How to Find Ideas for Fences

Choosing a fence for your property is dependent on a number of important factors, ranging from whether your fence is purely decorative or needs to keep people or animals in or out, to fences that are cheap or expensive to make and maintain. This article provides an overview to help you with ideas for fences suitable for your needs.


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    Be clear about what you need a fence for. This will guide your decision and expenditure on fencing choices. Common reasons for needing a fence include:
    • Making a property look "complete" - this can be merely decorative, or semi-functional
    • Keeping children safe
    • Keeping pets or livestock in and intruders out
    • Marking an area of a garden, such as a vegetable garden (and can also serve to keep out pests and weeds)
    • Serving as security for a property in an area where break-ins are common, or for a high profile person worried about security
    • Safety purposes - for example, permanently or temporarily fencing off a pool, a sewer, or any other area where accidents might occur, such as construction sites.
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    Consider your budget. High quality fencing is not cheap. If you are prepared to build it yourself, you can save a lot of money, but be aware that it's also a lot of effort.
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    Think about the style that you need. Where a fence is decorative, or decorative and functional, the style is an important consideration. For a fence that is purely functional, the aesthetics might be less important. Styles of fences include:
    • Picket fences - wooden or plastic, these are suitable for residences, gardens, and smaller areas needing fencing off. They're not very practical for security purposes but they can keep in children and small animals provided they encircle an area completely.
    • Brick fences - these appear more like a wall but low-level brick fences can work well as decorative property delineation. Many brick fences in residential properties have the mailbox built into the brickwork too. For a more secure fence, a higher brick fence can be built, and to spare using too many bricks, arrangements can be made which add metallic grills, trellis, or other fillers in between brick posts forming the fence.
    • Metal fences - metal fences can be made in many shapes, including rectangular, square, oval, rounded, etc. A bar style is common, or a trellis design. Metal fences have the advantage of coming in all shapes and sizes, so you can make them as high or low as needed. They can deter break-ins because they are strong and allow viewing of movement from the street. Metal fences can be constructed from either aluminum or wrought iron and both types should meet certain specifications for strength and durability. Wrought iron is stronger than aluminum and ideal for high-security areas, but aluminum is more cost-effective and can more easily be placed on sloping terrain.
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    • Wooden fences - Simple boards can be used to make fences in differing ways. There are many different wood fence designs that you can use to complement your home and garden. Wood fences come in many styles, ranging from very common to unique and intricate. Some common wood fence types include spaced board, gothic, colonial, dog-eared, lattice, board on board, and board and batten.
    • Wire fences - More commonly used on farming properties, stringing wire (including barbed wire, and electric wire) can form good fences for keeping stock in and predators out. For coops, use chicken wire to deter predators.
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    • A horse fence - this consists of well-made wooden fencing, often painted in white, that is sufficient to keep horses on a property (such as a ranch, stables, or a farm).


  • Shadow box fences offer semi-privacy. This type of fence does not completely remove you from your surroundings, yet provides enough privacy for many. Shadow box fences look elegant and intelligent and are a great solution for Texas homes that are in a direct line of strong winds. Shadow box fences allow the wind to pass through the fence.
  • Wood is one of the most charming and durable materials that greatly enhances the appearance of your home. You can choose from a variety of woods such as firs, pine/spruce or cedar fences in different heights and styles. If you opt for wooden fencing, it is important to take time protecting it from extreme weather conditions and other natural elements. This will ensure that the wood does not become dingy, turn grey or even warp and crack. For this, it is necessary to paint or stain the wood before installing or after.
  • Fence posts - experts will tell you that you must use quality fence posts that can withstand wind force when investing in a fence. This will ensure that the fence holds well and stand up to pressure for years to come.
  • Metal fences are highly durable and strong too. There are many different styles and types of metal fences including the chain link fence and ornamental fences. Wrought iron fences are designed to look ornamental and add value to your home while making it look royal and majestic. Chain link fences, especially the vinyl coated variety, are very strong and durable. These high quality fences come in many attractive colors.

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