Construction Windscreen on Your Project? Tips for Architects and Construction Project Planners.
Don't get caught on your next building project plans if the site requires construction screening. Larry Brown, owner of Midwest Cover a national windscreen manufacturer and distributor, provides architects and construction site managers with tips and things to consider if the next job requires temporary fence screening.
But a little knowledge goes a long way with windscreen, Brown says. Armed with a few commonsense guidelines, architects can plan for and work windscreen into their next construction project without a problem.
Privacy, debris and dust control are the three main uses for construction windscreen. And not surprisingly, jobs with significant excavation, or in busy areas, are where local codes typically require windscreen installation. If the site is in a busy area, or creating a lot of dust from site activity, windscreen should, and probably must, be in the project spec.
"Privacy issues are probably the biggest reason for which sites are required to have windscreen," says Brown. He adds: "Privacy works both ways. In busy areas worker distractions can also be an issue. It makes for a cleaner, more productive work site inside and out."
To get a rough idea of material requirements, Brown says figure the entire square footage of chain link fence from tension bar to tension bar. "This ensures custom fabric installs easily and fits well."
Another issue to consider is material grade. Brown says use material at least 5 ounces per square yard or the installation won't last more than a few days. There are a variety of material grade depending on site duration and environment. "We recommend securing with break-away tie wraps so screen will release if high winds occur and damage to fence can be avoided." He also recommends using UV-stabilized ties to make sure of quality.
"With windscreen taller than six feet, I would say using ties is a necessity," Brown adds.
Finally Brown mentions that frequently projects don't realize the opportunity for brand building with full color logos and digital graphics that can be imprinted on custom windscreen.
"For the same reason you are required to have windscreen in busy neighborhoods is the reason why it is a great opportunity to promote the building or the company building it," Brown says. Recently Midwest Cover custom manufactured the screening for the Trump site in Chicago, where the windscreen surrounding the project became a prime piece of marketing real estate itself.
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