Enjoy your view, comfort and daytime privacy. By reducing the sun’s glare and heat, and protecting your interior from fading, these woven fabric shades will add to your living space and reduce your air conditioning costs, managing widths up to 12′ and heights to 12′ and withstanding breezes up to 15 mph. If you are looking for a shade you can have down while you are not present, upgrade to a heavy duty shade equipped with a wind sensor.
Your choice of color and weave openness determine heat rejection and light diffusion. Chain-operated.
12′w x 12′h (144″w x 144″h)
Transparent outdoor solar shades make patios, decks, porches, pergolas, lanais and gazebos more comfortable. Designed to block the sun's heat and glare and reduce fading, the woven fabric also allows air to pass though for ventilation. Outdoor shades stop more heat than interior ones. Transparent shades provide daytime privacy with full vision outwards at maximum dimensions of 144 inches by 144 inches and winds up to 15 mph.
Darker colors stop heat by 10% over lighter colors.
Sun Guardian™ All Weather Fabrics are constructed from the toughest PVC coated polyester, rated # 1 in durability and performance. They are more mold, mildew and bacteria resistant due to the addition of Microban, a biocide in the vinyl coating.
Sun Guardian™ Fabrics come extra wide to minimize the need for seams. If seams are required they are sonically welded for the strongest possible bonding.
Flammability: Flame Retardant
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End caps and housing completely powder coated aluminum. Does not rust.
Housing and Side Rail Color Choices
Fascia front is powder coated aluminum and does not rust. End brackets are powder coated steel, and may rust after several years if exposed to rain, high humidity, or salt air.
Side Rails, Bungees & Cable Systems
Side Rail Options (must order with housing box) Fabric is NOT inserted into side rail. There is 1/4" gap between the side rail and the fabric.
Housing and Side Rail Color Choices
Optional Cable Systems
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Outdoor rated clutches
Affordable Sun Guardian Construction
If you've got windy conditions, switch to our Heavy Duty Solar Shades.
An outdoor Sun Guardian shade should be retracted in windy conditions.If you are looking for a shade you can have down while you are not present, upgrade to a heavy duty shade equipped with a wind sensor. (More than 10-15 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.'
Our outdoor shades are built to last. Custom manufactured to your exact specifications, all our outdoor shades are triple locked to rust proof rollers with spring loaded clips and then sealed with a weatherproof bonding to protect against the elements.
Our outdoor shade fabrics are engineered to withstand years of outdoor use. These outdoor fabrics are fade and flame resistant, remain stable under hot and cold temperatures, have an extra layer of biocide to inhibit the mold and mildew, and comes in extra wide widths to reduce the need for seaming.
Brackets are marine grade with a rust proof powder coating. They come in your choice of black or white. For corrosive salt water exposure we recommend upgrading to our Dacromet brackets.
Rollease Exterior rated clutches in matching black or white, have stainless steel internal springs to avoid rust. Super Clutches are automatically added to large shades to reduce the effort required to lift heavy shades.
Chains are UV resistant and won't break down. Chain lengths are 3/4's of the way down the shade.
Outdoor shades are constructed with a heavy duty aluminum weight bar at the bottom to prevent fraying. This bar comes in white, black, bronze, light beige, or anodized and is secured to the welded bottom weight pocket.
Stainless steel D Rings with self tapping screws are included with each shade to tie it down. Also available are optional custom 6" bungee cords. Secure bungee cords to the D Rings as shown in the photo to minimize how much the shades move in windy conditions. We can custom manufacturer bungee cords to the length you need.
An optional cable system on each side of the shade helps stabilize the shade movement in windy conditions and can also serve as a tie down for motorized shades.
Optional 4" aluminum housing in 8 matching colors hide the roller are available. Housing mounts either to the face of a beam or the underside of a beam. Bottom bar does not retract up into housing; about 1 1/2" of bottom bar will show below. If the drop is more than 132" you will need to upgrade to our Baby Grande shade in a 4 1/2" aluminum housing.
Optional Side Rails are offered in 8 colors. Side Rails are 2" wide and 3/4" deep. Side rails lock down the bottom bar of the shade only. There is a 1/4" gap between the side of the fabric and the beginning of the side rails so the fabric will not blow out. Side rails require a level, even mounting surface (not more than 1/4" shim is acceptable) and the purchase of the aluminum housing. Request L Channel brackets for inside mounting side rails. Housing box required with side rails.
L shaped fascias are available to hide the front of the roller. Top and back of shade are exposed; fascias covers front and bottom of roller. Bottom bar does not retract up into housing; about 1 1/2" of bottom bar will show below. Some light can come through these as they are not a sealed box.
A reverse roll to hide the roller is offered at no charge. Available with exposed roll only.
You will need to supply your own mounting screws/lag bolts.
Sun GuardianTM Fabrics come extra wide to minimize the need for seams. If seams are required they are sonically welded for the strongest possible bonding.
Overlapping openings: When mounting to the exterior side of a structure, we do not advise overlapping, especially against a rough surface. The wind can blow the shade up against it and eventually cause damage. If you want to overlap the opening it’s better to mount to the interior facing side so the force of the wind blows the shade inward. Still be cautious of rough surfaces.
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 120″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 124″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 6 swatches per shade type.
Depth required for a flush mount depends on a combination of width, height, material ordered, lift system, and headrail option. Contact us for specific information about your particular order. General guidelines:
Exposed Roll: Smallest shades require 2 3/8" (most shades under 84" wide) while wider and taller ones can take up to 3 3/8" or 3 7/8".
Fascia: Either 3" or 4". Most shades under 84” wide take 3”, while all shades over 84" take 4".
Housing box: All shades take 4” housing box, unless they are both wider and taller than 120", in which case you may need to upgrade to a Grande Shade
Q: What is the fabric width?
Fabric width varies depending on lift system and headrail option. Contact us for specific information about your particular order.Bottom bar and end caps extend 1/4--5/16" wider than the actual cloth. General Guidelines:
Exposed Roll or Fascia : Fabric is 1 3/8" narrower than the tips of the roller. Gap is larger on the chain side than the idler end. Gap is the same on each side for motorized shades.
4" Housing box: Fabric is 2" narrower than the end caps of the box. Gap is the same on each side.
4" Housing and 2" Side Channels: Fabric is 4 1/4" narrower than the end caps of the box. There is a 1/4--1/8" gap between the fabric itself and the channel.
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.
Q: The material on my shade is rolling up crooked. What causes this and how do I fix it?
This is usually caused by the installation not being level; the shade will roll towards the higher side. It must be corrected immediately or the shade material, telescoping over the end, will rub the shade brackets and get damaged. Best solution is to remount the brackets so the shade will be level.
Another solution is to lower the shade until the roller is exposed. On the side opposite the incorrect roll place a 3 inch length of 1 1/2" masking tape on the long edge of the shade material, or on the roller edge. This will balance (level) the roller. Additional layers of tape may be required until the shade rolls up evenly.
Operate the shade slowly to be sure the roll is correct; stop at once if the material runs to one side.
Outdoor Shade Warranty
OUTDOOR SHADE WARRANTY North Solar Screen, LLC warranties:
Motors, remotes, sensors, controls, for 5 years
Cranks, housings, side rails, cables, cable hardware, fabric seams, for 10 years
IF INSTALLED WITHIN 3 MILES OF SALT WATER, cranks, housings, side rials, cables, and cable hardware have a reduced warranty of ONE year. Fabric and motor warranties are unchanged.
Suntex 95 and Suntex 90 fabrics for 10 years; Phifer 4400, Clear Vinyl, and Soltis Blackout for 5 years.
Shades must be installed correctly per instructions. We will request photos and videos of your installation.
Shades must not be left down in winds greater than the product is rated for. We may check historic wind speed data in your area.
Good for original owner of shades only.
Under no circumstances are installer fees covered, regardless of whether it is a warranty issue
Replacement parts are sent Ground. If expedited shipping is desired you may pay the difference between Ground and expedited shipping.
HOLES IN FABRIC
Please see our slide show on the Products Page that shows how carefully and meticulously our shades are manufactured and shipped. There are no sharp instruments on site. Fabrics are cut with state of the art lasers, seams are sonically welded, and our tables are rounded and smooth. All shades are thoroughly inspected before they are carefully packaged to ensure they are pristine. Therefore rips, tears, or cuts in the fabric were either caused by the shipping company, opening the boxes with knives or scissors, or happened during installation.
SHIPPING DAMAGES (on receipt)
If shipping damage exception number is obtained from carrier, all damaged/missing parts are replaced free of charge if reported within 30 business days of delivery. Photographs showing damaged packaging and parts are required.
If shipping damage exception number is not obtained from carrier, all damaged/missing parts are replaced free of charge if reported within 5 business days of delivery. Photographs showing damaged packaging and parts are required. IF YOU DO NOT REPORT WITHIN 5 DAYS THE DAMAGE CLAIM WILL BE DENIED AND YOU WILL NEED TO PAY FOR THE PARTS AND THE SHIPPING. YOU MUST RETAIN THE PACKING MATERIAL SO THE CARRIER CAN INSPECT IT OR THE CLAIM WILL BE DENIED.
NOT AS ORDERED OR DEFECTIVE (when installing)
If reported within 60 days of receipt of the original order, replacement parts/shipping are free of charge. If reported 61 days or more after receipt of original order, replacement parts are free BUT YOU PAY SHIPPING.
Defective means fabric mis-weave, bad powder coat finish, lumpy seams, non working motors or remotes, non working crank gears or clutches at installation time. We may request photos and videos.
Not as ordered means wrong size, color, fabric, lift system, cable anchor hardware, etc. We may request photos of what you received.
Our confirmations detail shade dimensions, fabric dimensions and colors, and all the specifics about the construction of the shades you are ordering. Because we are not on site, it is your responsibility to carefully read them to verify that they are correct when you OK the order.
There is a +/- 1/8” production tolerance. For wrong size you must send photos showing the product being measured. We may also request other photos/videos.
DAMAGED (after installation)
We will request photos and video and measurements to try to determine the cause of the problem (for example, failed welds, holes in fabric, cables pulling out, shades rolling crookedly, shades jamming in tracks.) Most of these problems are caused by shades being left down in more wind or colder temperatures than they rated for, issues with the installation causing the shade not to track or roll correctly, parts of the structure it is installed on interfering with the fabric and damaging it. If it is determined that the cause is weather or installation related you will need to purchase replacement parts and pay for shipping regardless of when you report it.
If it is determined that a factory defect caused it, if reported before 60 days from receipt of the original order, replacement parts and shipping are free. If reported 61 days or more after receipt of the original order, replacement parts are free BUT YOU PAY SHIPPING.
If motor fails in the first 60 days we will send you a new motor and label for sending the bad motor back no charge. If it is after 60 days you will be charged $50 for shipping (pickup of bad motor and delivery of new one.)
Evidence of water in the motor will void the motor warranty
Operating motorized shades without using the cable guides or side rails voids the motor warranty.
Expedited shipping for replacement parts
Damage caused by weather (wind or temperatures that the product is not designed for)
Damage caused by improper installation or installing in ways that are against our
Normal wear and tear, wear from fabric rubbing on walls, posts, or any part of the structure the
shade is mounted on, or extra bolts you wrongly installed on the shade.
Damage to plastic hand brace handles from being left out in the sun or hanging on the shade
Rusting to stainless steel or steel components if within 3 miles of salt water or adjacent to a chlorinated
pool (warranty reduced to one year)
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.
Thank you North Solar Screen!!! Our patio is usable in the afternoon now. Super easy to install and great customer service.
Jon White, TN
Thought you would like to know – Got the Sun Guardian screen and got it up – it works great and looks great. Thank you all.
Paulette Thebert, WI
We received our shades last week, and got them installed over the weekend. They look great, we really like them, as advertised, they block a lot of the sun, but lets the breeze go thru, and you can see thru them.
They are long enough to block the sun until it goes behind the roof of the home behind us, and the one on the entry way, we can still walk under without having to duck. The bungee cords work well to hold them down against the wind.
Abby Hopkins – Witchita, KS
My wife and I are truly happy with our outdoor solar screens that were installed several weeks ago. We are very impressed with the professional and courteous way we were treated from the first phone call until the shipment arrived. Carla, Karen, and the rest of the gang at North Solar Screen are true experts and they really mean it when they say, “The customer comes first.” I highly recommend this company.
Duane Gregg – Port Allegany, PA
The screens arrived yesterday undamaged and I installed them today. They are absolutely wonderful and really cut the sun and heat. We could never sit out on our patio in the afternoon before because of the hot Texas sun, but now we can comfortably. Your screens are amazing. We can even feel it is cooler inside the house too. I’ve enclosed a couple photos of the screens taken at 4pm with the hot, bright sun blasting away, but is nice and shady and cool on the patio, thanks to North Solar Screen’s shades!
Fabric is cut narrower than the roller. The roller/headrail should be ordered narrower than the opening for an inside mount (1/4″ narrower is recommended). Chain Shade (Exposed Roll or with Fascia) The fabric is a total of 1 3/8″ narrower than the tips. The gap on the chain side is 3/4″, and the gap on the other end is 5/8″. Combined with the fact that you will order the shade 1/4″ narrower than the opening, on an inside mount you will have approximately 7/8″ gap on the crank side and 3/4″ gap on the other end. Chain Shade (With a housing box.) The fabric is a total of 2″ narrower than the endcaps of the housing box. The gap on the chain side is 1″, and the gap on the other end is 1″. Combined with the fact that you will order the shade 1/4″ narrower than the opening, on an inside mount you will have approximately 1 1/8″ gap on the chain side and 1 1/8″ gap on the other end. Chain 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.