Raw netting is useful for a variety of odd applications, but if you are looking for porch curtains, duplicating our methods is much harder than you might expect. However, for some applications, raw netting is perfectly appropriate. If you need help with rigging your project or some interesting ideas, please call us and we'll be happy to help. You can order raw netting directly below.
* Thread Denier is
the thread weight. Our netting is woven whereby each visible thread is actually 3 threads woven together such that our heavy mesh has an effective denier of 450.
As a point of comparison, the cheap gazebo mosquito net kits you may have seen at home improvement stores have a single weave denier of only 50 which is why cheap netting tears easily and doesn't last.
Sorry, Not us. We DON'T sell this.
As you probably already know, light is a wave and has qualities similar to water waves. Imagine tossing a pebble into the still water of a pond. The impact of the pebble would create concentric waves that would radiate outward. The waves themselves consist of peaks and troughs.
If you were to place a slotted gate in the path of the radiating waves, smaller wavelets would emerge on the other side of each of the slit holes. As these wavelets emerge from the slit holes, they too would consist of peaks and troughs.
As these wavelets radiate into each other, the wavelet peaks will cancel the troughs of adjacent wavelets. If it is a perfect collision of equal magnitude, the waves would disappear completely. However, it is more often an imperfect collision and the intensity of the wave is only reduced. The result is what is called a "wave interference pattern."
If you were to throw a handful of pebbles into the same pond, you would have a momentary disturbance; but, the peaks and troughs will quickly cancel each other and the disturbance will settle quickly.
Our no-see-um mesh has 800 holes per square inch. And two factors reduce the intensity of light. The first is that the threads themselves physically block some of the light. In addition, the interference pattern reduces the intensity of the light that passes through. In fact we sell to the film industry who makes giant outdoor "butterfly screen" light filters for outdoor scenes and to the military for urban camouflage.
Our no-see-um netting has nothing to do with visibility. It has tinier holes (800 holes per square inch) to keep out a particular biting insect called a no-see-um.
A No see um, also known as a midge fly, sand fly, or micro-gnat is a tiny relative of the mosquito. They are about the size of a ridge and a half of a finger print ridge. If you have never heard of no-see-ums you probably don't have them in your area. No-see-ums live generally within 500 yards of lakes, rivers, ocean, or marshy wetlands.
Our no-see-um netting mesh is gorgeous, but the drawback is that it is denser and catches the wind more, so it needs to be better secured. Our system is frameless and is designed to operate with wind speeds less than 15.7 mph. Above 15.7 mph, biting insects are unable to fly.
Our tracking attachment option
enables you to draw the curtains open under heavy winds to enjoy the fresh air without the worry of bugs. If no-see-ums are not an issue for you, we recommend the heavy mosquito mesh.
Porch Curtains are a challenge. Want us to make it for you?
We cut and sew ready to hang mosquito netting panels for Porches, Patios, Garages, and more. You may want to ask yourself if it is worth your time. Our prices for custom-made curtains are very reasonable. What will take us 30 minutes with automation, 12ft fabric saws, and feeders will take you about 8 hours. Our double stitch machines make perfectly spaced stitches that precisely hold our block magnets and fiberglass rods. If you plan to use tracking, you will need a special snap tape to fasten to your track carriers.
If you have a workroom, you'll understand that sewing large panels can be a challenge since they will shape-shift if the tension on your machine isn't set properly and you won't know if it is set properly until you've already sewn the panel. If you really want to sew it, we recommend sewing then cutting iteratively. We've had plenty of customers give up and have us make them as well a few that have done a splendid job.
Sewing your own panels
Cut netting into some geometric shape
Bind all the edges by double stitching a 2" webbing (folded in half like a taco)
The spacing and positioning of our double stitching is 1/2" to precisely accommodate our fiberglass rods, and magnets
If curtains will slide on tracking, we use a 2" snap tape to attach to our tracking snap carriers. Call to special order.
Want some improvised rigging ideas?
Lots of clients have small little projects that need only a quick fix and ask us for ideas. For some, appearance is not a factor and all they need is something functional. You don't want to simply nail up netting panels if you want them to last. Here are a few ideas.
Substitute Double Stitched Webbing with Duct Tape.
Sound Crazy? Read on. Fold Duct tape (we like Gorilla® brand) in half like a taco and tuck the netting inside (Duct Tape comes in a variety of colors and there is something used in the film industry called Gaffer's Tape that has a matte textured backing that looks more like cloth).
Apply the Duct Tape around the entire perimeter of the netting panel.
Boat Photos » Yep, Duct tape!
You can apply adhesive-backed Velcro directly to the Duct Tape to join panels or afix to a surface.
Not as pretty or as strong as our Custom Solutions, but sometimes the project is more about affordable functionality and less about aesthetics.
LIMITATIONS: This method only works with our "Heavy Mesh. You will not be able to use any sort of tracking and can ony create a fixed attachment.
Click Images to enlarge. He was able to custom fit these odd shaped panels. Notice that the imperfections are due to some 3D surfaces. He used this for a season and then sent it back to us to bind all the edges OVER his Duct Tape to pretty things up!
A Boy Scout Idea
Take a marble, round stone or golf ball and wrap netting over the ball. Use a cord to choke a noose around the ball and then tie off the cord. This will not stress the netting like nailing the netting might. In addition your panel is reusable by repositioning the balls.
Wrap Netting Around A Wood Strip
You can wrap the netting a few turns around a wood strip (like a 1" x 2") and then nail the wood strip. The Home Improvement stores also sell a 2" x 1/4" x 8ft hardwood (poplar) that is suitable. Distributing the mounting tension along a long wood strip is far better than simply nailing directly into raw netting.
Spline Screening(A tip from Moses)
Our netting is often used for spline screening especially for very large panels using all mesh types except "Standard". We can make single individual cut pieces 12ft x 100ft and everyone chooses "black" for visibility.
A little trick for spline screening is to roll the netting around 2.5" PVC tubes like Moses' Ten Commandment scroll. This enables you to stretch the screening in 2 directions, both along the length of the PVC tube and between the two tubes. Place over frame, spline, and then trim.