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Providing the best environment for livestock and crops is one crucial element for a thriving agricultural venture.

Whether you’re a seasoned farmer looking to revamp your existing barn curtain system with PP fabrics, or a greenhouse aficionado seeking to optimize your plant paradise, we’ve got you covered.

From agricultural curtain benefits to considerations to exploring different barn curtain and side wall options, this blog will equip you with the knowledge to make informed decisions and elevate your farming game.

What Is an Agricultural Curtain?

What Is an Agricultural Curtain Made Of?

Agricultural curtains, sometimes called barn curtains or roll-up curtains, are plastic material partitions for barns, livestock enclosures, or greenhouses. As the exterior wall of an agricultural structure, they protect animals and crops from the weather, regulate and ventilate airflow, control temperature, and can be used internally to create separate areas within the structure.

You’ll find them on dairy farms, poultry houses, greenhouses, agricultural storage facilities, and other agrarian settings where farmers use them to create a more comfortable and efficient working environment for themselves, livestock, and crops.

Agricultural Curtain Benefits

Agricultural curtain systems offer a range of benefits for agricultural operations. They perform essential functions that support the well-being of livestock, the protection of crops and equipment, and the overall efficiency of farming practices.

These benefits are explained in more detail below:

Natural Ventilation and Airflow

Agricultural curtains can be opened or closed to control airflow, allowing fresh air to enter and stagnant air to exit. This ventilation reduces odors, prevents moisture buildup, and helps ameliorate the spread of pathogens in poultry barns, livestock barns and greenhouses.

Weather Protection

Agricultural curtains protect against the weather by blocking the barn or greenhouse’s interior from the external environment. Made from durable materials like heavy-duty plastic fabrics, these curtains shield the interior from rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures.

Temperature Control

During hot summer months, barn curtains block direct sunlight while still enabling airflow to keep barns and greenhouses cool. Conversely, they prevent heat loss in colder months and maintain a warm environment for animals and plants while enabling ventilation to control relative humidity.

Natural Lighting

Natural Lighting

Agricultural curtain and barn curtain systems allow natural light to enter structures, reducing the need for artificial lighting during the day. This can create a more pleasant atmosphere for animals or plants and save energy by reducing electricity consumption.

Privacy and Security

Agricultural curtains block the view from outside the barn and create a sense of separation between different areas of the structure. The type of barn curtain or roll-up curtain that is best for providing privacy will depend on the specific needs of the operation. However, polypropylene or vinyl fabric curtains offer more privacy than curtains made from woven polyethylene.

Customization and Flexibility

Agricultural and barn curtains come in many sizes and configurations, and are typically custom manufactured per the customer’s specifications. Customers can choose between different plastic fabric types, such as polypropylene, like those made by Renegade Plastics, or vinyl and woven polyethylene offered by numerous manufacturers. The curtains can be further customized with roll-up or drop-down mechanisms that can be manually operated or even automated.

Cost Savings

Investing in high-quality agricultural curtain systems can save you money. Not only do higher quality curtains last longer, thereby avoiding repeat purchase of cheaper polyethylene curtains, but polypropylene and vinyl curtains offer improved temperature regulation and ventilation, therefore they help reduce energy costs associated with heating, cooling, and artificial lighting. They can also protect your barn from weather-related damage, saving you money on repairs and replacements.

How Does an Agricultural Curtain Work?

Agricultural curtains can be attached to the structure through a variety of mechanisms, like spring wire and lock channels. One side of the curtain has a pocket fabricated along its length, through which a pole can be inserted, that is then connected to the raising or lowering mechanism.

There are two broad categories of operating mechanisms for agricultural curtains, both of which can be operated either manually or an automated (motorized) configuration:

  • Drop-down curtains: can be lowered to the ground or into a specialized storage trough. These can be lowered very quickly, and then raised back to the desired height. Drop-down curtains are however at risk of damage along the ground or from rodents.
  • Roll-up curtains: are raised to achieve the desired ventilation. While roll-up curtains are more costly, they reduce wear and tear that commonly occurs with drop-down curtains.

Manual vs. Automated Curtains

Manual curtains are raised by a hand crank, requiring attention and time from staff. This can be incredibly challenging in sudden inclement weather.

Although automated curtains require less direct attention, their motors need periodic maintenance. The motors’ controls manage the opening and closing of curtains based on the desired temperature and weather conditions.

Rain and temperature sensors are helpful ventilation management tools. If direct sunlight or wind-blown rain affects a particular section of curtains, the curtain controls can automatically adjust the needed panels accordingly.

What Is an Agricultural Curtain Made Of?

What Is an Agricultural Curtain?

Traditionally, agricultural curtains have been made from PVC (vinyl) fabrics and woven PE materials. However, due to environmental concerns, a more sustainable alternative has emerged in the form of PP-fabric curtains. PP-fabric curtains, such as those made by Herculite using Renegade fabrics, are a mid-weight and cost-effective option that aims to replace short-lived woven PE curtains.

Poly-Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Fabric

Vinyl fabric comprises a layer of scrim and a woven mesh of polyester fibers coated or laminated on both sides with PVC. This creates a solid material that is UV- and mold/mildew-resistant. Vinyl fabrics can be sewn or heat welded to create pockets for tent installation.

Vinyl curtains tend to be more durable because tears or cuts are less likely to continue separating due to the PVC layers that give the curtains more consistency, allowing them to
resist more wear and tear. However, cheaper off-brand laminated vinyl fabrics should be avoided because they are often made with cheap adhesives and can delaminate very quickly.

Polyethylene (PE) Fabric

In contrast, PE fabric is constructed by weaving individual polyethylene strips together to form a solid curtain material. The tight weave ensures a sturdy fabric.

While woven PE curtains are cheap, if the PE fabric is worn through or torn, the curtain’s scrim may unravel, reducing its lifespan. Fraying PE curtains are also a source of microplastic pollution on farms, as the small strands of plastic can quickly unravel and escape into the agricultural structure or surrounding environment. Due to PE curtains’ susceptibility to damage, they come with a shorter warranty period.

Polypropylene (PP) Fabric

Polypropylene (PP) fabric is a flexible material with widespread use across diverse industries, including agriculture, where it has gained popularity for applications like agricultural curtains. The remarkable advantages of PP fabric contribute to its appeal.

Its lightweight yet robust nature grants outstanding strength and resilience, ensuring prolonged use without succumbing to damage. Moreover, PP fabric is a lightweight alternative to heavier PVC fabric curtains, but with greater abrasion resistance compared to woven PE curtains.

Additionally, its resistance to chemicals renders it well-suited for agricultural settings. Considering these benefits, PP fabric is ideal for crafting superior and more sustainable barn curtains.

Selecting Barn Curtain: 7 Factors to Consider

Selecting Barn Curtain: 7 Factors to Consider

The appropriate agricultural curtain or barn curtain is essential for establishing an ideal agricultural environment. From climate suitability and durability to cost-effectiveness and sustainability, here are seven crucial factors to consider when selecting agricultural curtains.

1. Climate Considerations

Things such as local temperature extremes, humidity levels, and prevailing weather patterns will influence the type of curtain best suited for your needs. For example, curtains with insulation properties may be necessary for areas with harsh winters, while curtains with good airflow capabilities are better for hot and humid climates.

2. Durability

Consider the expected lifespan of the barn curtain when making your decision. The specific demands of your farming operation will determine the factors most important to you. For example, if you live in a wet climate, you will need a curtain resistant to moisture. If your operation is in an area with strong winds, polypropylene or vinyl curtains will be more appropriate than woven polyethylene curtains.

3. Curtain Quality


Purchasing higher-quality fabric for your barn curtains may require a larger initial investment, but it will likely save you money in the long run. Cheaper curtains break down quickly and require frequent repairs or replacements. This is costly and time-consuming and can also disrupt your farming operations.

A quality curtain will last two to three times longer than lower-quality curtains. It will also be more resistant to rips, tears, and other forms of damage, meaning you will need to repair or replace it less often, saving you money.

In addition to being more durable, a quality curtain will provide a more consistent environment for your animals. It will block out unwanted heat or cold, and it will also help to prevent the spread of mold and mildew. A good-quality curtain improves the health and well-being of your animals or crops and protects your barn or greenhouse.

4. Cost-Effectiveness

Other factors to consider include energy savings, reduced maintenance, and potential cost savings in repairs or replacements. A higher-quality curtain with a longer lifespan may provide better value over time compared to a cheaper option that needs frequent replacement or requires higher energy consumption

5. Curtain Color

Agricultural curtains come in various colors that affect the amount of light that enters the barn. Clear or translucent curtains allow the most light to filter through, which can reduce energy costs by minimizing the need for daytime electric lighting.
On the other hand, blackout curtains allow the least light into the barn. This can be important for light-sensitive animals such as poultry or certain plant species, where controlling the exposure to light helps effectively manage their productivity.

6. Sustainability

Natural Lighting

Look for curtains made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled plastics or materials that offer recycling options at the end of their lifespan. Additionally, curtains with reduced chemical additives or those designed to minimize microplastic debris can be desirable for environmentally conscious farming operations.

7. Installation Time and Costs

Choosing roll-up or drop-down curtains will affect installation time and cost, while vinyl and polypropylene curtains are more expensive than woven polyethylene curtains, but last much longer.

Make the Right Choice with Renegade’s Top-Notch PP Fabrics for Agricultural Curtains or Barn Curtains

Renegade Plastics offers top-notch polypropylene (PP) fabrics for barn curtains. PP is known for its strength, durability, and sustainability. Herculite manufactures and distributes curtains made from Renegade’s PP fabrics, which are long-lasting and recyclable. Renegade recommends PP for its outstanding qualities and reduced environmental impact.

Contact us today to learn more about our premium PP fabrics and how they can enhance your farming operation. Experience the excellence of Herculite’s barn curtains made with Renegade for optimal performance and a more sustainable future.

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