Comparing Types of Garden Fencing
* Written by Greg O’Sullivan
When mulling over garden fencing ideas it is important to consider a simple question. Why do you feel you need it? Is the garden fencing for security, privacy of your house, is it a garden accessory or purely for decorative purposes or indeed shelter. This a key question as the garden fencing you decide on will also determine the type of material and work involved plus of course cost. It is always advisable to talk with the experts in your local fencing supplier or garden centre and also to spend time driving around looking at fencing that appeals to you and would from your perspective tick all the boxes if in your garden. It always helps to arrive at an informed decision.
Whether you want to give your garden a more decorative look or you simply want a protective barrier then fencing is without question a very worthwhile addition to your garden. Garden fencing plays many roles. It defines the boundary of your property, can act as a partition to keep neighbours or unwelcome guests out and children and animals in. Where possible garden fencing should be aesthetically pleasing and attempt to match the architecture of the house and surroundings. Be aware also if there are any bye laws in place that have height restrictions on perimeter Fencing.
With so many fencing options to choose from it can be difficult to know what will work best in your garden. As already alluded to the style of your garden and your primary reason for garden fencing in the first place will quickly help you identify the perfect fence to satisfy your needs. The cost of timber plus the high upkeep of wooden or timber fencing has led to some innovative materials for fencing such as vinyl or plastic fencing making a reappearance.
Let's briefly look at some of the fencing options available always bearing in mind, however, that your budget will have a major role to play in the type chosen:
- Bamboo fencing can give your garden an exotic look as well as providing privacy. It is, however, not very long lasting and can rot after one season depending on the rainfall.
- Plastic fencing which comes in different colours and designs. Perhaps its greatest appeal is its durability and minimum maintenance as it is rot and rust resistant and rarely discolours.
- Wire Fencing can be unsightly; however, it fulfils its purpose of defining a given boundary. It can be decorated with flower climbers and twirling plants and over time can be made to look pretty. It lets in lots of air and light but is not very private.
- Chain Link Fencing made of galvanised or steel coated wires. Easy to install and minimum maintenance. Cheap to install, lets in lots of air and light but provides little by way of privacy.
- Wrought Iron fencing has more architectural appeal and character. It also of course has its advantages in severe weather conditions.
- Wooden fencing can give an old world type style to a garden. They provide privacy but require maintenance. They definitely will add to your garden and there is a huge variety of wooden fencing on the market.
- Stone Fencing is in reality more of a wall than fencing but it is an option. It can be costly to construct and once erected is unlikely to be moved again so may limit your options.
These I appreciate are just some of the options available.Ultimately the type you choose will be determined by the purpose of the fencing, personal preference and budget.
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