A tennis court windscreen’s primary function is to block or deflect wind, but it also serves a number of other uses. Windscreens for tennis courts serve many purposes: they shield players from prying eyes, block out unwanted noise, and provide a striking visual contrast between the tennis ball and the screen backdrop, making it easier to keep track of the ball. Windscreens may also lessen the glare caused by the sun reflecting off the court’s fence or other surrounding objects.
It’s not hard to put up barriers for a tennis court
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_cour), but as a general rule, the installation of barriers is easier if there are two individuals doing it. The method is the same for both types of screens; the only difference is the hardware required to mount them to the fence. Materials like “S” hooks, bind wraps, hog ties, and lacing cord are all viable options. There is no one “bad” option; different people only have different preferences among the many available options.
Windscreens may be hung using the following materials:
Tie Wraps: Polypropylene tie wraps have the advantages of being cheap and tearing away in severe gusts, making them a good choice for use during storms. In a storm with heavy winds, the ties should break to let the wind flow through rather than tearing the windscreens, which might damage the fence or topple it. Another advantage is that it is simple to get rid of the tie wraps after removing the windscreens for storage since they are so easy to cut and throw away. The fact that loose, cut off tie wraps may be seen strewn around the tennis court’s perimeter is a disadvantage.
S Hooks: The advantages of “S” hooks are their sturdiness and longevity. They’re not the easiest to set up, could wear out your fence, restrict how much your windscreens can move, and are a pain to take down. ‘S’ hooks are seldom utilized outside of climates where barriers are left in place all year. Windscreen manufacturers no longer advise using “S” hooks when installing screens.
Here is how to set it up:
- Set up the screen on the tennis court’s inner fence line, close to the fence portion you’ll be working with.
- Always hang the windscreens within the inner parameter of the fence, rather than outside. Windscreen edges should be oriented such that they are visible from outside the tennis court, rather than within.
- Hang the screens from the interior of one tension bar (https://theconstructor.org/structural-engg/types-of-tuction – The Constructor) to the interior of the other tension bar. The tension rod is the bar directly within the fence post to which the fence as well as fence components connect.
- Always measure first. It isn’t wasting your time measuring and checking the windscreen’s fit on the fence board. If the screen is 6 inches too long, you don’t want to hang it all and have to redo the measurement.
- Plan the windscreen’s vertical orientation. Placement of the windscreen’s top and bottom hooks should provide vertical symmetry. On average, the height of a fence is ten feet. When installing a screen with a height of 6 feet, do it 2 feet below the highest point of the fence. A 9-foot barrier requires installation 6 inches from the top.
- After deciding how high you want the windscreen for tennis courts to be, start fixing them at one of the top corners. Keep going around the top and making sure you’re maintaining the screen straight as you tighten it. A technique is to count the pickets from the fence’s top to the one you’re connecting to. Once it is fastened to the identical picket on the other side, you may go through certain that you will be keeping your line.
- Use every single grommet on the screen to secure the barrier to the fenceline.
- Once the top is in place, you may secure the base. One option is to begin at a corner and go diagonally across, but others have a preference of beginning in the center and moving outward. The reason for this is because you must pull the screen hard when mounting the base to ensure that it is completely smooth. Folds may be smoothed out from the center to the edges. If you begin at one end, you can wind up with a giant crease or wrinkle that’s difficult to smooth out. Put the sides on once the base has been secured.
- It is recommended that any extra ends of tie wraps used to secure the windscreens be trimmed.
- Draw a schematic of the tennis court’s layout and name the windscreens if you want to remove them for storage during the winter months. Because of this, reinstalling the screens won’t be as time-consuming or frustrating an experience.