Zipscreen™ the Ultimate Outdoor Blind
If you have been looking around for an outdoor blind to shade your patio, deck or alfresco area there is a good chance you have come across straight drop awnings. We offer a number of straight drop awnings and Zipscreen™ are one of our favourite options.
An unprotected outdoor living area remains exposed to seasonal weather changes which reduces comfort and useability. Zipscreen™ Awnings are the perfect option to help you make the most of your outdoor spaces.
Why Should I Consider Zipscreen™ Awnings?
Now the question is why should you consider Zipscreen™ awnings for your patio, deck or alfresco area? Well, if you need to reduce the amount of heat entering your entertaining spaces or improve your privacy Zipscreen™ awnings are a highly practical offering.
Zipscreen™ awnings along with our other awning products use high-quality fabrics that can cut down on the amount of heat entering your space as well as offering improved privacy.
Zipscreen™ awnings are similar in design to roller blinds in that they both consist of a fabric section that rolls up on a tube. There are obviously some key differences with Zipscreen™ awnings being specially designed to endure outdoor conditions.
The key point of difference that makes Zipscreen™ unique is that a Zip (Z-lock) is added to each side of the skin. This helps to create even tension across the fabric. A bottom rail is attached to the bottom of the skin to add weight and to ensure the blind operates correctly. Side guides are installed on both sides of the blind to securely hold the fabric in place throughout operation. A headbox is an optional extra which helps to conceal the tube of fabric and the Zipscreen™ headbox boasts a sophisticated and enduring design. The headbox also helps to protect the fabric from the elements.
Zipscreen™ Awnings can also be made as small as 500mm to help enclose those small openings and the Zipscreen™ Extreme which boasts heavy-duty components can span distances up to 7 meters.
Our Key Zipscreen™ Takeaways
• Protect outdoor living areas from wind, sun exposure and heat
• Slim and enduring headbox design
• Large range of fabrics
• Motorisation and convenient control
• Can be hard to use in windy conditions
• Must be retracted in extreme weather
What are the Key Features of Zipscreen™ Awnings?
One of the key differences between Zipscreen™ and our other zip style awnings is the unique zip-guided system (z-LOCK™) that runs along both sides of the fabric. z-LOCK™ helps to maintain the tension across the whole fabric section and can also afford easier operation.
What about fabric options? All of our awnings enjoy a large range of fabrics specifically designed to withstand the sun and improve privacy. Additionally, a large number of colour options across each range helps to ensure your Zipscreen™ awnings will be a seamless addition to the exterior of your home.
It’s hard to talk about straight drop awnings without mentioning motorisation. Adding motorisation to your Zipscreen™ is the best way to quickly and precisely control your awnings. Motorisation is great if you have several Zipscreen™ awnings you wish to control as they can be operated together as well as independently which improves convenience.
If convenience is your biggest concern the optional extra Pulse 2 Hub allows you to operate your blinds with your smartphone or any popular voice assistant. Compatible with Alexa, Google, Siri and Apple Home Kit.
Limitations to Consider?
As with all side retention awning systems currently on the market they can be hard to use in windy conditions. In windy conditions, the fabric pushes against the channel which creates increased friction. They can still be used in windy conditions, but care should be taken when operating.
Another consideration is that the locking pin option can only be used from one side, so it is best to utilise this option for areas that do not require operation from either side. There are two different alternatives that help to overcome this. The most simple is to opt for no locking mechanism which allows for quick and easy use. The second option is to add Zipscreens Ultra-lock™ which is a premium easy to use locking solution that can be centrally operated from inside or outside the blind.
What Maintenance is Required?
We recommend regular cleaning (at least every 3 months) to ensure surfaces are free from dirt, dust and grime. Use a soft brush to clean the blind, paying particular attention along the side channels to prevent dust and dirt from building up. Aluminium extrusions can be cleaned with a soft cloth and warm soapy water or a small amount of mild detergent if required. Do not use any oil-based sprays as it can cause dirt and grime build up in the side guides and can damage certain fabrics.
How can I use Zipscreen Awnings?
Another common application of Zipscreen™ awnings is to add another layer of protection to your windows to help reduce the amount of heat that is able to pass through. Windows are one of the key areas in your home that allow heat to enter and installing a Zipscreen™ can help cut down on undesired heat and reduce the amount of light that filters through.
In addition to the performance aspect, Zipscreen™ awnings offer a desirable visual appearance. Helping to bring together the exterior design elements of your home to create a seamless designer look.
Zipscreen™ Awnings are the ultimate blind for covering your outdoor living spaces. They utilise a range of our fabrics which suit a variety of different styles and perform to a high standard. Zipscreens™ are perfect for increasing privacy in your outdoor areas as well as reducing heat. They feature a durable design, and the unique Zip affords smooth operation. To summarise, Zipscreen™ awnings are a fantastic addition that will help you make the most of your outdoor living zones. You can learn more about our Zipscreen Awnings™ here!