Outdoor Solar Screen ShadesOur outdoor screen shade collection has a variety of design options. Manual or motorized controls, offered with
your choice of side rails, side cables or free hanging hem bar. The motorized unit comes standard with a switch
operated motor and can be upgraded to remote control or integrated to operate with various automation systems
and accessories. These units can span distances of up to 18 feet’ without fabric gaps and up to 35 feet as a coupled unit.
We also offer an optional extra cost Stand Off mount unit where the fabric roll is reversed so that the fabric comes
off the front of the box rather than off the back. The Stand-Off mount is ideal for situations where there is an
obstruction protruding from the area being covered such as a door knob, water faucet or large window moldings.
Keep Incects Out
The Secure Zip system is, we believe, the finest zipper system in the world, providing a screen that is wind resistant
and at the same time insect proof. The unique sliding system keeps the fabric always in perfect position. Different
screens are available to matchyour sun and wind control needs, from blackout to clear view. The Secure Zip system
can accommodate widths of up to 14 feet wide single panel and 24 feet wide coupled and heights of up to 10 feet.
The Secure Zip system keeps the sun, warmth and insects outside of the house. They are easy to install on every
window or façade. This product is tested to Euro norm EN13561 (handling Winds of +30mph) The system features
a 2 piece extruded box and tracks. All hardware is protected in rugged polyester based powder coating finish.
For a complete list of specifications and pricing please contact us.
Why Shade from the Exterior rather than the Interior
The advantage of an exterior shading device is that it reflects and absorbs solar energy outside the house before
it hits the windows! The exterior shade will absorb, reflect and re-emit a total of up to 95% of the total solar
radiance while only 5% is admitted into the interior space. Thus, Heat Gain is significantly reduced.
Exterior screens can produce significant energy savings. They cut heat through your windows all the while
helping keep your home cool, stopping sun damage, and eliminating glare without sacrificing your view!
Our outdoor solar screens are available for doors, windows, garage doors and patio enclosures. You can transform
your indoor or outdoor living spaces while saving you money and protecting your house from the harmful effects of UV Rays
The Sun’s Energy
To appreciate the advantage of exterior shading devices one must first understand how the sun works.
Simply put, the sun’s energy reaches your home’s walls and windows in the form of radiation and convection.
Radiation (direct sun light) is transmitted in the form of short wave radiation. Convection is transmitted by
reflection and as heat in the air. Convection is long wave radiation When the sun light hits your home,
the roof and walls will stop the energy. Your windows however cannot stop the penetration of short
wave radiation. The window glass will halt the long wave radiation, but cannot stop the short wave.
Once the short wave radiation passes through the window and touches any surface inside your
home, such as floors, drapes, or furniture, it is absorbed and converted into long wave radiation
(heat). Sometimes this is called passive solar heat gain.
The Energy Trap
Now, if we install a shading device next to the window glass, we can stop the short wave radiation;
but it makes a huge difference where we decide to stop it! An exterior sun screen will stop almost
all of the short wave radiation before it reaches the window glass. It will reflect and absorb the sun’s
energy outside of the house. If however, we install and interior shading device, the short wave
radiation will enter the room and then strike the device. The interior shading device will absorb
the short wave radiation and convert into long wave convection radiation (heat). It will try to
pass the heat back through the window glass. But alas, it cannot succeed. The converted radiation
(heat) is trapped inside the house. There is heat gain. What has happened you know all too well.
It happens at least every bright sunny day. The house gets warmer and warmer no matter what
you put on the inside of the windows.
The Exterior Advantage
The advantage of an exterior shading device is that it reflects and absorbs solar energy outside
the house before it hits the windows! The exterior shade will absorb, reflect and re-emit a total
of up to 95% of the total solar radiance while only 5% is admitted into the interior space. Thus,
Heat Gain is significantly reduced. These factors will vary with weather conditions, color and type
of fabric and type of shading device and the window glazing system performance. A retractable
exterior shade, when rolled up will allow maximum heat gain at times of the year or day when
heat gain is desired. While individual results will vary, reductions of by over 50% in air conditioning
cost have been reported. Exterior shading devices are not only environmentally friendly but can
also pay for themselves in energy cost savings.