Motorized Power Screens FAQ’s

Motorized Power Screens FAQ’s, Where are Motorized Power Screens commonly installed?

Motorized Power Screens are used for interior or exterior use and can convert your doors, windows, garage doors and/or patios into a shaded, comfortable, private and pest-free environment.

Motorized Power Screens are the ideal solution for any opening that helps add living space to your home, as well as provide shade, weather protection, privacy and protection from unwanted critters. Motorized Power Screens offer an unobstructed view while reducing the harmful effects of the sun’s powerful ultra violet rays.

In addition, Motorized Power Screens will protect your furniture and wood floors from the harmful UV Rays so common to Southern California.

What size opening will a Motorized Power Screen accommodate?

In order to accommodate various width and height requirements, three housing canister sizes are available. Canister size is determined by the width, height and screen mesh/fabric to be used. The three housing canister sizes include: Series 3, Series 4 and Series 5.

Series 3:
A Series 3 housing canister (3-5/16”h x 3-1/4”d) can span up to 12’ in width and 8’ in height.

Series 4:
A Series 4 housing canister (4-1/8”h x 4-3/8”d) can span up to 18’ in width and 10’ in height.

Series 5:
A Series 5 housing canister (5-1/2”h x 5-3/4”d) can span up to 25’ in width and 20’ in height.
Please refer to our Features Section for further details.

Are Standard Powder Coated Colors available?

Motorized Power Screens are available in 11-standard powder coated colors. The color of the aluminum housing, weight bar (hem bar) and side tracks can be selected from one of the standard colors to compliment your home’s individual decor. The standard colors include: Black, Bright White, Bronze, Brown, Desert Sand, Gray, Green, Navajo, Silver, Tan and White. Please refer to our Features section for further details.

Are Custom Powder Coated Colors available?

Motorized Power Screens are also available in custom powder coated Tiger Drylac RAL colors for an additional charge. The aluminum housing, weight bar (hem bar) and side tracks can be selected from one of the custom colors to compliment your home’s individual decor. Please refer to our Features section for further details.

What are the Mesh Options?

Motorized Power Screens are available with a wide range of mesh, styles, and color selections. They can block the sun without obstructing your view or provide complete blackout if desired. Mesh warranties vary depending on your selection, but Classic has a number of mesh selections with 10-year limited warranties on exterior applications. Please refer to our Features section for further details.

Can I order my Motorized Power Screen with a Custom Print Image on the Mesh?

Yes. We can custom print on 1 or 2 sides of a mesh or solid fabric. Certain restrictions do apply. Please contact our office for further details.

What are the Fabric Options?

Motorized Power Screens are available with Sunbrella Fabric. Sunbrella color pigments are added during the production of fade-resistant Sunbrella fiber. The final result is Sunbrella yarn and fabric with color throughout that won’t fade or wash away.

In ordinary fabrics, dyes are added to the surface of the yarn or fabric. The color only penetrates the outer layer and washes out or fades away over time. With over 200 colors and patterns to choose from you’re sure to find the perfect match for your home’s color palette. Please refer to our Features section for further details.

What is a Horizontal Mesh or Fabric Seam?

A horizontal seam in the mesh or fabric is necessary when you reach a certain width or height for an opening in which a power screen is to be installed. The seam joins two pieces of screen mesh or fabric together in order to accommodate certain widths and heights. The times in which a seam is needed varies per screen mesh and fabric. The horizontal seam location can be placed at the top or bottom of the power screen depending on the customers design.

What is Somfy?

Somfy is the world’s leading manufacturer of specialized motors and control systems for motorized power screens, retractable awnings, rolling shutters, interior shades, blinds, projection screens and other lift-up applications for the home.

What are the Motor Specifications?

The AC Motor Specifications are: 120VAC/60Hz, 2 to 3 Amps. FCC Approved and UL Listed. Home Automation Interface is available.

What are my Remote Control Options?

A one-channel wireless remote control (hand-held or wall switch) can operate one power screen. A multi-channel wireless remote control (hand-held or wall switch) can operate up to five separate power screens independently.  A hard wired version of the wireless wall switch is available as well upon request.

Can I order a Motorized Power Screen without a Motor?

Yes. Motorized Power Screens can be ordered without a motor. A Motorized Power Screen without a motor is called a Manual Crank Sun Screen.

Do I have to order a Motorized Power Screen with a Housing?

No. Motorized Power Screens are available with or without an Aluminum Housing.

What are L-Brackets?

L-Brackets are used for inside jamb mount installations as a support system for the vertical rails. L- Brackets are not needed for an inside jamb mount if you are using a wire guide system.

How do I clean my Motorized Power Screen?

Please refer to our Maintenance Section for all of the Motorized Power Screen cleaning details.

What is the Warranty for a Motorized Power Screen?

Please refer to our Warranty Section for all of the Motorized Power Screen warranty details.

What about pets or kids, does a screen like this keep them in or out?

Motorized Power Screens are installed every day to keep ones pets or animals inside or outside. The zipper system (vertical tracks/rails) creates a 100% seal on the left and right while the weight of the hem bar makes it almost impossible for any animal to escape. It is possible though for a pet, animal or even a child to push its way through the zipper system if given excessive force.