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.
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 the 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 the 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.
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 for 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 a 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 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.