Fencing – For Home and Business
Fencing serves a number of purposes, which means it gets used for a number of reasons. It can be used to mark off specific areas, provide security, retain privacy, or provide additional character to any home. However, while everybody has a certain level of knowledge about fencing, there is limited information available about the finer details like what materials can be used. All of these factors will need to be considered before making a decision, and by reading this article you will have a better idea of the type of fence suitable for your property.
Before we analyse the materials, it is a good idea to consider the role that the fences play. Doing this will allow you to choose a type that meets your requirements. For example:
- Will the fences provide security?
- How much visibility will the fences provide?
- How much fencing will the property need?
- Will the fence be hand built or will it use machine panels?
- How high will it be, and will it abide by the legal fencing regulations?
- Is the appearance (aesthetic) of the fence a priority?
The bullet points above highlight just a few questions that need to be considered before any decisions are made. This decision is not one that you will make a lot, so making sure you make a correct one is imperative. By doing planning now and by making the right choice, you will be able to avoid a great deal of problems that could occur in the future. In any case, it may be a good idea to receive some sort of planning advice and maybe even building advice if applicable.
Different fencing styles will provide varying advantages, while others will have specific tasks that they have been designed to carry out. These styles include everything from what would be considered standard wooden panel fencing, to electric wire fencing. Here, we will look at some of the different types of fencing:
One of the simpler varieties, the panel fence provides security, privacy and durability. Typically, this fence ranges from 4-6 feet in height and in a very large majority of cases will be formed from wood. The panels will vary in size, but as they are joined together without any gaps, they will create a non transparent end product. This makes it an ideal fence to keep pets in and intruders out. However, if the lighting and visibility are a priority, a panel fence is not the best option. On the plus side, panel fences are generally one of the least-expensive options. Furthermore, they will match almost any property, while their simple design ensures easy maintenance and longevity. Tip use a concrete or a Timber base board to avoid the bottoms contacting the soil and rotting.
Chain Link Fencing
These fences provide a great deal of security, but they offer little in terms of aesthetic appeal. They are most commonly seen surrounding public tennis courts. However, they are also a good option for public sector buildings and commercial properties as well.
Post and Rail Fencing
This type of fencing is more suited towards marking off areas and providing rustic charm, rather than creating a high-security boundary. A post and rail fence can be characterised by a number of vertical posts fitted to provide support for the rails. These posts are typically 3-5 feet in height, and are installed every 8-11 feet. After the posts are fitted, two or three rails are added to form the fence. This type of fence is a good choice for those interested in a “light duty” fence that has an extremely versatile appearance. However, they may not be ideal for households that have pets or small children.
Spaced Picket Fencing
Like post and rail fences, these are ideal for outlining boundaries and adding to the appearance of any property. As a bonus, they provide more security and protection, whilst retaining a good level of visibility. Typically made of wood, a picket fence can be seen surrounding residential homes. This makes them a good option for households with pets or children.
This type of fence is generally seen on commercial and domestic properties because of its ability to combine security with style. Typically made from steel for strength and durability, its spear heads provide an attractive finish that can stop even the most determined intruder from entering. In addition, little maintenance or upkeep is required in the long term.
Electric Wire Fencing
Rarely seen on domestic properties, electric wire fencing is most frequently used to control livestock. The very mild shocks that are administrated to the animals aren’t painful, but they will act as a deterrent. Typically powered by solar panels, electric fencing carries out the most specialised role, but at the same time is used only for certain situations.
When discussing fencing types, there are literally hundreds of options. The above has looked at some of the more common choices, but other varieties include dog ear, French gothic, basket-weave, ball-style, pyramid style and flat top fences, and there are plenty more.
The different materials that can be used add yet more factors to the equation. Materials that can be used include; wood, vinyl, metal, bamboo and even slate. Each of these materials will have their own advantages and disadvantages, and some will be better suited to some fencing styles than others. As a general rule, wood and metal fencing materials are the most established types available. However, vinyl fences are quickly rising in popularity, especially among those who are keen DIY enthusiasts.
While choosing the right material is vital, it is more important to make sure that the fence is correctly installed. A poorly fitted fence defeats the purpose, and so it may be worthwhile enlisting professional help to ensure that this is set up properly before use. In any case construction advice is pivotal. Whether you choose to take this on as a DIY project or not is something that will depend on the amount of time and experience you have, but by reading this article you will now be more aware of the considerations that need to be taken into account.
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