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Ziptrak® spring loaded outdoor blinds

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Spring loaded outdoor blinds and drop curtains run within side channels

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Description

Our Ziptrak® spring loaded outdoor blind system is a great solution for vertical screening of cafes, patios and verandas.

  • easy protection from the elements - all year round - ideal for New Zealand's variable weather.

  • unobtrusive when up, aesthetically pleasing when down. Optional headerbox.

  • custom made to blend easily into your environment with powder coating to match your existing structure.

  • simple to operate - specialised spring loaded roller and aluminium side channels mean the screen glides easily, smoothly up or down and will stay in any position anywhere you choose.

  • bottom catches lock the screen in down position for heavier weather.

  • no zips, ropes, pulleys, bulky tracks, buckles or gaps on either side.
 
  • optional motorisation makes life even easier, no bending down to lock off the blinds with remote control blinds.


 

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Ziptrak®  




Ziptrak® 

Ziptrak®  outdoor blin run in side channels and are spring operated.  The side channels are powder coated to match your home and there is a large range of fabrics available.  No ground fixings are required.

The spline tape down each side slots into specially designed side channels that keeps the blind taut between pillars - no flapping or billowing.

We can make Ziptrak
® outdoor blinds in clearglass PVC with a coloured PVC border, as well as a large range of mesh fabrics.  Mesh fabrics are recommended over clearglass PVC because clearglass PVC has no internal structure to hold it in place, and will expand and contract with temperature movement and warp permanently overtime making it difficult to roll the Ziptrak® blinds up and down smoothly.

Our Clearglass PVC is 0.75mm thick and fire retardant, so is suitable for public places, daycares and kindergartens.
 
We will manufacture Ziptrak
® drop curtains can be up to 3.5m wide in Clearglass PVC and 4m wide in mesh fabric with a 3m drop.
 
Cool Awnings outdoor blinds are manufactured using a high frequency welding process, and have a 5 year warranty on most fabrics, labour and hardware.
 
Outdoor blinds are NOT suitable for high wind situations.

 

Limitations of use

Outdoor blinds are designed to keep wind and rain out in moderate weather conditions only. No fabric structure is capable of holding up in storm conditions, and no warranty is offered for wind or storm damage.
Fabric information
 

Each fabric has its merits and limitations: 
Clearglass PVC fabric
Mesh PVC fabric
Waterproof mesh PVC fabric

 

Clearglass PVC

This is very popular, because it provides best visibility. Unfortunately there are limitations which must be understood.

  1. The fabric is not reinforced, and if it starts to tear, the tear will continue. To overcome this, we often weld a reinforced PVC border to it, but this is labour intensive, and adds to cost.

  2. The fabric has a high shrinkaqe rate. For this reason, we avoid using Zips and eyelets on the sides, as they may no longer fit after a period of time. The shrinkage can also result in side wrinkles. No warranty is offered on shrinkage.

  3. It does not retain 100% clarity for very long, scratches easily, and becomes milky looking when waterlogged.

  4. Tends to stretch out of shape, and often rolls crooked, and tends to stick to itself when rolled.

 

Mesh PVC Fabrics

These are a compromise, as they do not provide 100% weather protection, or 100% visibility. We have found that mesh DOES provide better protection and visibility than generally envisaged. We only used reinforced PVC mesh, which is excellent for durability, and does not shrink.
There is a perceived lack of visibility with PVC mesh, but check out our photos and the fabrics in our showroom.  The benefits outweigh the small loss of visibility. 
There are a variety of  colours, brands, and mesh sizes.  Shadeview PVC mesh comes with a 10 year warranty.
 

Waterproof PVC mesh - Ferrari Soltis W96

We have recently introduced the quality range of Ferrari Soltis W96 waterproof PVC mesh, which gives both waterproof and privacy. The Soltis W96 range protects against UV and bad weather, while preserving the level of natural light transmitted. Depending on colour light transmission is between 3 and 17% (lighter  colours have more light transmission.  There is only a small range of colours available in this range. 
Ferrari Soltis W96 comes with a 10 year warranty.

For more information on Ferrari Soltis W96 fabric click here

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