Ziptrak Outdoor Blind
Ziptrak Outdoor Blind
Ziptrak® patented the original track-guided blind system, invented in Australia. Most blinds allow a user to lower and raise the blind, utilising the material of the blind to provide light control and privacy. Track-guided blinds take this a step further, securing the blind material at the left and right within vertical tracks.
The blind material is always held within these tracks, and the tracks are mounted to the wall. This results in a protective layer that controls the flow of air and restricts dust, dirt and insects from entering. The blind won’t flap in the wind and there is no unsightly cords, ropes or latches.
There is a bar at the bottom of the material, which the user controls with their hand or via a remote for motorised operation. The bottom bar can be left at any height along the track. When fully retracted the blind rolls into itself at the very top, hidden by an optional pelmet. When fully down, the bottom bar locks (outdoor blinds only) at the lowest point to secure the blind, providing a secure and tensioned hold. Non-motorised blinds are spring-loaded, so that the weight of the blind material is substantially reduced for the user. This results in a blind that can be lowered or retracted at the touch of a finger.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Cafe Blinds and Shade Blinds?
A: The term Café Blinds generally refers to a clear or tinted plastic PVC material as the skin of the blind. This style of blind provides a complete barrier against wind, dust and insects. Shade blinds refer to a mesh or canvas material, which has small holes throughout, allowing a minor degree of airflow, but still blocks dust and insects. Shade blinds block a higher degree of sun and glare compared with PVC materials, and often result in more privacy. Café blinds will be more effective at locking in the temperature that exists within the area.
Q: What colours are available?
A: Your local retailer will be able to offer you a range of canvas / mesh options, in different colours and degrees of visibility. There is a huge range of options available in order to compliment your existing colour scheme, décor and outdoor furniture. The colour of the pelmet and vertical tracks are also customised to your individual requirements. Clear or tinted PVC is also a popular choice, and there are a range of brands available.
Q: How are Ziptrak® blinds different to other brands?
A: Ziptrak® is the original inventor of the outdoor track-guided blind, and is the only Australian company that holds a patent on the technology. We are the leading brand of outdoor blinds, with a range of small differences to competitor products, which together, make a big difference in the operation and longevity of your system. Over 400 retailers Australia wide stock our brand, whilst we also export to the international market.
Firstly, only Ziptrak® blinds have a centre-lock-release, which allows you to unlock both the left and right locks simultaneously from the middle. Next, Ziptrak® also has a unique method for attaching the blind material to the vertical tracks. This results in a secure hold, even with minor house movement and wind pressure on the fabric. Additionally, the Ziptrak® system will not rattle in winds, unlike many of the other brands. We also have unique optional extras such as the SolarSmart 100% solar power motorised operation.
Q: What type of surfaces can the blinds be mounted to?
A: Your local retailer or installer will be able to provide you with a customised solution for mounting Ziptrak® blinds. Generally, most installers will be comfortable installing onto wood, steel, brick and concrete surfaces. If you are in an area susceptible to high winds, or are looking for a very robust installation, make a note to request stainless steel rivets are used fix the Ziptrak® track to the Ziptrak® bracket channel.
Q: How can I take care of my blinds?
A: Taking care of your blinds is important to their successful operation and visual condition into the future. Please ensure you correctly understand how to maintain the surfaces before attempting to clean. Users should be particularly careful with PVC blinds. Please click here to learn more about how to look after your investment.
Q: Can Ziptrak® blinds be locked?
A: The bottom bar locks into position with two fasteners at the bottom left and bottom right in order to keep the blind fully down and secured in high winds. These locks are not designed for use as a security measure, and are not to be secured with a padlock. The blind systems should not be used as barriers for babies or toddlers – the centre-lock-release mechanism is not child-proof.
Q: What are the maximum dimensions for Ziptrak® blinds?
A: The recommended maximum dimensions for Ziptrak® blinds are 4500mm wide by 3500mm high when using mesh, or 4000mm wide by 3000mm high when using PVC. An experienced installer can decide whether to exceed these measurement considering wind rate, skin material, operators, structure strength and other factors.
Depending on the size of the blind and choice of material, there may be one or two vertical seams between separate panels of material that have been welded together. As a result, smaller blind sizes will potentially look neater. If utilising hand operation via adjusting the bottom bar, a smaller blind will also result in lighter operation. Non-motorised Ziptrak blinds are spring-tensioned, providing most users with simple, one-hand operation.
Q: Do I need council approval to install outdoor blinds?
A: Generally most councils do not require residents to apply for approval for the installation of outdoor blinds. However, seek independent advice specific to your given council and requirements.
Q: Is it possible to install Ziptrak® blinds if the opening is more than 4500mm?
A: Yes, but you will need to divide the opening using either a fixed or removable post. The removable post offered by Ziptrak® once removed, will not protrude into the opening more than the Ziptrak® blinds.
Q: Can Ziptrak® blinds be operated using a crank handle?
A: Ziptrak® blinds were invented and designed to circumvent the time, hassle and energy required to operate a blind with a crank handle. Ziptrak® blinds are spring-loaded which means a user can lower or raise the blind by simply moving it with their hand, leaving it securely in any position. Whilst a crank handle can take a minute to fully lower a blind, a Ziptrak® system takes a matter of seconds. Ziptrak® do not recommend suppliers and installers offer a crank handle.
Q: Can I have motorised Ziptrak® blinds?
A: Yes. Motorisation of Ziptrak® blinds is a popular and convenient option for many households. Only Ziptrak® blinds with SunScreen skin can be motorised, using 240V/AC tubular motor with an obstacle detection feature. Motorisation is a good choice if the blind is mounted in a difficult to reach place, or regularly operated by people that will have troubles manually operating it.
Strong wind can hold the skin of a Ziptrak® blind preventing it from sliding down the tracks, therefore, we recommend that motorised Ziptrak® blinds will be supervised by the operator while they are moving.
Q: Is there a pelmet for Ziptrak® blinds?
A: Yes. Ziptrak® offers a fully enclosed pelmet, designed to protect the blind for longevity and provide seamless visual integration with your decor. The pelmet is made from Colorbond sheet metal in a wide range of standard colours or with the option to totally customise the colour to your specifications. Uniline over-roll pelmets can be used for Ziptrak® blinds as well, however, it will protect the roll from the top and front only. Cast aluminium pelmet end plates are utilised for a heavy-duty, long-lasting system.