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Windscreen and Privacy Screen Installation Instructions

ATTENTION TO DETAIL ASSURES PROPER INSTALLATION OF

WINDSCREENS AND PRIVACY SCREENS

Correct installation will ensure proper appearance and function, but improper installation will do the opposite. Combining experience with the basic techniques discussed in the article will lead to the most aesthetic and professional installations.

FASTENERS

I recommend “cable ties” over any other fastening device. They hold the screen flat and taut on the fence, and provide some safety in high wind conditions. The most durable ty raps have UV inhibitors and are made for outdoor conditions. (White or clear cable ties deteriorate rapidly in sunlight.)

Use a 50lb and 120lb test cable tie combination on your screen. Place the 50lb cable ties on the top and halfway down the sides of your screen, and place the 120lb cable ties at the bottom and halfway up the sides of your screen.

I recommend this technique so that in high winds the top 50 lb cable ties will break, allowing the top to fold over the bottom, keeping the screen from flapping against an abrasive surface.

You will have a better chance of preventing wind damage, which is the number on cause of screen deterioration.

INSTALLATION

In this article I describe hanging the screen from the left to the right. If you are hanging screen from right to left, just reverse the directions.

All of the many different types of screening fabrics are delivered as either rolled goods (rolled fabric with a reinforced edge) or panels (usually custom cut with hems or grommets). Installation is similar for both of these products, but there are some differences. I will refer to both products throughout the installation steps.

MAKE FABRIC EASY TO WORK

For panels: Spread the panel out along the length of the fence. Then use two or three “S” hooks to hang the whole panel. This will make it easier to keep the top edge of the panel lined up, and to insert the ty raps.

For rolled goods: Unroll the screen along the fence about 10 to 15 feet, depending on the wind. High winds make an installation tough! On windy days unrolling too much material makes it hard to install the screen flat and tight.

BEGIN IN THE UPPER LEFT

1. Pick a line of diamonds in the mesh near the top. This line will be the visual line you will use to keep the screen even all the way down the fence. If the mesh is uneven, you can stretch a string from the tension bar to tension bar and use that for your line.

2. For panels: Line up the top edge of the fabric so that it is even with your intended line of diamonds or string. Then line up the left edge of the fabric with the tension bar. Insert a 50lb cable tie in the top left corner to keep your position. Then use another cable tie to attach the screen to the tension bar. These two cable ties should make a backward “L”. Check to make sure the top left corner of the screen is square.

For rolled goods: Fold under two inches of material down the left edge of the fabric and use a hole punch to insert the cable tie. This gives a reinforced edge at the beginning. You will do the same thing at the end of the piece.

3. Once the corner is squared properly, hang the five cable ties, each a foot apart, along the top of the screen, following the line of diamonds. Angle the cable ties slightly to the right to pull the screen flat and taut. Keep all the cable ties about a foot apart, and don’t pull your cable ties too tight. Over tightening will create a “wave” effect along the top and bottom of the fabric. Pull the ties tight enough to hold the screen level along the top, while keeping the fabric tight. You don’t want to stretch the fabric, just keep the screen flat.

4. Now put cable ties down the side of the screen following to the inside of the tension bar. Again, place them at one-foot intervals and keep the material taut against the fence. For rolled goods use your hole-punch through the fold of the material.

CONTINUE HANGING THE SCREEN

5. For rolled goods: Keep the roll in front so that you have room to work. For panels: Keep moving the S-hook closest to you, about five feet in front of you. This will keep the screen aligned along the top and save you time.

On the top of the screen stay about five feet ahead of the bottom as you place your ties. Use the bottom 120 lb cable ties to pull the wrinkles out of the screen and keep the screen taut. With two people you can keep one person on the top and one person on the bottom. Once you get your rhythm you can really move. Don’t forget to angle your cable ties slightly to the right!

AT THE END

6. For panels: When the person on top reaches the end of the panel, make and “L” with two cable ties in the top right corner.

Then put the cable ties down the side. Use the bottom right of the corner to pull the rest of the wrinkles out of the screen and then use two 12olb cable ties to hold the corner taut.

For rolled goods: When the person on top reaches the end of the roll or the next tension bar, try to pull the screen flat to get a good idea where the edge of the screen should be.

Then cut about three inches in front of the edge and fold the excess screen underneath. Use a hole-punch to put cable ties in the top right hand corner and down the side, aligning the edge with end of the tension bar.

Utilize the bottom right corner to pull the wrinkles out and then put two 120lb cable ties in the corner.

REPEAT THIS PROCESS

You’ve hung the first panel or the first section of screen. Now finish the job using the same technique.

GIVE THE CUSTOMER EXTRA CABLE TIES

Cable ties will break, so give the customer some extras. As soon as a cable tie breaks, it needs to be replaced. Instruct the customer to check the cable ties on a regular basis and immediately replace any that have been broken. This will greatly increase the life of the screen.