Measuring, Installing and Care of Windscreens

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Purchasing a windscreen for a facility is an important investment.  Taking the proper steps to insure that you get an adequate fit as well as years of use from the windscreen is vital.  You will find below the proper instructions to assist you with measuring, installing and caring for the windscreens that you have purchased.

Measuring For Your Windscreen

You have made an important decision to purchase a windscreen.  Your very first step is to measure accurately the area that the windscreen will cover.  Follow each step so that you get the best possible fit of the tennis windscreen.  Even though we custom make our windscreens, we need those measurements from you to be dead on so that you get the best product.  It may be tempting to look at a drawing of the area that is to be covered and make an educated guess as to the measurements.  However, we insist that you physically measure the actual fencing area for the most accurate possible measurement.

Step one for measuring for the windscreen is to measure all the fencing from tension bar to tension bar.   This area would only entail the meshing of the fencing.  Do not measure the end posts that the fencing is attached to.

The next step would be to run a measuring tape along the ground at the bottom of the fencing.  This will prevent slack that you most inevitably would get should you run the tape along the middle of the fencing.

Once you have the measurements, be sure to put them into feet and inches.  This is an important step.  Do not round off these measurements or your windscreen will be either too big or too small.  Please note that you can order the screen in panels of sixty feet or smaller in length so that you can easily handle them.

Installing the Windscreen

Before installing your windscreen inspect the fencing that it will cover.  You want it to be in good condition.  It is important to understand that installing the baseball windscreen fabric can cause damage to your fencing from the wind.  So it is very important to make sure that your fencing is in pristine condition.  If there should be any damage from the installation to the fencing, it is the owner’s responsibility to take care of or replace.

Once you have inspected the fence and made sure that there is no damage, you are ready to position the windscreen.  Where you hang the screen on your fence will depend on what size covering you have purchased.  If you have purchased the 9 feet high windscreen, then you would hang it from the very top of a ten foot fence which would leave a foot of open fencing at the bottom for venting.  If you have purchased the 6 foot high screen, you would hang it directly in the middle of the fencing leaving equal spacing at the top and the bottom of the fence.

Once you have the positioning of the windscreen in your mind, it is our suggestion to lay out the screen as it would be placed on the fencing.  You will want to lay the screen down with the hem side facing up.  This will be the side that will be against the meshing of the fence.  When hanging the screen, you will want to have the smooth side facing out toward the field or the court.  If you have purchased a screen with venting built in, you will want to place the venting so that it will be placed at the top when it is properly hung.

You are now ready to hang your windscreen.  You will want to begin by attaching one vertical edge at the desired height position.  Make sure that every single grommet is securely fastened with a 50 pound breaking strength ty-rap.  Once you have a vertical edge fastened completely and securely, you would start attaching the top edge.  You want to make sure and keep the top straight and can do this by following the chain link pattern.  Again, make sure that every single grommet is tightly attached to the fence with a 50 pound breaking strength ty-rap.  If you are placing a 9 foot windscreen, you will want to make sure that you properly attach the anti-billowing center tap to the fencing with lacing rope or cord to prevent any damage from stressing.

Now you are ready to attach the bottom of the windscreen.  You have choices here.  You can use lacing rope or cord, or you can use the 50 pound breaking strength ty-raps.  We like to use the lacing rope or cord to complete this step.  The reason that we like to do this is because, in the event of high winds, the top can be released and fold down to the anti-billowing line.  However, others like to use the cord or rope in the center so that both top and bottom can release in case of high winds.  If choosing to lace only the center billowing area, use the ty-raps to finish attaching the screen at the top and bottom.

Once you have the entire windscreen securely fastened along the top and the bottom, you can secure the final vertical edge.  Do this by using the 50 pound ty-raps.

Care of Windscreens

Like any investment, you will want to make sure to take proper care of the windscreen.  When you are cleaning your court area, make sure to hose off the screen to remove any dust that may have accumulated there.  While you are hosing it down, inspect the windscreen to see if there are any cuts or tears in the fabric.  If there are damages, you will want to repair that ASAP to prevent any further damage.  If your intentions are to store the screen, make sure that it is completely dry before doing so.