When it comes to picking the ideal fencing for your garden, there are a number of things to bear in mind, beyond simple aesthetics. There a wide variety of different fencing options, as well as a wide range of requirements and needs for said fencing options. Whether you’re after security, privacy, a sound-barrier, style or pure functionality, there’s a fence out there for you. With the huge variety of fences out there, you don’t need to choose one or two functions, you’ll find the ideal fence for your property. The key thing to consider is the overall style and design of your property. What kind of look are you going for overall? Because fencing can really define the way your property looks from the outside. Do you want a traditional, cute picket fence look? Or a more rural willow or hazel screen fence look? Or a solid closeboard fence, for solidarity, security and noise control? Don’t worry, we’ll run over the key types of fences that you need to know about, and their various attributes, benefits and limitations. It’s all about finding that ideal style to match and enhance the look of your property, and the only way to really succeed at that is knowing your options.
While not all that common in the UK, picket fencing can give that classic, suburban, slightly American styling to a property. It’s cute, but is essentially a purely aesthetic feature, as it won’t stop anything except the occasional cat or football from entering your garden. However, despite its ineffectiveness as a physical barrier, it does define the perimeter of your garden, and function as a deterrent, and can look fantastic.
Closeboard fencing is incredibly sturdy and secure, and will prevent all but the most determined of invaders from getting into your garden. Beyond its obvious security advantages, Closeboard fencing will block road noise and noise pollution, and create a completely sealed and safe garden space fit for children and pets. Constructed of overlapping pieces of solid wood, on a sturdy embedded frame, the only potential downside to closeboard fencing is its bareness, but it can easily be spruced up with some screening. It can also take slightly longer than other options on this list to fit, because of its heavy, sturdy nature.
Traditional Lap Panel Fencing
This is the most common kind of wooden fencing you see. It’s kind of like a half-way point between closeboard and picket fencing in terms of effectiveness and solidity. While a lot more effective than picket fencing, especially height-wise, and privacy-wise, it’s a lot weaker than closeboard fencing, and no-where near as secure. To spruce up the potentially bare look, you could add willow, hazel or bamboo screening, and to make it potentially more secure, you could add a trellis. Trellis can be used to allow plants to climb a fence easily, or placed on top of a fence to make climbing over said fence a much messier, noisier and more difficult affair.