Choosing Garden Fencing

 Homeowners use fencing in a variety of ways, for some reasons. The simplest of fences only mark out boundaries, perhaps with fencing which offers little in the way of privacy or security. When installing garden fencing, think carefully about what functions the fencing is supposed to serve. This article […]

 Homeowners use fencing in a variety of ways, for some reasons. The simplest of fences only mark out boundaries, perhaps with fencing which offers little in the way of privacy or security. When installing garden fencing, think carefully about what functions the fencing is supposed to serve. This article details some of the different types of garden fencing available, to help you make that important decision. Fencing

The simplest kind of fences are the wooden, split-rail fences which are often used in the countryside around farmland or common ground. These fences are made up of two or three slats running through wooden posts which are positioned a few feet away from each other. They denote boundary lines, and despite being insufficient to stop a human getting over or through, they are good at keeping cattle or sheep in a field. They offer microscopic privacy or security but can be just enough to mark your territory or contain children or larger pets.

If you're just looking for a pretty fence which marks the boundary, and are not looking specifically for privacy or security, then split rail fences are a good option. Many people choose to install low, white picket fencing at the front of property, thanks to their aesthetic. Giving them a fresh coat of white paint periodically will keep it looking tidy. White picket fences are beautiful and neat but offer next to no privacy or security. They might keep a pet or small child in the front garden, but cannot stop intruders entering.

If you want to stop intruders getting into your garden and home, then opt for sturdy, high fencing which can keep unwanted guests out. Look for anything in the middle of the fence which could be used to climb on and remove it to ensure the security fence will do its job.

Many people treat privacy as the main property when installing fencing. High privacy fences can keep a family shielded from onlookers. Privacy fences need to be large enough so they cannot be seen over, usually around eight foot high. There are several different types of design for privacy fences, but the crucial element is that there are no gaps in the fencing which people could peer through.

Shadowbox fencing is a popular choice of privacy fence, with fence panels being applied to alternate sides of fence posts. While this ensures that the whole garden is obstructed from view, there are some gaps through which breezes can pass. Shadowbox fencing is a traditional fencing solution for this reason - it combines privacy with ventilation.