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Now more than ever, homes are closer than ever before. There is a good chance you can easily see into your neighbors yard without even trying. While this is necessary as cities continue to grow, it doesn’t stop how unsettling it can be to know people around you can see and hear everything you do.
While a fence is a good way to keep your backyard at least a little bit private, sometimes it might not be enough. For example, your fence might not be high enough to give you any privacy on your deck. And with your deck likely being one the most popular places to spend your outdoors time, you likely want that area to have a little bit of privacy. If not, passer-by’s and neighbors alike will be able to easily see or hear anything going on.
One of the best options in these scenarios and others like them is to utilize a privacy screen. A privacy screen is a panel that will help to conceal certain areas around your home or yard.
It differs from a privacy fence in that it is usually reserved for smaller areas, whereas a privacy fence will surround your entire property. While we mentioned their use with tall decks, privacy screens can essentially be built and installed anywhere where you want a little more privacy. It could be to cover your patio, to provide privacy for your pool or hot tub or even for your garden.
They can come in a wide range of different shapes, sizes, designs and colors. So no matter where you need it or what you need it for, there is a good chance you will be able to find a privacy screen that works for you. Privacy screens have a number of different benefits, most notably being able to maintain privacy in areas that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Another benefit is that these privacy screens can actually improve the aesthetics of your home. They can be a great design addition to your yard and add to the overall style of the home.
These privacy screens can also increase the value of your home. Everyone likes a private backyard sanctuary, so having a privacy screen is something many buyers will be happy about. Also, the privacy screen can provide a little bit of protection from the wind, sun, rain and other environmental factors.
Once you know a privacy screen is right for you and your needs, it is time to decide the materials you want to create your privacy screen out of. The material you choose will depend on a variety of things like your budget, your current yard décor, where you will primarily have the screen and more.
One of the most common types of materials in privacy screens is wood. While affordable, wood can take a lot of work to maintain and keep looking great. Initially, it will need to both be stained and painted to protect against the elements. Also, no matter what you do, there is a chance that discoloration, rotting, chipping or splintering will occur, especially in areas with inclement weather.
While some types of metals like iron are used, they are prone to rusting and can be unforgiving if anyone or anything accidently runs into them. Also, during a hot summer day a large piece of metal can become incredibly hot to the touch.
These are some of the most common materials to use, but another that has many supporters is vinyl. So why vinyl? Well, there are several different reasons why people see vinyl as the best option for privacy screens, and we’ll take a look at a few of them now.
Unlike metal and wood especially, vinyl screens require a much smaller amount of maintenance to keep them looking their best. They will not suffer from rust, will not rot, and shouldn’t become discolored. Basically, as long as you wash your vinyl privacy screen with some water every now and then, you’re good. This will also save you money in the long run as you won’t need to waste money on stain, paint and other maintenance-related costs.
Unlike many other materials, vinyl will actually flex and move along with the wind in some instances, which can maintain the integrity of the material. Despite this, it is still strong enough to withstand harsh winds, rains and storms.
There are a few reasons why vinyl is often easier to install and build. First of all, it’s a lightweight material and is easy to move around. Secondly, vinyl pieces and materials are often designed to fit with one another, so installation will be much faster.
If you are curious about more of the many benefits of using vinyl, or are interested in purchasing or installing a vinyl privacy screen, don’t hesitate to reach out to Vinyl Impressions. We have been in the industry since 2000 and have worked on everything from vinyl fences to vinyl privacy screens and everything in between.
We pride ourselves on only using high quality materials and products, and will never compromise in that department. Whether you only purchase materials from us, or have us install your new privacy screen, we want you to be satisfied and have a great experience from start to finish.