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Habitat Screens

Talius Habitat Screens™

Talius Habitat Screens™ are easy to see through and completely retractable. Perfect for homes, patios, gazebos, and more. Habitat Screens™ create a cool, comfortable, insect reduced environment that won’t sacrifice your view. We like to think that Habitat Screens™ are like sunglasses for your home! Talius Habitat Screens™ are designed to provide superior solar protection, mitigate UV damage, optimize comfort, and provide daytime privacy.

Combine practicality with style. Habitat Screens™ are a practical alternative to traditional window treatments and blinds. Habitat Screens™ neatly retract into a 5” panel box and feature an innovative screen edge retention system that allows the screen to travel smoothly during operation and stops it from blowing out of the guide rails in windy conditions. Moreover, Habitat Screens™ are maintenance free and be easily cleaned with a garden hose.

Habitat Screens™ are a stylish addition to any building and can easily compliment commercial, residential, and institutional properties. The sleek panel box and guide rail design is available in five standard colours (white, beige, brown, black, and silver), or from over 1800 custom colours. Complimented by the high quality, unique, and innovative vinyl-coated polyester fabric specifically engineered for exterior applications, Habitat Screens™ become an extension of your home. Fabrics are available in three different wave densities (5%, 10%, and 45%) to provide you with the right look and the exact amount of shade to suit your needs. Talius also has the capability to split your Habitat Screens™ into multiple sections that can be operated together. Habitat Screens™ offer convenient operation with manual or motorized controls from inside your home. We also offer remote controls, sun sensors, and timers to optimize energy efficiency.

Click the button below to download the complete Talius Habitat Screens™ Technical Binder.

Talius Habitat ScreensTM – An Introduction

Habitat ScreensTM are retractable screens that are installed on the exterior of the building. Habitat ScreensTM block the sun without blocking the view. Talius Habitat ScreensTM provide solar protection, reduce internal temperatures, mitigate UV damage and provide daytime privacy. Habitat ScreensTM are custom made for each application and harmonize with the exterior of the building or patio.


The frame of Habitat ScreensTM are made with high-quality aluminum making them lightweight but durable and comes in 5 stock colors. Talius carries three varieties of screen material specifically formulated for use in exterior applications, these have three different openness factors corresponding to the amount of light let in. The screen material comes in a variety of colors. Talius also offers custom painting with over 1800 available options. Talius offers manual or motorized operation with a variety of control options.

Habitat ScreensTM Solutions and Applications Chart

  Fabric Options
  Tuffscreen Suntex 90 Suntex 95
OPENNESS Average 45% Average 10% Average 5%
Blocks Heat
Preserves Your View
Saves Energy
Made for Exterior Use
Blocks UV Rays
Easy to Clean
Protects from Insects
Blocks Wind
Daytime Privacy

Habitat ScreensTM Fabric Options

Talius Habitat ScreenTM are made using a vinyl-coated polyester fabric, engineered specifically for exterior applications. The fabrics are available in a variety of different colours and 3 different weave densities to provide the exact design and amount of shade needed on every project.

Fabric Types

Tuffscreen: Openness factor of approximately 45%. This is an insect protection screen and is used in applications where a reduction in insects is desired but solar protection is not needed.

SunTex 90: Openess factor of approximately 10%. This is a screen for solar and thermal protection and is used in applications where insect reduction and solar protection is desired but more air flow is desired.

SunTex 95: Openess factor of approximately 5%. This is a screen for solar and thermal protection and is used in applications where insect and wind reduction and solar protection is desired.

Architectural Specifications

Item Tuffscreen SunTex 90 SunTex 95
Manufacturer Phifer Incorporated
Material Vinyl Coated Polyester
Designation Insect Control, Ventilation, Solar Protection
Application Insect Protection Thermal Protection Thermal Protection
Openness Average 45% Average 10% Average 5%
Weight 283.5 g/m2

7.3 oz/yd2

0.00065 lbs/in2

583 g/m2

17.2 oz/yd2

0.00083 lbs/in2

522 g/m2

15.4 oz/yd2

0.00074 lbs/in2

Thickness 0.686 mm

0.027 in

0.99 mm

0.039 in

0.746 mm

0.029 in

Breaking Strength Warp = 140

FILL 112

Warp = 480

FILL 340

Warp = 350

FILL 235

Fire Classification California Technical Bulletin 117 Sec. E (CS-191-53).

NFPA 101 (Class A Rating) and IBC Section 903.1 (Class A Rating)

Habitat ScreenTM Components

Habitat Screen Standard Features

  • Talius edge retention screen insert
  • Aluminum components in Talius standard factory colours: White, Brown, Beige, Silver, or Black
  • Extruded aluminum Habitat ScreenTM bottom profile
  • 5” x 5” (125mm x 125mm) precsion roll-formed aluminum panel box assembly with dual shaft system
  • Two extruded aluminum PRO guide rails
  • Option of the following fabrics in manufacturers colour range:
    • Tuffscreen, SunTex 90, SunTex 95
  • Build up for appropriate mounting method:
    • Face of wall mount includes 7/8” build up for bottom profile clearance on both guide rails and top of panel box
    • Between jamb mount includes either L build up, L sill or 7/8” build up for both guide rails depending on mounting style
  • Choice of operator option:
    • Manual gear reduction operator with aluminum universal and removable crank rod handle with bell connector
    • Standard limit 120VAC/60Hz tubular motor with 6’ (1.83m) hard-wired motor cable with bare ends and SPDT paddle switch
    • Somfy RTS 120VAC/60Hz tubular motor with 6’ (1.83m) hard wired motor cable with bare ends and telis 1 channel RTS transmitter

Habitat Screen Additional Feature Options

  • 1800 custom colour options and colour matching available
  • Alternate switching options and additional sun sensors, timers or transmitters
  • Additional sill and build up
  • Talius Bug Brush to increase your projects bug protection
Habitat Screen Component Drawings

Habitat ScreensTM Maximum Dimensions

Maximum Overall Width Maximum Guide Rail Height Maximum Area
ft m ft m ft2 m2
ALL SCREENS 19’2” 5.84 14 4.26 n/a n/a

*Each Habitat ScreenTM must not exceed the maximum limitations of height and width.

Fabric Seams

Horizontal seaming of screen material is required when the height and width of the Habitat ScreenTM unit exceeds the size of the fabric roll width. If there are several Habitat ScreensTM side by side it is advisable to order all units with seams at the same height level.

Horizontal Seaming of Tuffscreen

Width Between Guide Rails >119” (3.18m) Guide Rail Height From: Guide Rail Height To:
Inch Metre Inch Metre
No Visible Seam Required 0 0 118 3.0
Visible Seam Required 120 3.02 168 4.26

Horizontal Seaming of SunTex 90

Width Between Guide Rails >119” (3.18m) Guide Rail Height From: Guide Rail Height To:
Inch Metre Inch Metre
No Visible Seam Required 0 0 118 3.0
Visible Seam Required 120 3.02 168 4.26

Horizontal Seaming of SunTex 95

Width Between Guide Rails >125” (3.18m) Guide Rail Height From: Guide Rail Height To:
Inch Metre Inch Metre
No Visible Seam Required 0 0 124 3.15
Visible Seam Required 125 3.18 168 4.26

Habitat ScreenTM Wind Loading

When Habitat Screens™ are in the fully projected (downward) position, Talius’ unique edge retention system allows Talius Habitat ScreensTM to withstand winds up to 100 mph depending on the size and mounting conditions of the Habitat ScreenTM unit. This is  an estimation of wind loads only. Talius has performed internationally recognized testing in a controlled environment to determine these estimates. As Mother Nature does not act in this same controlled way performance may vary. In areas susceptible to high winds, Talius strongly recommends the use of a wind sensor to protect the integrity of the Habitat ScreenTM.

Talius does not recommend that you operate your Habitat ScreensTM in windy conditions. During windy conditions, downward operation of Talius Habitat ScreensTM is hampered due to the resistance and friction created by the wind pushing against the screen fabric. Upward operation can be performed even in windy conditions.

Habitat ScreenTM Mounting Options – Width Dimensions (“A”)

Face of Wall Mount

When mounting Habitat Screens™ on the face of wall; use the generic face-of-wall mount diagram below to assist in determining your width dimensions. Provide the critical width dimension for each application: (A1) dimension if the guide rail must not encroach on the opening, OR the (A2) dimension if the overall width of the Habitat Screen™ unit must fit between obstructions. Face of wall mount Habitat ScreensTM include 1 piece of 7/8” build-up behind both guide rails and the panel box to ensure that the heavy-duty bottom profile clears the opening.

Between Jamb Mount Options

When mounting a Habitat ScreenTM between jamb (or within an opening), the critical dimension required is the overall Habitat ScreenTM unit width is often equal to the opening width of the structure. Talius offers multiple options for mounting Habitat ScreensTM between jamb, use the generic diagrams below to view and aid you in your project planning.

Between Jamb Mount with L Build Up

L Build Up is used when the opening is square. Talius L build up slides onto the back of the rail and the unit can be mounted through the flange with no visible screw on the back of the rails.

Between Jamb Mount with L Sill

L sill is used when the existing opening is out of square or more flexibility is needed. It allows for movement of the rail along the sill.

Between Jamb Mount with 7/8” Build Up

7/8” build up is used when the installation requires no visible fasteners. The 7/8” build up slides onto the back of the guide rail and the Habitat ScreenTM is mounted through the build-up and caps are used to cover the screws.

Between Jamb Mount with Recessed Rails

Recessed rails are common in new architectural and construction projects. The guide rails are recessed into a cavity hiding them from site. The edge retention insert is removed from the guide rail, the guide rail is installed by drilling through channel and the edge retention insert is put back in place.

If you have any questions about the mounting methods shown or about what mounting method is best for your project contact Talius at 1-800-665-5550.

Habitat ScreenTM Mounting Options: Height Dimensions (“B”)

Face-of-Wall Installation

For Habitat Screens™ mounted Face-Of-Wall over a window or similar opening, ensure that the guide rail height (B1) extends slightly below the opening, and a minimum of 2″ (50mm) above the opening, or the opening window sash. An optional “L” Sill may be added below the guide rails. Ensure that there is a minimum of 5 1/2″ (140mm) clearance above the top of the guide rail for the panel box.

Below-Header Installation

When mounting tight below a header, or other obstruction, the critical height dimension is the overall unit height (B2). With this mounting method, the clear opening height clearance which remains is equal to the overall unit height (B2) less 7″ (178mm). In the generic diagram shown below, the vertical mounting structure posts have been omitted for clarity. 

Multiple Section Habitat ScreensTM

A multiple section Habitat Screen™ has a single panel box and multiple curtain sections for the purposes of aesthetics, strength or cost-effectiveness.  A split has multiple curtain sections and one PRO center rail, two PRO rails back-to-back or two PRO rails back-to-back with a space in between. Multiple section Habitat Screens can be operated with one or more operators.

Notes About Splitting Habitat Screens

In almost all cases where a Habitat Screen has one or more splits and is controlled by a single operator, the horizontal level of the bottom profiles may be out by approximately 1/4″ (6 mm) to 3/8″ (9 mm) between the first bottom profile and the last when the curtains are fully rolled up. This is a natural occurrence which does not affect the performance of the product, and is purely an aesthetic issue.

Maximum Overall Dimensions

Maximum Overall Width Maximum Guide Rail Height
Inch Metre Inch Metre
230 5.8 168 4.2

Note: Manually operated Habitat ScreensTM have section size limitations. Contact Talius at 1-800-665-5550 to determine if your screen sections can be manually operated.

Centre Rail Options – Per Each Split Location

Habitat ScreenTM Paint Options

Talius offers 5 standard Habitat ScreenTM colors of white, brown, beige, black and silver and over 1800 custom color options.

Talius Custom Paint Options

Talius has over 1800 options for custom colors available to customers. These options are available through a Benjamin Moore paint fan or by custom color matching. Talius custom paints each product in our state of the art manufacturing facility using a two-component pure polyurethane paint system which utilizes aliphatic isocyanate reacted with resin polyols. This paint is the same as those commonly applied in demanding conditions such as commercial air crafts, chemical plants, oil and gas platforms and commercial ships like ferries or navy ships. There will be a miniscule change in the gloss and color level over the first 5 years. Over the first 15 years a colour change between 1-4 McAdam units can be expected, where 1 is not perceptible to the human eye. The top coat will continue to preform chemical, corrosion and abrasion services under normal conditions solidly throughout the products lifetime.

Habitat ScreenTM Build-Up and Sills

Talius Habitat ScreensTM have build up included depending on the mounting method used in each unit. If additional build up or sills are required Talius has build up in our 5 standard colours with the ability of custom painting to help with the ease of installation. Talius build up and the PRO series guide rails slide together ensuring a snug and secure fit.

Talius Sills

Habitat ScreensTM do not need to close down onto a sill like rollshutters do. However if a sill is needed for other reasons or if the customer would like one for aesthetic reasons Talius has our L sill. This is the same sill that is included when the mounting method is between jamb with L sill.

Talius Build Up

Talius build up comes in three different options, 3/8” (9.5mm), 7/8” (22mm) and L-Build Up. Talius recommends utilizing these build-up options on existing sites where Habitat ScreensTM are being added and the opening is not level or sites where door handles or other obstructions need to be cleared. Talius build-up easily fits onto the PRO series rails and other build up, allowing you to use them in combination. See below for common locations and diagrams of build-up for your project.

Bug BrushTM for Habitat ScreensTM

Talius Habitat ScreenTM with Bug BrushTM offers the ultimate solution to create a comfortable patio oasis and protection from insects. Engineered to prevent bugs from entering both the top and bottom of Habitat ScreensTM, Bug BrushTM is installed inside of the panel box bottom and along the bottom edge of the bottom profile.

Panel box bug brush is a 1/2” nylon brush that helps to deter insects from entering the panel box and is effective as a gentle cleaner to wipe away surface debris.

Habitat ScreenTM Operator Options 

Manual Operator

Talius offers manually operated Habitat ScreensTM with a manual gear with crank. All manually operated Habitat ScreensTM have limitations that depend on the size of the Habitat Screen unit. Please contact Talius at 1-800-665-5550 with your project details if you require a manual operator.

Gear with Crank Rod

Manual gear with crank operated Habitat ScreensTM have multiple mounting options as seen below. Cranks can come as a removable unit with a bell connector or attached to the wall or panel box. Standard crank rod lengths are 68” in the extended position however custom lengths are available.

Manual with gear Habitat ScreensTM can be operated from the panel box side of the Habitat ScreenTM or out the back of the panel box. The universal that controls the gear can then go through the wall with the bell connector mounted on the other side of the wall. This application is often used when the Habitat ScreenTM is mounted on top of a window and the customer would like operation inside of the building.

Habitat ScreenTM Motorized Operator Options

Motorized Operators – An Overview

Talius offers two main motor options for Habitat Screens, Standard Limit Motors, and Somfy RTS Motors. Both motor types are available in a variety of torque capacities to operate any size of Habitat Screen.

Standard Limit Motors

High-quality Standard Limit tubular motors are designed for reliable, long-lasting, maintenance-free operation.  These motors are hard-wired, with hard-wired switches, and feature mechanical limits. The standard limit motor can be operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button.  Choose from a variety of controls including:  single switches for individual operation such as Decora Paddle Switches or Keyswitches, or add relays to allow for group control of multiple Talius products from one master location.

Standard Features: 

  • 110v/60 Hz
  • CSA and UL certified
  • Thermal overload switch
  • 6’ Motor cable

Somfy RTS Motors

Somfy Radio Technology (RTS) products provide flexible, convenient options. Somfy RTS motors feature built-in radio frequency receivers and electronic limit switches for simple programming.  The motors can be operated via hand-held transmitter(s), wireless wall switches, timers, or even from the convenience of your smartphone. When combined with the appropriate interface, this motor will integrate with your fire alarm, or building automation system.

Standard Features: 

  • 110 v/60 Hz
  • CSA and UL certified
  • Thermal overload switch
  • Interim stop position
  • Standard 6’ cable, but 12’, 18’ and 24’ cable options are available

Motor Preparation Package

Purchase this package with your manual operator if you are concerned that your customer may find it difficult to operate the manual Habitat Screen in future years, or if your customer simply does not wish to spend the additional cost for a motorized operator at this time but may want to motorize in the future. This package installs during manufacturing all the necessary components, except the motor and switch, for motorized operation. This makes it less time consuming and expensive for the customer to convert to a motorized operator at a later time. The customer simply purchases a motor and switch in the future, and the installer can easily remove the existing manual operator and field-install the new motor and switch, without any further components.

Switches for Standard Limit Motors

If you have selected your Habitat Screen with standard limit motorized operation, you’ll need to select an appropriate switching device for your motor. Numerous options exist from simple switches and key switches, to Group Control, Timers, and Remote Control. The following pages contain typical switching components that you may select from. For more special switching requirements, such as sun and wind sensors or home automated controls, please contact Inside Sales for additional switching solutions that may be available for your application.

Standard Limit Motor Switches

Standard limit motors are easily operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. Choose from a variety of controls including:

  • Single switches for individual operation.
  • Group controls for operating multiple Talius products from one location.
  • Timer switches for convenient, automated opening and closing.

What is the difference between Maintained and Momentary Switches?

Maintained switches are three-position switches featuring an up, down and stop position. Maintained switches are designed to allow the user to operate the switch in the direction of their choice (up or down) and the switch will operate the Habitat ScreenTM continuously until it has hit its upper or lower limit unless otherwise interrupted in the stop position.

NOTE: Maintained switches allow the operator to let go of the switch and allow the motor to keep running until it reaches its upper or lower limit.

Momentary switches are three-position switches featuring an up, down, and stop position. Momentary switches are designed to allow the user full control of the operation of the Habitat ScreenTM by having to keep contact with the switch in the direction of their choice (up or down) and the ability to stop the operation by releasing their hold on the switch.

Momentary switches are ideal for areas in which safety of small children or animals is a concern, or where the operator needs to monitor the operation of the Habitat ScreenTM to ensure that it does not project downward on any objects that may damage the objects or the Habitat ScreenTM.

Standard Limit Motor Component Options

Standard limit motors are easily operated with the flip of a switch or the push of a button. For group controls please contact Talius at 1-800-665-5550.

Standard Limit Motor Operator Wall Switches

Switch Type Colour
SPDT Decora Paddle Switch. Available with maintained or momentary contact White or Ivory
DPDT Decora Paddle Switch. Available with maintained or momentary contact White or Ivory

Switches for Somfy RTS Motors

If you have selected your Habitat Screen with Somfy RTS motorized operation, you’ll need to select an appropriate switching device. One of the benefits of the Somfy RTS option is the ability to easily operate multiple units from a single transmitter. Talius offers transmitters that allow for the operation of up to 16 units on a single transmitter.

Somfy transmitters have a range of approximately 65’ through double reinforced concrete. However, this range can vary slightly based on factors such as interference, building construction, wiring, and location of components. If you find that you are having this issue or that you need a longer range an RTS Repeater can be used to extend the range of the signal.

Somfy RTS Motors also allow for control with sun sensors to provide maximum sun protection for your customer. Sun sensors automatically lower Habitat Screen units when the sun hits the sensor and raise when the sun sets. This allows for maximum sun protection and therefore energy efficiency.

Control Your Habitat Screen with Your Phone

The Somfy myLinkTM allows you to use your smartphone to control your Habitat Screen, even when away from home. The myLink allows for full control of your Habitat Screen and includes individual control, group control, remote access and a 7-day schedule.

Somfy RTS Handheld Transmitters

Lets you operate a motorized Habitat ScreenTM from anywhere in or around the building. These compact hand-held transmitters are personally coded for maximum security with up, stop and down push bottoms make using them just as easy as a wall switch.

Switch Type Colour
Telis 1 RTS Transmitter. Single-channel radio frequency hand-held transmitter White
Telis 4 RTS Transmitter. Four-channel and group control radio frequency hand held transmitter White
Telis 16 RTS Transmitter. 16-channel and group control radio frequency hand held transmitter includes intuitive programming and easy-to-use interface. White

Somfy RTS Wall Switches

Switch Type Colour
Decoflex-1 RTS Switch. Single-channel radio frequency wall mounted switch. White
Deco-flex-5 RTS Switch. Five-channel radio frequency wall mounted switch. White

Somfy RTS Patio Transmtters

Patio transmitters are shock and water resistant making them ideal for decks, patios or other outdoor usage

Switch Type Colour
Telis 1 Channel Patio. Single-channel radio frequency handheld transmitter White
Telis 4 Channel Patio. Four channel and group control radio frequency handheld transmitter White

Somfy RTS Specialty Switches

Switch Type Colour
Chronis RTS 24 Hour/7 Day Timer. The Chronis Comfort Timer is a 7 day programmable timer that will automatically raise and lower Habitat ScreensTM based on the user’s programmed time of day. The Chronis can be programmed to operate at the same time each day or at different times every day. It has a security function typically used while on vacation that will raise or lower Habitat ScreensTM randomly to give the impression of an occupied home.

Optional sun sensor available that send Habitat ScreensTM to either the down or intermediate position in order to adjust to direct sunlight

Soliris RTS Sensor. Combined sun and wind sensor that will lower a Habitat ScreenTM automatically when the sun shines and will raise a Habitat Screen with the detection of wind. Plugs into a 120V electrical outlet. Compatible with Somfy’s RTS motors, controls and sensors.

Includes Soliris transmitter to toggle off sun sensor

Eolis RTS Wind Sensor. Wind sensor that will raise a Habitat ScreenTM automatically during windy conditions. Wind sensitivity levels are set by the customer and/or installer. Plugs into a 120V electrical outlet. Compatible with Somfy’s RTS motors, controls and sensors. White
Somfy MyLink. Control the unit by using a smart phone. Control options include individual and group control, remote access and a 7 day schedule. White
Somfy Outdoor RTS Sun Sensor. Powered by a built in solar cell, this outdoor sun sensor will open or retract your Habitat ScreenTM based on sun light levels. White

Tips for Integrating Habitat ScreensTM with Home Automation

The popularity of home automation has been increasing greatly in recent years due to much higher affordability and simplicity through smartphone and tablet connectivity. A home automation system integrates electrical devices in a house with each other. The techniques employed in home automation include those in building automation as well as the control of domestic activities. Devices may be connected through a home network to allow control by a personal computer, cellphone, and may allow remote access from the internet. Through the integration of information technologies with the home environment, systems and appliances are able to communicate in an integrated manner which results in convenience, energy efficiency, and safety benefits.

Talius Habitat ScreensTM can be integrated with a variety of home automation systems. To assist in specifying the right solution for your clients, please use the following questions as a guide. After you have obtained answers to these questions, please contact Talius with this information and let us consult you on determining the appropriate motor and interface solution for your client.

  1. What is the name of the home automation system manufacturer?
  2. Is there an automation contractor involved?
  3. What is the application?
    1. Commercial or Residential?
    2. Windows and/or Doors?
    3. Are there concerns that the units might operate when a door, out opening casement or awning window is open?
    4. Provide a general description of what our products are being used for and the desired function
  4. How many Habitat ScreenTM units are involved?
  5. What is the largest Habitat ScreenTM required for this project?
  6. What is the control configuration?
    1. Is individual control required?
    2. Is master control required?
    3. Is sub-group control required?
  7. How will the units be operated?
    1. Strictly by the building automation system, or does the customer desire additional switches or controls?
  8. Are there special control considerations?
    1. Does the client want remote control?
    2. Are weather sensors requested?
    3. Are times requested?
  9. Is there any resistance from the building owner or automation contractor to using a Radio Frequency system?
    1. Are there considerations with respect to radio reception, interference or range that might lead us to stick with a hard wired solution?

This is a basic guideline for considerations when integrating Habitat ScreensTM with a home automation system. If you have any further questions, please contact our Inside Sales team at insidesales@talius.com, or toll-free at 800.665.5550.