1-Sided Exposure Garages, French Doors, Single Exposure Alcoves
About the Diagrams
Your project will consist of 1 or more panels. The configuration diagrams to the right demonstrate three possibilities from an arial view (top view, plan view). Download Worksheet
Principles to Remember
Measure twice and check your math
Velcro attachment is side mounted while tracking attachment is undermounted
It is common for a few inches of panel to hang off end of track to snap
A magnetic connection is easier to separate than a snap connection
Be sure to order tracking hardware and fasteners separately
Important Measurement Adjustments
The sum width of all your panels needs to be wider than your actual exposure for overlapping magnetic doors or overlapping a structural surface (like a wall or column) and a little more so that you can have a relaxed fit.
It all depends upon how you measure. Did you measure just the exposed opening or did you overlap some surface when you measured already accounting for overlap? Use your good judgement. Curtain projects that are too narrow, don't work. Curtains that are too wide are sloppy loose and unstable in the wind.
Width Adjustments - Assuming you measured just the exposure without any overlap
First, Automatically add 2-inches per panel regardless of width, then
Add another 1-inch per panel for EACH edge that will snap to some surface
Subtract 1-in for EACH edge connecting a Stucco Strip, and ignore width of stucco strip
Height Adjustments - These adjustments will give you a 1" overlap with floor
Tracking - Measure from underside of track mounting surface to floor (NO adjustments)
Velcro - Add 2" to height of just the exposed "hole" for 1" overlap top and bottom
What is a Stucco Strip Again?
Remember from Step 3 that a "stucco strip" is just a mini 3 inch wide panel made of webbing material used when you do not want to "unsnap" as you draw your curtains improving usability.
One edge is snapped to a structural surface and the other edge forms a magnetic connection to a panel.
10 Principles To Remember
1. Most Velcro® tape attached orders use an outside hang because you can utilize the natural structure of support columns and any railings you may have while maximizing usable porch space.
2. Tracking attachment commonly uses an inside hang especially for curtain panels that turn a corner because they swag prettier. Think about how your curtain will look both open.
3. Side bindings that meet at a support column both hide the seam and can be secured to the support column using marine snaps.
4. Curtain panels need to be a bit wider than your actual exposure for protective overlap.
5. Do not end panels at irregularly-shaped CORNER columns. Instead, let the panel turn the corner and seal to another panel using magnets. Panels can meet at non-corner irregularly shaped columns.
6. You should try to minimize the number of panels as the curtain is very pretty when it is seamless and you have less to seal. One or two exits are generally sufficient and you'll save on cost.
7. Masonry such as brick or stucco, can stress the netting fabric, so begin and end panel at masonry support columns and walls so only the sturdy binding can is directly exposed to masonry.
8. Consider right-angle straight tracks instead of curved track, if you plan to swag the curtain to a particular corner where the curtain panel turns that same corner.
9. The most overlooked items when ordering are fiberglass rods (2 per panel) and marine snaps.
10. Obstructions such as rain downspouts can be avoided with a panel split on either side of the obstruction.