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Tom Ashman, PA

Fortress Solar

Outdoor Shades For Heavy Winds
The Fortress™ Zipper Track System is the strongest retractable shade available against the elements, insects and critters. Available up to 20 ft w x 13 ft h, in a multitude of solar shade fabrics, it allows outward visibility and daytime privacy while taming the harsh sun.Withstands winds up to 50 mph.

Maximum Dimensions: 20’w x 13’h (240″w x 156″h) Crank operated or motorized.


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  • Fortress Solar Zipper Track Description

    The Fortress™ Zipper Track System is the strongest custom made retractable shade system against the elements. It is ideal for totally enclosing a patio, pergola or covered roof area against high winds, insects, critters, dirt and the elements. The deluxe all-weather outdoor solar shade fabric is actually “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 Fortress™ Zipper Track System, the fabric 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 can be stopped at any position. Powder coated aluminum housing at the top comes in a choice of six matching colors.  The bottom weight bar is fitted with a brush that ensures a flush fit to the ground.

    Transparent, all weather, outdoor solar shade fabrics cut the heat, glare and fading of outdoor furnishings. They turn outdoor areas into comfortable living spaces.  On your exterior windows, outdoor solar shades stop more heat than indoor ones. The 10% openness blocks 90% of the light, 5% openness blocks 95% of the light and 3% openness blocks 97% of the light. Eastern and western exposures generally require tighter weaves. Solar shade fabrics provide daytime privacy with full vision out. Darker colors give sharper outward visibility and better glare reduction. The mesh allows air to pass through for ventilation. Also available in Insect Screening.(Insect Screening does not offer any solar protection.)  All fabrics contain Microban, a biocide to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew.  We use wide fabrics to help eliminate the need for seaming. All seaming is sonically welded so it will not come apart.

    Fortress™ Zipper Track outdoor shades are perfect for water front vacation homes in which high winds may be an issue. Instead of moving big pieces of outdoor furniture inside when you leave for a season, enclose them with the Fortress Zipper Track. When you return simply hose down the tracks to make sure they are clear of dirt and debris before lifting the shades. 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 Solar Shade Fabrics
    National Fire Protection Association
    NFPA No. 101
    “Life Safety Code”

    Care & Warranty

    Cleaning & Care
    Packaging & Shipping

    1. We highly recommend that you watch your Fortress Zipper Track Shade when it is going up and down and stop it if it does not appear to be operating correctly.

    2. Keep tracks free of dirt and debris. It is a good idea to hose the tracks out before operating the shades if they have been up (retracted for a while.

    3. Lubricate the zippers with a dry silicone spray regularly to ensure smooth operation.

    4. Do NOT use oil based lubricants, they will cause dirt to build up and affect the way your zipper operates.


  • Fortress Solar Zipper Track

    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.)  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.