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Privacy Screens and Snow – Is It a Good Idea?

With fall a few weeks away, temperatures will begin to drop sooner than we realize. The end of summer is a good time to revisit & assess methods to safeguard property during the colder months of the year. Blowing and drifting snow can be a real problem during the winter months. Snowdrifts block driveways, hamper work on construction sites, make driving unsafe, and create many problems in parking lots. Preventing drifts and other accumulations of snow is, therefore, a high priority in many parts of the country. We have been asked whether our privacy screen mesh will work as a snow barrier. The answer depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

A privacy screen mesh is primarily intended to be a visual obstruction. For example, a construction company may not want the general public to see what is being built until the final stages of the project. A homeowner may want a certain amount of privacy around his/her property until such time as trees and shrubbery can be planted.

As a snow barrier, a privacy screen mesh would work to some degree. However, it might not be ideal when there is heavy snowfall. Allow us to explain the rationale behind it.

Blowing and Drifting Snow

The biggest problem with snow is the blowing and drifting. Wind picks up snow and carries it great distances, dropping it seemingly indiscriminately in locations where it is most inconvenient. Nevertheless, how, and why, does this happen?

Winds high enough to blow snow must also be relatively close to the ground in order to be problematic. The blowing snow remains airborne only as long as wind speed remains consistent. If wind speeds slow down, even momentarily, the snow loses its momentum and falls to the ground. This is what creates snowdrifts. This natural law of physics is behind the design of the orange and yellow snow fences you can buy at the DIY store.

If you have seen one of these snow fences, you know that they do not look as if they would be very effective because the gaps between individual ‘links’ are so great. Nonetheless, those gaps are the secret to the success of the snow fence. They allow the wind to keep blowing through, yet they slow it down just enough to cause the snow to lose its momentum and fall to the ground. Anyone who has used a snow fence knows that a drift will form a few feet in front of the fence while the area on the other side remains clear of snow.

Privacy Screen Vs a Snow Fence

Privacy screen mesh is obviously a much denser product. It will not slow down the wind as much as stop it in its tracks. Therefore, as a snow barrier, there are a couple of things to consider. First is the wind speed. If the wind is strong enough to cause blowing and drifting snow, will it be strong enough to damage privacy screen mesh? Perhaps. That is why a privacy screen product is installed using heavy-duty metal posts spaced appropriately. A snow fence, on the other hand, can be supported by just a few wooden strips placed every 8 to 10 feet.

The other thing to consider is where the wind will go once it hits the privacy screen. Some of it will go through, or up and over the screen, while the rest will travel down the fence line until it finds an escape route. This will likely result in the majority of the snow piling up in a single location. Interestingly enough, you will see the snow pile up on both sides of the fence line as well.

It should be clear by now as to which situations are better to utilize a privacy screen mesh when it’s snowing. In a pinch however, it can be useful to some degree.

What You Need to Know about Mesh Privacy Screens

If you’ve driven past a large-scale suburban landscaping project, you have likely seen mesh privacy screening being used on the perimeter of the job site. Mesh privacy screens are an easy and affordable way to block off a job site from curious eyes and trespassers. And when the project is done, it comes down fairly easily.

Mytee Products offers mesh privacy screening in a number of different sizes and colors. Ours are made with tight knit woven polyethylene fabric that blocks visibility at 85%. Each of our privacy screen products is also UV resistant. Before you purchase, there are some important things you need to know.


Color Choices

The industry standard colors for mesh privacy screens are black and green. You can pay more with some other companies for additional colors and custom printed screens, but the expense is probably not worth it for a temporary screening solution that will only be up for a set amount of time. The choice between plain black and green really comes down to aesthetics.

We have found that construction companies tend to prefer black screening. Landscapers and residential customers prefer green. There really is no difference in terms of performance. However, green might be a better choice in areas where excessive temperatures and continual sun is an issue. Remember that black absorbs sun and heat. Working anywhere near a black screen in high temperature areas can be uncomfortable.

Installation and Framing

Mesh privacy screens are normally installed on top of chain-link fencing. The chain-link fence is installed to keep people off the property with the mesh screen acting as nothing more than a visual barrier. The plastic tie downs provided with the screen are all you will need to attach the material to the fence. For the most aesthetically pleasing installation, attach the privacy screen to the exterior of the fence.

In other cases, a project might be such that it does not warrant investment in a chain-link fence. These types of projects usually utilize wood or steel posts that are driven into the ground temporarily. If you are going to go this route, make sure each post is reinforced with a support post staked to the ground. Even though privacy screen is mesh, it can still catch the wind. Failing to reinforce posts is a good way to lose your privacy screening on a breezy day.

Residential Uses

Mesh privacy screening is not just for construction sites and landscaping jobs. We have had some customers purchase them in order to achieve privacy in their yards without having to invest in stockade fencing. What is the advantage? Stockade fencing is expensive and requires constant care. A chain-link fence with a mesh privacy screen can be installed and pretty much forgotten about.

Privacy screens are also a great option around swimming pools. Enclosing your pool lets you enjoy swimming or laying out in the sun without attracting attention from passers-by. Your pool also becomes less of the temptation to neighborhood kids because they cannot see it from the street.

As a side note, be sure to check with your local code enforcement office before installing privacy screen mesh around your home on a permanent basis. Some municipalities require a permit and inspection. It shouldn’t be a big deal if they are required, so there’s no need to take the risk of not checking.

Mytee Products carries both four and a six-foot privacy mesh products. Please contact us if you need a different size. We can work with you to supply the product you need.

Block the Unwanted Sights by Fence Privacy Screen

Privacy screen is used as a barrier between the court yards. The privacy screen is installed to block the views from the outside and also for the security. These fences in addition help you to cover the construction work in progress.

There are different types of fence privacy screen available in the market like brick walls, wooden partitions, wrought iron, chain link, mesh etc. A mesh privacy screen is the most commonly used screen in the commercial and residential area. It is also very easy to install this screen than installing brick walls and other types of privacy screen.

A very high quality tightly knit woven polyethylene material is used in making privacy screen. It is very durable and can last for many years. The material that is used in this screen is a breathable and so allows the fresh air to pass through it.

The privacy screen comes with woven eyelets so that the screen can be easily attached to the fence. These screens come in many different sizes and colors you can choose one based on your requirements. Some companies also provide custom made privacy screens if you have specific requirements and want some special print on the screen like a company logo or other designs.

The different types of fence screen include:

Residential privacy screen – these screens are made for the residential houses and can help you to block the views from the outsiders.

Construction site privacy screen – the screens made to cover the construction sites are different than the screens made for the residential purpose. They are used to cover the work in progress views.

Custom printed privacy screen – if you have a special logo or preference of designs that you want on the privacy fence screen then you can have that printed for you.

Apart from the above option you already have a choice of different colors for the screen.

Benefits of fence privacy screen:

  • Printed fences look very attractive and if you have custom made designs on it your screen will be unique.
  • These screens are cost effective, easy to install and durable.
  • Thanks to the advanced technologies, these fences are now made using acoustic materials.
  • These fences provide you peaceful environment.
  • The mesh privacy screen requires low maintenance.
  • These privacy screen are very durable and do not tear, peel or get corroded.
  • You have a wide choice of colors and designs.
  • One of the key benefits of this privacy screen is that you can do it yourself and use your creativity in putting up your own privacy fence screen.

Privacy fence screens are attractive; they block the unwanted sights and give you sense of security round the clock. If you visit e-commerce sites you will see that the privacy screens are available in basically two combinations i.e. 4’ x 50’ and 6’ x 50’. These lengths and heights can be altered to meet your specifications and the cost of the screen depends on the material and the quality of fabric that is used to make them.