There are many ways to protect a property: brick walls, CCTV, fierce attack dogs, and even security guards if you are exceptionally paranoid or a famous celebrity. People who want an extra level of protection at home often choose to live in gated compounds where all visitors are screened before they enter, but this may not be an option for you. In this article, we are going to examine the merits of fences around a property, whether for security or simply for decorative purposes.
Different Types of Fence
There are numerous types of fence to choose from, depending on your budget and the look you want. The important thing is to match the fence to the aesthetic of the property. Use a fence planning tool if you can’t decide what will work best.
Timber picket fences are very popular in residential areas. They look attractive and will keep pets and small children inside the perimeter of the property. Timber is an easy material to work with and erecting a timber fence is something any competent DIY enthusiast can do over a weekend. If a timber picket fence doesn’t afford you enough privacy or isn’t secure enough, go for a taller timber panel fence fixed to concrete posts. The downside of timber fences is that you need to treat them every year or they will be negatively affected by damp weather and insects.
Chain Link Fences
If you are a keen gardener, look for garden fencing that allows you to water your plants and gives them space to grow. Chain link fences tick all the boxes in this regard. Plants can grow through the interwoven links and your garden will enjoy plenty of light and ventilation. The downside is that chain link fencing doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy unless climbing plants use it as a support system. It is, however, reasonably secure unless you have a determined intruder with wire snips.
Metal railings are attractive, traditional, and very sturdy. Wrought iron railings have long been used to secure older properties. They last for many years and if looked after, will withstand the weather very well. The downside is that metal fences can be expensive to erect.
Vinyl is a useful fence material. It can be molded into all kinds of different designs and, unlike wood, it doesn’t rot or deteriorate over time as it is weather resistant.
Security Vs. Aesthetics
Think carefully about what your main concern is. If you live in a quiet residential area, aesthetics is likely to be the overriding concern, but if you want to keep intruders out, install a more secure fence that is tall enough to discourage people from climbing over.
Finally, don’t forget that at some point, you may want to sell the property. An ugly fence will devalue the property and make it harder to sell. Bear this in mind before you erect aluminum panels around your property and invite the local youths to decorate them with spray paint.