The shades are up and look great.
Took me less than an hour to install,
and we saved at least a thousand dollars.
Thanks so much!
Bill Bock, Charlotte, NC

Affordable Sun Guardian

Enjoy your view, comfort and daytime privacy. By reducing the sun’s glare and heat, and protecting your interior from fading, these woven fabric shades will add to your living space and reduce your air conditioning costs, managing widths up to 12′ and heights to 12′ and withstanding breezes up to 15 mph. If you are looking for a shade you can have down while you are not present, upgrade to a heavy duty shade equipped with a wind sensor.

Your choice of color and weave openness determine heat rejection and light diffusion. Chain-operated or motorized.

Maximum Dimensions:
12′w x 12′h (144″w x 144″h)
Manual or Motorized


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  • Affordable Sun Guardian Description

    Transparent outdoor solar shades make patios, decks, porches, pergolas, lanais and gazebos more comfortable. Designed to block the sun’s heat and glare and reduce fading, the woven fabric also allows air to pass though for ventilation. Outdoor shades stop more heat than interior ones. Transparent shades provide daytime privacy with full vision outwards at maximum dimensions of 144 inches by 144 inches and winds up to 15 mph.

    Darker colors stop heat by 10% over lighter colors.

    Sun Guardian™ All Weather Fabrics are constructed from the toughest PVC coated polyester, rated # 1 in durability and performance. They are more mold, mildew and bacteria resistant due to the addition of Microban, a biocide in the vinyl coating.

    Sun Guardian™ Fabrics come extra wide to minimize the need for seams. If seams are required they are sonically welded for the strongest possible bonding.

    Flammability: Flame Retardant
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  • Affordable Sun Guardian

    Hiding the Roller

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    Extruded Aluminum Housing

    End caps and housing completely powder coated aluminum. Does not rust.








    Fascia front is powder coated aluminum and does not rust. End brackets are powder coated steel, and may rust after several years if exposed to rain, high humidity, or salt air.

    Valance Detail
    Fascia White
    Valance DetailFascia Bronze
    Fascia BlackFascia Black
    Anodized FasciaAnodized Fascia
    Anodized FasciaVanilla Fascia




    Side Rails, Bungees & Cable Systems
    grande_side_chan2 Side Rail Options (must order with housing box) Fabric is NOT inserted into side rail. There is 1/4″ gap between the side rail and the fabric.
    grande_housing_colors Housing and Side Rail Color Choices
    Cable Systems Optional Cable Systems
    Optional Bungees
    Lift Systems

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    Rollease clutchOutdoor rated clutches
    Super Clutches Super clutches
    Chain Options Chain Options
    General Info about Motors

    Outdoor shades are motorized with Somfy RTS Motors. The  factory programs the remotes to the motors and you merely set the limit stops. Instructions for programming limit stops is found on the Installation/videos tab.   Motors can be ordered on the left or the right, and come with a 6′ power cord. 12′, 18′, and 24′ power cords are available.

    Motors plug into grounded outlets. You may hard wire them, but must install a shut off switch for each motor so you can disconnect each motor from power separately should you ever need to reprogram.

    Motors are 120V and draw 1.1 to 1.6 amps depending on the size of the shade you order. Most run at 38 rpm, but larger motors used for larger shades or Fortess shades run at 20 rpm. If you have different sized shades, they may run at different speeds. You may upgrade to larger, slower motors to make them run the same.

    Outdoor shades with motors are best ordered with housing boxes to prevent water from getting into the motor.  Make sure you create a drip loop to keep water from running down the cord into the motor head. (This means you run the power cord down from the motor and then up to the outlet so the water will drip off the bottom of the cord and can’t run up the cord.)   If you are installing your shade in a completely weather tight pocket, you may order a motorized shade with exposed roll brackets. Call for pricing.

    Remotes are all wireless. See Motor Accessories for information on various remotes and sensors for controlling your shades.

    Motor Accessories


    Somfy offers a variety of ways to control you shades that go beyond the simple RTS hand held or wall mounted single and wall mounted remotes.  Use the following information to select the right accessories to control your environment and safeguard your shades.


    You must have a regular hand held or wall mounted remote to set the limit stops.

    The wind sensor plugs in with a transformer and can control multiple shades. It is best to have one for each direction your shades are facing as wind will come at the shades differently.

    You can set the wind speed anywhere from 6-31 mph.

    When wind higher than your setting is sensed for a duration of 2 minutes, the shades are automatically retracted.

    Once the wind speed has lowered to below your setting and remained lower for 15 minutes, you will be able to control your shade with your remote. The shades do NOT go down by themselves when the wind stops. Bear in mind that the 15 minutes is from when the wind is reduced. If it goes back above your setting before the 15 minutes is up, it will be yet another 15 minutes before you can lower the shade.


    If being used with one shade, the Telis 1 Chronis timer can be used to set the limit stops. For more than one shade you will also need the multi channel remote to set the limit stops.

    The timer can be set to lower the shades once a day and raise them once a day.

    If used in conjunction with the wind sensor, the wind sensor will raise them as described above, and you can lower them with your remote after the wind dies down, but the timer will not lower the shades again that same day as it only sends one ‘lower’ signal and one ‘raise’ signal per day.


    You must have a special ‘Soliris’ hand held remote to set the sun sensor, which can also be used to set your limit stops. Wall mounted remotes can’t set the sun sensor, so if you want one of those it would be in addition to the  Soliris.

    The wind sensor works as described above. The sun sensor lowers the shade when it senses enough light. When the light dims (either because of nightfall, clouds, or shadows from trees etc.) the shades are retracted. If the sun sensor has lowered the shade, but the wind exceeds your setting, the wind sensor will over ride the sun sensor and raise the shade. Once the wind is reduced to below your setting for 15 minutes with the sun shining on the sensor, the shade will be lowered again.

    Bear in mind that passing clouds and shadows will raise and lower the shade possibly many times a day, with the wind sensor also raising it for wind. You may disconnect the sun sensor and just operate it manually, but you can’t disconnect the wind sensor as the shade will then behave erratically, searching for  a signal from the disconnected wind sensor every hour.


    MY LINK  (App is free, but you buy the MyLink)

    You must have a regular hand held or wall mounted remote to set the limit stops.

    My Link is a smart phone app that you can use to control your shades from afar. You won’t have a way of knowing if your shade is up or down from the app; you would have to have some sort of home security camera for knowing this.  If you use it with a wind sensor you would be able to lower the shade again with the app as long as the 15’ of reduced wind has gone by, again you would need to have a security camera that would tell you if the shade was up or down.

    My Link has a built in timer that you can set for 5 scenarios  (5 ups and 5 downs a day.) If used with a wind sensor and the shade was put up because of wind, you could have the shade automatically go down again at a preset time—as long as the wind was not blowing at that time.