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 12 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 12′h (240″w x 144″h) Crank operated or motorized.
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”
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.
5. DO NOT ROLL SHADES DOWN IN WINDY CONDITIONS.
Fortress Solar Zipper Track
Fortress Zipper Track shades are motorized with Somfy Altus 525 Radio motors (120V, 1.6amps). Your choice of 1, 5, or 16 channel remotes, handheld or wall mounted. Factory programs remotes to the motors and you merely set the limit stops.Motors can be on the left or the right, and come with a 6′ power cord. 12′, 18′, and 24′ power cords are available.
Motors plug into the grounded outlets. You may hardwire them but must install off switch for each motor so you can disconnect each motor from power separately should you ever need to reprogram.
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.You will need to supply your own lag bolts for mounting your shades.
Fortress Transparent Outdoor Shade Samples
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Insect Screen is very easy to see through, tear and puncture resistant. Not intended for solar protection.
10% openness means the fabric is 90% dense and keeps out 90% of the sun.
5% openness means the fabric is 95% dense and keeps out 95% of the sun.
(Best for Eastern and Western exposures.)
3% openness means the fabric is 97% dense and keeps out 97% of the sun.
(Best for Eastern and Western exposures.)
Darker colors provide sharper outward visibility and 10% more heat rejection than lighter colors. Shades need to be retracted under windy conditions.
*Shades larger than 119″wide x 117″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam.
**Shades larger than 96″wide x 94″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam.
***Shades larger than 126″wide x 123″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam.
These fabrics include microban antimicrobial additives which inhibit the growth of stain and odor causing mold and mildew.
We are happy to send you up to SIX swatches per shade type.
Fortress Solar Zipper Track
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.
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.
Q: Will Solar Shades save me money?
Exterior Solar Shades are the best defense against the heat. They started in Europe as a way to keep buildings cool. Because they absorb the solar radiation before it passes through and needs to be reflected out, they keep the interior much cooler. Darker colors on the exterior absorb more light and are therefore 10% more effective than light colors against the heat.
Outdoor Shade Warranty
North Solar Screen, LLC warranties all Outdoor Shades against any defects in workmanship or failures in operation while in normal, recommended uses for a period of 5 (five) years from date of sale provided that the product was installed properly and in accordance with the installation instructions.
What Is Covered:
Assembled products as well as individual components of the product including hardware, fabric and any defects originating from the production process. The terms of this warranty apply to the original purchaser of products are non-transferable.
Damages in shipping:
When you receive your shipment, if there is any sign of damage to the outer packaging, you MUST notate that there was such damage on the bill of lading when you sign it and send us photos of the damaged packages and shade products. If you do not, we will NOT be able to replace parts or shades that are damaged. We can ONLY REPLACE, we CANNOT REFUND for damaged shipments. We are constrained by the freight companies’ policies in this matter. Do not schedule your installer to come until you are sure your shipment is fine. We do NOT cover installer’s fees for return visits necessary to adjust installations because of missing or damaged parts.
What Is Not Covered:
Damage caused by weather, such as wind or environmental conditions beyond what products are designed to withstand in normal use.
Damage or failure due to improper or unusual installations, including changes to the installation made by the homeowner.
Damage or failure due to improper use and operation.
Normal wear and tear.
Any Installer Fees. North Solar Screen, LLC will not assume responsibility for any labor installation problems whether measuring or installing, or replacing defective parts, including NBI. We do not employ installers.
This limited warranty does not cover transportation costs of a defective product to and from the factory, costs of removal, re-measure or reinstallation of the product or any incidental or consequential damages. Motor failure is a very rare occurrence. Defective motors must be returned to the factory to be diagnosed by the manufacturer and a credit issued. If motors fail within 60 days of receipt, the factory will do an even exchange and there will be no shipping charges to and from the factory for the old and new motors. After 60 days there will be a $50.00 charge to cover all transportation costs. A shipping label will be inside the box of the replacement motor. If the factory does not receive back the old motor you will be charged for the new one. If a shade purchased through North Solar Screen, LLC is found to be defective in materials or workmanship, we will, at our discretion, repair replace or refund the cost of a product which fails to conform to this limited warranty. We reserve the right to request specific pictures/videos detailing the problem to send to our factory for inspection and final decision. We may require you to speak to factory personnel for assistance troubleshooting to determine what parts need replacing or if the product needs to be remade. North Solar Screen’s warranty does not cover any installer fees, including those associated with re-installation or in warranty parts replacement. In no event will North Solar Screen, LLC be liable for incidental or consequential damages or for any other damage, loss of expense, cost or fee associated with such damage.
Please notify North Solar Screen, LLC at the time of order if you have a preferred shipping carrier. It is imperative that you open all shipments upon delivery while in the presence of the delivery person(s) and inspect the product for damage. If damages are concealed, it is very important that claims are filled immediately. North Solar Screen, LLC will not be responsible for claims that cannot be collected due to non-reporting of damages in time.
This vinyl has a special coating and must be cleaned as follows so as not to remove or damage it. Flush thoroughly to cool the surface and rinse away environmental abrasives. Wash with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate or other equally gentle and high quality soap. Do not use Simple Green, Orpine or any other harsh cleaner, they will dull the surface. Apply the soapy water to the clear vinyl section of the shade with soft cotton cloths or a special purpose washing mitt. Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution with fresh water and completely dry. After washing apply IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish sparingly with small, light circular motions using a soft cloth. Allow the polish to dry and then remove with a clean, soft cloth. Finally, lightly buff to a sparkling shine. For routine maintenance between polishing, use IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner. Insure the clear vinyl panels are free of abrasives. Very lightly mist a soft cotton cloth. Lightly and briskly rub a manageable sized area and then lightly buff dry with another clean cloth.
Sponge with a solution of one cup mild detergent with one cup household bleach in three gallons of water. Avoid rubbing too hard. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and air dry by hanging shade in a roll down position. If you see mildew on the fabric or do not see any but know it is a problem in your area periodically scrub or sponge the fabric with a commercial mildew remover or 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and rinse thoroughly. Avoid skin and eye contact when working with bleach solutions.
“Just wanted to let you know we received and installed our solar screen and it looks great. It fit great and blends in beautifully. When it is rolled up, it is hardly noticeable. With the help of the videos on your website, the installation went very well. ”
Tom Ashman, PA
“The installation went smoothly. The instructions were clear. I like the way the shades look and operate. They blend nicely with the décor of the porch. They do a good job of blocking the winds and sunlight. The North Solar Screen experience was very good, they made the process easy.”
Kelvin Bogle – Westminster, CO
“The zipper track shades work great. I’m very pleased. This is the introduction but there will definitely be more orders.”
W Britz – Wheatland, WY
“We had a bad storm and they held their ground, just as advertised. Nothing got wet nor ruined. Great product.”