Year after year, unpredictable rains and winds wreak havoc across the nation, damaging and destroying all kinds of property. Among the items becoming collateral damage is the garden fence, which quietly takes a beating every time brutal weather rears its ugly head.
As a result, consumers who find themselves in need of replacing fence panels are exploring all of their options for doing so. The goal, of course, is to wind up with a strong fence that resists any ill effects that can be caused by unruly weather or other conditions of outdoor living.
Wooden garden fences are generally comprised of numerous panels made from timber. Available at most home improvement centers, they are particularly hard-wearing and at home in a rustic setting. Different sizes and shapes of these fences are readily available, making them a convenient and cost effective means of bordering your property. However, if you are a skilled carpenter with the right tools, you might consider buying and cutting the panels yourself to ensure a custom fit or personalized design.
One of the strongest wooden fences is made from close board.
This type of fence not only provides security and privacy to your home, but it is also long lasting. It uses either concrete or timber posts and can be quite heavy. It can be installed as panels, making it possible to position near growth with existing roots that have altered the surface of your landscape.
Overlap-style fencing is another alternative. It is relatively inexpensive but definitely not as sturdy as close board. It uses horizontal slats with wavy edges that provide a rustic feel.
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Traditional picket fences are a wonderful way to border a front garden. They do not use much room, but they also do not add a lot of privacy or security to a property. However, they do add simplistic beauty, and their short stature makes them unlikely to be keeled by dominant winds.
Tough fences can take many forms, and it is important to note that their erection need not come at the expense of aesthetics. If you need to enhance the look of your sturdy fence, you can always add a trellis and your favorite greenery to make it more appealing.
If ease of installation is what you’re after, you might want to install a post-and-rail fence. It is constructed by nailing horizontal rails to vertical posts, and you can decide how many rails to use and how wide they should be. This is a fairly inexpensive way to go and will enclose your area, but it will not add much privacy.
Just as important as the type of fence you erect on your property is the way in which you maintain it. Wooden fences must be weatherproofed, and there are products you can use that will keep them waterproofed for as many as five years. Special paints can be used to protect your wood fence from fungi and algae.
If you do not want to treat the material yourself, there is pretreated fencing you can buy that resists both fungal decay and insect burrowing. Some fencing is pressure treated and comes with a no-rot guarantee. Additionally, there is usually a myriad of shades to choose from.
The correct placement of your fence is another important factor to consider.
Fencing does not have to have a base, but there must be adequate soil depth to install the posts. If the wood is sitting right on top of the soil, adding a gravel layer helps prevent rot from occurring at the fence’s bottom.
If the fence you are erecting is tall, make sure you are not blocking desired light. You may even want to start with a temporary fence and track the lighting conditions throughout a sunny day before doing a permanent installation. Things to note include whether or not your home becomes darker than desired and if you are blocking any plant life from receiving the sun it needs to survive.
As you can see, you have some viable fencing options, but there are also some you should avoid. Plastic fencing, for example, is weak not likely to last very long. Metal railing is okay for some environments, but it rusts easily so can be hard to maintain. It is also a pain to replace.
Think through your fencing options and take into consideration the typical weather conditions where you live before buying any type of fencing. As with anything else in life, you will have an easier time shopping for a fence if you prepare for it ahead of time. Of course, if a fence doesn’t suit you, you should consider other options such as a hedge.
Amy Rice writes about garden fences, when not writing she enjoys playing adventure golf.