Patios are an awesome way of increasing your living space and ensuring that you have as much comfort as you would have when you are inside the house. The fact that they can overlook your home's swimming pool or garden means that you still need some privacy even though you are outside the house. This is where privacy screens come to your rescue. They are made from different materials, and the right one for you will depend on things like your aesthetic needs, durability and ease of maintenance. If you want to install a privacy screen over your patio, here is an important guide to take you through the job:

Take Measurements

Installing a privacy screen begins with taking measurements of the area that you want to cover. How do you and your family use the patio and other sections of the garden close to it? Certainly, you only need the screens to cover areas where people spend most of their time; otherwise, you will end up with an imposing structure that crowds the patio and garden. Use stakes to demarcate the area, then join the stakes with a string then take your measurements. The strings help you to maintain straight lines for more accurate measurements.

Choose Your Screen

For a do-it-yourself project, the most advisable thing is to buy pre-manufactured or pre-built screens that match your measurements. They are easy to assemble. However, various kinds of privacy screens will offer different degrees of privacy. For optimal privacy, go for bamboo poles closely knit together. It is hard for someone to see through the structure, guaranteeing maximum privacy. The bamboo poles are also easy to maintain. All you have to do is spray the screens with a cleaning solution and allow the wood to soak for about half an hour. After that, scrub the surface of the screen with a nylon bristle brush then rinse generously with clean water.   Lattice wood patterns, on the other hand, offer moderate to low-level privacy because of their open patterns that easily allow someone to see through the structure.

Additional Privacy Elements

Privacy screens do not stop you from using additional privacy elements such as fences. However, the best thing to do is to get the other elements in place first before installing your privacy screens. This can help you cut down on your purchase costs or enable you to choose a different type of screen to suit the aesthetic and functional needs in your home.