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Lattice for Privacy in a Manufactured Home Park

Lattice for Privacy in a Manufactured Home Park

What is the definition of privacy? It means the quality or state of being apart from others. Each one of us needs a little privacy every once in a while, and we all have a desire to have that special place to relax and enjoy the solitude.

If you have neighbors that are a mere 15 to 20 feet away from your home, consider adding privacy screens to your deck and patio areas. Don’t let your neighbor’s close proximity keep you from enjoying a relaxing moment outdoors.

You can establish more privacy on your patio and deck area as you can make either location more inviting and comfortable when you install vinyl lattice. Vinyl lattice provides an economical and easy-to-use way to enhance both the deck and patio area while allowing your dream of privacy to become a reality. Lattice can create privacy while adding dimension and beauty to the appearance of your area. With vinyl lattice as a means of privacy, you won’t have the feeling of being boxed in. While privacy separates us, it does not have to make us feel like we are too closed in.

There are many ways and many places you can add privacy to your property in a manufactured home park. Lattice offers a variety of options to create a place where you are apart from the view of others.

Let’s look at the advantages of using vinyl lattice for privacy on your deck and patio.

Privacy screen Lattice for Privacy in a Manufactured Home Park

As you can see in our photos, the lattice screen will blend perfectly with the rest of your railing and post. A lattice screen is a subtle and stylish addition. Depending on the amount of airflow you want for your area, you can choose either small opening sizes or large opening sizes. Our client chose the 2” square for their project. The photo below shows what effect and look a 1” square lattice will have.

Lattice for Privacy in a Manufactured Home Park

With vinyl lattice, you are not limited to the square opening. This is what a diagonal opening will look like for your privacy screen:

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In this particular project, the client chose the 1-7/8” diagonal lattice. As you can see, the lattice provides a semi-shaded private area with notable style.

The benefit of using vinyl lattice is not only a great look but also a maintenance free quality. If it gets dusty or dirty, simply spray it down with water, and you’re done. Vinyl lattice is insect proof and moisture resistant. If you choose Permalatt Products, Inc. DuraShell® lattice, it will not fade, warp, crack, splinter or rot. The DuraShell® lattice is dimensionally stable.

Permalatt Products, Inc. manufactures a high-quality premium lattice. We manufacture a true 3D lattice using a strip over strip construction.

With opening sizes of 1” diagonal, 1” square, 1-7/8” diagonal, 2” square, 2-3/4” diagonal (Snow White only) or the 3” diagonal, you can achieve any look you want for your privacy project.

We offer standard sheet sizes of 4’x 6’ and 4’ x 8’. If you prefer a custom sized sheet, we can accommodate you! In our diagonal openings, we can manufacture any custom sheet with a width of 4 feet or less, and any length up to 12’. In our square opening lattice, we can manufacture any custom sheet size that is a width of 4 feet or less, and any length of 8’ or less.

Any project, any time, DuraShell® lattice is second to none.

Visit our website,, for more information regarding the DuraShell® and Decorative 3D lattice. Contact us today for your free quote! Don’t forget to request your sample kit as well. You can also reach out to us at 888-457-4342 or

Creative Lattice Ideas For your Deck

Creative Lattice Ideas For your Deck

Deck styles and decking materials have evolved from the original wooden deck boards, railings, and stairs to an ultimate design experience.

We now have options of numerous hardwoods, composite, and even cellular PVC for the deck boards and stairs to choose from while creating these elaborate decks.
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The Safety of Vinyl Lattice vs. Wood Lattice

The Safety of Vinyl Lattice vs. Wood Lattice

You have a lovely area that needs a finishing touch. What can you use? Lattice! Lattice has become one of the most used items for enhancing landscaped areas, creating privacy and hiding unsightly things such as air conditioners and trash cans.

When looking for lattice, the two most common options are vinyl and wood. There are many things to take into consideration when choosing between vinyl and wood lattice products. You will probably consider things like longevity, maintenance, and ease of installation to decide what lattice option is best for you. One consideration that often gets overlooked is the safety each lattice type provides. Of course safety is a concern during the installation of the lattice but also consider where the lattice will be installed and that it is a safe choice for that area.

Several things to consider when looking at the safety of lattice products are as follows.

Fire Ratings

Some lattice projects are connected to directly your home or outdoor structure. If either of these places were to catch fire, would the lattice contribute to the destruction?


The DuraShell® vinyl lattice has passed several fire tests and ratings. The DuraShell® lattice passed the Surface Burning ASTM E84-95 with the highest possible rating. DuraShell® lattice has also passed the following test: ASTM D635-91 – Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning test, ASTM D1929-91a – Ignition Properties, and ASTM D2843 – Smoke Density test.


You will be hard pressed to find what, if any, fire rating tests a wood lattice has had done and passed. Consider this, to get the results of the burning brand for boards; a piece of lit wood lattice is put over the board to see how long it takes the board to catch fire.

Cutting/Splintering and Cracking

With a vinyl lattice, the splinter rating comes into effect when cutting the lattice.
With a wooden lattice not only are splinter ratings related to cutting the lattice but can also have to do with the charter of the lattice as it ages. Safety first: always wear eye and ear protection when using power tools.


Permalatt Products, Inc. recommends the use of fine tooth blade installed backwards on the saw when cutting the DuraShell® lattice. Make slow cuts to ensure a nice clean cut. You can also use a large pair of metal snips. The snips will also provide a clean cut. Of course, you can also use a vinyl cutting blade. When a nice clean cut is made to the lattice sheet, there is no need to worry about what the ends of the lattice sheet will look like. The cut edge will have a nice appearance. You won’t have to worry about getting splinters or scraps off the edge and surface of this lattice either. After installation, you will not need to worry about the DuraShell® lattice cracking or splintering.

The Safety of Vinyl Lattice vs. Wood Lattice


Wood lattice is fastened with metal staples. In order to prevent personal injury, you will need to remove the staples along each cut line before you can cut the lattice. In addition to this issue, the thin strips of wood lattice are somewhat fragile. If you use a saw that causes a lot of vibration, the stapled joints can pop loose. A table saw with a fine tooth plywood blade works the best. You may have sprinters and cracks left on each slat of the wood lattice after cutting it. This will not give you a clean edge or nice appearance and can also mean the lattice piece you just cut cannot be used. Also as the lattice ages you will notice that each strip can crack and splinter. As the strip deteriorates, it can break and let go from the rest of the sheet. Thus leaving nails heads or staples sticking up from the surface. If this is in an area where pets, children and guest may be, there’s the opportunity of bad scrapes, pokes or even cuts occurring.


Consider the long-term strength and stability of vinyl and wood when choosing which one you want for your project. Neither vinyl nor wood lattice can be considered structural products. So when we are looking at strength, we are comparing the strips used to make the lattice sheet.


Permalatt Products, Inc. lattice is manufactured with solid cellular foam strips. We use a strip over strip method. We do not staple or nail the strips to each other but use a glue bonding technique. The DuraShell® lattice is made with a strip thickness of ¼”. Where the strips cross in the pattern, there is a total thickness of 1/2”. This is a very sturdy product. With the ¼” thick cellular foam strip, it will take a high impact, and an amount of force to break it. While we have not performed any impact testing, the strip strength is substantial. The strength of each strip and lattice sheet will remain the same over time. The DuraShell® lattice will not rot, and it is insect resistant.


This type of lattice is also manufactured with a strip over strip method. The strips are stapled where the strips cross. Most of the wood lattice available will have a strip thickness of 7/32”. The lattice is advertised as ½” thickness. As with any wood product, the thinner the piece the less strength it possesses. This type of lattice does not offer any information regarding impact testing or strip strength. The wood lattice can snap or break easily as the individual strips do not offer substantial strength. This type of lattice becomes susceptible to twisting and bending as the sun and rain rot the wood, and will cause it to become unstable. Wood lattice is not insect resistant. The insects will add to the deterioration of the lattice.

The Safety of Vinyl Lattice vs. Wood Lattice

As the manufacturer of the DuraShell® vinyl lattice, we have compared several attributes of Vinyl, HDPE (plastic), Hollow PVC and Wood lattice. The Comparison Chart sums up each product per category and is included for your convenience.


Click on the image to download a pdf of the chart.

In summary, what is the best as well as safest, vinyl or wood lattice? The decision of which product to use is ultimately yours.

Permalatt Products, Inc. manufactures a high-quality premium lattice and is ready to enhance any project you have. Contact us today at 888-457-4342 for more information!

Please note, the statements regarding vinyl lattice are based on our DuraShell® solid cellular core product.