ALUX HOME LIVING has a number of ‘guided‘ fabric awning systems but none as discreet as the Wire Guide. With the same contemporary looking finish that is offered with some of our other systems in regards to the headbox profile and base rail design, you are able to maintain a consistent aesthetic from one product to another around your home, for example the Wire Guide can be used on the deck and a Pivot arm could be installed outside a bedroom window on the upper level. Both systems will have the same headbox profile and base rail, making it look like it should be there.
Like the name suggests, a Stainless Steel exterior grade cable and bracket system are mounted down each side of the fabric edge. This cable runs directly through a special end cap design and is fastened and tensioned off at the base point whether that be the ground, hand rail or wall. This now means the Aluminium powdercoated base rail is locked into this vertical range of motion and cannot sway forward or backward from that line. The system can be stopped at any point from top to bottom and remain guided by the wire. There are ‘tie down’ methods available to lock it off at the bottom or at intermediate points if the wind really picks up or you just want to make it so no one can simply lift it up and get underneath easily.
This Awning is ideally suited to accessible areas as if you are on the coast, you will still need to keep the Cables free from salt spray and lubricated and also if you require a tie down method, you will need to be able to engage and disengage this option. Perfect for outdoor decks or verandas in windy areas where a minimalist look is required. Can be installed between posts or walls or onto the front fascia of timber or metal cross beams.
The Wire Guide will assist in lowering or eliminating UV heat entering your area dependant on the exact fabric choice and how the product is installed. There will still be areas in which air can enter the space like around the side edges of the fabric or slowly filtering through the fabric if it’s a Sunscreen Mesh type, so you need not worry about blocking air flow all together.
The Wire Guide can span 5m wide with a height up to 3m.
As the side edges of the fabric are exposed, it is recommended that the awning be retracted and stored away inside the headbox in the event of extreme winds or stormy conditions. This will protect the fabric.
Operation of the Wire Guide is by the following methods:
Remote Control – The premium solution using market leading motor remote control technology so you can simply push a button on a remote or fixed control. The option to set your times of operation and stopping points via a built in timer is also available to keep your area as you want it based on your privacy and sun shading requirements.
Crank Control – A manual geared solution in which a metal cranking handle is rotated to raise and lower the awning.
Tape Winder Box – This control option will work in some situations providing there is appropriate space to install the box and rotate the handle by the side of the awning. It is the easiest manual method of operation for people with finger and joint problems.
Fabrics most commonly used on a Wire Guide are Sunscreen Mesh as this maintains the view through to the pool or backyard and beyond. Otherwise, more private and weather proof fabrics can be used, like Acrylic woven or Canvas ranges.