Alfresco Blinds Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best blind to reduce noise?

Go for a Blockout blind. Roman blinds will do the best job, or otherwise, have a look at our curtain range, these will also be excellent at blocking out the noise. For the best noise protection, look at our Double Roller Blinds as this basically gives you 2 blinds to stop the noise.

What product allows me to see out by day and also give me privacy by night?

Unfortunately, no one has come up with a fabric that gives you visibility and privacy by day and night; we do however have the next best thing! Our Double Roller Blinds allow you to use our screen fabric in conjunction with a Blockout or translucent fabric. This means you can have the screen down during the day to give you sun protection but maintaining your view. Then by night you simply roll down the Blockout blind to give you night time privacy as well as blocking out the morning sun!

What is your warranty and how do you compare to other top name brands?

The quality of our blinds are comparable to all of the top name brands. We are very selective with the products we put our name to and we set ourselves a very high standard. This means that you get the best possible product at the best possible price. In addition, the guarantee and warranty we provide exceed those offered by most name brands.

How “Blockout” are your Blockout fabrics?

Anything that is called “Blockout” on our website is 100% Blockout. This means that no sun will pass through the fabric. In recess fits, you will have some light gaps around the sides to allow for running clearance but we use the best system on the market and this means the light gaps are kept to a minimum.

What are your plantation shutters made from?

We offer premium grade Basswood shutters, PVC shutters and Poplar shutters.

How do I place an order?

You can either request a quote online or simply give us a call on 1300 735 077. Once you accept the quote, you will be asked to place down a 50% deposit to begin the order, either on the day we measure or call us to make an alternate arrangement.

What is the most cost-effective and practical solution for doors and windows?

The most cost-effective and practical solution for door and windows are our Roller Blinds, as they come in a wide range of fabrics and colours. They are easy to maintain and operate and are very cost-effective.

How long do the blinds take to install once ordered?

3-6 Weeks*

How long do plantation shutters take to install once ordered?

8- 12 Weeks*

Where are your blinds made?

Our blinds are manufactured in Melbourne.

How long is your warranty on your blinds, plantation shutters, and outdoors blinds?

5 year warranty on materials, parts and labour.

How do I decide what size of blind I need?

Our professional reps will measure your window to ensure a perfect fit for your blind. Our blinds are custom made to your window size.

Ziptrak® Frequently Asked Questions

What are the maximum dimensions for Ziptrak blinds?

The recommended maximum dimensions for Ziptrak blinds are 4500mm wide by 3500mm high when using sunscreen mesh, or 4000mm wide by 3000mm high when using clear PVC. An experienced installer can decide whether to exceed these measurement considering wind rate, skin material, operators, structure strength, etc. Smaller Ziptrak blinds will look neater and will be easier to operate.

Is it possible to install Ziptrak blinds if the opening is more than 4500mm?

Yes, but you will need to divide the opening using either a fixed or removable post. On Certain circumstances, mesh fabric can be railroaded to make a maximum size of 4750mm.

Can Ziptrak blinds be operated using a crank handle?

Ziptrak blinds were designed as spring-loaded blinds, which makes the operation of them much more simple and easy compared to a crank handle. Therefore, we do NOT recommend to have Ziptrak blinds operated with a crank handle, like the Roller Crank Blinds.

Is there a pelmet for Ziptrak blinds?

Yes. Alfresco Blinds offer a fully enclosed pelmet; the Ziptrak pelmet is made out of cast aluminium pelmet end plates, and the cover is made out of Colorbond sheet metal which can be ordered from a sheet metal fabricator in your area. Uniline over-roll pelmets can be used for Ziptrak blinds as well, however, it will protect the roll from the top and front only.

Can I have motorised Ziptrak blinds?

Yes! Using a 240V/AC tubular motor with obstacle detection feature. Strong wind can hold the skin of a Ziptrak blind preventing it from sliding down the tracks, therefore, we recommend that motorised blinds will be supervised by the operator while they are moving.

Why does my PVC skin ripple on my Ziptrak blinds?

Flexible PVC used as the skin for Ziptrak blinds becomes stiff in cold weather and loose in the hot weather, these changes cause the fabric to appear to have ripples in cold weather. Also, PVC only comes at a fabric width of 1250mm, so when joining the fabric it tends to show ripples more on joins as it’s not a single membrane.

What is the recommended thickness of clear and tinted PVC for Ziptrak blinds?

We recommend using 0.75mm thick clear or tinted PVC for Ziptrak blinds. 1mm thick PVC can be used too, however, there is no advantage using 1mm thick PVC in our opinion, and with larger Ziptrak blinds it can even be a disadvantage because the 1mm PVC is heavier.

What is the wind rating for Ziptrak blinds?

Wind loading test on 2500mm wide by 2500mm high Ziptrak blind with SunScreen, performed by the University of Adelaide yield the following findings:

  • The above mentioned Ziptrak blind, when installed according to Ziptrak installation manual, can withstand wind of 90km per hour. In such a strong wind the aluminium rivets fixing the Ziptrak track to the Ziptrak bracket channel sheared off.
  • The above mentioned Ziptrak blind, when installed according to Ziptrak installation manual, with the difference of using stainless steel rivets to fix the Ziptrak track to the Ziptrak bracket channel, can withstand wind of 160km per hour. In such a strong wind the bottom bar guide on one side has broken off. Although Ziptrak blinds can withstand very strong winds, we recommend in windy conditions of 50km per hour or more that you lower your Ziptrak blind all the way down until it is locked, or open in all the way up, midway is the most vulnerable position for your Ziptrak blind.

Can I have my Ziptrak blinds installed horizontally, as an overhead awning?

Ziptrak blinds were designed for vertical applications, however, overhead openings of 2000mm wide and less can be covered with Ziptrak blinds using light fabrics of about 250gsm. An overhead Ziptrak blind can be either open or closed – you will not be able to leave it midway.

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