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We all value our privacy but especially in our gardens and backyards.

Our clients build privacy fences to keep the neighbors from looking at their homes.

They also put up privacy screens around certain spots, just to create a little place of their own.

Customers often build privacy fences, when a screen would do, and at other times the opposite is true.

What is the difference between fencing and privacy screens and which is the best option for your home?

According to the Fence Supply Online resident team of experts, there are a few answers to the two questions.

Some of the differences between fencing and privacy screens are:

  • Size matters when it comes to privacy
  • Privacy screens are often part of the garden design
  • There are material differences too
  • Privacy fences may need planning permits
  • Screens are perfect on patios

Let’s take a closer look at each point.

Size matters when it comes to privacy

This is a crucial difference between fencing and privacy screens.

A screen may be of only one or two panels, keeping a sun-bathing area in the garden private for you and the family.

A fence, in contrast, is a more significant construction running along the boundary and providing security, privacy and marking your property.

The privacy screen may be taller and broader than the fence, but it is only a few panels on a smaller piece of land.

Privacy screens are often part of the garden design

Due to their smaller size and positioning, the privacy screen can add a touch of something different to the garden design.

Take a look at the privacy screens of friends and neighbors. They may be of box hedging or maybe even a few doors redesigned to look quirky in the garden.

While a fence may be part of the garden design, it tends to be more in the background than center stage.

You can add color and ornaments to a privacy screen which may not be possible to do with a fence.

There are material differences too

If you want a fence to last, and who doesn’t, then you will need to purchase one of a durable material.

Proper fences are of vinyl, wood, iron, and aluminum — materials which will last the tests of time and may outlast your ownership of the property.

Though a privacy screen will last too, it can be of anything from hedging to trees to a brick wall, as well as being a couple of well-placed fence panels.

Planning laws, and the local Homeowners Association, may also restrict you on the material you can use on a fence.

The same will not be true of a privacy screen around your patio, though do check before you build.

Privacy fences may need planning permits

If you go for the privacy fence option as the way to keep your property free of prying eyes, then you may need a permit.

A contractor will know what’s what with permits but if you are a DIY person then give your local building officer a call.

It may surprise you what you can and cannot build, with the laws around height, style, material, and color.

Often people go for the privacy screen over the fence, as there are fewer restrictions when it comes to regulations.

Screens are perfect on patios

You may want an open-plan patio where the kids can run in and out all day long.

There may be parts of the patio close to a neighbor’s home, or even where the breeze gets a bit cold at night.

The privacy screen will solve the problem of keeping the patio open but parts of it private.

There are some great designs and ideas for privacy screens, which go perfectly on a patio or a similar area.

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We can advise what will work and which is the best option.

Our experts have seen a lot and know more than a few answers.

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