Screen Innovations (SI), the CEDIA industry’s fastest-growing manufacturer of motorized and manual window coverings, brings beautiful motorized shading to the outdoors with the introduction of Zen 2. The first décor-minded outdoor shading solution, Screen Innovations Zen 2 boasts an elegant, customizable, architecturally friendly design that effortlessly transforms decks, gazebos, patios, and other outdoor areas into comfortable, stylish living spaces.
Zen 2 finally gives architects and designers an option that seamlessly blends into today’s home designs, thanks to a custom paintable, primed option for a perfect color match. Up to 25-feet wide and 16-feet tall, Zen 2 includes everything custom installers need, including mounting hardware, motorized shade cassette, and a wide selection of popular outdoor shading fabrics.
Making installation a breeze, Zen 2 installs in half the time of other outdoor shading systems with its unique snap-in tube and hidden bracket attachment. The cassette can be pre-installed and the tube snapped into place, affording a simple hands-free installation process. The zipper track system provides integrators twice the freedom of other track systems, simplifying the specification and installation process.
Screen Innovations Zen 2 integrates with all the latest smart home control systems via a wireless ZigBee 3.0, RTS, or wired 485-based connection. This enables the movement of the shades to be choreographed with lighting, AV equipment, and more. Home systems integrators can use SI software to synchronize the movement of multiple shades and to open and close to several preset positions.
“After interviewing a dozen integrators, we quickly realized that simplicity of installation is a top priority next to design. Without question, Zen 2 will make integrators’ lives much easier, all while offering an opportunity to offer home designers and end-users the first beautifully designed outdoor shade,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “We truly feel that if integrators, designers, and homeowners are happy with a product, we’ve hit a home systems homerun.”
The launch of Zen 2 is just one recent example of SI’s ongoing development of products designed to help the integration and home design community prosper in the growing shading market. Home systems integrators have taken notice of SI’s contributions, with more than 70% naming SI as their preferred provider of motorized window treatments in the 2021 CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis Study. Now occupying second position, up from fourth position last year and closing in on Lutron as a brand leader, the steady climb earns SI the distinction as a 2021 CE Pro Bullet Brand.