PVC Strip Curtains is a favourite product for a range of applications in the workplace. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) strip curtains for doors uses strips hanging from a special rail, overlapping each other to form a barrier. This type of door system can be deployed the quickest.
The benefits enjoyed from installing strip curtains may differ from one site to another. In general they will:
- save you electricity
- reduce noise
- promote employee comfort
- improve productivity
- restrict air flow (hot and cold) and with it air pollutants/insect/dust, and
- keep your workplace cleaner
Curtain door components
What parts or components does a strip curtain door consist of?
- a door opening or some form of aperture which requires flexible pvc curtain
- pvc strip curtain rail mounted horizontally at the top of the aperture
- fascia plates to secure each strip to the pvc strip curtain rail (or track), and
- PVC curtain strips hanging vertically from the curtain track to the floor
Depending on your specific requirements, the exact parts may differ slightly. In the next few paragraphs we will cover the various options you have.
How to measure a door opening?
Excellent question! Dimensions are always presented as width (mm) x height (mm).
Width is measured from left to right, or horizontally. Height is measured from top to bottom (of the same opening), or vertically.
We often refer to these dimensions as the daylight opening.
Size is the main factor affecting the cost of your installation. Smaller openings are less expensive, while bigger openings are more expensive. It follows that both width and height affects the price.
Where to mount your strip curtains?
Lintel mount would be the same size as the daylight opening. The pvc curtain rail will be secured from underneath directly to the lintel of the door opening. Consequently it would fit the width of the door opening. Sometimes this is the only option available to mount curtains as doors, but it is the less preferred method.
PVC curtain strips are fixed ito their width which means it may be difficult to get a flush fit either left or right. The result is that after we have installed them, you may end up with a gap between the left wall and the first strip, and/or a gap between the last strip and right wall.
PVC strip curtains hanging rails can also be wall mounted. Meaning the curtain track is mounted against the vertical face of the wall, slightly above the door opening. With this method the rail is slightly wider than the daylight opening. The result is a better looking, more efficient seal with your installation.
Static vs Dynamic Curtain Doors
A PVC curtain door installation can be static or dynamic. A static curtain door is always closed. A dynamic curtain door can open (to expose the daylight opening) and close (to cover the door opening).
It is important to point out the pros and cons of each at this stage. One of the benefits of a static installation is that it cannot be left open (eg walk in fridge). Even though it is resting in the closed position, pedestrians and vehicles can still pass through it thanks to the flexibility of the pvc strips. It also costs less than a dynamic door installation, by quite a margin. A static pvc curtain door can use either fixed track or swivel track (more about tracks shortly). The downside is you cannot enjoy the full size of the door opening unrestricted anymore.
Specific conditions sometimes dictate sliding pvc curtains. These installations are more expensive than static installations (30%+). And unless your staff is well disciplined, chances are the curtain door may be left open for extended periods, defying the original motivation to install a PVC curtain door. They do, however, offer you a means to use the opening as if there isn't PVC strip curtains.
Please note, if a sliding pvc curtain is required, then you will need the daylight opening width either to the left of the opening, or to the right of the opening, or half of it on both sides. A dynamic pvc curtain door can use either fixed track or swivel track.
PVC curtain rail
The economical option is called a fixed track. This type of track is secured to the wall and galvanized fascia plates (1 piece) are used to secure the PVC curtain strips to the (fixed) track by means of bolts and nuts.
The fixed track is less complicated than the swivel track in design, uses less steel, weigh less, and consequently costs less. The downside is convenience.
The second type of curtain rail we offer is called the swivel track. This product is arguably the best hardware money can buy in this line of business. Each PVC strip receives one fascia plate (2 piece). The whole strip assembly is then slotted onto the swivel track.
All steel products (pvc strip curtains hanging rails, fascia plates, bolts and nuts) are galvanised to protect the steel against rust. If your site is in a highly corrosive area, the exact same parts can be supplied in stainless steel as an optional extra.
are also made from galvanized steel but can be ordered as stainless steel should your environment call for it. Fascia plates are used to secure individual PVC curtain strips to the pvc strip curtain hanger.
If you are using a fixed track, then you would use fixed fascia plates to secure your pvc curtain strips. Fixed fascia plates are available in 200 mm, 300 mm and 400 mm and its a 1 piece item. We use 8 mm galvanised bolts and nuts to secure them.
If you are using a swivel track, then you would use swivel fascia plates to secure your pvc curtain strips. Swivel fascia plates are available in 200 mm, 300 mm and 400 mm and its a 2 piece item. Every strip on your pvc strip curtain gets one.
Strip Curtain Sizes
The three most popular curtain strip sizes available are:
- 200 mm x 2 mm = light duty, typically for pedestrian traffic
- 300 mm x 3 mm = medium duty, suitable for pedestrian & pallet jack traffic
- 400 mm x 4 mm = heavy duty, definitely used where forklift traffic exist
Tip: the choice of strip size is determined by the following factors:
- height of door opening, or more accurately, height of installation
- force of draught through the door opening eg inter leading vs external door
- type of traffic which will pass through the pvc curtain door, and
- how efficient the barrier needs to be
PVC strip curtain colours
Partition curtains are available in a number of colours. By far the most popular colour is clear curtains. At the same time it serves to note that certain colours are associated with specific applications:
- clear pvc strip curtains = normal temperature, air conditioned areas and cold rooms
- amber pvc strip curtain = insect repellent
- transparent yellow = stop insect
- blue green pvc strip curtains = welding curtains
- various non transparent colours to partition an area for privacy (in a restaurant between dining area and kitchen)