HOW DO ZIPTRAK AND ZIPSCREEN, BOTH FROM AUSTRALIA, COMPARE?
Many of you may feel confused, with many retailers touting that they sell the original Australian Ziptrak®, or track guided system. In this blog, we’ll dive into the similarities and differences between both brands, and perhaps explain why we decided to retail Ziptrak® (disclaimer there).
Which is the Genuine Brand from Australia?
Both Ziptrak and Zipscreen are genuine brands.
Ziptrak blinds were first invented by its founder, Tony De Maaijer, back in the nineties. Ziptrak was subsequently patented and had its trademark registered in the early 2000s.
Rollease Acmeda, formed after a merger between US-based RollEase, Inc. and Australian company, Acmeda Pty Ltd in 2014, owns Zipscreen.
Who Created the Track Guided Blind System?
While everyone would say they created the product, here’s some food for thought; Tony de Maaijer, Ziptrak’s founder, holds the patent for the Track Guided Blind System.
Which is the Better Product?
We truly believe Ziptrak to be a superior product. But we’re pretty sure that retailers of Zipscreen would say the same. “Better”, therefore, is a subjective term and the answer to this question will depend on what one is looking for.
Here’re some considerations you may want to make:
1. Both Ziptrak and Zipscreen offer manual or motorised options
Ziptrak offers either manual spring-balanced or motorised operation in Singapore. Ziptrak does not offer a crank system because they wanted operating their blinds to be easy and hassle-free.
Zipscreen offers manual, crank or motorised systems.
2. There are different manual systems.
When it comes to a manual system, you want to evaluate two factors to determine which product would work best for you:
- how smoothly the blind moves within the track, given the conditions at the site, and
- method with which the system is locked.
Ease of operation in different weather conditions
Ziptrak and Zipscreen differ in how the fabric is secured within the track. For example, Ziptrak uses a patented method of securing fabric within the track with a Cordura tape known as Kedar. This material is double-welded to a PVC core, ensuring even pressure distribution. Therefore, the blinds feel easy to move even in high-wind conditions. This is a factor that those of you who live on high floors would want to consider.
On the other hand, Zipscreen uses a half zipper to secure its fabric to its track. It is easier to operate such blinds in fair weather conditions, and the half zipper can also be hidden within the track. Half zipper systems, however, would not enjoy even pressure distribution and may be harder to operate in strong winds.
The side spline offers Ziptrak® exceptional strength.
How the system locks
Ziptrak is extremely proud of its patented Centre-Lock-Release system. With this system, you unlock manual Ziptrak blinds using a lever at the centre of the blind, and the blinds lock automatically at the bottom. This means that the system can be locked at the lowest possible point and provides a better weather seal.
Zipscreen offers an Ultra Lock system. To lock your blind at the closed position, you push the bottom bar down beyond the locking system to lock, then allow it to come back up slightly. To release, users push down on the bottom bar.
3. With motorised systems, look beyond the obvious.
Motorised systems typically offer similar attractive features; you can operate them with remote controls, apps, voice control or integrated with various smart home systems. In determining which product to go for, you’d want to consider:
- other inherent features of the system,
- whether the motor that is provided offers obstacle detection,
- the reliability of the motor,
- installation methods, and
- warranty coverage.
Note: Even with the best motors, motor failure can occur due to a variety of reasons. You will not be able to operate motorised blinds or move the blinds manually at all if a motor or power failure occurs.
4. Which look do you prefer?
Zipscreen offers a more angular system, and typically, you only see the fabric, not the zipper tape. Ziptrak, on the other hand, has a softer look with visible spline tapes. You can match these to fit your homes or provide a design aesthetic.
5. Do you have a wide balcony?
A key differentiating factor for Ziptrak would be the fact that the company has developed a unique joining system that allows blinds to go up to 6 meters wide even in high-rise apartments. This feature proves to be a defining factor for many of our clients. Without the need for a centre post, nothing obstructs the view when blinds are fully retracted.
With no centre post for Ziptrak® blinds of up to 6m wide,
homeowners can truly enjoy the view they paid for.
There are other features that would differentiate a Ziptrak blind from a Zipscreen product, and we encourage you to visit our showroom, try the product out for yourself, and ask as many questions as you can to find the best product for your needs and budget.
Book a showroom appointment with us here: https://climashield.com.sg/showroom-appointment-booking/