Listen to discussion about Motorized Divider Curtains with John Moynihan
Motorized Curtain Divider
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.
A strong and flexible cable is put on top of the net and hangs between two walls with a pulley or winch system.
Tension Divider Net Winch System
Tension Divider Nets come in a variety of sizes you can pick from depending on what you want to use it for. Some popular heights are 10 ft, 12 ft, 15 ft or up to 25ft. Tension divider nets can be almost width depending on the structure it will hang on.
It works best for dividing an area for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. It can also be used for a batting cage for baseball or soccer. (Click on “batting cage” for a video)
Tension Divider Net Batting Cage
There will be some sag in the net, but that can be reduced by using a winch system.
It is cost effective and can be a fast and easy set up once you know how to do it.
Tension Divider Nets are easy to store and can be put away is something as small as a hamper or a roll away garbage can.
Tension Divider Net Hamper for storage
We recommend using netting for this system instead of a divider curtain or vinyl.
4-inch netting is recommended for soccer, volleyball or basketball, while 2-inch netting is recommended for lacrosse or when younger kids are playing to avoid getting their feet tangled on the bottom of the net.
Transcription of the Audio
John – Another type of way to divide a court up is to use what we call a tension divider net or phantom divider net. These nets are hung between two points. They are normally hung between two walls with a pulley or winch system. We actually put a cable on top of the net that is a high strength rope so it is flexible and can be moved. We then create tension in the net between those two points with the use of either Camlock, with the rope in a cleat, or with a winch on each wall. This is ideal when someone cannot have the net stored in the side of the building with a walk draw or do not have the money to do a motorized system to raise the net up.
John – It is very ideal for areas that just want a net at a certain height to divide for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. A lot of times these nets can be somewhere between 10 ft high, 12 ft high, 15 ft high or up to 25 ft high. The good part is that you can pick the height that you need. There will be some sag in between the net from point to point, but that can be reduced by using a winch system. On those types of systems, we often see people take down the net when it is not being used and store in a hamper or something like a garbage can that could be rolled and stored in the closet. The advantage of this over motorized system is that it costs a lot less and it is fast and easy to set up for people once they know what to do.
John – On divider tension nets we recommend that you use netting and not a divider curtain or vinyl. The netting weight works where you can then hoist and lift it because there is a load that goes on each wall or off each ceiling joist that you are going to attach it to. We normally suggest people using 4 inch for soccer, volleyball or basketball and 1-1/2 inch for lacrosse or situations where the end line is close to people’s feet so kids’ feet do not get caught in a 4-inch mesh net.