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Just wanted you to know that we love love love our Baby Grande shades!  We researched these solar screens for 3 months and talked extensively to six different companies.  Your phone conversation with me was far more detailed and informative than any of the others.  And your website is by far the most well organized and detailed than any we looked at.  The information on the website literally answers all the questions we had including the installation videos.  Your expertise and your incredible website sealed the deal (not to mention a great price).  We are similarly impressed with the quality of the solar screens and the motors… fantastic!!Thank you!!
Barb Killin, Flower Mound, TX

Grande Solar Heavy-Duty

Heavy Duty Outdoor Solar Shades
Grande Shades are made with heavy duty construction and are designed for larger areas than our Baby Grande Shades. Crank operated or motorized, you can also customize the level of sun, heat, and fade protection you want with different fabrics. Withstands winds up to 35 mph.

Maximum dimensions: 20’w x 16′ h (240″w x 192″h) Crank operated or motorized

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  • Grande Heavy Duty Solar Description

    The Grande Solar Shades™ for heavy duty outdoor use are the ultimate in strength and durability. Made to exacting standards with components that will not rust, corrode or mold, they ride up and down on extra heavy duty steel cable guides that allow the shade to be positioned at any desired height without the need for tie downs.

    Custom manufactured to your specifications, these outdoor transparent shades cut heat, glare and fading of outdoor furnishings, turning patios, decks, porches, pergolas, lanais and gazebos into comfortable living spaces. Their mesh fabrics allow air to pass through for ventilation, providing daytime privacy with full vision out.

    Darker colors stop heat by 10% over lighter colors. Outdoor shades with tighter weaves extend the summer by protecting outside areas from cold breezes and also provide shelter for plants. All fabrics contain Microban, a biocide to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Add a safe heater and stay nice and cozy.

    Custom Manufactured up to 20′ wide x 16′ high. Our extra wide fabrics reduce the need for seams. For crank operated shades, one hand brace provided PER ORDER.

    FIRE RATING:
    National Fire Protection Association
    NFPA No. 101
    “Life Safety Code”
    Class”A” rating Flame Spread Index
    15 Smoke Developed Value = 350

  • Grande Heavy Duty Solar

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    grande_housingsExtruded aluminum housing
    grande_housing_colors Housing and Side Rail Color Choices

    Side Rails & Tie Down Options

    grande_side_chan2 Side Rail Options
    grande_housing_colors Housing and Side Rail Color Choices
    tie_downs_img5Tie Down Bungees Available
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    tie_downs_img5Magnetic Lock Cable System

    General Info about Motors
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    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 1.5 to 1.8 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 MOTOR CONTROLS

    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.

    WIND SENSOR

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    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.

    TIMER & REMOTE

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    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.

    SUN & WIND SENSOR

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    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)

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    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.

    RAIN AND SUN SENSOR

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    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.

    REMOTES

    1 Channel Hand Held

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

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    16 Channel Hand Held Remote

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    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

  • .Grande Heavy Duty Construction

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    An outdoor shade should be retracted in windy conditions. (More than 35 mph.) 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. Rollers: Are 3 1/4" in diameter to prevent sagging of shades even 20' wide.
    2. 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.
    3. Components: Are all made of materials that are corrosion resistant
      (powder coated aluminum, powder coated steel, stainless steel, or galvanized steel.)
    4. Weight bar: Chrome plated stainless steel tube 7/8" in diameter with steel rebar inside for extra weight. Hardened steel eyelets run up and down the steel aircraft cable. This holds the shade in place without the need for tie down loops and is the preferred method of securing the shade in the wind. Cables come 2' longer than the shade height you order. Let us know If you need them longer. Cable system should be mounted to the concrete floor with provided tie wire drives (cable anchors.)
    5. Cable Guide System
      1. Turnbuckle: Tensions the steel aircraft cable. Shade can be lowered to 6” from the floor, or mount them at the top if you want full coverage to the floor (in which case the shade will not go up the last 6")  (When fully retracted, there will be 2" of shade fabric/weight bar that will still hang below the housing or bracket.)
      2. Premium L Bracket: Replaces the turnbuckle if you need to mount the cable to the wall or post. Allows the shade to come down within 1 1/2" of the floor. (When fully retracted, there will be 2" of shade fabric/weight bar that will still hang below the housing or bracket.)
      3. Magnetic Cable Lock System: For crank or motorized shades with housing boxes only. Keeps the fabric straight and tight better than the standard weight bar. Comes with stainless steel cables which  attach to the housing box with heavy duty threaded rod. If strong gusts unlock the bar from the base, magnetic force brings the bar back down. Allows the shade to come down to within 2 1/4" from the floor.When fully retracted, there will be 3 1/2" of shade fabric/weight bar that will still hang below the housing or bracket. Shade must be ordered the full height. ESPECIALLY ON TALLER SHADES, SOLAR WEAVE FABRICS WILL HAVE A TENDENCY TO HOURGLASS (APPEAR NARROWER IN THE CENTER)  DUE TO THE DOWNWARD PULL OF THE MAGNETS.
      4. Cables are 1/8" thick commercial grade with a breaking strength of 2000 lbs, galvanized aircraft cable (type7X19).
        Stainless steel cables can be ordered for an extra charge.
    6. Housings: Powder coated extruded aluminum housings available in 8 colors.
      To hide and protect the roll (especially when motorizing.) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
    7. Side Rails: Powder coated aluminum , 2" wide side rails can replace cable system in shades up to 180" wide. Allow shade to extend all the way down to the floor. There is a 1/4" gap between the shade fabric and the rail. Available in 8 colors that match the housings. Order with L Channel brackets when inside mounting for an easy installation. (When fully retracted, there will be 3" of shade fabric/weight bar that will still hang below the housing.)Side rails do compromise the wind load capacity of shades; if you need the 35 mph wind rating, best to order with Cables.
    8. Bungee System: Alternative system for tying down shades. Custom bungees with solid breech straps. Least effective against wind and not recommended with motorized shades.
    9. Crank Brackets: 'Exposed Roll' shades (with no housing) mount on sturdy brackets. Hardware is available in White, Dark Brown, or Desert Sand. Choice of crank gear side. Footprint of bracket is 3” x 4 ½”.  Shade bracket protrudes out from wall approx. 4 ½”.
    10. 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.
    11. Fabric Deductions
    12. You will need to supply your own lag bolts for mounting your shades.
  • Grande Solar Heavy-Duty Shade Samples

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    5% Openness-

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    Alpaca*** 5%

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    Black*** 5%

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    Chestnut*** 5%

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    Graphite Gray* 5%

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    Mocha*** 5%

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    Nickelstone* 5%

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    Quartz* 5%

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    White*** 5%

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    Dark Bronze*** 5%

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    White-Gray*** 5%

    10% Openness-

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    Beige* 10%

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    Brown* 10%

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    Dark Bronze 10%

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    Ebony* 10%

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    Gray** 10%

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    Stucco* 10%

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    Snow-White* 10%

    3% Openness-

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    Pewter*** 3%

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    Alabaster*** 3%

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    Ash*** 3%

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    Chalk*** 3%

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    Ebony*** 3%

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    Granite*** 3%

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    Greystone*** 3%

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    Pebblestone*** 3%

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    Tobacco*** 3%

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    Product Description

    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.

  • Grande Heavy Duty Solar

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    FAQS

    Q: What is the depth required?
    Depth required for a flush mount depends on the headrail option chosen

    • Exposed Roll, crank or motor: 4 7/8"
    • Housing box, crank or motor: 5 1/2" (9" if fitting this in a 'pocket')

    Q: What is the fabric width?
    Fabric width varies depending on lift system and headrail option.

    • Exposed Roll, crank: Fabric is 4 1/4" narrower than the brackets. Gap on Crank side is 2 1/2", gap on idler end is 1 3/4".
    • Exposed Roll, Motor: Fabric is 3" narrower than brackets. The gap is the same size on each side.
    • Housing box, crank, cables with L brackets or turnbuckles: Fabric is 3 1/2" narrower than the housing box. There is a 2" gap on the crank side, and a 1 1/2" gap on the idler end.
    • Housing box, motor, cables with L Brackets or turnbuckles: The fabric is 3" narrower than the housing box. The gap is the same size on each side.
    • Housing box, motor or crank, with magnetic cable lock: The fabric is 4" narrower than the housing box. The gap is the same size on each side.
    • Housing box, side channels, crank or motor: Fabric is 4 1/4" narrower than the housing box. There is a 1/8"-- 1/4" gap between the side channel and the fabric on each side.

    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.