Choosing the Best Fence for Your Property's Needs

12 July 2017
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Some homeowners need a fence to do nothing more than mark boundaries between neighbours, but for others, a fence needs to provide privacy and security, or work to enhance expensive landscaping. Since every homeowner's needs are different when it comes to fencing, and to ensure you choose the best fence for your needs in particular, note a few suggestions on fence styles and materials. You can then discuss these options with a contractor as needed.

For sound insulation

If your home is very close to the neighbours or a busy roadway, or you're the one with active kids or loud dogs, you want to consider sound insulation from your fence. A poured concrete wall is a good choice; the porous surface of the concrete can absorb sound and create a quieter environment. Glass fencing can also help to block noise.

The downside of concrete walls is that they can be a bit large and imposing, and glass is very modern and doesn't offer any privacy. If you want something more inviting and private, opt for a fence made of iron bars, in front of which you can plant thick hedges that block noise.

For aesthetics

A wood fence is very traditional and can work as a nice backdrop to landscaping, but note that the material fades in sunlight and also absorbs moisture and humidity. It may then tend to shrink and expand and become weak over time. A mesh fence may also seem a bit industrial behind your landscaping.

Poured concrete can be painted or stained a colour that matches your landscaping, to provide a nice backdrop. You might also choose a traditional wrought iron fence, to make your property look stately and more upscale.

For easy maintenance

As mentioned above, wood fences are notorious for needing constant maintenance. A hurricane fence can sag in the middle and need regular repair over the years, and their lightweight posts can also become displaced, especially in soft soil. Poured concrete will need regular sealing and may become etched over time, so it would then need restamping to retain its shape.

A more durable option is a glass fence; glass is very strong and typically needs nothing more than a regular oiling of hinges and hardware between panels for maintenance. Iron fences are also known for being very low maintenance; iron bars won't sag or bend, and the thick posts used to erect the iron will be durable and strong and not likely to become displaced over the years.