What are the different types of plastic curtains?
Standard Plastic Curtains
- Standard grade industrial curtains are designed to be used for everyday purposes and can help make your business more efficient
through reducing energy wastage.These standard grade curtains are best used between areas which have light traffic, for pedestrians and pallet trucks. They can be beneficial in a number of ways.
- Firstly the insulating properties of PVC make them ideal for maintaining a certain temperature on either side of the curtain, so helping to reduce wasted energy and lowering the cost of energy bills.
- They can also be used to stop small rodents and airborne pests from gaining access, which is particularly useful in warehouses and storehouses which deal with food production.
- They can also be used effectively to block out noise pollution.
- This is a particularly good property for manufacturing plants which use loud, heavy machinery alongside offices which need a little peace and quiet for the paperwork
- Plastic curtains are completely transparent, so they provide extra help with health and safety allowing high visibility on both sides of the barrier.
- You can view our range of standard plastic curtains here.
Ribbed Plastic Curtains
If you have two areas which have a high volume of traffic from vehicles like forklifts and pallet trucks, then ribbed industrial curtains would be more suited than standard curtains. Generally the ribbed curtains are slightly thicker, offering a little more resistance and also being more hardwearing. The ribs across the plastic strips provide protection from damage and scratches, which in turn helps to maintain visibility on both sides of the curtains and increases the lifespan of the product.
Polar Grade Curtains
Although both of the other types of curtain are designed to insulate between two separate areas, they are only able to do so much. They are not so suitable for areas which require constant refrigeration or even freezing temperatures to be maintained. Polar Grade curtains are specifically designed to withstand more severe temperatures, the recommended temperature range being -15°C to +20°C.
This allows the temperature to be maintained in areas like freezer rooms, cabinets and chilled areas. The PVC material used in creating Polar Grade curtains stays flexible even in colder temperatures, whereas standard grade PVC curtains will lose some of their flexibility, thus making them brittle and much easier to damage, but also harder to pass through.
Although most uses of plastic curtains are due to high noise pollution or the need to maintain a different temperature on both sides of the access way, there is another use for plastic curtains. Often in workshops which deal with the manufacturing of wood and metalwork, plastic curtains are used to stop the debris from sanders and saws from contaminating other areas of the workshop. In most cases a standard or ribbed curtain are more than enough to provide the protection required.
However in metal workshops, another type of curtain is also often seen. Welding torches are incredibly dangerous pieces of equipment, giving off lights so bright they can seriously damage a person’s eyes. This is why all welders have protective clothing which is designed to provide adequate protection.
However, for the rest of the staff working in a metal workshop not required to wear safety equipment, there needs to be some sort of protection. This is why welding curtains are tinted, either green or amber, and are usually used to surround the welding area. This helps to reduce the danger to other workers.
Day Glo Edging
Although this is not usually used as a full curtain, it is often used in conjunction with one of the other styles of curtain. Day Glo Edging is designed with health and safety in mind. This is a strip of PVC which has been coloured with red and green stripes which actually glow in the dark. These are hung on either side of the curtain, usually by an emergency exit.
This allows the exit to easily be identified both during the hours of light and the hours of darkness. These Day Glo edged curtains are particularly useful for 24hour warehouses and manufacturing plants as they help to increase health and safety.
Although industrial plastic curtains come in a variety of styles depending on their intended use, they are generally all fitted in one of two ways. The first type of fitting is a hook-on fitting which allows for easy replacement and self-installation. The second type is a bolt on fitting, which need to be professionally fitted and is recommended for access ways which require constant access or have heavy use from vehicles like forklifts.
You can also get your curtains mounted onto a slider when you don’t want to drive through your curtain. This can be done with one or two tracks, depending on if you want a half slide to part the curtain, or a full slide which moves the whole curtain away.
Conclusion On Plastic Curtains
Industrial plastic curtains are an invaluable product, both in the industrial and the manufacturing sectors. Due to the versatility of these curtains, they can be used in a number of different ways for a range of tasks, which is why there are several different styles of curtain. The varying styles allow the already versatile product to be more suited to a particular job than other curtain designs.
Industrial plastic curtains are generally always used over doorways and access ways to act as a barrier between two different areas. They are also occasionally used over windows to allow light to pass through, but insulate the interior environment from the cold and also to protect from insects and pests. Industrial curtains are made from individual strips of PVC which are hung to form a seamless barrier.
Due to the weight of the strips of PVC, the curtain holds perfectly in place and the barrier is only broken for an object or person to pass through. Once the object or person has made it through to the other side of the curtain, the individual strips of PVC fall perfectly back into place in a matter of seconds. This makes industrial plastic curtains both cheaper and more efficient than having a door in their place.