“I live on the 17th fairway of an Ohio country club and am tired of replacing my torn porch screening every other season because of errant golfers. I’d rip the whole thing out, but then, golf balls would be bouncing off my family and through the windows of my home. Sound familiar? Golf course residents that have paid handsomely for that front row view often find themselves one “Slice” away from damage or danger.
"We never anticipated that we would receive such a consistent stream of calls for this particular problem,” says Kurt Jordan, owner of Atlanta-based Mosquito Curtains Inc. “The phone calls we receive all seem to resonate with the same frustration. The problem with traditional screening is that it is stretched taut over framing. When hit with a golf ball it either dents or tears. Mosquito curtains hang from the ceiling and tend to absorb golf balls like batting a baseball into a sheet hanging on a clothes line. We tested our various netting meshes and found that both our "double-thread-weight" mosquito mesh and our “no-see-um” mesh are perfect for the job."
Made of 100% polyester, the material has over 800 holes per square inch and is “so beautiful, you just want to swim in it,” says Jordan. Surprisingly strong and flexible, the black no-see-um mesh curtains are very transparent with about 85% visibility.
No-see-um curtains can be attached to the ceiling using Velcro®, tape hooks, or optional curtain tracking (as used for hospital privacy curtains). The custom-made curtains are seamless, removable and washable in a standard washing machine. Designed for upscale homes, the curtains are actually much less expensive than permanent screening.
The cost of a typical 10'H x 40'L is about $340 and an additional $160 with the tracking option. Mosquito Curtains come with a complete attachment kit and easily self-installs in less than 2 hours. “That’s even less expensive than having someone replace an existing screen,” says Jordan.
Homeowner’s associations are warming up to the idea of non-permanent screening. Many find the curtains to be more elegant and decorative as traditional screening is sometimes considered unattractive to certain genres of architecture. In some cases, covenants only will only permit these removable systems.