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OUTDOOR TECHNOLOGY
Top 10 Outdoor Installation Challenges
Percentage of Projects for Commercial Clients
1. Weather/Temperatures
2. Working with Landscaping Contractors/Designers
3. Competing with other Trades for Outdoor Portion
of a Project
4. Explaining the Cost Differential for Outdoor Gear
vs. Indoor Gear
5. Training Technicians to Perform Outdoor
Installations
6. Equipment Problems
7. Burying/Hiding Cable
8. Equipment Theft
9. Sound Placement/Managing Sound Containment
for Neighbors
10. Maintaining Sound/Video Quality
Competing with landscapers, electricians, pool specialists,
and security installers leapt from No. 7 to No. 3.
Toward that end, most integrators still stay in their residential
lane, but many are finding jobs outfitting the outside
areas of restaurants, sports bars, small retail shops, and
other resimercial verticals. A quarter of integrators say their
outdoor work includes 11% to 40% for commercial end users.
Finally, as always CE Pro inquired about the biggest challenges
integrators face in designing and installing outdoor
tech systems. Perhaps because more projects are being
commissioned, weather/temperature topped the list this
year after being third last year (climate change, anyone?),
while burying/hiding cable fell from No. 1 to No. 7.
More of a concern these days for dealers is not only
collaborating with landscaping designers/contractors but
worries about their encroachment on business along with
other trades - which can also include electricians, pureplay
security installers, and even " the pool guy " these days.
Draper At Home: Shades Transform Outdoor Living Space for Georgia Builder
Sometimes the
smallest things
make a big difference.
Georgia
builder
Jerome Rosetti
had designed and
built a beautiful
outdoor living space that included a lap pool. He wanted
to add outdoor shades but couldn't find a solution that
would match his vision, which was to inset side channels
for the shades in stone columns.
So when Wes Bradshaw, the owner of Sunbelt Technology
in Atlanta, attended the annual CEDIA EXPO, one of
his goals was to find a solution for Rosetti.
" We looked at the Draper At Home booth and literally
found the exact stone that we thought we were going
11% to 20%
0 to 10%
It's noteworthy that a quarter of integrators say their
outdoor work includes 11% to 40% for commercial end users.
41% to 60%
21% to
40%
4%
12%
12%
70%
60%+
1%
to use, " said Bradshaw. " The setting, the channel. I sent
a picture of it to Jerome and he said, 'That's exactly what
I'm looking to do.' "
Draper At Home custom manufactured and shipped the
side channels early, so they could be set into the stone
columns ahead of time. It was small but hugely significant
- and just what Rosetti needed.
" I love the zip product, " said Rosetti. " These have been
very easy to use. They've integrated them with my control
four system and we're very happy with them. My wife
and I love to eat outside, sit outside, and then when my
grandkids come over, they virtually live out here and live
in the pool. "
" These shades go hand in hand with giving you the
indoor/outdoor space that most homes need, " said Bradshaw.
" Here we are a year later and we've installed 14 of
these outdoor shades and they work like a charm. "
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