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Steve Krantz, Afton, VA

Fortress Clear Vinyl

Outdoor Shades For Heavy Winds
The Fortress™ Zipper Track System with clear vinyl and solid borders is the strongest retractable shade available against the elements, critters and insects. Withstands winds up to 50 mph and operable down to -20 degrees F without cracking.  Allow the sun’s warmth, add a safe heater and make yourself toasty warm outdoors. Made with 20 ml Marine Grade Double Polished Vinyl that blocks 90% of the UV. Manual or motorized.

Maximum Dimensions: 18’w x 12’h (216″w x 144″h) Crank operated or motorized.


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  • Fortress Clear Vinyl Description

    The Fortress™ Zipper Track System is the strongest retractable shade system against the elements. It is ideal for enclosing a patio, pergola or covered roof restaurant or café area against high winds and inclement weather.  Fortress™ Zipper Track Clear Vinyl shades are prefect for water front vacation homes where high winds may be an issue.

    The scratch resistant 20 m. Clear Vinyl is double polished with UV inhibitors. It can withstand temperatures down to minus 20 degrees without cracking.  It insulates by allowing the warmth of the sun to fully penetrate the interior while creating a barrier against the elements.  Combined with outdoor heaters, these shades make otherwise too chilly areas warm and cozy.

    This shade is  “framed out” with sturdy, non-rusting powder coated extruded aluminum parts. But this system is different from the standard outdoor shade with side rails and housing. With the The Fortress Zipper Track System™ the solid border fabric of the clear vinyl material is actually constructed with heavy duty zippers on the sides. These zippers lock into slotted powder coated aluminum side rails so the wind cannot blow the shade out of them. The shade glides up and down smoothly and be stopped at any position. At the top, the matching powder coated aluminum housing is also different than the standard fare.  The bottom weight bar is fitted with a brush that ensures a flush fit to the ground. For crank operated shades, one hand brace provided PER ORDER.

    Shades can be raised in windy conditions but must be lowered in calm conditions so the zipper can lock into the slots in the track.

    Fire rating for Clear Vinyl (Strataglass)
    Self-Extinguishing (ANSI Z26 1, test 5.23) Strataglass is the only clear vinyl approved by the Ft. Lauderdale Fire Department as an acceptably safe enclosure material for use in semi- permanent porches and beachfront restaurants.

    Care & Warranty

    Cleaning Clear Vinyl
    Packaging & Shipping


    1. DON’T ROLL SHADES DOWN in windy conditions–however,  you may roll the UP in windy conditions.
    2. Housing box and side rails must be mounted flush with each other. Housing must be level. Side rails must be plumb and parallel.
    3. Watch the shades when you are operating them. Stop the shade if it is not operating correctly. Do not continue to operate a shade that appears to be jammed. Reverse the direction and inspect the track for debris, etc.
    4. Keep tracks clear of debris. Hose the shades and tracks occasionally, especially if you have not operated them for a while.
    5. Lubricate the zippers and PVC inserts inside the rails with a dry silicone spray regularly to ensure smooth operation.
    6. Do NOT use oil based lubricants as these will cause dirt to build up and affect the way the zipper operates.

  • Fortress Clear Vinyl

    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 Fortress 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.)  Operating temperature range for motors is 14 degrees F to 104 degrees F (-10 degrees C to 40 degrees C.) 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.



    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. Solar-powered, so there is no need to plug the sensor in.  We would recommend this for vinyl shades, when you want to have the shades lowered whenever it rains.

    You can set the rain sensor from condensation/fog to heavy rain. Snow will also activate the sensor.

    The sun sensor would be set to raise the shade when it senses enough light. When the light dims (either because of nightfall, clouds, or shadows from trees etc.) the shades are lowered. If the sun sensor has raised the shade because it is sunny, but the rain exceeds your setting, the rain sensor will over ride the sun sensor and lower the shade. This would take care of sun showers.  Once the rain is reduced to below your setting for 2 minutes, with the sun shining on the sensor, the shade will be raised again.

    Bear in mind that passing clouds and shadows will raise and lower the shade possibly many times a day, with the rain sensor also lowering it for rain. You may disconnect the sun sensor and just operate it with the remote, but you can’t disconnect the rain sensor as the shade will then behave erratically, searching for a signal from the disconnected rain sensor every 20 minutes or so.


    1 Channel Hand Held


    Multi Channel Hand Held Remote (4 individual channels for shades or groups of shades, and one channel for 'all'


    16 Channel Hand Held Remote


    Wall Mounted 1 or 5 Channel-available white, ivory, and black. Wireless. We recommend that you also order a hand held remote to program your limit stops as it’s difficult to do with the wall mount units.

    Soliris Remote for programming Sun Sensors

  • Fortress shades are wind rated at 50mph. Shades must be mounted to the underside of a beam/ceiling or to the face of a beam/wall, and cannot be 'end mounted.'

    1. Side Rail System Fabric has industrial zippers on the edges which lock securely into the side rails. Order with L Channel brackets when inside mounting for an easy installation.
    Side rails are approximately 2" wide, available in 7 colors.

    2. Housings are powder coated extruded aluminum housings to hide and protect the roll.
    5 1/2" Square housings are available in 7 colors.

    3. Bottom bar: Powder coated aluminum to match the side rails and housing. Fitted with a brush to seal the shade to the floor.
    (When fully retracted, there will be about 2” of bottom slat and ¼”—1/2” of brush that will still hang below the housing.) Standard Pile Brush 1/2". 2" Pile Brush available to compensate for slanted floors.

    4. Rollers: Are 3" in diameter to prevent sagging.

    5. Splines: Fabric is secured to the roller with a sturdy spline that runs the full width of the shade.
    The ends are sealed to prevent the fabric from sliding.

    6. Components are all made of corrosion resistant materials (powder coated aluminum, powder coated steel, stainless steel, or galvanized steel.)

    7. Hand Brace: Each crank operated shade ORDER comes with ONE free properly sized hand brace. Move the hand brace from shade to shade to operate them.
    Comes in your choice of 3 colors. Available in 48", 60", 72", 84" and 97" long, you may order extras for convenience.

    8. Vinyl Window Insert Configuration: Fortress Vinyl shades have solid borders on the sides, top, and bottom. Side borders are a minimum of 10 ¼”, including the side rails.  Top Border is a minimum of 17”, including the 5 ½” box.  Bottom Border is minimum of 15 ½”, including the hembar.  Any dividing borders are a minimum of 8”.  The widest horizontally oriented insert we can make is 105”, so any shades wider than 125 ½” wide will have more than one insert. Call for assistance in figuring out the layout of your window inserts.

    9.You will need to supply your own lag bolts for mounting your shades.

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    Pepper Border


    Teak Border


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    Product Description

    Border Colors for Clear Vinyl Zipper Track Inserts

    Clear vinyl is 20 Mil Marine Grade Double Polished with UV Inhibitors. These shades have a scratch resistant coating and can withstand temperatures down to -20 degrees without cracking.

    Housing & rails                            Recommended Border

    White                                             White

    Bronze                                           Teak

    Gray                                               Boulder

    Adobe                                            Pepper

    Light Beige, Dark Beige              Sandy Beige

    Cream                                           Champagne

    Black                                             Black

    Additional Information


    Black Border, White Border, Clear Vinyl Shade, Sandy Beige Border, Boulder Border, Pepper Border, Teak Border, Champagne Border

  • Fortress Clear Vinyl

    Some videos may show components that do not look exactly like the ones you will receive (for instance, the housing box is square shaped and does NOT have brushes)  but the procedure being demonstrated is correct. The clip that shows the programming of the remote actually has a Grande shade in the background, which is why you can detect a gap beside the fabric. Your Fortress shade will be sealed in the rails.


    Q: What is the depth required?
    For a flush mount, 5 1/2”  If mounting inside a ‘pocket’ you will need about twice this depth to install the shade.
    Q: What is the fabric width?
    Fabric zips into side channels. There is no gap.