Fences have been built for ages and usually enclose an outdoor area for various reasons. Made from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting, these are quite unlike a wall. Fences are typically constructed for protection, safety, set boundaries, prevent accidents, etc. Fencing can be agricultural, temporary, decorative, perimeter and more. Railings are types of fences that keep people from falling over, like a balcony, bridge or near rivers, steep slopes etc. Sometimes, it is mandatory to erect a fence by law, for example in facilities that have high-voltage equipment, railway lines, industrial plants, airports, and zoos. Fencing can be erected from a variety of materials from wood to plastic. Let's take a look at some types of fences that see widespread use.
Electric fences are available in all shapes and sizes and budgets. Such fencing is ideal for keeping predators out. It is great for city farmers who wish to rotate free-range areas or fertilize newer plots. Electricity bills may be a concern in this type of fence.
Wood is an excellent fencing material and also looks attractive in the garden. Wood can be used in panel fencing, split rail or picket fencing.
Wood panel fencing is a great option for privacy and security to children and pets. The fence components like boards, rails, and prebuilt panels come in sections with varying size.
Picket fencing is a decorative element and also keeps pets in. These fences have boards with spaces also called pickets that run along one side of the fence rail and come with a height of 4 feet max. They can be purchased pre-assembled or as individual components.
Split-rail fencing adds a rustic look and is used to define specific areas along with properties. Wood fencing can be purchased in cedar, pine, redwood or spruce.
This type of fencing is attractive and low-maintenance and does not rot, or fade. Vinyl fencing easily mirrors the wood panel look and is an excellent replacement for wood, offering boundaries and privacy at fraction of the cost.
Chain-Link fences help to keep children and pets safe and predators out. It can also serve as a security measure. The fence is made from galvanized steel wire, and therefore, it is weather-resistant. Chain-link material comes in variable mesh sizes and wire thicknesses or gauges. It comes in Silver or coated in green or black vinyl.
Decorative metal fencing can be strategically used to beautify and attract the eye to the beautified landscape. It looks like heavy wrought iron but is made from much lighter steel or aluminium.