Sizes – Widths: A Tropical J’s wire guide shade can go 18 feet wide by 8 feet tall in one single panel. Once we pass 18 feet in width, the tube begins to sag under the weight and wrinkles occur in the fabric. As the widths decrease, the height can increase because it’s all based on weight. If a span greater than 18 feet is desired, we can achieve this by either installing two curtains or by installing a bracket in the middle and have one system with two tubes of fabric. Either way there will be a gap wherever we determine to put the split, but one 36′ split curtain can be operated by a single motor. The split opening is about 3″ wide.
Sizes – Drops: These curtains are most successful for 2-12 foot drop range. Depending on the fabric, seams may be required. Most of our mesh fabrics are seamless for up to 8′ drops. Your salesman will help you with your best options.
Wall mount vs. Ceiling Mount
Wall Mount: Wall mounted systems have two fabric orientations, fabric coming off the roll towards the building (inside roll), and fabric coming off the roll away from the building (outside roll). The roll of the fabric determines the guide wire placement. For inside roll, the guide wire will be 1″ away from the mounting plane while outside roll kicks the wire out 3-1/2″.
Ceiling Mount: In a ceiling mounted system, you still have a choice of which side of the tube you want the fabric coming off of. Again, this side determines guide wire placement.
System: Two brackets support a roller tube that has fabric rolled onto it. The tube is connected to the bracket on end by a control component. This can either be a eye to receive a hand crank, or a Somfy tubular motor. On the other end, the tube is fit to a pin that spins freely. When you rotate the tube in one direction it deploys the fabric. The fabric has a pocket manufactured into the bottom hem, and in that bottom sits a weighted stainless steel pipe. On either end of the pipe is a component that has a 1″ hole in it. Through this hole, a wire is run from the mounting bracket at the top to hardware at the bottom. After we put tension on the wire, it keeps the fabric from blowing in and out. The hardware at the bottom will determine how low the system can deploy.
Bracket Hardware: We use Hillman stainless steel fasteners to attach the brackets to the building. We normally use 3/8″ Stainless Steel lag screws directly into framing elements or with expansion anchors to attach the brackets. The brackets need to have solid attachment or else they can fail when put under load.
Wire Hardware: The wire is attached to the bracket. Directly under that point we attach hardware that tensions the wire. We have several different options depending on the scenario. Each option allows the curtain to only go down so far. The picture below illustrates the most common attachment types.
NOTE: We do not normally drill through custom tile or stone.
Hoods: Protect your investment! If a wire guide system cannot be installed under your eave and is exposed to the elements, UV will prematurely deteriorate the exposed portion of fabric. Birds also like to perch on fabric. An aluminum powder coated hood with side brackets is available in several colors. Download the color chart here or from the downloads section of this page.