October 27, 2016

Custom Netting for Sports Training Facilities

Sports training facilities and athletic stadiums generally require custom netting in order to solve a variety of safety and protective situations.  For instance, many indoor sports training facilities require netting in order block or barricade certain areas of the space for individual practice zones.  In other cases, there are nets that are needed as a barrier to protect spectators or bystanders from flying balls or gaining equipment.  And other times the netting is necessary to protect structural elements of the facility area itself - for example lighting and seating barrier applications, scoreboard protection, and parking lot or vendor area protection needs.  In fact, there are many unique and individual needs for netting - and every sports stadium or training facility has its own set of situations that are very well solved with the installation of customized netting productions available from Gourock.com

Throughout the years, we at Gourock have supplied many, many training facilities and sports stadiums with their customized netting solutions ranging from indoor multi-sport commercial establishments to major universities and professional stadiums, as well as upstart private sports business and municipal/scholastic installations.  Gourock.com supplies a wide variety of mesh sizes and twine thicknesses, all made per-order according to customized sizing and shape needs.  The mesh and twine options for the netting selections will be applicable for different types of sports and uses.  For instance if a gymnasium or sports facility is primarily concerned with barrier netting for larger object sports like basketball, soccer, football, volleyball, or dodgeball - then a bigger mesh size netting option like the 4" opening is a popular selection.  Alternatively, many sports facilities also need barrier and containment netting for smaller-sized sports balls as well such as baseball, tennis, softball, field hockey, and lacrosse.  In this case the 1-3/4" mesh size nylon netting is a good considerations.  And then going even smaller, for training facilities that also want to include sports like golf, Gourock has 3/4" mesh netting options available as well.

And then, aside from the options of mesh size that you can consider for your sports barrier netting needs, there are different twine thickness available to go with as well.  Lighter weight (thinner) twine thicknesses like #12 or #15 are great for general containment, or light/moderate abrasion situations.  Mid-range twine thicknesses like #21 and #30 are the most commonly selected for all-purpose situations.  And then thicker twine thicknesses like #36 and #72 are generally popular for netting installations that expect to undergo a fairly consistent level of high-abrasion wear and impacts over time.  
Gourock does mail out free netting samples for your research and information, so if you do want to get some samples of the materials that you are considering, feel free to drop over a message through our contact page with your mailing address to get the samples mailed your way (USA locations).

Through our Online Netting Calculator you can very easily price and order netting built to most any dimensions that you require - it's a very refined and efficient process that allows for quick ordering and sourcing of custom netting prepared to your own specific sizing needs.  But for many commercial installations and at sports training facilities, there are very unique sizing and shape requirements that our customers need for their netting productions.  For instance, many baseball and softball stadiums need some of the nets to incorporate tapers or angles in the netting shape so that the material can fill-in odd-shaped areas.  Or in some cases there need to be special finishing or production features incorporated into the final design - such as entry door areas, particular bordering necessities, or internal wind-lines or attachment ropes that run through the netting in certain locations.  Gourock.com has a lot of experience supplying very customized netting designs and shapes/sizes - and feel free to send us over a request through our contact page (you can upload diagrams, images, and details as needed) and we can get started on a quotation for your particular goals.

Throughout this company blog as well as on the Gourock.com site we have many examples of custom netting designs and productions that have been shipped out over the years.  Here are 3 recent examples form the previous few weeks that demonstrate some of the very specific custom netting jobs that have been delivered and installed at 3 different types of sports training facilities.  These are all very different, and are each for unique situations - and they help in demonstrating some of the custom nylon netting productions available through Gourock.com

Example 1
netting details:  #36 X 1-3/4" twisted-knotted nylon, square mesh pattern
custom features: specific dimensions, overlapping door/entrance areas, webbing/grommeting bordering where specified, polyester rope bordered where specified
intended use: commercial basketball facility, barrier and containment netting



Example 2
netting details:  #72 X 1-3/4" twisted-knotted nylon, diamond mesh pattern
custom features: tapered/angled shape, polyester rope bordering, specific sizing necessities
intended use: commercial soccer facility, goal top-shelf containment (high abrasion)


Example 3
netting details:  #21 X 1-3/4" twisted-knotted nylon, diamond mesh pattern
custom features: tapered/angled shape, polyester rope bordering, specific sizing necessities
intended use: commercial baseball and softball stadium, spectator/backstop barrier and protection


-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

October 20, 2016

Pallet Rack Guard Netting, Customized Nets

Pallet rack guard netting is available from Gourock.com for custom fabrication according to any particular dimensions needed. Safety netting for warehouse storage racks, flue spaces, and pallet racking is very beneficial for product retention and employee protection from falling objects. 

Typical mesh size selections for pallet rack nets range from 1-3/4” to 4”, and there are a variety of twine thicknesses to consider. A good general/moderate strength option to consider is the #21 X 1-3/4” nylon netting, or the #30 X 4” nylon netting. Heavy duty pallet rack guard nets are often the #36 X 1-3/4” nylon netting, or the #72 X 1-3/4” nylon. And for warehouse rack nets that need different coloring selections, the #40 X 2” nylon netting is a good selection for color features and options. 

Warehouse pallet rack guard nets are generally recommended to be ordered with a rope bordering sewn-in around the perimeter edges, which is an option available right through our online netting calculator. Rope bordering adds a significantly stronger attachment edge for installation of the safety nets to your existing pallet rack framing, or to offset brackets that are already mounted.


-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

Custom Conveyor Belt Netting

Containment and protective barrier netting for conveyor belt applications is available to order from Gourock.com according to your own custom dimensions and sizing. Conveyor belt safety netting is a helpful solution for protecting objects that may possibly be ejected off the traveling line in some fashion, but containing them on the belt or by blocking them from falling underneath the belt. 

Conveyor belt containment and protective netting is popular for industrial, warehouse, manufacturing, and logistical/shipping types of locations and installations. Many nets are installed vertically around conveyor belts, to keep objects contained as they travel. Whereas other nets are hung or suspended underneath conveyor belts to catch objects that may fall off or slip through the belt. 

There are many different mesh and twine sizes available for conveyor belt containment netting purposes, ranging from small 1/4” mesh sizes all the way up to larger 4” mesh sizes. Depending on the sizes and weights of the typical objects/parcels that you are looking to contain within the conveyor belt area, you can select the strength of material and mesh size that will be the best fit for you. Netting can be ordered according to most any specific dimensions or sizing that you require for the project. 

Some historically popular conveyor belt containment netting selections are 1/4” polyester mesh, 3/4” knotted nylon netting, and 1-3/4” knotted nylon netting. Whether you are seeking replacement conveyor guard nets, or passive overhead protective nets, we have dependable custom net options for your conveyor belt safety applications.





-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

October 5, 2016

Driveway Basketball Court Barrier Netting

Gourock.com supplies custom netting products that are used for a very wide and diverse range of applications.  One of the very popular uses for our netting is as a barrier against basketballs that roll away from driveway basketball hoops at a private residence.  There are many customers of ours that have a hoop or court area located on their property or driveway - and they are constantly chasing basketballs that roll away from the practice space due to missed shots, or just from general playing.  Sometimes the driveway or property is on a hill, which means their missed shots roll away for quite a distance!  Alternatively, there are instances where errant basketballs have the potential of rolling into a street, or live traffic, or perhaps into the woods or a pond.  All of these are situations that are best avoided by using a barrier net to contain missed shots and rolling/errant balls.

Gourock.com has many netting options available that are fantastic for basketball barrier uses, for all types of installation areas including private residences, schools and municipalities, teams and organizations, as well as commercial and professional arenas.  The most popular and recommended selections that we supply for basketball barrier netting are in mesh sizes of 1-3/4", 2", and 4".  There are various twine thicknesses available for each mesh size, and essentially any sort of completed dimensions can be ordered, produced, and shipped to you.  All of those mesh sizes are very functional for basketball barrier uses - and most people choose the netting they want to go with based on additional preferences such as also having the ability to block smaller objects as well, considerations of thicker and thinner twine for visibility or abrasion/wear-and-tear, and whether or not there are concerns with hands/feet being able to go through the mesh.  We have some great recommendations available to view and price/order on this page of the Gourock site.

Barrier netting behind or to the side of driveway basketball hoop and practice areas has always been a popular request for us here at Gourock.  There are always different sizes and situations involved with each particular customer, and in many cases people already have some sort of installation structure available (or being constructed) to hang and suspend the netting from.  However there are many people that not only need the netting, but they also require a system and solution for hanging the nets up.  Fortunately through Gourock.com you have access not only to really functional netting selections, but we also have an In-Ground Steel Pole installation option to consider as well.

The In-Ground Steel Poles use a sectional pole design as well as an in-ground mounting anchor/sleeve that are assembled together and used as standalone supports for barrier nets.  There are 4 different finished sizes to go with, which are 8', 10', 12', and 14' in height.  And since the poles are sectional in design, some customers have opted to eliminate pole sections and achieve shorter heights or other custom preferences.  There is good online information about these poles available on this page of the Gourock site, and we also offer the following video guideline about them as well:

Here are a couple of recent examples of basketball barrier nets that were ordered to custom sizing, along with in-ground steel pole components, that were installed at residential locations.  Both feature basketball hoops on driveways - but use different netting mesh/twine sizes based on personal preferences.  Here are a few of photos provided to us by our customers who reported great results and a lot of product satisfaction from their finished projects.

Example 1:
This is a private residence that opted to use #21 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon netting (square mesh, rope bordered) for the barrier netting.  One of the nets is 12' X 24' and is installed behind the hoop area - suspended between 3 of the 12' tall poles.  The second net is from the same material, but built 4' X 22' and is suspended between 3 of the ground sleeves/anchors that are using only the 33" and 23" pole sections (to accomplish a shorter overall height for the shorter netting).
The tall netting is very typical in size and installation for a lot of basketball barrier nets that are installed behind a driveway basketball hoop.  The shorter netting is more unique since its purpose is only to prevent rolling balls that may come off of the side of the court area and over into the street.  The netting is tensioned/tightened to the poles using Gourock's Bungee Ball Straps.




Example 2:
This is a private residence that needed to only block basketballs from rolling down their driveway and into the adjacent street.  They wanted the lightest and least-visible netting possible, which is the #15 X 4" knotted nylon netting (square mesh, with a rope border).  This net was 5' X 25' in sizing, and also suspended across the driveway between a pair of the 8' poles/anchors - however in order to get the poles down to a shorter overall height they eliminated the 23" pole section from the assembly. A few bungee straps are also used, and they opted to weigh-down the bottom of the netting with some bricks that they had on-hand.




-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

October 4, 2016

Leaf Barrier Netting and Debris Nets, Bocce Court Example

Many of our customers that are seeking custom netting solutions are doing so because they are dealing with leaves and debris covering various areas of their property or land.  Some pretty commonplace examples of this type of situation are nets that are blocking leaves from ponds, pools, lawns, or property boundaries.  At Gourock.com we have many different available options for your consideration that are very effective for leaf, pond, and debris barrier - and you can view this part of the site for more information on the generally recommended netting selections, as well as their pricing and production options.

One of the smallest mesh size offerings that we have available is the 1/4" polyester debris material - and this is a great option to consider for block smaller-sized leaves and general debris-type objects.  The 1/4" polyester fabric is very well suited for long-term outdoor exposure, it has a high resiliency against tearing and/or punctures, and is a lightweight fabric that is easy to work with so that you can accomplish your goal with dependable results.

Recently we assisted a customer that was tired of picking up and raking leaves out of his home bocce court in Pennsylvania.  The court measures 12' X 48' in total area, and his primary objective was to use the 1/4" polyester netting with a rope bordering sewn-around the edges, along with Gourock's Bungee Ball Straps, to suspend the netting over the top of the court for all times that it is not being used.  He wanted the netting to catch and contain all of the falling leaves from surrounding trees, and prevent them from actually accumulating inside his court and on-top of the playing surface.  This would mean he could dramatically reduce the amount of time set aside for prep and cleanup of the court area, and increase the amount of actual playing time.

Our customer opted to order the material slightly wider than needed, in order to have enough material on-hand to adjust the fit and installation as preferred - so he went for a 13' X 48' rope bordered panel, built from the 1/4" polyester.  He noted that he's still tinkering with the suspension and hanging method he most prefers for the netting, but that the end result of blocking leaves from the court surface is functioning very, very well and he is quite happy with the results.  He forwarded over some example photos of his bocce court both with and without the barrier netting installed - and it looks like a very nice and functional finished project!

Thanks again David, looks great - and we appreciate your business and feedback very much!






-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

Video Guideline: Diamond Mesh vs. Square Mesh Netting, and Rope Bordering on Nets



Gourock.com supplies custom netting in both diamond mesh and square mesh patterns.  This video provides general context on these two different mesh options, as well as the effects of weaving rope bordering around the perimeter edges of bulk netting sections.

When ordering bulk (unbordered) netting sections, it is recommended to use square mesh pattern.  This video demonstrates why square mesh is much more functional to work with in the case of bulk netting supply.  
Also demonstrated is how a rope bordering around the perimeter of diamond mesh pattern netting will hold the meshes proportionally and to correct size/area.  With a rope bordering on the edges, either diamond mesh or square mesh pattern is great.  Rope bordering also adds more material around the edges of the netting, increasing overall strength and durability around the perimeter.
You can have a rope bordering installed and sewn-in by Gourock.com when you order (laced through, and then sewn into place), or alternatively you can use your own length of rope/cord and weave it around the edges of bulk netting on your own.

Gourock.com has many different custom netting options available, and you are able to use the online netting calculators to source any dimensions/sizes that you require for your project.  The examples shown in this comparison video aim to help you determine which netting construction options you should consider selecting, and what to expect from them.

-Josh Grzyb @ www.gourock.com

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