What To Do If a Storm Damaged Your Ziptrak/Zipscreen Blind
Ziptrak & Zipscreen Outdoor Blinds by Stan Bond
There is a moment of panic when you look into your backyard after a big storm and see your Ziptrak or Zipscreen Blind hanging crooked and broken.
Here are 5 steps to limit the damage, get your blinds repaired and save money.
1. MAKE SURE THE BLINDS ARE SAFE
For now, you need a quick fix. If the blinds have been pulled out of the tracks they can move around in the wind and possibly damage the fabric, the posts or your outdoor area further. It is best to put the damaged blind and any other blinds you have in the fully up position. Sometimes the blind is difficult to wind up so you may need to get up to the top roller and wind it up by hand.
If the blind won’t stay up, the wind may have broken the spring inside. A trick to help hold the blind up is to use an old belt and wrap it around the top roller and bottom rail.
2. TAKE PHOTOS OF THE DAMAGE
Grab your smartphone and take a couple of quick pictures of the blinds, damage and general area. Depending on your insurance you may be able to claim any costs of repairs and a couple of quick pictures make any documentation and proof a lot easier.
3. CALL OR EMAIL US
Most damaged blinds can be repaired quite easily with some replacement parts, resewing or welding of the fabric and re-installation. The team at Stan Bond can fix any Ziptrak Blinds or Zipscreen Blinds no matter who the original manufacturer. We keep a stock of old discontinued parts to be able to help people just like you.
To help us identify the repairs needed email us ([email protected]) the photos with your contact information. Our team will identify the likely steps needed to repair the blind and quickly come to the site to start the repair process.
4. HOW TO STOP THIS HAPPENING AGAIN
Ziptrak Blinds and Zipscreen Blinds are designed primarily for sun and heat protection, not storm and high wind. In most cases, they cope well in the fully up or down position through most Adelaide weather conditions although we always recommend people secure the blinds in the up position if it is forecast to be gale or storm force winds.
Stan Bond installs most outdoor blinds using screws rather than rivets as they are much stronger. This, along with adding additional screws to both sides of the tracks can reduce the likelihood of it occurring again.
If your blinds are remote motorised, a wind sensor can be added to measure the wind speed and raise the blinds in high wind conditions.
5. WHAT IF YOU WANT A NEW BLIND
If your outdoor blind is old and needs to be upgraded you have a great range of options & colours to choose from with Stan Bond. You can check out our range of Ziptrak Blinds and Zipscreen Blinds that provide the best protection for outdoor entertaining and patio areas.
As part of the process, we can uninstall and remove your old broken outside blinds from the site and, depending on the situation, help you repair any old holes or damage caused.