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Custom Windscreen Buyer’s Guide – Review this before you buy …

Instant Pricing for Custom Windscreens

Custom windscreens, shade screens, privacy screens – regardless of the name, this product is very useful for a wide variety of applications.

Tennis courts, baseball / softball fields, residential & even construction sites benefit from a quality windscreen.

Selecting a custom windscreen  can be confusing if you aren’t educated on the subject.

The result is often over or under-buying, resulting in the wrong material for your application. This means you spent more money than needed. Or it caused you headaches in the long-run with maintenance due to screens falling apart prematurely.

The worst scenario is spending hundreds of dollars, dozens of hours installing – only to have the windscreens tear after a couple windy seasons.

We’re here to help!

Check-out the windscreen comparison review below. It will help you identify the pros & cons for each material & narrow down your search.

Our Experience with Custom Windscreens

Our vinyl and fabric shops have been building custom windscreens for more than 25 years. We use the highest quality products and techniques. We are proud to offer the widest variety of windscreens in the business.

Applications

  • Tennis Courts
  • Baseball / Softball Fields
  • Parks
  • Golf Courses
  • Home & Garden
  • Construction sites
  • Mountain ski resorts

Benefits

  • Improved appearance. Chain-link fences are upgraded overnight
  • Privacy. Excellent for city parks on busy streets
  • Wind reduction. Helps minimize gusts which may affect events
  • Shade. Makes tennis courts & ballparks more comfortable during hot summer months
  • Block out distractions or unsightly areas. Allows your players to focus on what’s in front of them
  • Provides excellent visual background for players. Helps baseball & tennis players see the ball better, referred to in baseball as the “batters eye”.

Custom Windscreen Sizes

Our Windscreens come standard in 6’H or 9’H but can be custom sized to ANY height or length.

We recommend ordering larger windscreens in 50′  increments for ease of installation and future maintenance. This results in screens which can be easily removed and replaced.

When Ordering a Custom Windscreen for a Fence

TIP: Some windscreens are manufactured slightly shorter than conventional fence sizes, which makes installation easier, and allows the screen to be stretched properly reducing wrinkles. For example, many fences are 4′, 6′ or 8’H – in which case the proper windscreen sizes are 3’8″, 5’8″ or 7’8″ give or take an inch.

Material Types for Custom Windscreens

ArmorMesh with Heat-Sealed Seams

VCP / VCM

Vinyl Coated Polyester (aka Vinyl Coated Mesh) is often manufactured in the US, but some versions are also imported from China. This material is a higher quality product, but quality can vary widely so buyer beware.

Designed using 50% Vinyl & 50% polyester, Vinyl Coated windscreens are some of the most durable windscreens available, and optimal for baseball fields, tennis courts, and other high-wind areas.

Coated screens are designed to withstand the elements, will not fray when cut, and will even allow your personal silk-screen logos to adhere nicely.

  • Pros: Economical material available in lighter ounces (8 oz). Can be very durable in higher ounces (14 oz).
  • Con: Being a coated product, the coating can eventually wear away, causing material to become brittle.

Polyethylene

A plastic based material, commonly used in plastic applications like soda bottles & netting.

  • Pro: Heavy-duty material, durable in all climates. Extruded black material, will never fade or chip.
  • Con: Plastic based material which can be bulky and not very flexible.
  • Tips: Knitted is superior than Woven. High-Density Knitted Polyethylene is the best.

Open Mesh

Polypropylene

Another plastic based material, used in a wide variety of sports & consumer applications. Typically used indoors due to lower quality material.

Open mesh windscreens allow more air-flow, are lighter-weight & more economical. These screens are not recommended for high-wind areas & long-term use.

Pro: Softer material, takes up less space when folded up than others.
Cons: Weaker overall material, tends to become brittle after being exposed to harsh conditions.
Closed Mesh Polypropylene

Yet another plastic based material, used in a wide variety of sports & consumer applications. Typically used indoors due to lower quality material.

Closed mesh windscreens allow limited air-flow, and work great for applications requiring increased privacy & greatly reduced air/light flow.

  • Pro: Softer material, takes up less space when folded up than others.
  • Cons: Weaker overall material, tends to become brittle after being exposed to harsh conditions.

Privacy Screens

Great for applications requiring increased privacy & greatly reduced air/light flow. Common applications are school gym divider curtains.

Trade Names

  • Tuffy (10 oz VCP) — 5 year warranty
  • ArmorMesh (14 oz VCP) — 5 year warranty
  • Enviro Screen (5.5 oz Polyethylene) — 4 year warranty
  • Extreme Screen (9 oz Polyethylene) — 7 year warranty
  • Puffy (VCP)
  • DuraScreen (VCP)

Features & Accessories

The details of a windscreen are what sets it apart, and will affect it’s life-span.

Standard Windscreen Features

  • EMBEDDED UV Inhibitors for maximum sun protection. Contrast to surface coated inhibitors.
  • Brass Tooth Grommets. Spaced 18” on ALL FOUR sides.
  • Windscreens taller than 6 ft now come with a free CENTER “lacing lip” with additional grommets to secure the windscreens in the middle. Helps prevent billowing & breakage from wind.
Brass grommets on bound reinforced hems.

3-Ply Hem Sewn with Two Rows of Lock-Stitched Thread Seams

  • Heat-Sealed – 2-ply with the material folded back on itself.

Logo Printing for Custom Windscreens

Team logos and lettering can be applied to most custom windscreens to give your fence a professional touch. Windscreens with logos encourage team spirit. They can also be used to advertise sponsors to help pay for the field.

Digital Printing

Pros

  • Economical
  • Efficient
  • Wide variety of colors for same cost

Cons

  • Ink has shorter life-span than paint
  • Logos are not as bright after years of use, compared to painted / screen-printed logos
  • Some logos / letters must be sewn to windscreen, creating 2 layers
  • Logos may have white mesh backing

Screen Printing / Painting (Chroma-Bond)

Pros

  • Extremely durable
  • Longer life-span than material logos are printed on
  • Always maintains bright appearance
  • Crisper appearance than digital

Cons

  • Much more expensive than digital logos
  • Longer overall process
  • Multiple colors require additional screens / up-charge

Added Features for Custom Windscreens

Air Vents (Half Moon or Rectangle)

Available in half-moon or 6” x 12” block style. Recommended for high-wind areas. They help with air-flow & prevent damage to the windscreens. These are installed just above the lacing-lip. Recommended spacing is every 8 – 12 ft.

Lacing Lip / Grommet Line

A hemmed row of reinforced fabric and grommets adds an attachment point and reduces movement from wind. Greatly reduces stress on screens. Key to extending life-span of screens in windy areas.

Lacing lips are installed at seam points on custom sized windscreens. They’re included standard at the mid-point on all screens taller than 6 ft.

Additional lacing lips can be added as needed.

Lacing lip for tennis court windscreens over 6’ high.

Colors for Custom Windscreens

Available in full spectrum of colors. Match your team colors to highlight your area. Darker colors are optimal to make more discreet and provide dark background. Forest Green and Black are the most popular options.

We can build with multiple colors to match your team colors. A popular style is a 2-color combo with a base color on the bottom 80% and a 2nd color on the top 20% for a highlight.

At this point, you have probably learned far more about windscreens than you ever thought you wanted to know.

Let us be your guide in the maze of windscreen options.

Contact Us today for a quote on your custom windscreen project, or shop online here.

Thanks for reading.

Chad Schneider, Operations Director

Practice Sports, Inc.

402-592-2000

2 comments
  1. MARSHA ELMORE
    MARSHA ELMORE
    June 15, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I NEED A WIND SCREEN ABOUT 10 X 20…….OF COURSE WITH GROMITS….CAN YOU MAKE THIS AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST? MARSHA ELMORE

    Reply
    • chad
      chad
      June 16, 2020 at 10:55 am

      Hi Marsha,
      Thanks for reaching out about our custom windscreens. You may see pricing for all our material types & colors here:

      https://practicesports.com/custom-windscreens/

      This will also allow you to order when ready.

      Thanks again!

      Chad SchneiderOperations Director
      Practice Sports, Inc. | PLAY, inc. | 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138
      800.877.6787 | 402.592.2000 | Fax: 800.577.3046chad@practicesports.com | practicesports.com | webuildplay.com
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