Fence Screens - Standard and Heavy Duty Plus vs. Competitor Products (A Decision-Making Guide)

Adding more privacy to your property is always a good idea, and when it comes to the garden or backyard, a privacy screen can make all the difference. Privacy fence screens can stop the prying eyes of your extra-inquisitive neighbor or the not-so-nonchalant passer-by. They take little time to install and serve you for years with minimal maintenance. 

To serve the all-around needs of customers, ColourTree has two premium lines of privacy fence screens – Standard and Heavy Duty Plus. We make these from the highest-quality HDPE fabric, and they come with unique features that enable customers to enjoy more privacy for years to come. However, we are not the only manufacturer in the market, and there are many competing products with tall claims. 

This guide will give buyers a clear picture of the different outdoor fencing screens available in the market so that they can make an informed choice. 

We will compare our two privacy fence screen variants under different parameters to help you understand which one is a better fit for your needs. At the same time, we will compare our products with those of our competitors, which will make it clear that ColourTree is the undisputed leader for your outdoor privacy fence screen needs. 



For outdoor fence screens, the privacy factor is often crucial. The screen should provide the right amount of privacy while avoiding complete blackout. The Standard ColourTree privacy screens offer a 90% visibility blockage. So, if it’s the prying eyes that you want to avoid, this screen will work fine. It efficiently serves the household and most commercial privacy needs. 

The Heavy Duty Plus screen, on the other hand, offers as much as 95% visibility blockage. So, if you need more privacy, this is a better choice. Restaurants and other commercial establishments looking for more seclusion should opt for this variety. We recommend the Heavy Duty Plus for baseball courts, tennis courts, swimming pools, and other athletics-related applications for maximum privacy and high durability.  

Construction companies or commercial establishments in need of temporary privacy may opt for the Standard fence screens.  These are ideal for interim needs and available for bulk purchase at a discounted price. In contrast, home or commercial property owners who need a long-term solution may find the Heavy Duty Plus screen the better choice.  

We don’t believe in marketing gimmicks; we offer what we claim. Our outdoor fence screens with 90% and 95% visibility blockage give more privacy than many other competitor products with higher claims. 



The durability of outdoor privacy fence screens depends on two major factors - the quality of the fabric and the integrity of the grommets and binding. 

Let’s find out what comprises ColourTree screens and compare them with competing products- 


The fabric 

ColourTree fence screens use premium quality, high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE enjoys superior properties, like higher density and rigidity, resistance to temperature exposure, and  UV radiation tolerance.  Other than that, HDPE is non-toxic and naturally resistant to a variety of chemical solvents - diluted acids, alkalis, and alcohols.  HDPE resists mold, mildew, and rotting. It is long-lasting and weather resistant which makes it an ideal material for outdoor fence screens as it will need minimum maintenance.  

Standard ColourTree privacy fence screens are made from 170 GSM heavy-duty, commercial-grade HDPE with additional UV and water-resistant coating. These screens last for years under consistent sun exposure and nearly all-weather conditions.  

We use 220 GSM, 100% virgin (non-recycled) HDPE in making the Heavy Duty Plus screens at ColourTree. The fabric is additionally treated with a UV stabilized compound. This significantly controls the degradation of the material under UV radiation and extends the lifespan. It also prevents tearing, fading, and drying out of the screen over time. 


Most of the ColourTree competitors use polypropylene-based fabric, which is a commonly used fence screen material but lacks the rigidity of HDPE. Polypropylene (PP) is also resistant to some chemical solvents, but they do not perform as well under heat or UV exposure, considerably reducing the lifespan of the screen. 


As far as the thickness (GSM) of the fabric is concerned, ColourTree’s Heavy Duty Plus is the best in the market. Competitor products come with a 300-GSM thickness of the binding only, not to be confused with the GSM of the fabric itself.  


Grommets and Binding 

We at ColourTree are highly concerned about ensuring quality. We understand an outdoor fence screen is only as good as its grommets and binding. These two play the most crucial role in the proper installation of the fence screen and are directly related to longevity. Breaking of the grommets and fraying from the sides are the two most common problems we see in cheap fence screens. Thankfully, we have overcome both these issues.  

The Standard screen comes with four stainless copper grommets in each corner. The best thing about stainless copper is that they never rust and give maximum longevity. All the edges are finished with heavy-duty 3-inch (1.5 inches each side) double reinforced binding. Other grommets are placed evenly along the edges, 12” apart on vertical edges and 24” apart on horizontal edges to ensure even installation and best hold up against the wind. 

Now let’s check out the Heavy-Duty version, 

ColourTree Heavy Duty screens are the best in the market not only because of the premium quality fabric but also for the most durable, heavy-duty grommets and binding combination. It is the only product in the market that comes with corrosion-resistant stainless-steel grommets. Furthermore, black reinforced 4-inch (2 inches each side) binding on all the sides is present.   4 grommets are present in each corner, and more comes evenly, 12” apart on vertical and 24” apart on horizontal edges. 

Every competitor product on the market, irrespective of the brand or type, comes with aluminum or copper grommets that lack the strength of heavy-duty ColourTree grommets. The cheap grommets tend to rust quickly. More to the point, the competitor products come with 1 to 3 grommets max at the corners. ColourTree is the only brand that offers four grommets in each corner for both the screen varieties – Standard and Heavy Duty Plus, which ensures proper installation, minimal sag, and best strength to hold against wind and rough weather conditions. There are also prominent differences in the thickness and quality of the binding. 


Other features 

ColourTree outdoor privacy fence screens are fully breathable. Both Standard and Heavy Duty Plus enjoy good air permeability, ensuring a naturally comfortable enclosed environment. They offer coverage from UV rays and heat. The Standard version can reduce the inside temperature by as much as 10-degree Fahrenheit, and it goes even higher for the Heavy Duty Plus. 

If you are worried about the hot summer days, opt for the darker shades of the Heavy Duty Plus screen. Colors like black, brown, and blue are great at absorbing heat, keeping the enclosed area more comfortable than the outside. 

The premium HDPE material with special anti-UV coating makes ColourTree screens extremely resistant to harsh weather conditions. The heavy-duty grommets and their strategic placement give maximum strength to the screens to withstand high winds and bad weather conditions. Our products are eco-friendly and a great addition to any property. 

Most of the competitor products in the market are breathable, but their polypropylene fabric is naturally more susceptible to weather conditions, environmental heat, and UV ray exposure. This often results in the fading and cracking of the screen within months of installation. The poor-quality grommets are prone to rust over time, and the binding quality is not good enough to prevent fraying from the sides. 

Furthermore, three grommets at the corner (which is the case for every competitor product in the market) are not enough to hold the screen tightly against heavy wind and rough weather conditions, which leads to sagging and triggers quick deterioration of the fabric. 


Size and Color availability


ColourTree Privacy Fence Screen Stock Size Chart


The screens are available in multiple color options: black, brown, blue, green, white, grey, and beige. We also offer custom sizes for the Standard variety. So, if your size requirement is unique, get in touch today to let us know your specifications.   


Price and Warranty

The price of our 3’x10’ Standard outdoor privacy screen cover is just $24.99. It goes up to $29.99 for the size 8’ x 10’. The price of the Heavy Duty Plus is $59.99 for the size 4’x50’.  On the other hand, the cost of the polypropylene made (we use only HDPE) “Premium Fence Screens” by our competitors start from $57.97 for the size 8’x10’. No competitor product on the market matches the quality of our Heavy Duty Plus screens.  

We are proud of our quality, and we stand by it. Our Standard privacy screen comes with a 3-year warranty and can last as long as 8 years with minimal maintenance.  The Heavy Duty Plus variety, on the other hand, is covered by a 4-year warranty and comes with a life expectancy of more than 10 years.  Our competitor products do not come with any warranty, and they have a maximum life expectancy of 3-5 years 

We have presented an honest and clear picture of the Privacy Fence Screens available in the USA - their quality, durability, and price. This decision-making guide has established that ColourTree privacy fence screens are the best quality screens that you will get in the market for the most reasonable price. So, make the right choice and spend your money on the right product. 

To know how to beautify your yard with privacy screens, read: Beautifying the Yard Your Way


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