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. Tracking hardware must be ordered.
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. Video of a track application?
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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If a Curtain Panel Turns a Corner along the interior of a corner column (or in some cases no column at all), we call this an inside hang. Stretch our elastic cord vertically just inside the curtain between 2 eye screws to pinch the curtain against the column for a clean crisp edge.
Leave a 1-2 Inch Gap at ONE end of any track segment so that you can remove an end cap and slide the entire curtain out of the end of the track for convenience. The curtain will bridge this gap and seal to either a column or wall. When choosing which end to place the tracking gap, it is best for the gap to be on the more stationary side of the curtain. For example, if you draw the curtain Left to Right, place the tracking gap on the more stationary Right side.
A Slick Trick Recall that the track is 5/8" wide and 1/2" deep. If you are NOT using curved track, you can hide the profile of the track by placing 1/2" molding on the side of the track for a false inset look. This may help if you are mounting white track to dark wood.
Painting track The white track is powder coated and can be painted any color. To do this right, you should have the track powder coated by a local paint shop. Spray painting the track requires preparation and patience so that the paint does not run. We do keep a limited stock of silver anodized track that you may special request.
We received a tip from a client that ¾in. "Pin striping tape" from any auto parts store is a great solution. This tape comes in a variety of colors and widths and holds extremely well (for car washings). We have yet to experiment with this and have not actually used it ourselves. But because of the nice straight edge of the track, it should be relatively easy to apply. Here's an Online store that sells tape
Side mounting track (diagram - below) Simply side mount a 2" x 2" board and then under-mount the track to the 2" x 2".
Velcro® tape mounted curtains will have a 5/8" 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. Adhesive-backed Velcro® tape WILL NOT stick to Masonry See Special Situations for Masonry, Aluminum & Vinyl Siding
Will Velcro® tape hold? Yes. The attachment is difficult to pull away from the center. The weak spots are the two upper corners of a given curtain panel that need to be reinforced with marine snaps. With marine snaps, the curtain won't have the opportunity to blow open a flap and slowly start a chain reaction where, in a few hours, your curtain would otherwise fall.
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