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How Are PVC Strip Doors Fitted?

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PVC strip curtains and doors offer the best method of temperature control and defence against contaminants in any industrial setting – both internally and externally. They are made from tough, high-quality PVC and come in varying grades of weight and thickness depending on where they are to be sited.

PVC strip doors are most effective when they are made to measure and can withstand high volumes of traffic both pedestrian and mechanised. Their effectiveness also depends on them being fitted correctly. With this in mind, read our guide on how to fit PVC strip doors.

Your PVC Strip Doors Will Come as a Kit

You will be supplied with all the fittings you need to hang your PVC strip doors successfully so before you begin, make sure you have everything you need including any safety ladders and other equipment. Make sure that you have ordered enough hook-on hanging rails to fit the doorway and also that the place where the PVC strips are to be fitted is strong enough to take the weight.

Step 1 Fit The Hanging Rail

The hanging rails are pre-drilled enabling you to fit them to either wall or ceiling and you will be supplied with the correct number of screws and rawl-plugs for concrete or masonry fixing. Please note that for steel surrounds, RSJs, UPVC or wooden door frames you will need to use the appropriate fixings. The hanging rails are generally 1 metre long for ease of handling and these are to be fitted end to end above the doorway. Make sure the hooks are hanging downwards as these will be where you hang the PVC strips from. Be careful not to fit the hanging rail flush to the side wall of the aperture because the PVC strips will sometimes need to extend beyond the edge of the hanging rail.

Step 2 Hang The PVC Strips

Each PVC strip will have a steel or polycarbonate plate attached to one end which is the part you will fix to the hanging rail. They come neatly rolled up and you should have enough strips to cover the width of the aperture. Don’t worry if the bottom ends seem slightly curled up – they will straighten out after a short time.

When you hang the first row of PVC strips – make sure they all have the same side of the hanging plate facing outwards – you will need to leave a gap between each strip and this will depend on the width of your PVC and what type of overlap you want. See the table for how many hooks to leave as a gap.

PVC Type Number of hooks gap for maximum overlap Number of hooks gap for minimum overlap
200 mm 1 3
300 mm 1 3
400 mm 1 5

Once you are sure you have the correct spacing between each PVC strip on the first row you can hang the second row. Each strip on the second row must be hung over the gaps on the first row but be sure this time to turn the PVC strips around so that the other side of the hanging plate is then facing outwards. PVC strips have a sectional curve so by alternating them in the way described the strips will interlock for added strength and security.

Trim To Fit

After you have hung all your PVC strips all you need to do then is trim each one, using a sharp Stanley knife, to no more than 10 mm above the floor level.

With care and regular cleaning using water and mild detergent your PVC strip doors will last many years.

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