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Custom Printed Fence Screen Graphics


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Lake Nona High School Athletic Director Aaron Crawford, CMAA, has found the perfect solution for branding his high-profile Florida facility. Using a creative combination of windscreen, banners, and graphics he has promoted his school’s teams, logo, and spirit throughout the campus in a way that reaches into his community.

“We set out to upgrade our facility with some very specific goals in mind,” Crawford said. “When updating our football stadium we went with pre-fabricated aluminum bleachers because custom bleachers weren’t a smart use of our funds. Then we strategically employed high-quality windscreen and graphics to gain a custom look for our field while accomplishing our need for security and to fulfill our desire to standardize our image through consistent branding.”

Crawford had inherited inferior windscreen products that demonstrated the importance of doing things right the first time. After six months the colors had faded and the windscreen looked tattered.

“Because we were extremely committed to our branding concept,” Crawford explained, “having our true school colors was important. I knew I had to find a company that offered quality products I could trust. I didn’t want to have to replace all our work in another six months. I did some research and found Ball Fabrics, Inc., right here in my home state. I’m a difficult guy to please. I have high expectations. I knew what I wanted. But everyone from Ball Fabrics more than met my expectations. They understood my vision and showed me how I could accomplish our goals.”

Crawford removed all the inferior, faded windscreen and replaced it with a calculated mixture of PrivaScreen where he needed more complete visual blockage, and ExtremeScreen where he needed enhanced durability and wind resistance. He commissioned a 552’ fence mural for the back of the stadium, which is a point of first contact for visitors.

“Successful branding is the right mixture of several elements,” Crawford added. “With the exception of people actually attending a school event, most people in our community experience our athletic complex while driving by. We wanted to make a statement that would impact the entire community, so we unified our entire campus using graphics and windscreen. The colors and messages were carried over into our uniforms to build that consistent brand identity.”

Over a four-year period Crawford implemented his plan one field at a time, one fence at a time, checking off one goal after another. Working closely with Ball Fabrics, he first completed the football stadium upgrade. Making use of Ball Fabrics’ professional graphics department, Crawford learned that he could depend on the company’s UV coating to keep his colors sharp and true.

“After two years,” he confirmed, “our graphics are still the exact hue of navy blue and gray. With the amount of money we have invested, we want to ensure it lasts as long as possible.”

Durability is one reason Crawford chose to use ExtremeScreen around the baseball and softball fields. He appreciates the 7-year warranty backing the product as well as the clean, finished look. And, unlike any other windscreen, it stays on the fence and virtually eliminates the headache associated with wind maintenance.

“Our custom graphics pieces really pop against the clean background we get from ExtremeScreen,” he emphasized. “And I know this windscreen will continue to look great for 5-7 years, maximizing our investment.”

Most recently, Crawford has extended the unifying combination of windscreen and graphics to the school’s tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts primarily used by physical education students. His goal has been to extend the same clean look and security, complimented by school colors and logo, to every part of the school grounds.

He is currently preparing to employ the same successful visual formula, windscreen and graphics, for a large practice complex being built on neighboring grounds, as well as a strategic Wall of Fame to showcase some of the school’s college signees.

“Now, when people drive by our school, they see a unified athletic complex,” he said with satisfaction. “They can’t miss our bright school colors, our lion’s head logo, and our iconic interlocking LN initials. The clean, cohesive, professional look communicates that we are a force to be reckoned with, that we do things right. People can be proud they are in Lion Country!”

He offered some final advice to other athletic directors.
“There are so many competing products it can be difficult to make a sound choice for windscreen. Partnering with Ball Fabrics has removed all the guess work. Working with them I checked off all my wants and my needs. They provided the expertise that answered my questions, and quality products built to last. I will not consider any options other than Ball Fabrics, because of the excellent customer service and product I have received consistently over our four-year relationship.”


Lake Nona HIgh School Custom Printed Fence Graphics


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Ball Fabrics, Inc. announces ExtremeScreen®80 (patent pending) after more than a decade of research and development, the breakthrough new windscreen that greatly reduces wind load damage, virtually eliminating the cost of labor and maintenance from high winds.

Anyone responsible for maintaining a facility that includes windscreen knows the perils of wind damage, and the costly man hours necessary to constantly replace ty-raps, torn windscreen, and even downed fences as a result of high wind events. Now there is a simple, efficient, attractive, solution that has been proven effective in Florida facilities which face some of the most challenging wind situations in the country.

“Windscreens are not created equal,” explained Larry Ball, CEO at Ball Fabrics. “They consist of various different raw materials, construction patterns, and finishes. Some are more durable than others, some are more fade resistant, some provide more or less visibility. We have always carried a wide variety of some of the most attractive and most resilient windscreens on the market. But, until now, no one has ever had an answer for the problems caused by moderate to high winds.”

Ball explained that the unique patent pending construction gives ExtremeScreen80™ increased material strength and superior air permeability compared to other 80 percent opacity windscreens.. As a result, ExtremeScreen®80 reduces wind load on fasteners, grommets, and the fence by more than 40 percent resulting in less maintenance and longer lasting windscreen.

“We’ve had this product up on fences in several Florida facilities for almost a year, waiting to see if it would perform to the degree we expected,” he continued. “We knew it was a very good product, but it has exceeded even our expectations.”

For example, at Heathrow Country Club in central Florida, the frequent strong thunderstorms would blow through breaking ty-raps and ripping windscreen off the tennis court fences. Not only did this cause a massive maintenance problem, replacing ty-raps 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. After we replaced the windscreen on all 12 courts with ExtremeScreen, maintenance has been reduced to almost nothing. In 12 months, no broken ty-raps, no flapping windscreen. This windscreen is a labor savor. It handles high winds better than any windscreen I have ever seen. 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.”

Michael Baker, CPRP at Boombah Soldiers Creek Park, is more than satisfied with the performance of ExtremeScreen®80 at his facility. “Since installing ExtremeScreen on two of our six fields, the maintenance has been fantastic…because there hasn’t been any! We have had zero zip ties break and no issues with any seams or grommets. This has saved us a ton of staff hours and allows us to get a lot more done at the park. The product looks sharp and the custom logo really pops. We have had a ton of positive feedback from our customers on how professional it looks. We are looking forward to getting at least two more of our fields done when our new fiscal year begins.”

Just a few short miles inland from the Atlantic ocean, Pictona at Holly Hill’s 24 pickleball courts take a beating from the elements. Rainer Martens, founder of the facility, chose ExtremeScreen®80 to cover more than 1,000 feet of perimeter fencing. “The windscreen on those fences has held up perfectly,” he says, when asked about the frequent high winds that buffet his facility. “We haven’t had a bit of maintenance associated with those perimeter fences.”

Woody Galbreath, Director of Sports Complex at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been running athletic facilities for longer than 28 years in Florida’s harsh environment. “After much research,” he explained, “searching for a windscreen that would hold up to the abuse of Florida wind, sun, and irrigation chemicals, I found Ball Fabrics. They truly care about every customer, as if it was their first. They recommended we install ExtremeScreen on our baseball field and I couldn’t be happier with the result. We have had zero torn grommets or broken zip ties thanks to the superior airflow of the material. We have since installed ExtremeScreen on our softball, soccer, and track facilities.”

ExtremeScreen®80 is backed by a full 7 year warranty, which is the best in the business. It provides 80 percent opacity and is a knitted high density polyethylene. It will not dry rot or become brittle. And it is only available through Ball Fabrics, Inc. or a Ball Fabrics distributer.




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Ball Fabrics, Inc., has been selected as nationwide master distributor for Fence Guard, the quality fence cap used on ball fields around the country

“We are thrilled and honored to be chosen to represent such a high quality and well-known product,” said Larry Ball. “Everyone recognizes Fence Guard as the unique design that slips over the top of chain link fences for safety and aesthetics. It is by far the most durable and most popular of the current fence cap products.”

He explained that Fence Guard is a perfect addition to Ball Fabrics’ versatile and extensive line of windscreen and sports field products. “As a leading windscreen manufacturer for over 35 years, we have built our reputation on identifying, developing, and manufacturing quality products that really work. Our goal has always been to offer the very best options for ball fields, schools, and parks and recreation centers. Expanding into this Fence Guard distributorship is the logical step for us.”

In order to make Fence Guard more easily available to customers, Ball Fabrics will be warehousing and distributing the product out of Jasper, Indiana. With plans for several additional warehouse/distribution centers around the country. We will be offering the standard in blue, orange, white, yellow, red, and green. The premium will be available in red, yellow, and blue. We are committed to carrying an extensive inventory of Fence Guard products to ensure quick turn around and order fulfillment.

“Our goal,” Ball continued, “is to make it as cost effective as possible to get this product. As our customers already know, shipping is always an issue with these type of products. So, the more locations for storing and shipping, the better shipping prices. We consider this to be just one more way to pass savings on to our customers.”

Ball Fabrics looks forward to applying our excellent customer service standards to the Fence Guard distributorship. As always, knowledgeable, trained, and experienced customer service representatives will answer our phone during business hours. We care about your business and we realize that your time is valuable.

Contact us today to learn how Fence Guard products can work for you.


Windscreen as Art

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What happens when you merge 35 years of windscreen expertise with the most innovative outdoor graphics technology and a talented visual artist?

You get beauty that lasts.

In this public art commission for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, artist Minh Carrico designed the graphics for a fence screen to surround a Seattle Public Utilities’ construction site. The artist designed the screen based on the phrase “Tattarrattat”, which is spelled out using the international code of signals for water vessels sailing the nearby canal.

The repetition is a witty visual reference to the constant ‘knock, knock’ of a construction site. It’s a great way to create a positive response to the noise and upheaval that can accompany construction – make it fun and involve the community.

“I had never worked with fence screen before,” the artist explained. “But it seemed like the perfect medium for this commissioned Public Art Project. I wanted to expand my narrative into something that was less serious, to apply my art in a different way that explored the use of these modern materials.”

Because Ball Fabrics knows how to employ technically superior inks and print methods as well as how to manufacture high quality fence screens designed to resist extreme outdoor conditions, this high impact graphic art installation will stay on the fence and resist fading, ripping, or tearing for a long time to come.

The professionals at Ball Fabrics unite decades of fence screen experience with the latest outdoor print technology, making it easy to use outdoor graphics and creativity to transform any construction site, school, park, or business into a work of art.

Minh did a lot of research before contacting Ball Fabrics. He had wanted to work with a local printer but couldn’t find any who could produce the level of expertise that he wanted.

“I was looking for a vendor that could work with me on this level of customization,” he explained. “My research led me all the way across the country to Ball Fabrics. They were quick to respond and they were able to answer my technical questions in a way that made it possible to get approval from the site engineers.”

The Tattarrattat project was digitally printed on 9 oz. mesh and required sixteen, 5’8” x 12’ panels.

When asked if he might do another project with Ball Fabrics, Minh answered, “Working with Ball Fabrics was an awesome experience. They got the job done to spec, worked closely to iron out some wrinkles, and delivered it by deadline.”

Windscreen + graphics. What could be simpler? What could be more exciting? So go ahead. Think outside the box. If you conceive it, Ball Fabrics can print it. And they know how to make it last.


Lake Nona High School: Quality Fence Screen Dresses Up Pre-Fab Bleachers and Unifies a Stadium Upgrade

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Budget constraints are a constant factor for every facility and athletic director. There is a constant conflict between the perfect update and renovation plan and the reality of cost.

At Lake Nona High School in Orange County, Florida, Athletic Director Aaron Crawford, CAA, found the perfect balance.

“When updating and expanding our stadium we chose to go with pre-fabricated aluminum bleachers because of budget considerations,” Crawford explained. “Building custom bleachers wasn’t a smart use of our funds. But the problem with that kind of configuration is that it creates an unsightly view. We knew we had to be creative to hide that view, secure the open area, and I was not willing to compromise the very best custom look for our field.”

To find the solution that would dress up his stadium and hide the unsightly views created by pre-fabricated bleachers, Crawford contacted the experts at Ball Fabrics, Inc. His initial request was to hide the 4-5’ rise, which exposed the bleacher understructure. Concurrent with that goal was the safety issue.

“We needed to secure the area beneath the bleachers,” Crawford said. “We wanted to prevent the kids from gaining access for their own safety. We also wanted to establish a boundary to keep equipment on the field and not underneath the bleachers.”

Crawford presented a list of aesthetic and security needs when he contacted Ball Fabrics. In addition to securing and hiding the bleacher understructure, he wanted attractive branding options throughout the facility. To complete the new visual aesthetics he also wanted to hide the necessary maintenance areas that can often be an eyesore.

“I’m a difficult guy to please,” he admitted. “I have high expectations. But everyone from Ball Fabrics more than met my expectations. Their customer service is phenomenal. Everyone answers their phone and their emails in a timely manner. I had a long list and they had answers for everything I needed.”

In the end, aesthetics and security were accomplished by hanging PrivaScreen around the base of the bleachers. Ball Fabrics’ offers a patent-pending mounting system that makes it easy to install fence screen on any bleacher configuration for a professional, attractive finish.

Crawford also chose PrivaScreen for all the field fencing. “I like having that visual boundary around the field. With fence screen up it is so much easier to manage events from the field, to get a quick body count of who is on the field, and who is beyond the fences.”

He used PrivaScreen like a cage around his equipment area, effectively hiding what had been an inconvenient but necessary eyesore. The extensive use of windscreen throughout the facility unified the visual aesthetics while accomplishing Crawford’s practical considerations.

Finally, he worked with the Ball Fabrics print professionals to design and print a 152’ fence mural on the back of the stadium, establishing effective branding for the updated facility at the point of first visual contact. The fence mural, printed in four panels on windscreen specifically designed for high quality outdoor graphics, announces the team mascot and motto in full color: This is Lion Country!

“It’s all about security and aesthetics,” Crawford said. “When I came on board I inherited an inferior windscreen product. Within the first year it was already ruined…faded, cracking, and coming off the fence. So I knew the importance of choosing a quality product that wouldn’t have to be replaced every year. It is smart budgeting to do it right the first time.”

“Working with Ball Fabrics, I ticked off all my wants and my needs,” he continued. “They provided the expertise that answered my questions, and a quality product that is built to last. I know I won’t have to replace that windscreen for years. They provided a custom product that gives my high school the look of a college. I couldn’t be more satisfied.”

Windscreen Fence Mural Delivers a Stunning Work of Art at Lyman High School’s Big New Stadium

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Anyone familiar with Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida, will know they think big and plan big. So, when it was time to build a brand new stadium, they pulled out all the stops. One of the stars at the new facility is the creative use of windscreen in multiple ways, successfully joining all the visual aesthetics and culminating in one stunning piece that less bold thinkers would never have attempted.

“We wanted something dramatic,” said Robert Drake, Lyman’s athletic field project director. “Our goal was, right at the entrance, to visually establish our new look with something that said visiting our facility will be extraordinary in every way. It took a lot of work, a lot of stops and starts. But Tony Mann, our Ball Fabrics sales rep, was with us every step of the way offering many helpful suggestions and what we ultimately achieved is even better than we ever imagined.”

Working with the professionals at Ball Fabrics, Inc., Drake and his team initially chose PrivacyPlus to cover the fencing around and beneath the bleachers. With a 95% opacity, PrivacyPlus successfully blocks unsightly areas, establishes a secure boundary, and visually joins various parts of the facility for a smooth, seamless, finished look.

The versatility of printed windscreen enabled the field project team to brand their logo and team slogans at every opportunity. Ball Fabrics customer service representatives helped select various windscreen products that work together beautifully but which, taken individually, perform different jobs. The Lyman project utilized the visual blockage of PrivacyPlus, the extraordinary ink-adherence of VCP for printing logos and slogans, and fence mural fabric for the top of the stadium…showcasing what can be done when working with an experienced company that understands how to maximize the particular strengths and qualities of each kind of windscreen.

But all of that was just warm up to the main event – a 12’ x 38’ fence mural depicting past and present Lyman athletes performing their specific event – stretched across the back of the bleachers. It is the first thing people see when they park and head toward the stadium. The challenges of designing and printing the extra-large mural were numerous, and some of them seemed overwhelming.

“Our Booster Club built that amazing front entrance,” Drake explained. “Once we saw what they had done we realized we wanted to finish it off with something fantastic. We had an idea what we wanted, but could never have accomplished it without all the hands-on, dedicated help and expertise from Ball Fabrics. In spite of all the challenges no one over there ever said it couldn’t be done.”

The mural started out as a much smaller project designed for inside the gym. Photos were taken of various school athletes and layout began. As it took shape the stadium was also coming together. So the project design team decided to take it outdoors, super-size it, and make a powerful branding statement.

At that point they knew what they wanted but weren’t sure it could actually be done. They approached Ball Fabrics, already working on the other fence murals and graphics, and showed them the plans.

“Our digital arts guy got with the Ball Fabric print specialists and they worked hard to get the colors right,” Drake said. “Our colors had to be spot on. We were very exacting. They did quite a few print runs before we got it right. We printed several small samples and hung them on the fence at the site. When the first printings didn’t quite match those guys were always willing to go back to the drawing board and try again.”

“Once every element had been figured out and finessed…the right colors, the final design, the backing, how to visually frame it for maximum effect…they had to figure out how to giant size it.”

The primary issue was the sheer size and graphic complexity. Fence mural fabric, and the giant machines that print on it, top out at 10’. So the mural design had to be split in half lengthwise, printed, then sewn together in a way that matched perfectly. This isn’t so difficult with a simple logo or large block letters where a slight mismatch would not be apparent.

But the mural is a finely detailed graphic. Even a quarter-inch discrepancy along the entire 38 foot length would be glaring. An unusual level of precision printing was necessary to print the two halves so they could be joined into one huge mural and match up perfectly.

“The entrance to our new stadium,” Drake summarized, “is something you would expect to see at any college or major athletic team. We couldn’t be more pleased with the way it has turned out. People are blown away when they see it and their number one question is, how can they get something like that for themselves.”

Privacy Plus Windscreen Solves Branding and Aesthetic Issues At A Major Sports Complex

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2018 was a big year for Austin Tindall Park in Osceola County, Florida. That’s when they completed a major renovation, including four new fields and a stadium, and changed the name to Austin Tindall Sports Complex.

“The renovation was an opportunity to brand our facility in a way that communicated what we had become,” explained Vanessa Ellis, assistant facility manager. “We wanted to keep the facility relevant and let people know we had become much more than just a park. We are a multi-function complex.”

The new stadium, with 1500 seating capacity that can be expanded to 3000, hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year drawing a greatly increased cross section of visitors. Unfortunately, some choices made at the time of the renovation did not satisfy the new branding requirements or fit the facility’s updated aesthetic.

One major issue facility management needed to address was the fact that all the new parking was behind the stadium. People parked there and then walked into the complex from the back of the stadium, so that view was the first point of contact for new visitors…not the most attractive view. But approaching the new facility from the back meant the first thing they saw was underneath the bleachers. In addition, there was nothing to identify, or brand, the new sports complex. All the signage was on the front.

“We realized the back of the stadium was the perfect place to do something creative. We wanted to find a high quality privacy screen and brand the facility with our new name,” Ellis said. “We wanted our visitors to know exactly where they were as they entered the complex and to experience the kind of visual aesthetic that reflected our renovations.”

In an effort to hide the underside of the bleachers, contractors had initially hung lightweight windscreen around the back of the stadium that didn’t provide the opacity necessary to block the view or present a quality finished appearance. Additionally, that particular windscreen did not hold up well. Within less than a year it no longer fit properly. The badly wrinkled and improperly hung windscreen accomplished exactly the opposite of the intended effect.

Ellis contacted Ball Fabrics, Inc., to find a solution that would meet both requirements: present a quality aesthetic look for the back of the bleachers that reflected what visitors would see when they actually entered the complex, and properly brand the stadium.

Experts at Ball Fabrics recommended Privacy Plus windscreen for the job: a knitted polyethylene with 95% opacity, or closed mesh, that completely blocks the view and presents an attractive front.

Larry Ball, vice president at Ball Fabrics, explained the reason for choosing a 95% rather than 100 % opacity. “When the purpose is to maximize the visual block you have to be careful not to use a screen so dense that it puts too much of a wind load on the fence. You want to block the view, not blow down the fence. This is why we chose Privacy Plus. It accomplishes the visual blockage but still allows some wind to pass through. Also, it provides a very attractive finished look.”

At Austin Tindall Sports Complex the solution for branding the back approach to the stadium was solved with a 43’ long by 4’ high fence mural. The mural is printed directly on windscreen specially designed for print durability, longevity, and clarity. It displays the new name as well as the Osceola County parks logo, and is mounted along the back of the press box at the top of the stadium so it can be seen by everyone approaching the facility from the parking lots.

“Now,” says Ellis, “as people approach the complex from the parking area they encounter an attractive view of the stadium, very finished and professional, and they know exactly where they are because of the mural with our new name. No one doubts we have done a great job with our renovation and our branding.”

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.”