Achieve Optimum Fabric Appearance

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The Ziptrak® brand is associated with quality and innovation. With a 15 year history of Australian-made and innovative products, Ziptrak® has become Australia’s favourite outdoor blind system. Both household and commercial customers uniquely trust Ziptrak® to provide a robust, attractive and long-lasting product.

The Ziptrak® system is custom-made for every installation and is compatible with a great variety of clear PVC and mesh products, that are not products provided by Ziptrak Pty Ltd. The PolyWeave fabric is an advanced material, allowing it to withstand hard weather conditions with extreme temperature fluctuations. Each Ziptrak® system has a variety of factors that influence the appearance of the blind material, including, but not limited to:

  • The size of the opening
  • Product selections
  • Installation
  • Wind and weather variance
  • User operation method

Ziptrak® provides effortless and fast operation, whilst securing the blind within a track and can easily be left at any height. As the PolyWeave fabric is a flexible product by nature, users should not expect these materials to look like a fixed panel surface. Any interior or exterior blind material will naturally have imperfections in the finish. Importantly, customers should note:

Distortions Immediately After Installation (due to packing and handling)

Users should allow a few days for new blinds to “settle”, as the fabric has been rolled up prior to installation. Over time, with varying weather conditions, most material distortions should minimize or disappear entirely.

Appearance of Looseness in the Fabric or “Smileys”

  • Occasionally, users may notice the fabric seems loose or has a “smiley” when the bottom bar is left at the half way position (blind is half open).
  • This is common for track-guided outdoor blinds, regardless of brand, and occurs due to wind pushing against the fabric and the way the material rolls onto the top tube. 
  • The appearance of baggy sections can be expected in both motorised or manually operated blinds.
  • This is more pronounced when a user moves the blinds from a fully closed position to the half way position. To minimize this effect, users are advised to fully retract the blind, and then pull it back down to the half way position.
  • When the blind is down and locked, users should enjoy the appearance of no looseness or ‘smiley’ in the blind.