Building a Barrier? Why Not Nets?

May 24, 2017

Netting can be the perfect solution for temporary and lightweight barriers.

Sometimes the solution to a costly, nagging problem comes as the Eureka moment when creative thinking is applied. For example, think of situations where people (or animals) need to be kept from veering into certain areas. This could be for safety, security or other reasons like protecting delicate and valuable items from being handled and disrupted. How can you best accomplish this without building walls or rigid enclosures?

Planners and engineers will devise various kinds of light construction methods to build temporary or lightly constructed barriers to protect what’s behind them. They might even toil over the problem by trying to figure out exactly what type of structural and barrier materials to use while minimizing the cost.

The best solution might become clear by gazing at a spider’s masterfully woven web. It stops every juicy bug that daringly or unwittingly tries to pass though. The spider’s brilliantly engineered barrier not only blocks the bugs from getting by but it also catches dinner as a bonus!

Look but don’t touch!

People are curious creatures and some of us like to wander around and explore our surroundings. That might include going into places and touching things that owners wish to keep relatively secure and unhandled.

During building renovations, foot traffic often needs to be routed with physical structures. This is of course to keep people moving in the directions they need to go as well as keep them away from areas they shouldn’t be in or near. This need is also very common within the venues of various public & private events – both indoors and out.

Don’t go there!

Wherever the risks of theft and damage are relatively low, netting will often be a fast, relatively inexpensive and highly effective way to form a protective barrier around sensitive areas. In many cases, the visual presence alone of a net as a barrier effectively discourages unwanted foot traffic and curiosity seeking.

Barrier nets are widely deployed to keep four-legged and winged creatures from going where they shouldn’t. Animal and bird deterrent nets are used widely and effectively in agriculture. Why not apply the same deterrence benefits of netting to industrial areas, construction sites and entertainment venues to deter humans from going where we shouldn’t? Netting makes perfect sense in so many situations when you think about it.

Safety concerns and barriers to entry can sometimes go hand in hand. OSHA now recognizes that nets offer an appropriate safety solution in many construction and industrial settings. Nets can be fitted to existing structures where needed for added measures of safety and deterrence. For example, netting can readily be mated with guardrails to prevent people from falling or moving through spaces between midrails and balusters.

There’s a net for that!

Nets and netting systems are extremely versatile products that can be engineered for so many situational requirements. What’s your specific application? Have you struggled with a cost effective solution to build a light barrier as a means to direct traffic and ban or discourage entry from certain areas? Whether there’s already a net for it, or there could be a net designed for it, Pucuda Leading Edge can find or create the solution for you.

Designing and manufacturing customized netting for special applications is something that we look forward to every day. It’s important for our clients to have confidence in our complete understanding of netting solutions and technology. Our engineers and netting specialists can work with you to customize a barrier net that will do the job and possibly save you a lot of money. We can determine exactly what kind of net you’ll need in terms of strength, thickness, fineness, tautness and aesthetics.

Need a netting solution that physically keeps people (and pets) away from an area and also looks good? Please feel free to contact us and speak with a netting specialist today.

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