell all our neighbours..... If you ever need to show a potential customer around here what the product looks like....please show them our shade.Kind Regards,
Graham and Ailsa, Northland
Hi Brad - This morning your team installed an Outsider Awning for us on Te Atatu Peninsula. We are both very happy with the Outsider Awning, the dollar value we paid for it, the installation and the overal finished product. Unusual for Auckland tradesmen, your team was on time, polite, friendly, efficient, throrough and tidy. Also noted theat the area was swept and hose down after they finished. We didn't have to ask they just did it and pleasantly. Thank you very much and we no hesitation in recommending your product and services to others. Your account has been paid the same day - kinda says it all. Cheers
Matt & Janine Humphrey, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Hi Rodger, just a little note to say thanks to you and the team for our lovely deck roof - it was beautifully done and finished and customer service was awesome. We would be very happy to recommend you to others.
The Bennett family in central Whangarei.
Hi Scott, Just wanted to thank you and your team for the excellent service and Installation of my Outside awning. Dealing with you and your company has been a great experience and we are so happy with the end result. This goes right back to the first time you visited our house, the excellent advice you gave use re the Awning then a very competitive quote followed up by your installation teams very professional work. Thanks Scott.
Regards John and Margaret McGrory, Red Beach, Hibiscus Coast
Hi Mel (Hibiscusmatters), thanks for the recommendations to use Scott at Shades Direct. He and his team have done an awesome job with our Outsider awning. He even came personally during the installation to confirm that the installers do a perfect job.
Thomas Hesse, Manly, Whangaporaoa
Hi Kane, just wanted to thank you and your team for the great job you have done installing our Outsider awning. We are really pleased with it, and it looks better than we expected.
Deanna Thompson, Hamilton
Hi Kane, thanks for the awning you installed for us it's considerably better than expected. Your advice professionalism, workmanship and guidance was much appreciated. Thank you.
Kevin & Brenda, Hamilton
Hi Brad, the shade looks fantastic. Thank you both so much!! We would gladly recommend you guys to anyone!!
Regards, Candy & Frank, Auckland
Rodger – what a difference a day makes! We can’t believe how much better our deck is with the addition of the Shades Direct canopy. Thank you for an excellent job, from quote right through to installation. The canopy was delivered and installed within the estimated time and the job completed with care and precision. You were great to deal with and we appreciated your professional advice and suggestions.
Roll on summer! Trevor & Linda Johnston, Northland
I would like to thank Rodger and Shades Direct for the quick and efficient job they did on my outside canopy. Just like your service the canopy looks very professional and is made from top quality products. It looks fantastic over the deck and the pool and has created a space that can now be utilized. I would highly recommend Shades Direct to anyone looking for a covered outdoor living area.
Thanks Fiona, Northland
Hello Brad, Yes, the shades are terrific. They really make our outside space. We're extremely pleased, not just with them but also the service we've received.Thank you.
Thanks again Louise, Auckland
Hi Rodger. I just wanted to say how pleased we are with our new awning, it just makes our outdoor living so much better. The quality of your product and your work are second to none, stainless bolts and nuts as well as washers just shows me you care about your product and produce such a fantastic result. I have no trouble in recommending you and your team on producing a great awning for us to enjoy, at a very reasonable price. Thanks again Rodger.
Regards Frans and Lilian de Beurs, Whangarei
Dear Brad, Just a note to say how very pleased we are with our Outsider awning. You and your team were so good to deal with – prompt happy, friendly and so positive in your attitudes. It’s pouring with rain as I write, but all is well! For last couple of nights we have sat outside in our summer clothes until after 9:pm. We will certainly let everyone know and recommend you.
Sincerely Moira & Brian Carley, Warkworth
Thanks Brad, with regard to the Outsider canopy – I wish to compliment your team on its delivery on time and on budget. You set very high expectation on delivery and cost and you met them all – meeting fully the expectation – a rare experience in this world Thanks for everything – really appreciated
Billy Walsh, Cockle Bay, Auckland
Hi Brad, we are very pleased with our Outsider awning. Thank you for doing an awesome job. We were also very impressed with the thorough clean-up after the installation. We would definitely be recommending you to our family and friends.
Cheers Sudha Hall, Kumeu
Hi Kane & Craig. We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you have done. We're really happy with our new outsider awning. It looks so great! Unbeatable price, high-quality materials, and excellent customer service.
Mano & Joy from Hamilton 28/8/2019
Hi Brad, Gary and I are so thrilled with the Outsider Shade over our verandah. You were so great the day you first came being (31 07 2019) and looked and showed us various styles and colours for what we could do, after which you measured it up and gave us a quote for what the cost would be. This morning 28-07-2019 3 weeks later, you arrived early as you said, checking on what was to be done etc, when your two other helpers arrived and you all sorted out the parts then began to assemble the posts and what went where! A Great Team the 3 of you! Later on you left for another appointment. Andreas and Ramesh continued, they are so efficient and quick and sure knew what went where and be done. Two very pleasant men indeed. After finishing they cleaned the deck and surrounds from shavings of aluminium leaving everywhere spotless. A Great Big Thanks Brad, Andreas and Ramesh. IT LOOKS JUST SO TERRIFIC!
Cheers Pat and Gary Asplin, karaka, Auckland.

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