It’s time to get out and soak up those fantastic summer rays, and just unwind in your own outdoor space.
Plenty of us use this time to take a good look around our gardens or backyards and think about ways that can give them an instant lift, or quick improvements that make them so much more enjoyable.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to spruce up a garden or backyard is through fresh fencing or screening.
Obviously the benefits are beyond aesthetics alone; fencing and screening can be as practical as they are pleasurable to the eye.
We caught up with two long-time industry experts who really know their way around fences and screens.
Mathew Thompson from OUTDECO and Nick Holden from Modular Wall Systems share their advice so you can get to work on beautifying and improving your outdoor summer oasis.
What are the benefits of screens and fences?
Mathew needs no convincing that garden screening can provide practical screening, privacy and shading to the home of backyard.
But as he points out, it can also compliment your surrounds and offer a decorative feature. Screening can be a spectacular way to create a focal point in the garden that gives it a depth and interest.
Above images show examples of Decorative Panels that OUTDECO produces.
As Nick explains, there are myriad benefits when it comes to fencing.
In no particular order these include privacy, reclaiming your garden (by establishing clear boundaries), enhancing the aesthetic value of your home (particularly important when selling, especially given a fence traditionally forms part of a home’s first impression), acoustics and security.
Tell us about common screening and fencing mistakes to avoid
From a screening perspective, the most common mistake is installing a screen that actually doesn’t do what it was intended to do.
For example, people have been known to install a screen above a fence, only to find it doesn’t comply with regulations, or it blocks out too much light, or it fails to provide the privacy intended.
Although many people simply want a screen that looks amazing, a good screen can multi-task!
A common mistake in fencing is to simply consider it as an after-thought, something that never fails to surprise Nick give the money people will spend on their homes, only to compromise the look with a sub-par fence.
Some fences can also absorb significant amounts of heat and destroy any flora planted near them, whilst others can be made with material that won’t last the distance and starts to deteriorate in no time.
Avoid fencing mistakes by knowing firstly what it is the fence needs to achieve, and work from there to find an appropriate solution.
Have screens and fences changed over the years?
OUTDECO was established in 2009 and since then the team has helped change the domestic scene by delivering cost-effective screening solutions as well as terrifically popular DIY screens that can be easily installed by home handy people.
Whereas once upon a time screens were custom sized or available only in very large dimensions, OUTDECO has made beautifying the garden a lot more accessible.
Modular Wall Systems is Australia’s leading supplier of exterior walling and fencing systems yet they will be the first to say that until the SlimWall Fence (read what’s hot below!), fencing hadn’t really changed all that much over the years.
In the world of screens, big and bold decorative patterns with 70s style geometry are really trending at the moment.
Having said that, Mathew advises that linear patterns do tend to do better over time, and it is always a wise choice to select a pattern and style that references another element of your garden, or the architecture of your home.
Above image is an example of an OUTDECO decorative screen that perfectly compliments this fabulous home.
In the world of fences, it’s now all about the SlimWall, which Nick refers to as the first genuinely ‘next generation’ in fencing.
The Slimwall is a minimalist, straight-line design that works well alongside various architectural styles.
Above image is an example of a SlimWall fence.
The SlimWall can be finished in any colour and made to essentially mimic the home, so it has the potential to create the impression of outdoor rooms rather than simply be a fence.
It also has proven acoustic benefits and in some instances is tested as minimising noises from the other side by up to 50 per cent.
Screens and fences are not only practical, but can be a relatively quick and easy way to instantly add depth, drama and finish to your backyard or garden.
The sooner they’re up, the sooner you can fall back in a recliner, cold glass in hand, and enjoy.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank both Matthew from OUTDECO and Nick from Modular Wall Systems for their generous time and expert advice.