Arbors, as well as terraces and verandas are considered loved ones for holiday owners, country cottages, as well as their guests. However, pouring rain, a gusty wind or a sharp cooling can make unpleasant adjustments to plans for rest. That is why it is desirable to have special devices that allow you to quickly respond to weather phenomena. Such an outlet is practical “soft windows” based on film material. About them and will be discussed in our article.
Soft transparent windows for the veranda and balconies entered the use of relatively recently, but already proved their convenience in use. Called them in different ways – silicone windows, PVC curtains, as well as transparent canvas. The relevance of the material is explained very simply – going to rest in nature, the owners of country houses are forced to remember that at any time the weather can spoil.
Prevent comfortable pastime can rain, hot rays of the sun, dust, gusty wind and, of course, omnipresent insects. With the onset of autumn, the arbors are filled with fallen foliage, storm flows with mud penetrate there. In winter, such premises often makes snow. All this has an adverse effect on materials from which seasonal designs are built.
If you perform standard hard glazing, the cost of enclosing structures will be quite high, especially if you use classic windows with plastic windows.
An alternative can be a new technology for the arrangement of soft windows that are inexpensive, besides, they can be simply and quickly dismantled if necessary.
It should be noted that the usual durable polyethylene in this case cannot be used, since it turns into low -esthetic rags – the material can break from a sharp wind, and under the action of Ufat.
For the arrangement of soft windows, more denser and durable canvases with high technical and operational characteristics are usually used:
- service period – 5-10 years;
- Strength – withstands a throw of a small stone or brick;
- traffic frequency – up to 85%;
- Operation temperature range – from -30 to +60 degrees.
Such a film is very easy to mount. All that you need from the owner of the protected area is to fix the mount, attach the film and close it.
Material in the process of use at elevated temperatures it does not release toxic substances. The combination of these characteristics in combination with a democratic price leads to the fact that the demand for plastic windows today is steadily growing.
Pros and cons
Among the main advantages of film shelters for the windows can be allocated:
- The material does not miss the cold air, therefore it allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature in the room;
- high sound insulation parameters;
- Effective protection against rain and snow, impetuous wind and dust, as well as harmful insects;
- wind and moisture resistance;
- 100% transparency;
- undepair in care;
- ease of installation;
- long operational period.
However, it should be borne in mind that the more often the soft windows are folding and moved – the less they will serve.
It is no coincidence that manufacturers do not recommend removing plastic windows, because during long-term storage they begin to bend and dry. This leads to cracking and loss of operational properties.
Unfortunately, At the cottages are always those who wish to touch, try film windows on strength or remove them. It is characteristic of any owners of the plots, their guests and neighbors, especially younger age. That is why, as practice shows, the windows serve a much less than 10 years.
For the manufacture of soft windows, manufacturers use different polymeric materials. All of them are distinguished by high transparency parameters, increased resistance to adverse weather factors, as well as mechanical load. Films are not deformed under the action of moisture, temperature surges and UV radiation.
Polyvinyl chloride and polyurethane films received the greatest distribution on the market.
- PVC-web. To date, they are the most sought-after version of the soft curtains. They are distinguished by a long operational period without replacing individual fragments. The material is elastic, but durable, resistant to the action of sunlight, high humidity and temperature fluctuations. Polyvinyl chloride is absolutely fireproof, thanks to this, the material can be used to cover the arbors with placed inside dumpan and barbecue grid.
PVC eliminates the appearance and reproduction of fungi, mold and other pathogenic microflora. Polyvinyl chloride windows are offered in stores in the wide range of assortment, because it is possible to choose an optimal model for window openings of absolutely any sizes. There is a large variety over shades, that is, the user can always buy the option, the most harmonious to the exterior and internal design.
Polyvinyl chloride film can be completely either partially transparent, it allows you to shade separate parts of the terrace. Unlike classic glazed frames, prices for which flexible windows from PVC are lower, moreover, they are characterized by all the same properties as the usual glass. The film proposed for sale is usually produced in rolls and has a thickness of 200,500, as well as 650 and 700 microns.
The higher this parameter – the more transparent and durable will be the barrier.
This means that if necessary, the windows can withstand even the most unfavorable external influences and several dismantling cycles. Curtains in 200 and 500 μm are the most budget option, so go into the move for partial shelter of small opening. Thick cloths of 650 and 700 μm are optimal for medium and overall high openings, they are more popular with country householders.
- Polyurethane. This is another popular material for soft windows. It has a slightly smaller parameters of thickness (1 mm, 2 mm and 3 mm), however, on the operational properties is not inferior to PVC delicates, and it even exceeds polyvinl chloride by elasticity. Polyurethane is quite difficult to break and pierce the pointed item.
These are frost-resistant windows, they can be used even at reduced temperatures up to -80 degrees.
In the cold, they are not deformed and do not lose the original species. Polyurethane has a property to reflect ultraviolet, so even under the scorching sun, the material does not overheat. At the same time, the design does not interfere with the hit of light into a feen room. Due to this on loggias and verandas even on the warmest days, a cool microclimate is supported, and in the cold months, on the contrary, heat is held.
Soft polyurethane and PVC windows can be successfully combined with opaque polyester plates with lavsan admixture. Such material is characterized by increased strength and exceptional durability. The combination of materials is very common when the opaque bottom is combined with a transparent top. Thus, it is possible to put additional strength and add aesthetics, since the proposed canvases are available in a wide sample manifold.
Transparent soft windows performs a protective and insulating function. They are resistant to unfavorable atmospheric effects, so they got wide distribution as awnings for arbors, summer terraces.
Soft windows can be a good solution for the shelter of balconies and loggias in urban apartments.
They miss the light, retain heat in a plane-free room and at the same time it is much cheaper than typical window designs. The use of the film allows you to equip the seaside storage locations in these rooms.
The widespread spread of film windows received not only in everyday life, but also on production facilities. At the enterprises of the industrial sector of films from PVC and polyurethane are in demand as curtains on doors and gates. If necessary, they can divide the room into several working areas, for example, to separate the part of the work of the welder from the place where the painters work, the equipment or finished products are worked. In recent years, films were distributed to greenhouse shelter. Under such a protective layer, plants are developing in a comfortable temperature mode, while they are without obstacles consume natural light.
How soft windows are mounted in a gazebo or on the veranda, look in the video.