Why Our Nets Last
Creating something that lasts begins by picking the best materials from the start. At Custom Netting, we use only the finest raw materials to make all of our nets.
We also work with some of the best factories in the world. To confirm the quality, we make a point of doing spot checks with USA based laboratories to verify things like break strength, abrasion resistance, and UV resistance.
As one of the top netting manufacturers in the United States, we’re able to successfully negotiate with the providers of our raw materials. This allows us to supply top quality netting at competitive pricing with outstanding turnaround times.
Call us and let’s talk about creating a custom netting solution for your needs today.
Custom Nets: The Science
Netting, in its basic form, starts out as a particular type of fiber. These fibers range from Nylon, Polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, or dyneme/ plateena.
Each type of fiber has pros and cons depending on the application. For instance, nylon, compared to poly netting, has a superior break strength, abrasion resistance, and UV resistance. However, poly materials tend to perform better in underwater or coastal applications because the material does not absorb moisture.
For reference, think of cotton and plastic. Cotton being nylon, and plastic being poly. Poly materials also tend to be less expensive compared to nylon. Indoor baseball facilities are better going with nylon material, but a 100’ high x 2100’ long golf range net is typically better of going with a poly material for weather and cost reasons.
square mesh Nets vs diamond mesh
The netting we use, unless specified otherwise, is constructed on square mesh. The exception to this is golf range netting due to cost reasons.
What is square mesh vs diamond mesh? When netting is in the manufacturing process, the machines must manufacture the netting on the diamond. This means if you had a 5’x5’ panel, the shape of the twines would create a diamond.
However, being that diamond netting can be very difficult to fabricate and install (not to mention it is very disorienting to look through!) we prefer to “square” the netting. The squaring process occurs after the netting has been manufactured. In essence, the factory takes the diamond netting, angles it, cuts it to square, and then sews it together. Since this is one of the few aspects of the manufacturing process that requires human skill, we make this a priority when comparing raw materials. It is very difficult to take a diamond mesh and convert it to square by hand. Only the best netting fabricators in the world can do this consistently, across every mesh, every time.
We inspect all of our nets for irregular meshes daily and demand our raw material suppliers keep this quality control check as it is of utmost importance for both aesthetic and durability reasons.
Fiber type and mesh orientation is the first and last thing that occurs in the manufacturing process. Once the fiber is extruded from the machine, it is woven onto spools. From here, multiple fibers can be spun together to create yarn.
This amount of fibers, or deniers, that are woven together determine the gauge of the netting. Thinner gauges, such as #18, have fewer fibers woven together than thicker gauges like #96. The more fibers, the thicker the strand, and the more durable the netting.
When determining gauges, however, sometime the thicker gauge may not always be the most durable option based on the application. For instance, an outdoor barrier net that is 30’ high and 100’ long would last longer if a thinner gauge was used instead of a thicker net. This is because of the sheer weight of the netting pulling on connection points, and of course the wind adding excess stress on connection points.
Imagine a sail from a boat. The thicker the net, the more the wind can push and pull it, creating additional and unnecessary stress. Of course, our expert and friendly staff are more than happy to recommend the best gauge based on your application.
How Nets Are Made
Once the fibers have been spun into the appropriate gauge, the yarn is typically twisted into twine. Twisted twine is three strands of yarn twisted together. This adds durability to the netting. However, in the golf and landfill industry, monofilament (not twisted twine) is preferred to decrease costs and wind load. Outside of these applications, twisted netting is typically preferred.
Once the twine is created, it is run through a machine that either ties them together though knots or stitches them together (braided). During this stage in the manufacturing process, the mesh size is created. We have multiple mesh sizes available for various applications.
- H3/4” knotless- golf range netting, landfill, bird netting
- 7/8” Knotted- golf netting, direct impact golf, landfill, barrier netting, bird netting, Migratory Bird netting
- 1 ½” Knotted- Lacrosse/ Hockey, Barrier Netting
- 1 ¾” Knotted- Baseball/ Softball, Tennis, Barrier Netting, Migration, Landfill, Safety Netting
- 4” Knotted- Soccer, Football, Basketball, Volleyball
Why Our Nets Last
Most of the netting that we use is knotted. Knotted netting is much stronger in structure and typically has a longer lifespan. Again, the only application for which this isn’t always used is driving ranges and landfill netting due to the cost and wind loads.
Many manufacturers will begin the squaring process after the knotting is complete. However, the factories we purchase our raw material from add additional steps to further improve quality.
The first step after knotting is a heat stretch process. The netting is placed in a contained space at a high temperature. This loosens up the material. Once the material is loosened, the machine pulls the material tight. This process does two things.
- It pre-stretches the material so there isn’t a significant stretch after it is hung (similar to prewashed jeans)
- It tightens the knots and assures that the meshes are all consistent over time
After we pre-stretch the netting, we treat the netting in a resin-based compound. This resin treatment increases the durability of the netting by improving its abrasion resistance and UV resistance.
It is important to note that many factories dye the netting black in this stage. However, our netting is extruded black from the beginning of the manufacturing process. This is far better than dying the netting black because all of the fibers are black instead of just the fibers on the outside. In a dyed net, once the dye fades, the netting is highly susceptible to UV damage and decay. However, a net that is extruded net is black throughout.
After these processes have been completed, a quality control check is performed to assure there are no irregular meshes and that the netting is to our standards. From here, it is either sent to be squared or bundled up to be shipped to our factory
Once the netting is manufactured, the bales of netting that arrives at our warehouse come in a variety of sizes.
For the most part, they arrive in bales that when fully opened are 60’ wide x 500’L panels of nets.
It takes true skill to takes these huge panels of nets and convert them into backstop panels, batting cages, golf ranges, or barrier nets.
Our experienced production crew can handle any custom job regardless of size. Angle cuts, combining different gauges into one net, and sewing different style net together are all possible with Custom Netting.
Call us and let’s talk about the types of nets you need. Big or small, we can handle any job.
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