Seal off your porch or patio with our affordable marine grade clear vinyl panels, and enjoy your outdoor space in the wind, rain, or cold. The panels are easy to install, affordable, made in America, and shipped directly to your door within 2 weeks of ordering.
Send us pictures of the area you want to enclose and we'll work closely with you to customize your panels so they fit tight around your space. Our custom designs ease the installation process, and guarantee that what we send you will fit.
If you're comfortable standing on a short ladder and working a drill, you are more than qualified to install your panels. Most of our customers describe the installation as a fun, few hour project.
The apron is the canvas portion at the bottom of the panel. Choose from 8 different canvas colors to match the esthetic of your house or structure.
Velcro Mount (Fixed): Our Velcro top attachment side-mounts to your hanging surface, and is further secured with marine snaps and grommets on L-screws. About 90% of our customers choose Velcro for Clear Vinyl applications.
Starting your project is as easy as sending us some good photos of the area you want to enclose along with some simple measurements.
"They were measured and sewn perfectly according to the measurments I provided. I was able to install the curtains in less than 6 hours TOTAL! The ordering proccess was a cinch, and the installation was equally easy."
- Steve W, Tennessee
Our panels withstand temperatures as low as -15° F, and as high as 90° F. Temperatures colder than -15° F will cause the panels to become brittle and potentially crack in the wind, and warmer than 90° F will slowly shrink the panels. We recommend running a low temp space heater on those nights below -5° F and removing the panels altogether once pollen season ends and temperatures reach 80° F.
Our panels can withstand winds as fast as 25 to 30 mph. For winds faster than that, we recommend opening the panels up so the wind can pass through. If you have these types of winds, let us know so that we can maximize stability. The tracking option will enable you to open curtains up quickly in strong winds. For faster wind speeds, tell your planner and depending on your situation, we will explain special stabilizing techniques and plan for ways to open your panels in high winds.
One of the biggest advantages to our clear vinyl panels is that they allow you to enjoy your outdoor space, even when the weather is bad. Many of our customers warm their space with an electric radiating heater or propane heater; our 20mm thick plastic does a good job retaining the heat! WARNING: We want to caution you not to use organically fueled heaters (such as kerosene) as the fumes (carbon monoxide) produced by such heaters can be very dangerous, and potentially lethal.
Because of our careful research, and efficient manufacturing (done right here in the USA), our product is about 35% cheaper than any of our competitors. We’ve also worked very hard to keep the installation and takedown process as simple as possible, making it a simple DIY project for just about anyone—so don’t worry about paying a contractor $40 an hour to install your panels.
Our marine grade 20 mil clear vinyl plastic can withstand temperatures as low as -15° F, and as high as 90° F, and winds as fast as 30mph. Our canvas aprons are either Sunbrella® or Weathermax® made, and have a clean, natural look that will blend right into the exterior of your home. We’ve focused on keeping our product simple, without sacrificing any quality along the way.
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.
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
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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