Frequently Asked Questions
Where can DiscoverShade motorized retractable screens be used?
DiscoverShade motorized retractable screens can be installed on any outdoor opening at a home or business. Popular applications include porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas and garage door openings.
Where can I see a demonstration of motorized retractable screens?
We have a working display set up at The Green House Nursery, located at 15207 W Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669, just west of Town of Tioga. The nursery is open 7am-6pm Monday – Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
The beautiful Arthur Rutenberg Homes Windsor model, which was featured in the 2018 Ocala Parade of Homes, has a 26' MagnaTrack motorized retractable screen on the back porch overlooking the pool. Located in the Legendary Trails gated community, call (352) 351-3405 for a tour.
Stop by and check out DiscoverShade in action!
Can DiscoverShade only be used in new construction?
DiscoverShade can either be designed into your new construction project, or the screens can be retrofitted into your existing space. The screens seamlessly integrate into any style of architecture.
What if I don’t have a “smart home”?
We can incorporate DiscoverShade into your home automation system, but if you don’t have a smart home, DiscoverShade can still be easily installed and controlled from a wall switch, remote control and even your smart phone.
How much do motorized retractable screens / hurricane shutters cost?
As a custom product, it depends on your space and the type of screen/shade/shutter product you choose. The cost of your specific project will vary depending on the product, width, height and number of openings. Costs include custom fabrication of your screens/shades/shutters, delivery, installation, and for retractable screens smart home integration and a five year warranty on your Somfy motor. Contact us today for pricing.
How long does order and installation take?
Our team will come to your home or business right away to provide an estimate. Once you decide to purchase DiscoverShade, it typically takes 2-3 weeks for your shades to be custom fabricated in the U.S. and installation only takes a matter of hours. On average, from purchase to installation, it takes about a month.
What is the difference between zipper track screens and MagnaTrack screens?
The legacy approach to retractable screens relies on a zipper to secure the screen into its side tracks. It is a great product but in the off-chance a misalignment occurs, you likely won’t be able to get the screen back on track without a service call.
As an alternative, we sell the MagnaTrack product with innovative, patented technology that uses magnets internally secured in the side tracks instead of zippers. The magnets allow the screen to free float within its tracks during deployment so if misalignment occurs, the magnets automatically fix the screen into its correct position and eliminate the need for a service call.
On both screen types, we use best-in-class commercial-grade motors with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, plus we tack an extra five years on to that for a total of 10 years in motor warranty.
Can I install motorized screens/shades/shutters myself?
Our highly skilled team has decades of experience installing motorized shades, screens and hurricane shutters. We make it look easy, but this is one improvement job we recommend leaving to the experts, especially because there is an electrical motor involved.
How is power supplied to the shades?
For existing spaces, if power isn’t already available we will work with a licensed electrician to provide a power source for your DiscoverShade motor. We have an extensive network of electricians we work with often, but we would be happy to work with any licensed electrician of our customer’s choice. For new construction, we’ll work with the contractor to make sure a power source is built in for seamless installation.