While we design our breakaway and retractable nets to be safe to use in inclement weather, it is best practice to store nets that are not in use during winter. Storing nets for the winter helps to extend the net’s life in a few ways.
Freezing temperatures can significantly reduce the lifespan of outdoor netting by making them brittle and eventually fraying. Nets that absorb water when it snows or rains and are then frozen can become brittle. This effect is due to the rapid change in temperature and state of the net itself, going from wet to frozen solid.
When storing netting for the winter, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a happy unboxing in the Spring.
Keeping your netting dry is paramount. The reason to bring the netting down during winter is to avoid dramatic temperature changes; this starts by keeping the netting dry. In storage, a wet net can lead to mold growth or the attraction of unwanted pests. The best way to keep your net dry is to store it in a sealed, airtight container that can keep moisture and pests out.
Another potential source of damage to your netting in storage is pests like rodents that may chew holes in the netting. A large enough hole in a large net can compromise the structural integrity of the entire thing. The risk of having to replace your net is a second reason to invest in a sealed, airtight container that can keep moisture and pests out.
If storing your nets isn’t feasible, or you need to use them throughout the winter, one way to help your net last throughout the winter is to ensure that snow doesn’t collect on it, weighing it down and causing damage to its structure.
Whether you can store your netting for the winter or not, there are steps to take to ensure they last as long as possible. If your nets have been through one too many winters and you need a solution, we have the expertise and experience to create a custom netting solution for your needs in any weather.
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