FAQs for Ziptrak ® Blinds in Perth
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How long do Ziptrak blinds last?
Expect 15 years plus for the whole system. It depends a lot on the position of the blinds as generally it’s sun that does the damage. In the sunniest positions expect 15 years but even longer when not so exposed to the sun.
Is there a warranty?
Yes, there is a 5 year all inclusive warranty.
What colours are available?
PVC Plastic – clear, light smoke, dark smoke or dark tint
Shade Mesh – a full range of colours to choose from
Can I leave Ziptrak blinds down on windy days?
Yes you can. 100kph winds no problem.
How long does it take you to install Ziptrak blinds?
Every location is different with various factors that affect installation times. For example, fitting Ziptrak blinds to timber or steel is quicker than fitting them to brick. However, the following times will give you an idea.
A single blind takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, including time needed for preparation and cleaning up after the work is done.
If three blinds are done in one session then it could be approximately 3 to 4 hours all up. Five blinds could take 5 to 6 hours depending the area in which the blinds are being fitted.
For most residential and small commercial blind installations, everything will be completed and cleaned up in one day.
What materials can Ziptrak blinds be fitted to?
Wood, steel, brick and concrete etc. And if necessary, we can install posts for the blinds to be fitted to if the material isn’t suitable. For example, plasterboard isn’t suitable unless there’s a solid beam present so would install a beam to fix to. Basically the blinds can be fitted most anywhere.
What are the maximum dimensions of a single Ziptrak blind?
PVC Plastic is 5 metres.
Shade Mesh is 6 metres.
If your area is wider than these dimensions, then we would install posts to fit the next blind and so on. For example, if you have a 8 metre wide area, we would install a central post in the middle and two 4 metre blinds on each side.
You can also choose removable posts for those times when you’re not using the blinds and really want to open the whole space up again. How good is that!
How do I decide between PVC Plastic or Shade Mesh?
It comes down to the position of the area you want the blinds fitted to and also when you most use that area.
For example, north or west facing areas that cop the hot sun, glare and wind during summer would benefit the most from shade mesh. Some customers have told us there’s a 10 degrees difference after the Ziptrak mesh blinds were installed. Having the ability to pull down the shade mesh when the sun gets intense is amazing and you’ll be able to make full use of such an outdoor area. In winter, the mesh will also cut a lot of the wind and rain so it’s a good year round solution.
Whereas for south or east facing or any well shaded areas, PVC plastic would be more suitable. It would give you maximum light in cooler months and a barrier against wind and rain. You can create an enclosed outdoor room in an outdoor patio or veranday that you normally wouldn’t use in colder weather. In summer, it would be more of a windbreak if necessary.
Some outdoor areas have a hot side and cool side so having a combination or PVC and mesh would be something to consider. We can advise you about what’s best for your property.
If I choose the motorised version of Ziptrak blinds, is an electrician needed to hardwire them to the mains?
No electrician is needed if there is a power point close by. There’s also a solar powered option if your area is suitably sunny.
How do I clean them?
The mesh blinds can be cleaned with a soft brush broom, a hose down or soapy water and cloth. The mesh blinds don’t really need to cleaned all that often as they are constantly being moved up and down which shakes the dust off them.
The PVC blinds are different and should be cleaned with a recommended cleaning agent. Talk to us.
Can Ziptrak blinds be installed horizontally or on an angle?
Yes they can but it’s not so common. An example of this is an outdoor patio with skylights that get very hot in summer so Ziptrak blinds are used over the skylights in summer but drawn back in winter.
Can Ziptrak blinds be locked?
Yes, they can be locked in the down position which is particularly good on windy days. This lock should not be seen as any measure of security though. Also, they should not be used as a barrier for babies or toddlers. As Ziptrak blinds are so easy to use even the little ones will work it out sooner or later 🙂
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