How to install onto brickwork
Many clients install our garden screens onto existing brickwork to create a garden feature wall, or to extend above existing brickwork to create more privacy. To attach our privacy screens onto a brick wall, simply screw the directly onto brickwork. Alternatively, you can bolt fence post supports along the length of the brick wall and then attach the screens to the supports with brackets or u-clips. This method is preferable if you would like to extend the garden screens higher than the existing brickwork to increase privacy. When attaching screens to brickwork, always ensure that the wall is structurally sound to support the screens.
How to install onto wood fencing
Many clients install our privacy screens onto existing fences. This transforms tired fences and creates wonderful outdoor feature walls. Timber screws are the best fixing to attach our screens to existing wood fencing, and are readily available from any hardware store.
To install, begin by pre-drilling holes into your garden screen so that the screws are positioned centrally, thus ensuring that the screw doesn’t damage the screen’s surface.
How to install freestanding
All of our screens are UV treated on both sides and their sturdy construction makes them perfect for freestanding installation. Often clients use freestanding screens to delineate areas of their garden or to create privacy or appeal around certain spaces – like pool or seating areas. To do so, follow these simple steps.
Firstly, mark out the location for your supporting posts, depending on whether you want the screens installed vertically or horizontally. Then, dig holes for the posts. We recommend a depth of at least a third of the height of the screen wall to ensure adequate support. Once dug, stand your posts in the holes and pour in ready mix or quick set concrete. Don’t completely fill the holes, make sure to leave sufficient space at the top so that once it has dried the concrete can be covered with soil.
After pouring the concrete, use a spirit level to ensure that your posts are vertical. Check that all posts are the same height, and that they match the height and width of the screen. When the concrete is set, cover with soil.
Once your concrete has set and your posts are firmly in place, pre-drill 4 sets of holes where you would like your brackets to attach. Then screw the brackets to the posts; there should be two brackets for each side of the screen. Then, repeat this process by pre-drilling holes into the screen. Attach brackets to the rear of the screen with two on each side, then attach the screen to the posts.
If you are creating a garden feature wall and installing multiple screens, just repeat the process for additional screens.
How to install as a trellis
All of our garden screens are perfect for use as a trellis to either train plants or espalier trees. Simply follow the directions above based on whether you are attaching the screens to brickwork or fencing. When attaching the screens, make sure that you leave a gap between the surface and the screen so that plants can wrap around the back of the screen as they grow. This can be achieved by using u-clips, which are easy to use and practically invisible.
How to cut screens to fit any shape
Thanks to the modular nature of our garden screens you can create installations of any size, to fit any area. All our screens can be installed vertically or horizontally. Some clients find that their garden fences are not uniform lengths, or that the area that they need to clad is shorter than expected. Our garden screens are very easy to cut down to size. This can be done with a circular or jigsaw saw in the same way you would cut any other wood product.