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Posted by Harriette Halepis | Oct 12, 2009

Perforated Screens and Walls

Create privacy and a trendy look by adding a perforated screen to your property.

Building a brick screen (also known as a perforated screen) is a great way to add privacy and style to your home's exterior. Some of these screens are whimsical, while others just make sense. If you want a way to spruce up your backyard, or add some light to a city apartment, take a look at some of these innovative screen ideas.

What Is a Brick Screen?

A screen made of brick? How is that possible? Brick screens are not only a great way to add an attractive division to your yard, but they are also a great way to step back in time. While seemingly recent, brick screens actually began to surface during the 1950s and 1960s.

Many homeowners during the 50s and 60s wanted a way to add a backyard wall without blocking any interaction with the outside world completely. Thus, the brick screen was invented - a decorative type of outdoor screen that included various openings.

What is a Perforated Screen?

A perforated screen is very similar to a brick screen, only this type of screen can be made from any material. Generally, perforated screens are made from metal, though other materials may also be used. While brick screens are trendy now, perforated screens that act as light filters are beginning to gain in popularity.

A brick screen wall can stand alone or it can be a larger part of a building or other structure. These screens are generally constructed from brick, though concrete and metal can also be used. Wood is one material that is not frequently used when creating brick screens. Many "do-it-yourselfers "from around the world have begun to join the brick screen craze by building innovative screens.

Where to Purchase a Brick Screen

Sadly, purchasing a brick screen is a lot easier said than done. However, if you have the budget to hire a designer and brick mason, you may find that a brick screen such as this one is a welcome addition to any home. This type of screen allows light to filter into a space while creating an interesting focal point.

Whether perforated metal or brick, screens are showing up all over the globe. Spice up your apartment space, let some creative light shine into your favorite room, or fashion a backyard oasis with the screen of your choice.

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