Published 01/10/2011

Top 10 Energy Curtain Installation Considerations

By emphasizing these considerations, you'll encourage maximum life and payback from your curtains.

There are several critical considerations regarding the selection, maintenance and especially installation of interior thermal or shading screens. Ask your maintenance manager or contracted installer to review this list prior to handling screens or curtains.

The top 10 items to consider are as follows:

1. Weigh the pros and cons of suspended vs. sliding systems.

2. Obtain a good seal for proper energy savings performance.

3. Identify end of life failure (yarn separation) early to replace prior to next heating season.

4. Ensure proper clearance from potential ignition sources for fire security, from HAF fans to prevent premature fatigue damage, and from mechanical drive equipment (pinching, abrasion) abrasion.

5. Handling and storage prior to use: Don’t drag; store in cool dry place.

6. Pull curtain in over an obtuse angle over a large diameter guide to prevent any deformation.

7. Allow tension in cloth to relax before fixing the edges.

8. Allow sufficient shrinkage allowance during installation

9. High temperature degradation of plastics: Don’t cook the greenhouse for disinfection.

10. Replace monofilament wires when the cloth is replaced to prevent abrasion.



The labor associated with installation is a significant portion of the installed price. Make sure it is done right the first time for a long-lasting screen that performs up to its potential.

Nomenclature note: It is confusing to describe the position of a shading screen. Which is open, and which is closed? Covered (deployed) and uncovered (retracted) seem well understood, perhaps even without definition, so we will use those here. The terms “open” and “closed” are better reserved for the construction of the cloth itself. (Open allows air to pass through.)

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