No matter how well you might get on with your neighbors, or whether you’re somewhat indifferent to them or really can’t stand them at all, installing vinyl privacy panels will give you that level of privacy in your own yard or garden when you want it. Vinyl privacy panels come in many different sizes and styles so you can also use them to mark the boundary of your property onto the street as well.
If you’re going to erect vinyl privacy panels within your own boundary, perhaps to add privacy to a certain part of the yard or garden, then exactly where and how you place them is entirely your own concern.
However, if you’re going to use them along the boundary of your property, it’s always best to discuss your plans first with the neighbors. This should avert the likelihood of any dispute arising later on about your privacy panels encroaching on their land or being, in their opinion, unsightly.
Choices in Privacy Panels
Generally speaking stock vinyl privacy panels are available in white, you can get colored ones but they will be expensive and it’s probably more cost effective to paint them yourself if you don’t want white. Being molded vinyl sheets they can also be bought in a variety of styles such as close-board and lap-panel effects, all of which can also have a section of trellis work on top of them.
Avoiding a plain white vinyl sheet is to be recommended. Without the relief of some sort of molding the privacy panel will look both plain and stark. The current favorite design is probably a close-board one with a central rail.
A high quality vinyl privacy panel will have aluminum cross-bars to prevent the panel from sagging. The normal width of vinyl privacy panels is usually 6 foot and they are available in varying heights, usually 3, 6 and 8 foot.
Whilst vinyl privacy panels can be screwed to timber posts, their integrity will be breached making the liable to be torn away from the posts in windy weather and storms. You really are recommended to purchase the vinyl posts specifically designed and engineered for the vinyl panels.
There are different posts for different styles of panels, to ensure your vinyl privacy panel fencing remains in place even during the worst weather. The main types of post you’ll need to consider are corner and blank ones, for the main run of fencing, plus specialist gate posts, if you intend adding a vinyl gate. A variety of post caps are also available as an added decorative feature.
Installing Privacy Panels
Using pegs and string mark out the line of the panel fencing, starting at one corner carefully measure out where the post holes need to be and dig the post holes. These should be at least 10 inches wide for a 4×4 post and 3 foot deep, obviously depending on the height of your posts and panels.
Leave a couple of inches below the top of the hole so that you can surround the base of the post with earth or grass.
Working away from one corner set the first post with a mix of concrete, attach a panel to it and then set the next post, fixing the panel to that as soon as possible, then continue working along the line of your vinyl privacy panel design.
If you’re adding a gate make sure the post is an aluminum reinforced one, at least for the post the gate is fixed to. Add the post caps and then relax in your now private yard or garden.