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September 2019

A Windscreen Solution for Extremely Windy Locations

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Windscreens are not created equal because they are manufactured using various different raw materials, construction patterns, and finishes. For this reason, it is important to determine which product is best suited for each location.

At some locations this is much more important than others because choosing the wrong windscreen will result in costly maintenance and replacement issues. For facilities that experience strong weather conditions, the inappropriate windscreen can be a major maintenance problem. Some windscreens are simply not built to perform well in high wind areas. That’s why it is so important to work with knowledgeable professionals who can help you determine which product best suits your unique facility needs.

At Heathrow Country Club in central Florida, the frequent strong thunderstorms would blow through breaking ty wraps and ripping windscreen off the tennis court fences. Not only did this cause a massive maintenance problem, replacing ty wraps every day, but windscreen falling off the fence is not a good look for a beautiful facility with high end tennis courts.

“Mornings were pure havoc,” said Barry Myers, Director of Tennis at Heathrow. “People would be waiting to play and we were frantically putting windscreen back on the fence.” Heathrow contacted Ball Fabrics, Inc., manufacturers of high quality windscreen, netting, and athletic field products for over 35 years, to find a solution to the expensive and time consuming dilemma.

The answer: replace the windscreen on all 12 courts with ExtremeScreen™, which is designed to handle high winds without breaking loose from the fence. ExtremeScreen™, available only through Ball Fabrics, is the most long lasting and maintenance-free windscreen on the market, backed by a 7 year warranty. It is a great choice for tennis windscreen for many reasons, but especially for high wind areas.

The result: For the 12 months since the windscreen was replaced, maintenance has been reduced to almost nothing – no broken ty wraps, no flapping windscreen. “ExtremeScreen is a labor savor,” Myers concluded. “It handles high winds better than any windscreen I have ever seen. In 12 months we have not had one windscreen blow down. I come to the courts after a huge thunderstorm and my courts look great, people can get on them to play, and I don’t have to go rescue the windscreen.”

Field Netting Solves a Costly Special Events Maintenance Problem

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Ball Fabrics has built a reputation for creative solutions. Successfully solving the problem of wind blowing down temporary fence screens at a major sports facility demonstrates the importance of working with experienced professionals who really know their product. Boombah Sports Complex of Seminole County, a multi-million dollar baseball and softball sports complex, hosts 64 major special events annually. Many of those events require hundreds of yards of temporary fencing.

The problem? High winds often blew down the strategically placed temporary fencing right before or even during the event…a maintenance nightmare that gobbled up an incredible number of man hours and expense, as well as disrupting major events. “In 18 months we had 10 events where our temporary fencing blew down multiple times during the weekend tournaments,” explained Steve Daugherty, BOOMBAH park supervisor.

Seeking a solution, Daugherty’s research took him to Ball Fabrics, Inc., a Florida-based company that has been manufacturing windscreen and netting for over 35 years. The experienced customer service representatives at Ball Fabrics asked a lot of questions seeking a viable solution to this expensive maintenance issue.

Their answer: replace the temporary fence screen with 400 netting panels. “Just recently, on a Friday afternoon, we finished setting up for a Saturday tournament. That night a tremendous storm blew through,” Daugherty said. “In the past, our fencing would have been all over the fields. Because of the netting solution Ball Fabrics recommended and was able to provide, not one panel was out of place. The tournament kicked off right on time.”

This experience reveals the value of a custom manufacturer with knowledgeable, hands-on customer service. “Every facility has unique characteristics,” he summarized. “We have to be creative and find the kind of experts, like Ball Fabrics, who know how to work with us.”

Custom Printed Fence Screen Enhances Tennis Facility Re-Branding Campaign

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Ball Fabrics is founded on quality relationships built through excellent customer service. Solving problems and finding creative responses for our customer’s needs are front and center for everyone on our team, from the office staff to the fabrication departments to shipping and handling. Our goal is to offer an attention to detail and a personal touch unavailable anywhere else.

This story about re-branding reveals how tennis windscreens, in combination with our advanced printing capabilities, can make a huge difference when revitalizing an existing facility. The Mandy Stoll Tennis Center at Stetson University in Deland, FL, recently took advantage of new printing and branding technology to refurbish and enhance their existing varsity tennis facility. Working on a deadline, facility management wanted to unveil new logos as part of an updated branding campaign at their upcoming conference tournament.

Jake Gibson, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations, called on Ball Fabrics, Inc. for the custom windscreen work that required precision measuring, printing, and high quality graphics work. Manufacturing superior windscreen and netting for over 35 years, Ball Fabrics also offers world class outdoor printing using the industry’s most advanced large scale printers and technology designed to increase the resilience and longevity of windscreen graphics. We take special delight in custom printed solutions for any kind of windscreen or fence screen.

The job required new windscreen to replace a previous installation that had been improperly measured leaving the courts with a sloppy, unfinished look and logos that were not correctly centered. When installing windscreen, proper measurement is one of the keys for a great looking end result. Screens that do not fit properly will never look right, no matter how much effort goes into installation. But great looks are not the only reason for proper measurement. When screens are properly measured and properly hung, they last longer and require less maintenance.

The new screens were carefully measured by Ball Fabrics’ experienced professionals to ensure logos ended up perfectly centered behind each court for symmetry and a professional finished look. They were printed using long lasting outdoor inks and then enhanced with Ball Fabrics’ ToughCoat™, a UV coating that adds an additional three year life expectancy to outdoor graphics.

The full size VCP windscreen was custom fabricated to exact measurements and the new logos were printed directly onto the windscreen. Then ToughCoat™ was applied to the printed windscreen for an additional layer of UV protection designed to double the longevity of outdoor inks. This process was developed by Ball Fabrics specifically for enhancing the life expectancy of outdoor graphics several years beyond what standard printers can offer.

“The screens look great,” reported Gibson. “And we had great feedback on them for the conference tournament. I really appreciate Ball Fabrics for getting them done on time.”