There are more options to consider in building a fence than many people first realize. From the type of foundation required, to the height and overall appearance, many factors must come together in the design stage.
The main purpose of your fence is the first question you need to answer. From creating a boundary around your land, providing shade and privacy or just for purely decorative reasons, a fence should be designed for purpose.
You will also need to give thought to the style of your house and garden as well as cost implications and the local climate and maintenance needs. The one thing which connects all of these together is the material used in constructing the fence.
Four Main Materials Used in Fencing and How They Can Embellish your Garden
The Natural Look
Many people opt for soft borders by using plants to form a natural boundary. There are several ways to achieve this from traditional hedging to using flowers and climbing plants to cover screens or trellis work.
This method will provide the most attractive fence but will also include the maintenance and upkeep of any other material.
You will also need to choose the type of plants carefully.
Not only ensuring they’re suitable for your location but that they will be effective throughout the whole year.
The Classic Style
Timber is the most common and most versatile material used in fencing. From suburban picket fencing to wooden panels and timber post fences, wood can be used in many different ways. While the wood will need waterproofing and annual maintenance, it can be easily painted to fit an overall design.
Because wood has such a traditional aesthetic, it also lends itself well to many different design styles. This makes it the go-to choice for many and as such, there’s a huge amount of wooden design ideas to choose between. With so many choices, timber can prove both the cheapest and most expensive option depending on the fence’s quality.
The Modern Classic
While the wooden aesthetic is the most popular, it can also have the shortest lifespan. A modern answer to solving this deficiency is in using PVC, faux-wooden fencing.
These vinyl fences will carry the same appearance as a wooden fence but require minimal maintenance and will prove far more durable.
They are, however, more expensive to purchase and install.
They are also far less versatile than timber and can’t be altered in appearance after being erected.
A Strong Look
Metallic railings offer both security and sleek curb appeal with a sharp, tailored look.
Although they can be the most expensive option, they can also be more cost effective than you may think. They are often the easiest type of fence to install.
Used with a brick wall, they can also add height to your boundary without blocking views or sunlight in the process. Aluminum and steel are the most common metals used in fencing. However, the growing popularity of metallic fencing is seeing many new options coming to market.