There is great news for garden lovers who want to design and install a new garden fence. New manufacturing techniques and options make fencing easier and faster than ever. Innovations in fence panels, new inserts and fencing materials and fasteners have allowed them to be erected hassle free. With so many different styles out there it's important to know what attributes each style has.
In deciding on what fence style is best for you needs, you could consider the following factors with your garden plans.
1. Privacy. If you are looking to create more privacy for your home, solid material fences are a good option. Most fences built for privacy stand about six feet high and are available in a variety of natural and composite materials.
2. Safety. For backyard landscaping ideas with pools, a with limited horizontal rails is recommended. This will ward off trespassers from using the fence as a ladder to get into the pool area. Also, a gate with a spring latch is a bylaw requirement in most municipalities.
3. Security. Keeping children or pets safe in the yard is paramount for any family. Chain-link fencing is strong, reliable, and affordable. Whether you have a dog that jumps or one that digs, chain-link fences can be built to suit the needs of your pet.
Lap fence panels have become greatly popular due to the ease in which they can be installed. However, some people may be looking for something newer and more detailed. Close board fencing is a great option which many people are using right now as it is a sturdier option to lap fence panels. New fencing materials include vinyl, bamboo and composites. These materials offer design versatility and low, if not zero, maintenance upkeep. Some landscape architects recommend the use of designer insert panels which can be easily installed with standard 8' post spacing. Patterned inserts provide an attractive alternative to traditional cross hatched, pre-fabricated panels.
When designing your fence project, a factor to consider is views and restricting light in the garden. If you are looking for a fence which needs to cover a small area, then a picket fence would be an ideal option. This fence covers the part of your garden you need sheltering without blocking light. It has a small size which is ideal for keeping pets and children within a specific zone of your garden and is also a great option for a boundary to an outdoor swimming pool.
Some people desire a fence which has a natural look and find that most fences look out-of-place within their garden and property. To obtain a more natural feel, a good alternative is to use a natural chestnut paling. Paling strips are thin vertical boards which offer a natural feel which is also hard, robust and has a traditional look. However, this is a fence which is usually smaller in size to fence panels and perhaps might not be suitable if you are looking for privacy.
It is important to evaluate the environment in which you wish to place the fence as different weather conditions will dictate which fence is best suited to your plans. Exposed and windy areas obviously require a strong and robust fence. The posts and supports are also something to consider as once again windy areas would need perhaps a concrete post to hold the fence firmly in place, however these can be slightly more difficult to install. Finally, it is vital the posts are treated beforehand to prevent them from rot and the damage which can be done during the months of winter weather.
In summary, there are a lot of options and fencing out there, just make sure you fully evaluate your needs before buying and check out various landscape pictures to find the style that you like.
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