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Reservoir Lattice Factory

41 Banbury Road, Reservoir VIC 3073

Decorative screens are an integral part of home decor. Initially, decorative screens in Melbourne were only used for outdoor spaces but nowadays, these screens are readily included in the home interiors too. Decorative screens come in several different styles and patterns which makes them ideal for every space. The main purpose of installing the screens is to add privacy to space. However, these screens can also be used to hide unwanted elements! Decorative screens look the best in an outdoor setting but there are many other creative uses of screens too. These days decorative screens are also used for increasing the height of the fence, enhancing porch railings, creating a partition in an indoor space, etc. Choosing the right screen is very important for its effective use. Thanks to the availability of a wide variety of screens, it is now easy to find the best screen for your space. Here are some things you must keep in mind in order to choose the right screen for your space.

Material of the screen

Decorative screens are made up of several materials. The material of the screen matters because the overall look of the screen depends on it. Decorative screens are available in many materials like metal, plastic, steel, etc. Choose the screen material depending on whether you want to place the screen outdoors or indoors.

Pattern of the screen

These days screens are available in almost every pattern. Choose the pattern of the screen depending on the space. The most popular screen patterns are floral and geometric. Additionally, if you are installing a screen for a particular reason then select the design accordingly.

Quality and maintenance

See to it that you check the quality of the screen and only then install it. The durability of the screen also depends on its care and maintenance. When you purchase a decorative screen you need to consider its maintenance level too. If the screen is placed outdoors then it will need regular cleaning because it is bound to attract more dust and dirt.

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When it comes to decorating a garden space or a balcony most people are worried about the expenses. Bamboo screens have now become the most preferred decorative element for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Usually, bamboo screens are used for fencing purposes but nowadays they are also used for enhancing the overall look of the outdoor space. These screens can be used for indoor areas too. Cost-effective to the core, investing in bamboo screens is worthy by all means. These screens not only look natural but are also low-maintenance. The panels are also eco-friendly which makes them all the more preferable. Bamboo screens in Melbourne are available in several dimensions which makes them ideal for almost all spots. However, one has to think before installing a bamboo screen. These screens are versatile and installing them hardly takes time. Perfect for all settings, bamboo screens need to be chosen carefully. Though most bamboo screens are affordable, it is always better to invest in high-quality. Make sure you purchase these screens only from certified buyers. Moreover, choose the shade of the screen carefully so that it does not hamper the look of the space in any way. Here are some innovative tips to use bamboo screens.

Cover that ruined wall with a bamboo screen

Covering up a worn out wall is often a tough task. However, with the help of bamboo screens, you can cover up any wall without much hassle. The screen will help you cover the wall and will also give some new vibe to space. This inexpensive method is ideal for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Garden fence

Instead of opting for typical fencing it is better to opt for bamboo screens. These screens look stylish and are perfect for garden spaces. Additionally, if you have a lot of open area then these screens can also provide some shade! Place the screens correctly taking into consideration your sitting area.

Create a private area with the help of bamboo screens

Bamboo screens can also be used as privacy screens. If you want to divide a particular area, bamboo screens can be used for the same. For instance, the pool area can be separated from the garden area with the help of a bamboo screen or a living room can have a bamboo screen for differentiating between dining and sitting spaces.

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Our pre-made hardwood screening options offer fantastic value, as it saves you or a tradesmen having to assemble a screening section piece by piece. Instead you have a ready-made screen that you can simply screw on to your old existing or newly established framework. This way you will be finished in less than half the time and have huge savings on cost!!

Here is a cost comparison that we mention to our customers who are interested in purchasing our 90mm premium hardwood screens.

For a section that is approximately 1.8m X 1.8m you will need about 40 L/M and you are most likely looking to purchase 90 X 19 Merbau at over $4 per L/M so conservatively that is a cost of $160 plus an hour or two of your time to construct the panel and screw it all together and then the cost of staining and sealing the timber.

Alternatively you can purchase our panels 1820 X 1800mm pre-made panels for $195. They have 3 stainless steel screws in each join and are already stained and sealed saving you time, money and effort of constructing the screen. As the panels are screwed together they can be easily adjusted to suit your size, by cutting and then re-screwing the backing piece back on, which is already countersunk and pre-drilled to prevent any splitting from occurring.

Our other screening options work even more cost effective than our premium hardwood screens and simply cant be compared to any other form of hardwood screening on a cost basis. We have Acacia hardwood screens and Light hardwood screens which offer fantastic value.

Normal paling fence

On a normal paling fence the extensions are made to slip over the palings with the short leg sitting on the rail side and the long leg going down on the paling side.

A common misconception that a lot of customers have is thinking that the extensions need to match up with the posts in order to screw in to the posts for support. This is often a more difficult and more expensive way of installing.

The best way to install is actually to ignore the posts simply measure your fence line divide that measurement by 2.4, which will calculate how many full lengths you need across the span. Then you want to pop the fence extension on top of the fence, find the nail line on the paling side of the fence, which tells you where the rail is on the other side. Then you can simply use a 75mm galvanized screw to secure the extension by screwing in through the long leg through the palings and into the rail on the other side.

Do I need my neighbor’s permission to put up fence extensions?

This is a very commonly asked question. Technically you should get permission before putting up an extension, as the fence is communal, however in our experience a fence extension generally provides a mutual benefit of security and privacy for both neighbors so there is generally no issues with 99.9% of our customers putting up fence extensions.

As it is very rare for the council to get involved in a matter between 2 neighbors unless it is specifically brought to their attention by one of the neighbors involved. So I guess it just depends on your neighbor and how difficult you think they might be.

If you have an incredibly fussy neighbor that doesn’t want a fence extension on the fence and you still want more privacy from them, the best way to go would be to erect a new structure in front of the fence on your side of the property and you can attach some of our premade hardwood screens to get the privacy and security you are after.

What if I have the rail side of the fence and I want to secure the extension from my side?

Ok this depends on a few factors, such as, how high you are going on top of your fence, the design of the extension you are after and the area they are being placed in and how exposed to winds the area is. Generally if you are going no more than 600mm in height and the area that you are putting up the fence extension isn’t overly exposed to high winds then you can get away with screwing from the rail side of the fence. In this case you would still use a 75mm screw to screw the short leg in through the palings into the long leg on the other side.

What if I have capping on my fence?

If you have capping on your fence the easiest way to install is to cut off any exposed posts, if you have them. It’s easiest to screw in from the rail side if you can, as with most capped fences the rail will sit flush with the top of the cap.

Let us know the span of the fence line and we will custom make the extensions with one leg cut flush and the other being a long leg on one side that should reach down to the second rail, which is usually around 800mm from the top of a capped fence. This gives you 2 screw points as you can screw the long leg into the top and middle rail to provide adequate support.

If you need to install from the paling side of a capped fence you may need timber chocks to put underneath the legs of the extension before screwing in, you will also need longer screws 100mm should do the job.

Some capped fences will be slightly angled on top this wont matter when installing extensions, unless you have triangular capping which isn’t very common.

What if I have a color bond fence?

Putting fence extensions on top of a color bond fence is something that we have customers do in the past. Generally, they will be putting extensions on top of a colorbond fence with out exposed posts, so that the top of the fence is a flush surface, which allows the extension to sit even on the top. If there is a small increase in height where the colorbond posts are situated you may just be able to remove the cap off the posts to make the height of the fence even along the whole fence line.

If you have an even surface to work with you can either have the extensions cut flush on one side and have a leg going down on one side of the colorbond fence or have the extension packed out 70mm so that there is a leg on both sides. The best way to secure the extension on a colorbond fence is to screw the leg into the post or the rail that runs between posts.

What if I want to go on top of brickwork?

Going on top of brickwork with a fence extension can be a cost effective way of ensuring some privacy and security for your property.

The best way to do this is to have a long leg on one side with the other side cut flush, the panel will have one long leg going down the side of the brickwork and then you can dynabolt the leg into the brickwork.