Tracking is like the old Hot Wheels track you may have played with as a child. Curved tracking and tracking splices allow you to create virtually any tracking configuration for any desired length. Cut your final piece with an ordinary hacksaw. The photos show our standard track but the heavy track is conceptually the same.
Heavy gauge tracking is for tall curtains above 9ft. As you pull on the side bindings to draw a curtain, the binding angles a bit until there is enough pull pressure for the carriers to begin sliding. This angle is called "the angle of attack." Heavy gauge track has very smooth roller carriers that require less pull pressure for more vertical angles of attack.
The stickiness of the standard tracking carriers depends the distance between the top of the curtain and how high you are able to reach on the side binding to draw the curtain. This distance forms the angle of attack. At about 9ft or taller is the threshold for switching to the heavy gauge track, although some clients have chosen higher or lower thresholds depending on their needs.
90-degree curved track is machine bent into a 12 inch radius. It is rigid track that you cannot bend yourself. In addition, we have 135-degree tracking for soft octagonal angles. Intuitively, folks think of these as 45-degree tracks; but, we're the pocket-protector geeks who studied trigonometry on prom night.
Fig - D Our favorite way to handle corners
Quite often, you don't need a 90-degree radius curved track, at all, and can have 2 straight tracks meet at a right angle (Fig D) which is the cleanest way to handle any corner.
Because the right angle track is not continuous, the panel must draw TO the right angle but will not flow PAST a right-angle configuration. This works for most people since they want to draw curtains to the outer porch corners any ways. The only way to draw from one leg of the angle around the corner to the other leg is with curved track.
It is a sleek and clean look using two straight tracks that come together at a hard right angle (or ANY angle). Curtain panels can straddle this type of angle with a portion of the curtain panel on one tracking leg and the other portion on the adjacent tracking leg. The tracking gap at the angle is simply bridged by the curtain panel itself!
Since you must draw both legs of the curtain panel to the hard angle, you can marine snap the top and bottom binding of the curtain to the column as well as stretch elastic cord along the inside of the corner column for a nice crisp edge.
Fig - A is an inside hang, gapped 4-5/8" from the actual corner while still catching the lip of the header beam for a ceiling mount. click images to enlarge
Fig - B is similar to Fig-A, but pressed flush against the inner corner support column.
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Velcro® tape mounted curtains will have a 1 inch loop-sided Velcro strip that is double-stitched to the top binding of the curtain. You simply "peel and stick" a corresponding hook-sided Velcro® tape strip (included in your attachment kit) to your surface.
It is best to attach the adhesive-backed hook-sided Velcro® tape strip to a vertical (perpendicular) wood surface like the outside face of a header beam. Mounting to the underside of a surface is a weak hold and requires extra marine snaps to better secure. See Special Situations for Masonry, Aluminum & Vinyl Siding
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