Different types of curtains for weather protection: drop curtain vs slide track curtain (or traverse curtain)

February 12, 2019

​Curtains for your business or backyard come in various types, colors, and systems. Curtains for weather protection come in two main types: Drop Curtain or Slide Track/Traverse Curtain. The two use the same types of specialty fabric but are operationally different.

PictureDrop Curtain with Vinyl Windows

​​Weather protection curtains are typically made from fabrics that include acrylics, polyvinyl, canvas, and other types of special textiles. The deployment of the curtains can either be “dropped” or slid/traversed; let’s take a quick look at the differences between the two.

PictureDrop Curtain with Vinyl Windows at PS 818

Drop Curtain

  • The curtains in a drop system are literally lowered down to cover the desired area.
  • The curtains are made to be either flat or combined with vinyl windows.
  • The curtains create a solid wall once they are “dropped” down and can be combined with other drop curtains to create a “room” outdoors.
  • Drop curtains can be attached to awnings and other shade structures.
  • The curtains can be rolled up and put out of site.

PictureSlide Track or Traverse Curtains

Slide or Traverse Curtain

  • Much like the curtains you see in your home, slide or traverse curtains are gathered up to the sides and drawn open or closed by using a track or pole as a guide.
  • The curtains slide along the track or traverse along a pole using rings or other hardware that is attached to the cloth of the curtain.
  • The outdoor drop curtains can be designed with folds and other patterns, much like the curtains you see in your home can be.
  • Slide or traverse curtains end up being pulled to the sides, and thus, can be seen when not in use. 

​The above is just a short, basic list of the differences between drop and slide/traverse curtains. For more information bout these two products, contact your local awning shop or let us know how we can help you by visiting us at www.americanawningabc.com.
For more about what we do feel free to contact us. For more information about awnings and other shade structures, visit us online at American Awning & Blind Co. at http://americanawningabc.com. (Our California Contractors License is #999050). Or give us a call at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at info@americanawningabc.com