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What are garden gratings. All the ways in which materials can be used, costs and what is important to know in order to choose well and make them better.
Uses, types and materials
The gratings are dividing systems for gardens, balconies, terraces, public and private parks, for making gazebo fences or defining particular planters. The purpose of the typical grid that characterizes the basic structure of the gratings is to act as a wall suitable for the development of climbing plants to exploit their potential in gardens and terraces in an orderly, functional and aesthetically pleasing way. Therefore, they perform the dual function of creating real scenographies in the context of the external environments in which they are located and at the same time also act as cover and shelter. The dimensional variety of the panels that make up the grating texture allows you to easily create decorative solutions adaptable to all types of spaces thanks to the combination of the various modules that can be used alone or in combination with planters. Grilled and planter in combination between them are often found because together, in addition to being perfect accommodation for the climbing plant, they furnish the environment with a style that can be chosen from a wide variety of proposals. The grating, in fact, can have or not the planter and the vase intended to contain the plants, it can be arched or straight and its mesh can be rhombus then diagonal, vertical or horizontal. They can also be smooth or with decorative comb, lacquered or painted. The more modern gratings have flat and horizontal strips or the wood of the central panel composes particular shapes such as stylized flowers and the like. They are available in standard sizes or can be made to measure and customized based on specific needs, even adding capitals, arches, shapes or particular decorative details to the base panel.
To guarantee durability and resistance to atmospheric events and reduce deterioration, the gratings receive a special treatment in "autoclave", an impregnating agent that gives the wood its characteristic green color and makes it particularly resistant to atmospheric agents. The best quality grills are normally made of oiled pine wood, then painted in various colors: from the green that is the color that is best camouflaged among the plants, to walnut and mahogany, particularly suitable in rustic environments; from rosewood to white, suitable for modern or country environments. Grilling in this way also becomes a perfect piece of furniture. As it happens, for example in the areas surrounding the pools or playgrounds where the gratings are placed to enclose the area but also to protect the privacy of those who stop there. Also ideal for closing a space, supporting the climbing plants in their function of shielding from the outside, they have the additional advantage of repairing the environment that they wrap around in the wind and the sun. The grating can also perform essentially the typical functions of sunscreens, windbreaks, fences and the like but it remains altogether more versatile both because it can replace them but not be replaced, and from the decorative point of view thanks to its design.
- On balconies and terraces the main function of the gratings is usually to shelter from the wind, from the sun or to ensure greater privacy thanks to the wall of vegetation that will form once the creeper has grown and developed along its entire length and panel width.
- If the grating is to be used inside a flowerbed where the creeper is planted, it is important to check that the panel is fixed in depth in the ground to prevent gusts of wind or heavy rains from eradicating it and damaging the plants.
- In the garden the gratings are mainly used to create a sort of fence around the gazebo that isolates the internal area where a table and chairs are placed and where one usually stops to eat meals and drinks. The climbing plant, whatever it is chosen, with its more or less thick blanket of leaves prevents it from being seen, prevents the sun and wind from striking directly but still lets light and air pass.
- In some cases the function may not even be that of supporting the plant or separé but an exclusively architectural fact. The modular and various-sized modules make it possible to create architectures, paths or delimited low-impact environments in outdoor environments, which are therefore not very invasive and not at all polluting. In fact, many gratings can be structured as gates and dynamically perform this function.
The cost of the gratings can depend not only on the model that is purchased and on the possibility that the panel is associated or not with a planter or with garden lamps but above all with the material with which it is made. Those in wood and iron are more expensive than those of the new generation made of plastic or PVC but they are also more resistant and aesthetically more suitable to be integrated into the natural environment of a garden or an exterior. For a classic square mesh grille the prices can start from 50 euros for a 55x180 cm grid. and reach up to 150 for a panel of 196x180h cm. Then of course the costs can also vary depending on where the grills are purchased. In DIY centers or shopping centers, the cost is generally lower than that of gardening stores and online purchases are particularly convenient. The cost of diagonal mesh gratings is slightly more expensive. On request and at extra cost, it is also possible to carry out the treatment of the wood with a paint intended to change the color with a color of your choice.
Garden grills: DIY assembly
To save money you can use DIY. At the various Brico centers or in the same gardening shops there are modular programs made up of items for sale individually that allow you to easily build grids of any size and model. Uprights, purlins, trusses and all other necessary elements are available in various sizes, pre-set and drilled to facilitate assembly operations using only screws and the use of very few tools. It is important to always have with you, before starting the assembly operations, a pair of brackets, a pencil to mark the exact intersection points of the modules to be fixed and screws of different sizes and of the most suitable type to be used on the wood. raw bought you will need to paint them with the impregnating agent before proceeding to their assembly and to the union with screws or nails. Trying to paint them later could be a difficult task and it could be particularly difficult to paint the points where the wooden modules cross to form the rhombus or square. For the complete assembly, painting, measurement, cutting, choice of screws and final assembly procedure, you can consult several websites that deal with do-it-yourself jobs and you can find and download complete guides to the assembly, step by step, of the gratings .