windscreens are functional and an aesthetically pleasing addition to any court.
Although their name implies wind-blockage, a windscreen’s primary function is
to provide privacy. For community courts with nearby roads or park systems, the
constant movement around the court can be very distracting, making it difficult
to view the ball. As well, residential court owners frequently long for solitude
from the neighbors and an opportunity to enjoy their court with privacy. And
for private clubs and resorts, tennis windscreens provide an exclusive feel to
the courts which enables the players to really focus on their game, and
provides greater guest enjoyment. Additionally, windscreens increase the
overall appeal and appearance of a court by providing a clean upscale look. It
is much less expensive than new fencing, and we can even apply logos to promote
your club or community. Windscreens are definitely an excellent choice for any
court looking to promote increased player enjoyment.
windscreens provide a solid back-drop against which to see the ball. When other
activities around the court cause annoying distractions, it can be very difficult
to focus on the ball and the game. Windscreens provide the visual barrier
between the ball and the court perimeter allowing the players to really get a
grasp on where the ball is and increasing the players’ abilities and
And finally, its namesake.
Windscreens do provide wind-blockage, although that may not extend to the
center of the court. Mostly, windscreens will break up wind gusts that
can be bothersome to the players. It is important to consider the wind strength
and fence strength when choosing a windscreen, as ample wind flow must be
provided in order to prevent damage to the fencing structure caused by too
great of wind load. Usually ‘open mesh’ windscreens are recommended for
most windscreen applications. The open mesh windscreens have opacities
(wind-blockage) ranging from 70% to 80%, allowing 30% - 20% of the wind to flow
through. ‘Closed mesh’ windscreens (usually having an opacity of 95%) are
desirable for ultimate privacy and providing premium visual backdrop for the
game, however special caution and consideration must be give to the wind
condition and fence strength for these windscreen applications.
Types of Windscreen Fabrics: There are
three different types of windscreen fabrics used for tennis windscreens;
polyester vinyl-coated (PVC), polypropylene, and polyethylene.
PVC is the traditional material used for windscreens and has been
around for years. It is the most attractive of all windscreen fabrication
providing a custom fit and a flat lie on the fence. It also offers high mildew
and sun resistance at an excellent price. PVC windscreens can be custom made to
size and are hemmed with brass grommets every 12” on all sides. Different
weights of PVC material are available.
Polypropylene is considered the economical alternative to the PVC windscreen,
although no longer that much less expensive. Additionally, the open mesh weave
the polypropylene windscreen provides less privacy than the open mesh PVC.
Polyethylene windscreens are relatively new and, unlike PVC windscreens whereby
the polyester is vinyl-coated, polyethylene is comprised of a single
high-density polyethylene monofilament forming the whole basis of the fabric.
This special feature of polyethylene allows for custom cutting and fitting on site
without any worries of the windscreen unraveling. As well, the superior
UV-resistance is built right into the core of the fabric. Polyethylene
windscreens are the strongest windscreen on the market. Available in rolls of
120’, with or without hems and grommets. Also available with ‘heat-set’
treatment that allows the windscreen to lie flat and straight on the fence with
Supreme Windscreen (70% opacity) -
Polyethylene – Dark Green or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
The Knitted Supreme
polyethylene windscreens are a low-cost, long-lasting alternative to custom
windscreens. Made of 8 oz. knitted high-density polyethylene monofilament with
superior UV-resistant properties. This windscreen is available with or without
brass grommets. Knitted Supreme windscreens without grommets have an
extra heavy selvage along the top and bottom hems to provide for a more secure
installation with less scalloping than other knitted windscreens. Knitted
Supreme with brass grommets, the grommets are places every 12” on all four
sides. For 9’ Knitted Supreme anti-billow tabs are available to be placed
at the 4’6” height to provide for an easy professional looking tidy
installation. 3-Year Warranty.
Supreme ‘Heat-Set’ Windscreen (75% opacity) - Polyethylene – Dark Green or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
The Knitted Supreme
‘Heat-Set’ polyethylene windscreen provides long lasting good looks with
increased stability and opacity due to the special ‘heat-set’ treating,
allowing the windscreen to lie flat and straight on the fence with no
billowing. Hems are 3-ply construction with a heavy-duty 18 oz. vinyl
binding and brass grommets every 15”. Anti-billow tabs are built into every 9’
Knitted Supreme ‘Heat-Set’ windscreen for the ultimate ease of a professional
tidy installation. 3-Year Warranty.
Master ‘Pro’ Windscreen (80% opacity top and bottom/ 100% opacity middle
section) – PVC –
Dark Green, Royal Blue or Black
The Grand Master ‘Pro’
windscreen is the ultimate windscreen for outdoor tennis. The center 5’ wide
strip is solid 18.5 oz vinyl for maximum ball visibility and wind control. 2’
wide top and bottom strips are open-weave PVC for optimal airflow. This
windscreen comes with two rows of anti-billow tabs along each PVC/vinyl seam,
totaling four rows of brass grommets every 12”, as well as on the sides. Available in 9’ heights only. 3-Year
Master ‘Open Mesh’ Windscreen (80% opacity) – PVC –
Dark Green or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
The Grand Master ‘Open
Mesh’ windscreen is the industry’s most durable windscreen. Made of 10 oz. PVC,
the extra heavy selvage is heat-sealed to form attractive, long-lasting hems.
Brass grommets spaced every 12” along all four side for an easy professional
Master ‘Closed Mesh’ Windscreen (95% opacity) – PVC –
Dark Green or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
Grand Master ‘Closed Mesh’
windscreens are made of extra-dense 13 oz. PVC. Constructed with heat-sealed
hems for superior performance and aesthetics, brass grommets placed every 12”
on all four sides. Special caution and consideration should be given to wind
conditions and fence strength before installing any ‘closed mesh’ windscreen.
Special ‘Open Mesh’ Windscreen (80% opacity) – PVC –
Dark Green, Blue or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
The Club Special ‘Open
Mesh’ windscreen is one of the industry’s best values. Made of 7 ½ oz. PVC,
with 3 ½ ply hems including an 18 oz. vinyl tape insert for added strength.
Brass grommets spaced every 12” on all four sides for an easy professional
looking installation. 2-Year Warranty.
Special ‘Closed Mesh’ Windscreen (95% opacity) – PVC – Dark Green or Black – 6’ or 9’ Heights
The Club Special ‘Closed
Mesh’ windscreen minimizes player distraction while maximizing ball visibility.
Made of 8 oz. PVC, with 3 ½ ply hems including an 18 oz. vinyl tape insert for
added strength. Brass grommets are spaced every 12” on all four sides for an
easy professional looking installation. Special caution and consideration
should be given to wind conditions and fence strength before installating any
closed mesh windscreen.
Tabs with Grommets: Installed
in the center of 9’ windscreens to reduce wind effect and increase screen
durability, allowing for attachment to fence at top, middle and bottom. We
highly recommend anti-billow tabs be applied to all 9’ windscreens, as well as
the addition of 6” x 12” air-vents placed 5’ to 10’ apart.
air-vents are available in 6” x 6” or 6” x 12”. These air vents allow for
greater air flow through the windscreen placing less stress on the windscreen
and fence alike, while still maintaining the windscreens visual privacy
function. These air vents do not have flaps and are bound with polypropylene
Vent Die-Cut: Half-moon vents are openings with flaps to allow for air
flow through the windscreen. Available only for PVC windscreens. An
Inexpensive alternative to bound air-vents.
Half-Moon Vent with Flap: Bound air
vent flaps from a less expensive alternative to bound air vents. Available for
Grommets: May be
requested when desired for specific custom installations.
Devises for Windscreens:
in 7 ½” long with 50 lb breaking strength, or 8” long with 120 lb breaking
strength. Ty-raps as the most popular for fastening windscreen to the fence.
They are inexpensive, and quick and easy to remove when necessary before a
Rope: Sold in
500 ft. roles, this is a traditional means of fastening the windscreen to the
fence. Consideration should be given to wind condition prior be using rope for
windscreen installation as the rope will not break to release the windscreen
during storm conditions. Available in green or black.
Curtain Hangers: These snap hangers provide a high-end look to any
windscreen installation. Consideration should be give to wind conditions prior
to using as these snap hangers will not break to release windscreen during
Nine foot windscreens are
hung from the top of the chain link fence. The usual fence height is 10 feet,
which allows for one foot of air space at the bottom. Six foot windscreens are
placed in the center of the 10’ high chain link fence, providing for two feet
of air flow at the top and bottom.
Hang windscreens so the
seams and hems are toward the fence, leaving the smooth side facing the courts.
grommets must be used to secure the windscreens to the fence. First fasten one
vertical edge to the fence at the desired height using regular 50 lb breaking
strength ty-raps. Next fasten top and remaining side of windscreen to the fence
with regular ty-raps, keeping the top straight by following the chain link
pattern. Then fasten the bottom with regular or heavy-duty ty-raps.
When anti-billow tabs are
present on the windscreen (usually all 9’ windscreens), fasten it after top and
bottom for a tidy installation, using regular (50 lb. breaking strength)
ty-raps, fastening all the grommets provided.
When high winds are
expected, cut ty-raps from the top, side and center. Roll windscreen down to
the bottom of the fence where the bottom ty-raps are attached and tie the
windscreen up to prevent wind damage.
Measure Fencing for Windscreens:
To correctly measure a
fence for windscreen sizing, you will need to measure the distance between
stretcher bars and subtract 4” (this will be the desired size of the
windscreen). The subtraction of the four inches will allow for use of the
fastening devises and provide a good fit. For ease of handling and installing
of windscreen, try to keep an individual windscreen to less than 60 feet long.
When measuring for gates or other small areas, measure the area in the same way
as described above.
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