Cafe Screen

  • Manufactured in Auckland
  • Manual and automatic
  • Clear/tinted PVC
  • Mesh/acrylic fabrics
  • Up to 4.5 m wide
  • Up to 4 m in drop
  • Face/inside installation
  • White/grey/custom powder colours
  • European engineering, NZ made

The Café Drop Screen combines style and practicality. Durable and reliable, it provides excellent sun protection and views. You can choose either an automated or crank-operated system. You may prefer a clear PVC for complete weather protection and visibility or mesh fabric for enhanced outlook.

Clear PVC screen in Browns Bay
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Crank operated drop down screen
Crank operated drop down screen
Cafe screen
High grade stainless steel brackets



MIN – 500 x 500 mm

MAX – 5800 x 4000 mm


manual (crank) or automated (remote/wall switch)


Docril (acrylic canvas) – 132 colours

Shadeview Mesh – 25 colours

PVC – 0.75 mm clear or tinted


Stainless steel brackets

Customised bottom rail to Dulux powder-coat range


What is a drop down screen?

A drop down screen (also known as café curtains, drop down awnings, pull down screens or external blinds) is a mesh, PVC or canvas partition that can be used for a wide variety of openings: windows, doors, balconies, patios, porches, car ports and so much more.

The main benefit of these outdoor screens is that you can retract them easily when you want to allow more sun into your home or office.

What are the café screens made of?

Our café screens consist of stainless steel mounting brackets, aluminium hardware and fabric (acrylic canvas, clear, tinted or non-transparent PVC, polyester mesh).

Click here for more technical information on our drop down screens.

What is the largest span I can cover with external screens? What is the minimum size?

Our team at SunGuard can manufacture an external drop down screen to fit any size between 500W x 500H and 4500W x 4000H.

Looking for a screen to cover larger areas, such as decks, patios, balconies, cafés?

If yes, you may want to check our page on automation options.

Can I use drop down screens for decks and patios?

Absolutely! Drop down screens are great for windows, doors, balconies, decks, carports, patios, porches, cafés, etc. We can custom design retractable screens for nearly any kind of opening.

Call us now at 0272007034 for a free consultation with our experts on outdoor blinds.

Side guide wire
Side guide wire fixing
Cafe screen with a side guide wire
Cafe screen with a side guide wire
Crank operated screen
Crank operated screen

Can I see through the external screen?

This depends on the type of fabric you choose for your blinds.

Shadeview mesh fabric is available in 3 different openness factors – 3, 5 and 10%. This means it allows you to enjoy the views, but still protects you and your property from UV and heat. Click here to browse our mesh fabric collection.

Acrylic canvas  is opaque. Thus, it provides the best UV protection ( UPF 50+). Browse our acrylic fabric collection here.

Clear PVC is absolutely transparent, so you can enjoy wonderful views from your balcony or deck. Outdoor blinds from PVC are durable and lightweight. You’ll find them really easy to operate. Another advantage of PVC drop down screens is that they block UV, rain and wind, which is great for changeable NZ weather.

Are external blinds easy to operate? Can I get drop down screens motorised?

Café screens roll up and down neatly with the help of a removable crank handle. Easy-peasy! And you can make things even simpler by getting your café screens motorised. Click here to learn more about automation of outdoor sunshade products.

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Clear PVC screen in Browns Bay
Clear PVC screen in Browns Bay
Clear view screen in Otara
Clear view screen in Otara
Crank operated PVC screen in Browns Bay
Crank operated PVC screen in Browns Bay

What hardware and fabric colours are available for drop down screens in Auckland?

We are proud of our extensive choice of fabrics. Here at SunGuard, we offer 132 colours of plain and striped acrylic canvas and 25 colours of Shadeview mesh. All our fabrics are extremely durable and absolutely safe to use.

We offer 3 standard colours for the bottom rail – Warm White, Grey and Silver Anodised. What’s more, you can order custom powder coating by Dulux® Powder & Industrial Coatings and have the hardware painted in any colour you like.

How much do drop down screens cost in Auckland?

Prices of café screens depend on the size and type of fabric you choose. An average sized manual operated screen (2500 mm x 2000 mm) with clear PVC canvas would only cost 850 dollars plus GST. Our prices include manufacture and installation costs. Plus, we offer a completely free measure and quote service!

To book a free onsite consultation with one of our experts call us now at 0272007034 or click here.

When you buy a drop down screen from SunGuard, you get top quality at an attractive price!

How long does it take to install outdoor screens in Auckland?

In the normal run of things it only takes one day to complete installations, however, that depends on how many external screens you order. A single window drop down screen can be installed in an hour or even faster than that. If you order motorised outdoor blinds, installation may take a bit longer.

When ordering café screens, please check the lead time with our experts. Normally, it takes  7-10 days to manufacture external screens, but sometimes it gets really busy (like during the Christmas holidays), so the lead time may change.


Do café screens need much maintenance? 

Not really, café screens are easy in everyday use and don’t need much care. However, you might want to clean them once or twice a season with mild detergent and water. Just gently wipe them off so that you can get rid of the small particles of dust on the fabric, especially if you have mesh screens.

Do you want your outdoor screens to last longer? Here are some tips!

– Make sure fabric is clean and free of any debris.

– Do not wash the screens with harsh chemicals or pressure washer.

– Allow fabric to dry before you roll the screens up.

If your screens are motorised…

If there’s something that prevents the screen from retracting, remove the obstacle, then lift the screen.

– Do not operate your screens in high winds

– Make sure that power gets to the unit without interruption

–  Replace the battery in the remote control when necessary

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