In general Before you begin:

  • If screens will be near the inter-coastal or ocean, they will require stainless steel Tapcons and Universal (if screen can be operated manually)
  • Diagram building with all openings and number each opening that will be screened
  • Screens are rectangular. Look for anything within 5" of vertical opening sides and 18" above opening that might interfere
  • When determining screen left/right directions: look at the front of each screen's hood. Your left is the screen's left


plan EACH OPENING:


  • Determine which way the screen's hood should be facing: inward (toward building) or outward (away from building)  
  • What kind of material will the side track be fastened to: wood, filled concrete block (CBS), poured concrete, iron/aluminum

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          Gladiator side tracks are 3 1/4" wide. 

The following table shows the outside edge distance from edge of the opening

Resulting Outside Edge of Track
MaterialEdge DistOutside Edge of Each Track
CBS5"5 1/2"
Poured Concrete4 1/8"4 5/8"
Wood3 5/8"4 1/8
Iron/Alum0"3 1/4"

Example: 100" wide opening in a CBS wall, the resulting screen will be 110" wide. 


  • Determine if opening is trapped on one, both sides, top and/or bottom. If trapped it may require an angle(s) or tube(s).
  • Determine if the screen will be surface mounted (back of tracks mounted flat against wall), partially enclosed (hood or tracks) or fully enclosed (hood and tracks)
  • Determine if the walls are flat. If not, build out (shims, tubes or angles) may be required
  • If screen is to be mounted perpendicular to a side wall, you may require a tube or angle to mount to wall and to track
  • Identify which side of screen (left or right) is the best for location of controls (motor, motor/gear, gear)
  • Two screens meeting less than the "hood distance" (i.e. if hood size = 8", than "hood distance" = 8") of the corner, will require that one screen must be stacked (one raised higher than the other).  Example: If two 10" hoods are each located greater than 10" from corner, they do not need to be stacked. If both 10" hoods are equal to 10" from corner, they do not need to be stacked. If one or both 10" hoods are less than 10" from corner, they must be stacked.
  • Identify how electric will be run to each screen. Each screen requires a grounded 110vac and  draws 3 amps of current when operating. Each screen must be able to be electrically turned on/off independent of the others. This can be done by just installing a duplex plug outlet and plugging the screen in like a toaster. All screens can be on the same electrical circuit as long as the breaker is sized for 3 amps per screen. Ten screens, no less than 30 amp breaker.

Gladiator Screen system Planing