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What to Consider When Buying Custom Volleyball Nets

Custom volleyball nets can be built to any size and are primarily used for containment purposes, like in backyard courts, or gyms.

Volleyball nets are lighter weight than nets used for other sports, like baseball, because the mesh size is larger. Standard volleyball netting has a mesh size of 4 inches.

4 in Mesh Size

4 in Mesh Size

There are three things to consider when purchasing a custom volleyball net; the size of the net, the material the net is made of, and how thick the twine is, also known as the gauge of the net.

When determining the dimensions of your custom volleyball net, it is best to add a couple of inches to the height and length of your net. This extra netting will help ensure that you don’t install your net “trampoline tight.” Having constant, increased tension on the net will shorten the lifespan of net.

There are two material types available for custom volleyball nets; Poly and Nylon. Poly is less expensive than Nylon, but it’s less durable, which means it won’t last as long as Nylon. While the lifespan for Poly isn’t as long as Nylon, Poly is an inherently weather resistant material, and doesn’t require any additional treatments, like NetSeal, to help weatherproof it.

The second material option, Nylon, is more expensive than Poly, but it is also more durable, which means that it will have a longer lifespan than Poly. Nylon by itself, however, is not a weather resistant material. If you’re planning on using your custom volleyball net outdoors, always make sure to add a weatherproofing material like NetSeal, which is a latex dip to keep the moisture out of the net.

To help extend the life of your custom volleyball net, be sure to store it indoors during the off-season.

Another aspect of the netting material, is the gauge, or how thick the twine of the net is. Volleyball nets are available in 18 and 36 gauge. Remember: the higher the number, the thicker the gauge, and the longer the lifespan of your net. Volleyball netting typically doesn’t receive a high amount of direct or repetitive impact, compared to a sport such as baseball or golf. The main job of volleyball barrier netting is to knock down the occasional stray ball, and keep it contained inside the facility. As a result, #18 mesh is often adequate for the majority of applications. Heavy duty #36 mesh is also available for harsh environments, where wind, sun & moisture are big factors. #36 is also well-suited for those clients looking for netting that will last 10-20 years, since the thicker twine will take longer to deteriorate. Some of our clients also prefer the more professional look of #36 over #18, due to the more formidable appearance.

For a closer look at volleyball netting, please take a look at our Net Examiner.

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