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Fence Windscreen Installation: Don’t Get Hung Up on How to Hang Your Windscreen!

Example of improperly installed windscreen

You’ve just spent hundreds – maybe thousands – of dollars on your brand new fence cover.  No doubt you want to install it properly so it looks like a million bucks!

Read on if you want your windscreen to have maximized life and durability and a professional, wrinkle-free appearance that enhances the look of your venue.

Suggested Installation Procedure and Tips:

1. Start at one end of the fence area to be covered.  Lay out full panel along area to be covered.  Attach top corner grommet to the fence with tie wrap (or cord).  Then, attach along top, pulling cover taut with each grommet attachment for about 10’.

Tip 1: Use a few “S” hooks to temporarily hang the panel on the fence.  By “lifting” the panel, it lessens the weight and makes it easier to attach and tighten the tie wrap at the grommet.

Important! Attach at every grommet.  Do not skip grommets.  Attachment at all grommets distributes the force when there is a high wind load.  Using fewer grommets for attachment results in more load on attached grommets and greater chance of ties breaking.  When windscreen cover breaks loose and whips against the fence, it can be damaged beyond repair in a few hours.

Tip 2: Attach tie wrap to the fence in the direction the panel is being pulled (rather than slightly backward).  As the tie is tightened, it will pull the cover taut.  Make sure tie is secure, but don’t over tighten tie wraps (Tightening the tie wraps too much might result in wrinkling of cover and insufficient room to straighten out panel).  After panel is completely attached, ties can be tightened more, if necessary, to minimize any remaining wrinkles.

2. Go back to end and from top-to-bottom attach vertical edge to the fence all the way to the bottom, again pulling taut as each tie is secured.

3. Continue attachment along bottom for about 10’ pulling cover taut and making it as wrinkle free as possible.

Tip 3: If two or more people are working on the panel, have one person begin attachment at the top and the second person at the bottom, working about 10’ behind the first.

4. After the first 10’ of windscreen is attached at top and bottom, go back to the top and attach along the next 10’, pulling taut.

5. Continue top/bottom attachment until panel is completely in place.

6. Continue installation with remaining panels using the same procedure.

Tip 4: Don’t install on a windy day.  Wind will complicate installation.

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Example of properly installed windscreen

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • Bob Baker says:

    Could you comment on proper takedown and storage of windscreens? Rolled? Folded?

    • sbrenner says:

      We recommend rolling the screen and not folding it. You want to avoid creasing the fabric so it lasts longer and looks neater for the next time you install it. Store the windscreen indoors. Laying a protective tarp over the roll is a good idea to avoid dust, dirt, etc from collecting – depending on what type of storage area you have. Thank you.

  • Tim Fairchild says:

    should the windscreen be taken down over the winter? or can it stay up year around

    • Charlie Dwyer says:

      The windscreen will last a good deal longer if it is taken down over the winter! Sunlight and wind are the major sources of damage to windscreens, so minimizing exposure will increase lifespan.

  • Michael Anderson says:

    I had a 6′ chain link fence installed.
    I ordered a 6′ (x150′) privacy screen – fabric with grommets.
    The privacy screen is taller than the fence!
    Any hints on how to attach to fence?

    • Shana Brenner says:

      That is a tricky question because you could wrap it over the top of the fence and secure with cable ties on the other side, on the first chain-link that works. But the fabric is not meant to rub against the chain-link top, as this could cause damage to and impact the integrity of the fabric.

      When measuring for a windscreen, it is important to measure from the highest attachment point (not the top of the highest chain-link) to the lowest attachment point. Sometimes that is a different measurement than the total height of the fence. Some customers like to have the windscreen a few inches off the ground to account for field maintenance such as lawn mowers, etc.

  • Gerald Gates says:

    We actually rolled our windscreen over the plastic top rail pipe and secured it so the fence would not rub a hole in the wind screen. It looks great!

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