Mosquito net curtains for decks add style and make the deck area more inviting year-round, keeping pesky flying insects and blowing leaves out and letting the fresh air in without obstructing the view. Black netting provides excellent visibility in both sun and shade. White and ivory curtains attract and reflect light, creating a soft glow; visibility is reduced to 80% in shade and 60% in sun. Installing them on a track system allows full operation of the curtains and creates an elegant look. For a stationary application, Velcro® strips work well. In either case, the curtains can be easily removed and laundered.
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Things you need
- 100-foot steel tape measure
- Tracking system:
- Marking pen
- Silicone spray
- Mounting tracks
- Snap carriers
- End caps
- Marine snaps
- Electric drill
- Drill bit
- Rust-proof screws
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- 5-10 yards self adhesive heavy weight Velcro® strip, 5/8-inch wide
- Sewing machine (if needed)
- Staple gun
- 3/4-inch rust proof staples
- Marine snaps
- Mosquito netting curtains
Cut tracks with a hacksaw to fit along the underside of the ceiling where you will mount them, just inside the perimeter. The tracks can curve slightly if you are working with a curved deck.
Pre-drill holes for the screws at the end of each strip and every 3 feet in between. Screw tracking into the ceiling so the screws lie flat. Connect separate pieces of track with splices that come with the tracking.
Spray inside the tracks with a touch of silicone spray so the carriers will glide freely. Insert one end cap into one end of the track.
Attach the curtains to the snap carriers, and slide them into the other end of the track one by one. Cap the end off to keep them in place.
Secure the sides of your curtains using marine snaps to attach them to the corner structure. (If it is vinyl siding or aluminium use Velcro instead.)
Clean surfaces thoroughly with a damp towel to remove all dirt and dust; let dry completely. (Velcro® installations are typically mounted outside the perimeter of the deck.)
Mount VelcroÂ® hook-sided stripping by pressing into place along the top of the fascia boards so the curtains will hang around the outside of the overhang supports. Secure by stapling every 12 inches.
If the Velcro® is not already attached to the curtains, double stitch the loop-sided stripping along the top edge of the curtains using a sewing machine. Use heavy-duty marine-grade thread and stitch twice along the top and bottom edges of the Velcro® strip.
Press the loop-sided strips on the curtains to the hook-sided stripping on the fascia board to hang the curtains.
Repeat this process by attaching Velcro® to the sides of the curtains and the vertical surfaces at each corner, to stabilise the curtains in the event of wind.
Reinforce the top corner edges by securing the sides of the curtains to the frame of the opening with marine snaps.
Tips and warnings
- Be sure the thread used in sewing the curtains is marine grade so it can stand up to rough weather.
- If you use one continuous curtain to wrap around your deck, stabilise the corners by attaching black elastic cord, pulled slightly taut) from the ceiling to the floor in each corner.
- Take your curtains down and wash them at the end of the season so they will look good and last longer. If you use them year round, launder them as needed, usually 2 or 3 times a year. If they are extremely large have them professionally laundered.
- Be sure black netting is not surface-dyed. It should be solution-dyed and UV treated before it is ever spun into thread and subsequently woven into netting, to prevent fading.
- Adhesive-backed Velcro® tape will not stick to masonry.
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