Barn Curtain Webinar
Questions & Answers
- Are premium curtain systems for dairy barns only?
No, there are several other applications that the curtain systems can be used for. Other popular options are greenhouses and poultry housing. Our premium system is flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs. Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific application and we can create a system that works for you.
- Is there a minimum size for a motorized curtain system?
There is no minimum size; we have fitted systems as small as 6' high and 10' long. The only limitation on the motor is the length of the curtain you use. One motor will power a curtain up to about 320'; if the curtain is larger than that, we suggest adding another motor.
- Can we use other fabrics besides the 10 oz. and 16 oz. styles?
Yes, you can. We have put rope hems into our 12.5 oz. fabric, our shade cloth, and some of our other heavier weighted insulated curtains and they have worked beautifully with the premium systems. We can discuss these other options when building a system to meet your specific application.
- How do your non-motorized systems work?
We have a few options that do not work with a motor or electricity. Our very popular 15:1 Gear Box for smaller systems and our premium 40:1 Gear Box for larger systems use a shepherd's hook that you can operate with a cordless drill. It will roll the Gear Box up and down so the curtain can move. Also, on our drop-down systems, we have a hand-winch system that you can just crank up and down.
- What do you recommend to prevent wind damage?
It's really important to take pre-emptive steps to protect your curtain from wind damage. An unprotected curtain will break down a lot faster than a protected curtain. One of our favorite things to send out to customers that works very well is our 2" strapping with our bolt-on lashing winch at the bottom. The seatbelt-style material it is made out of protects the curtain without causing any rub-spots or any clinging or banging, which the 1.66" type can sometimes do. The 1.66" type is very popular because it builds a cage on the outside. To prevent wind damage, you want to make sure you have the inside protected as well, with either a PVC or hex netting or our galvanized wire mesh.
- Can an existing roll-up be upgraded to a motorized system?
Yes, most of the systems that we use can be upgraded to a motorized version pretty easily.
- Do you have any experience using clear fabric? Does it crack in cold weather?
Our 16 oz. and our 10 oz. are superior cold weather curtain. They have survived the climates in the Northeast and Canada without any issues. If you're looking for exact specifications, please contact us so we can discuss them. We can provide you with the materials you need for your specific application.
- What is the life expectancy of the curtain?
That depends on a few factors, like the preemptive measures you will take to protect your curtain from wind damage. UV will break down the curtain a little bit but the biggest enemy is going to be the wind. If you use a premium system and take all of the protective measures we recommend, you should see 7-10 years out of your curtain. Our curtain material has a 5 year pro-rated warranty but should last longer than that.
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