Thank you for the heavy duty sun shade. It works great. I have to say that was one of the best constructed items I’ve seen in a very long time. The online instruction video was THE best I’ve ever seen. It only took my wife and I a few hours to have it installed and working. It was a pleasure dealing with everyone at North Solar Screen throughout the process. You have a great team, and a fantastic product.
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. FIRE RATING: National Fire Protection Association NFPA No. 101 "Life Safety Code" Class"A" rating Flame Spread Index 15 Smoke Developed Value = 350 How Our Shades Are Meticulously Assembled and Packed
Outdoor shades are standardly motorized with XQ5 Premium Radio Controlled Motors with a built in radio receiver. These motors have a 5 year warranty. They are cost effective and reliable and have all the options of Somfy motors EXCEPT they do not work with home automation. If you need home automation, you will need to order the Somfy Motors.
As with all motors, the factory programs the remotes to the motors and you merely set the limit stops. Instructions for programming limit stops are found on the Installation/Videos tab. Motors can be ordered on the left or the right. XQ5 Motors come with an 8’ power cord. (16’4” and 32’9” power cords are available.) Somfy Motors come with a 6’power cord. (12', 18', and 24' power cords are available.) Do not cut either type of motor wire any shorter than 3' as you will be cutting the antenna and seriously reduce the range of the remote.
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 about 1.6 amps. 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 and surface mounted wall switches are all wireless. They enable you to control one or more motors with one receiver. They are either single channel when ordering just one shade or multi channel which can operate each shade individually or as a group. See Motor Accessories Link for more information.
XQ5 Premium Motor Controls
White slim line remote
Black slim line remote
Hand held Slim Line Remotes come as 1 channel or 5 channel and are available in both black and white. They have table/wall support with a re-verso transparent bracket that allows the transmitter to stand on a table or to be fixed on the wall.Battery is CR2430.
5 channel remote has 5 separate channels plus an 'all' channel.)
White Wall Mounted
Silver Wall Mounted
Black Wall Mounted
Surface Mounted control is a wireless wall switch and avoids cutting into drywall. It does not require an electrician. Available as single channel or four channel it is battery operated and easy to install. The remote can be used as a hand held or a wall mounted control simply by sliding on and off the surface mounted bracket. Available in white, silver, or black.
Slim Line Timers available in both black and white. The timer is a multifunction remote with 90 channels display and timer. You can program up to 6 groups of 15 channels each. It also has a clear plastic wall bracket.
Wind Sensor ( Click To Enlarge)
SOL One Channel Remote
Climate Sensors Wind Climate Sensors and Sun and Wind Climate Sensors are available and automatically control your motorized shades based on current weather conditions to help prevent damage. Please read Installation Instructions on the Installation Tab before installing these items. Wind sensors can be programmed to retract the shade between 6-31 mph. The sensors plug into a standard grounded outlet. You can set the shade limit stops with any QX5 remote. You so not need the SOL remote. If you have the Sun and Wind Sensor, you also need to order the SOL one channel remote to turn the sun sensor function on and off. It is best to have one sensor for each direction your shades are facing as the wind will come at the shades differently. When wind higher than your setting is sensed for a duration of 2 minutes, the shades will automatically retract. Once the wind speed has lowered to below your setting and has remained lower for 20 minutes, you will be able to control your shade with your remote. If you have the Sun and Wind Sensor, the shades will go down by themselves when the wind stops. Bear in mind that the 20 minutes is from when the wind is reduced. If it goes back above your setting before the 20 minutes is up it will be yet another 20 minutes before you or the sun sensor can lower the shade. In other words, if you have the Sun and Wind Sensor, after the 20 minutes of calm, if the sun is still shining on the sun sensor, the shade WILL go back down. If all you have is the wind sensor, it will not. 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. REMOTES 1 Channel Remote Multi Channel Hand Held Remote (4 individual channels for shades or groups of shades, and one channel for 'all' 16 Channel Hand Held Remote 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. Wireless Wall Switch The DecoFlex ™ RTS Switch is battery-powered and a completely wireless wall switch that provides an ideal way to control motorized products when entering or exiting a room. Available as either single or multi- channel it is available in white or ivory. TIMER & REMOTE 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 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 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. 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. You must purchase the Soliris Remote for programming the Sun Sensor. RAIN AND SUN SENSOR 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. 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 minutes 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.
Grande Heavy Duty Construction
Click on the links to view each component 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.'
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 stainless 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.)
Low Profile Adjuster: (Standard equipment.) Securely attached to the bracket or housing box, this low profile hardware tensions the stainless steel aircraft cables. Shade can be lowered to about 2 ½” from the floor. Swivel eyelets to reduce wear on cables and to allow cables to be mounted at a slight angle. Mount into stone, concrete, or wood with supplied cable anchor. When fully retracted, there will be 2” of shade fabric/weight bar that will still hang below the housing or bracket.) Cut cables to fit on site and secure to tie wire drive or eye bolt with the Simplex cable Fastener.
Wall Mount Cable Bracket Use if you need to mount the cable to the wall or post. Allows the shade to come down within 1 ¾” from the floor. Powder coated to match your housing box or shade brackets.
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.
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"
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.
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 approximately ½” wide. **Shades larger than 96″wide x 94″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam approximately ½” wide . ***Shades larger than 126″wide x 123″high will require a horizontal sonically welded seam approximately ½” wide.
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.
How to Install Manual Outdoor Grande Shades- Housing and Side Rails
Some footage may show components that do not look exactly like the ones you will receive. Note that programming instructions on the videos are for Somfy motors. If you have the XQ5 motor, please refer to the pdf instructions for how to program.
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" narrower than the brackets. Gap on Crank side is 2 1/2", gap on idler end is 1 1/2".
Exposed Roll, Motor: Fabric is 3" narrower than brackets. The gap on both sides is 1 1/2" 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 on both sides is 1 1/2" 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.
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
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 or not.
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.
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 recommendations
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.
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.
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