There are many different applications for industrial curtain enclosures. Despite their simple construction, they have a wide range of uses in nearly any type of industrial facility, protecting both people and property when installed.
Industrial Curtain Wall Construction
Vinyl is typically the main material used to construct industrial curtain enclosures, but two other common materials used for increased transparency are 20 mil. clear and 14 oz. reinforced clear. The 20 mil. option is more popular than the 14 oz., but the latter is more ideal if you want a stronger material. The 14 oz. has a frosted finish that allows light and shapes to pass through, with a scrim that provides further reinforcement.
If you don’t want to allow light to pass through at all, you should use opaque vinyl for industrial curtain walls, which is available in many different colors. 14 oz. laminated or 18 oz. coated vinyl materials are available, providing equal strength while also blocking light using a ceiling cover.
Large enclosures will need plenty of support to hold them up, which is why you should install a ceiling grid. The grid includes a slotted angle and Unistrut hardware, attaching to the existing ceiling. The grid is typically suspended from the existing ceiling structure. If the enclosure area is small enough, these grids won’t be required, enabling the facility to have curtain wall enclosures attached directly to the existing ceiling.
Industrial Curtain Wall Ceiling Covers: The Good and the Bad
There are many good reasons for installing a ceiling cover to industrial curtain wall enclosures. The main benefit is the ability to provide a seal for an entire enclosed area, whether you want to maintain a set temperature, block out dust, or prevent light exposure, with ceiling covers providing increased overall functionality. For compliance, certain industries such as the food industry will want to use these ceiling covers to prevent contamination or product spoilage. Spray booths also often require a ceiling that hangs lower than the existing ceiling.
The one downside of using an industrial curtain wall enclosure ceiling cover is that it’s typically more expensive than a curtain wall system that attaches to the existing ceiling or makes use of a filler panel. The higher cost is largely attributed to the amount of both construction and support the enclosure requires, which can result in spending more on industrial safety products than originally intended. However, the overall increased functionality is what makes ceiling covers worth the additional cost. While installation may take some work, professionals and in-depth instructions are available who can make the entire process quick and simple.
Ultimately, using industrial curtain wall enclosures can improve both the safety and functionality of nearly any type of facility. Whether you use an opaque vinyl curtain wall or a transparent material to allow light in, a wide range of industries can utilize these products for maximum protection and containment. The use of a grid support ceiling cover can also further enhance these products.