Choosing a type of fencing is not as easy as it sounds. It actually has a great impact on both the exterior esthetics of your house and your safety. It also plays an important part in something we value today more than any other time period in history – privacy. Therefore, bearing in mind this trifold importance a fence has, deciding to take on this task can be daunting. This is why we’ve put together for you the short guided that makes fencing easy.
What traditional types of fences are there?
When it comes to fencing, you can use practically any material you want and give it any shape you desire. However, here are a few basic types, from a traditional point of view.
#1. Wood fencing
Humanity has used wood to build fences from its inception. Actually, from a philosophical standpoint, it’s said that this is how the concept of private property initiated, when the first man stuck two pieces of wood in the ground and decided to mark his territory. Tens of thousands of years later, we still use wood to build our fences, proving just how popular a choice it really is.
Wood fences are also chosen because their reduced costs and the homely feeling they give homeowners. However, the recent changes in climate have gotten everyone worried about the environment and building a tall, thick fence completely out of wood is not perceived as a good idea anymore.
#2. PVC fencing
This is, by far, the cheapest way to go as far as fences are concerned. PVC in itself is not extremely resistant, but, when properly treated and coated, it can hold on for years on end. You can also order it in any height and color you want.
#3. Wrought iron fencing
This is an excellent choice from a durability point of view. They are definitely the most resistant fences, but they do require a lot of maintenance. Seeing as they are forever located outside, they will rust and creak. Apart from that, they are usually custom made, which means they will not come cheap.
#4. Vinyl fencing
This seems to be quite the perfect choice from many a point of view. Fences made from vinyl are 4 to 5 times stronger and more resistant than wooden ones, do not require maintenance like the wrought iron ones, and are resilient against paint. This means you will easily be able to wash off graffiti and other scribbles. It does, indeed, have a higher cost in the beginning, but it will pay for itself over and over as times goes by.
#5. Chain-link fences
This particular type is not common for residential buildings. You can usually see it surrounding schools, parks or playgrounds. But it’s worth mentioning that it’s very durable, very cheap, and requires almost no maintenance.
#6. Bamboo fencing
It’s very environmentally friendly because it can be grown naturally. This means planting the bamboo trees very close together and allowing nature to take its course. They usually grow one foot a year, so it will take a while before they can become a real privacy fence, but it will be worth it.
How to install a fence – the best tips
Although it might seem like quite the chore at first glance, putting up a fence is not that difficult. Actually, if you have enough time and patience, you can turn it into a beautiful DIY project. All you need to do is take into account the following tips.
- Allow the fence to completely dry out after you install it. Manufacturers usually apply special coatings and finishes to the wood, which you need to let it absorb.
- If you own a swimming pool, you are obliged to put up a fence at least four feet high by local codes. It must also have a self-closing gate.
- Always mount the fence with its beautiful side towards your neighbors and not your house.
- Fence posts have to be stuck in the ground by a minimum of 2 feet. The main rule by which you have to stick is that one-third of the pole’s length has to go into the ground, by you must also pay attention to area regulations, which might differ.
- Have your property surveyed before installing the fence. It will show you the extent of your property so that you don’t take up any of your neighbor’s space or public space for that matter.
- Remember that installing a fence is for the long run. Therefore, consider its height, material, and strength as best as possible.
Fun ideas for creative fences
If in the beginning we listed traditional fence types, we are now going to show you some fun ways in which you can get creative with your fencing.
- The crayon fence – goes very well with a house full of children that wants to stir up their imagination as best as possible.
- The lace fence – this design is based on a simple chain-mail fence which has been contorted so as to resemble lace. It was then painted white so that it has a more realistic feel to it.
- The mirror fence – has actual mirrors on the poles, which create a beautiful optical illusion and make your garden look bigger than it is. It also renders the fence itself rather ‘invisible’.
- The Lego fence – was actually developed as a means of repairing an old, stone wall that had cracked and crumbled in different parts. Since it’s difficult to find the exact same stone type that was used for building the original fence, owners decided to use colorful standard Lego bricks. The idea caught on, with homeowners using it even if they don’t realistically need it.
- The piano keyboard fence – it’s such an outstanding yet simple design, which you can actually do yourself. All you have to do it paint parts of the fence white and parts black, exactly imitating a piano keyboard.
As far as fencing goes, there are thousands of ideas for building and decorating. All you have to do is some research and decide which one is best suited for your house, family, and neighborhood.