Motorized Divider Curtain System
Listen to discussion about Motorized Divider Curtains with John Moynihan
A divider curtain or net is attached to the ceiling and can be raised or lowered using a motor. The net or curtain folds up as it is raised and is then stored in the ceiling area. A button on a key switch motor is used to move the net.
Fold-up System – Folds the nets up to the ceiling like an accordion. It can store the net closer to the ceiling. This system has been found to work better and last longer than the Roll-up system.
Roll-up System – Rolls the nets up into a structure in the ceiling like a shower curtain
- One person can easily raise and lower the curtain or net.
- It is stored in the ceiling area so it is out the way and doesn’t require a storage area on the ground.
- It takes time to raise and lower the divider curtain or net.
- This system is more expensive than others.
- It will need maintenance over time.
- The building must have the proper design needed to install the motorized system.
- Vinyl curtain with Snyder Mesh top
- Flex-mesh curtain with vinyl base
- Netting with D-rings sewn into it and weighted base
- Most commonly we use 1-3/4 inch or 1-1/2 inch mesh
- Curtains are better option for motorized systems than nets
Transcription of the Audio
John – Another way to divide up courts is to use a motorized system. Motorized systems can be used with either netting, flex mesh material that is easy to see through, or vinyl with a Schneider mesh or flex mesh top. These systems rise from the ground up to a point where they attach in the ceiling. The good part about it is all the netting or curtain stores up in the ceiling area and you can press a button with a key switch motor to lower or raise the curtain to get it out of the way.
John – The downside of the system over the others is that it is more expensive to do a motorized system and there is some maintenance that is involved with it because parts can wear over time. As far as the curtain, you can use any type of material, but normally you must have some weight at the bottom of it. Most commonly, we use a 1-3/4 inch or 1-1/2 inch mesh. If you are using netting, but we often suggest flex mesh which holds the shape better and does not stretch over time like netting does. Flex mesh is also easier to see through than traditional nylon netting.
John – The different types of motorized systems include a fold-up system that folds the netting to the ceiling like an accordion and a roll up system where it rolls up, kind of like a shower curtain to a structure up in the ceiling. We have found that the fold-up curtains and netting work longer and better than the roll-up system. The advantage of other roll-up system is that it can store closer to the ceiling. In all cases, there might have to be bridgework put in the ceiling or we have to attach it to Joyce Structure. So building plans and pictures of the area are needed in order to get any kind of pricing on these.