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
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.
National Fire Protection Association
NFPA No. 101
“Life Safety Code”
Class”A” rating Flame Spread Index
15 Smoke Developed Value = 350
Outdoor shades are motorized with Somfy Radio Motors, and your choice of 1, 5, or 16 channel remotes, hand held 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.
Automate your shades for convenience by using a Timer, or safeguard your shades from damage by using a Wind Sensor so they will retract automatically when the wind rating has been reached.
NEW! “myLink” Wifi to Radio Technology Somfy Interface. Control up to 5 channels of RTS shades using Somfy myLink apps for iOS and Android Devices. See more info on the Installation tab.
Motors plug into grounded outlets. You may hardwire 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.
An outdoor shade should be retracted in windy conditions. (More than 35 mph)
Rollers: Are 3 1/4" in diameter to prevent sagging of shades even 20' wide.
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.
Components: Are all made of materials that are corrosion resistant
(powder coated aluminum, powder coated steel, stainless steel, or galvanized steel.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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. 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.
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.
Housings: Powder coated extruded aluminum housings available in 6 colors.
To hide and protect the roll (especially when motorizing.) 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
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 6 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.
Bungee System: Alternative system for tying down shades. Custom bungees with solid breech straps. Least effective against wind and not recommended with motorized shades.
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”.
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.
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: 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: The fabric is 3" 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fabric is cut narrower than the roller. The roller/headrail should be ordered narrower than the opening for an inside mount (1/2″ narrower is recommended).
Crank Shade (Exposed Roll)
The fabric is a total of 4 1/4″ narrower than the tips. The gap on the crank side is 2 1/2″, and the gap on the other end is 1 3/4″. Combined with the fact that you will order the shade 1/2″ narrower than the opening, on an inside mount you will have approximately 2 3/4″ gap on the crank side and 2″ gap on the other end.
Crank Shade (With a housing box.)
The fabric is a total of 3 1/2″ narrower than the endcaps of the housing box. The gap on the crank side is 2″, and the gap on the other end is 1 1/2″. Combined with the fact that you will order the shade 1/2″ narrower than the opening, on an inside mount you will have approximately 2 1/4″ gap on the crank side and 1 3/4″ gap on the other end.
Motorized Shade (With a housing box.)
The fabric is a total of 3″ narrower than the endcaps of the housing box. The gap on each side is 1 1/2″. Combined with the fact that you will order the shade 1/2″ narrower than the opening, on an inside mount you will have approximately 1 3/4″ gap on each side.
Crank or Motorized shade (With housing box and Side Rails)
The fabric is a total of 4 1/4″ narrower than the endcaps of the housing box and the outer edges of the side rails. There is a gap between the 2″ side rail and the fabric of approximately 1/8″–1/4″ on each side (fabric does NOT run inside the rails.) Order 3/4″ narrower than the opening to allow room for the L Channel bracket to run the full height of the opening between the box endcaps and the posts.
Soliris Sun & Wind 9012500
For use with Somfy Radio 110V motors
For a single motor, order the Soliris 1 Channel Remote for setting the limit stop on your shade as well as programming it to the Sun & Wind Sensor
For multiple motors run as a group or individually, order the Soliris 5 Channel Remote for setting the limit stops on your shades as well as programming them to the Sun & Wind Sensor.
ALL REMOTES ARE PRE-PROGRAMMED BY THE FACTORY FOR EASIER INSTALLATION
Chronis Comfort 1805176 (Looks just like the 1805040)
For use with the Somfy 12V or 110V Radio motors
Timer and Sun Sensor in One Unit
For Sun Sensor capability as well, you must order the Chronis Cable
For a single motor, or multiple motors run as a group, you can use the Chronis Comfort to program the motor(s) and also operate them. Order a Telis 1 Channel or RTW 1 Channel Wall Mount Switch as well only as an extra convenience. (It is easier to program the upper and lower limit stops on the shade using the Telis remote.)
For multiple motors run as a group or individually, you must also order the Telis 5 Channel remote or the RTW 5 Channel Wall Mount Switch
ALL REMOTES ARE PRE-PROGRAMMED BY THE FACTORY FOR EASIER INSTALLATION
Blocks 90% of the light.
*Shades larger than 96″wide x 93″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam.
**Shades larger than 120″wide x 117″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.
By completely blocking out the sun, Soltis High Performance Blackout Outdoor Shades reflect up to 97% of sun’s generated heat resulting in a substantial reduction in air conditioning costs.
These shades are highly resistant to various weather conditions and can support temperatures ranging from -86F to 158F. Soltis will not stretch or lose its shape under heavy loads.
Exterior facing colors are in beige, brown and white, interior is gray. The quality of polymers used in the manufacture of these materials ensures high color-fastness. Dirt does not stick to them due to their smooth and even surface structure. Soltis material comes 67″ wide. Any shade both wider and higher than 67″ wide x 65″ high will need to be seamed with sonic welding. Outdoor blackout shades do not disturb inside window decor.
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
“Our new Grande Shade is installed and working perfectly. We are enjoying our
deck and sunsets much more. Thanks!”
Jay Collins – Steamboat Springs, CO
“Your Grande Shades have made a tremendous impact in the use of our pergola. Now we can use it all day all year.”