Garden Fences – Choosing the Right Material

The typical “American Dream” includes a house in a nice neighborhood and a garden fence around it. Most of the time the type of fence mentioned in this dream is a white picket fence. Even though this dream has become a nightmare to many, others still aspire to make this dream a reality. Those who still want to build a house, or purchase an already existing dwelling, are often surprised to learn how many different types of fences are available today.

Before deciding on a typical fence, homeowners should take a look at different fence ideas. Garden fence ideas can be found in the neighborhoods, in magazines, and of course online. The fence material has to fit the style of the house, fit into the budget, and has to fulfill its purpose.

The purpose of the fence has a huge impact on the choice of material…

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A wire fence for example is one of the cheapest options. This type of fence is adequate to contain a dog or small children in the yard, but does not provide any privacy. This kind of fence is not very appealing to the eyes, nor does it add to the overall appearance of the property. Nevertheless, wire fencing is a very popular choice.

A privacy fence on the other hand is often made from wood or vinyl. They are often installed by using garden fencing panels. These panels are usually 8 feet sections and preassembled. Wood fences are far more expensive. The price of garden fence pannels fluctuates with the price of wood. Wooden fences are usually installed by a fencing company. The fence installation is partially the reason for the higher price of wooden fences.

Picket fencing is a kind of compromise between the wire fence and the wooden/vinyl privacy fence. This type of fence offers a little privacy and is usually not higher than 4 feet, even though the garden fence panels are available with a height of 6 feet as well. Picket fences are also available in wood and vinyl.

Vinyl privacy fences are even a little more expensive than wood privacy fences. Vinyl fences have the advantage that they do not have to be stained and treated every few years. In addition, vinyl fences do not warp and crack.

The annual maintenance for vinyl fences is an easy soak with the pressure washer…

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Garden screening is often done to create some privacy in a small area of the yard with the help of a trellis. A garden trellis can be used to create support for a vine like Wisteria. The vine grows on the trellis, creating a lush and colorful screen that offers plenty of privacy. Other natural fence options include bambo fencing and willow fencing.

The most expensive option is wrought irion fencing. Integrating walk gates and double gates can be a bit challenging as the material does not allow any errors in measurements. This fence is best installed by professionals who work with this material every day.

Homeowners can learn how to build a wooden fence in workshops or with the help of tutorials. These tutorials even help the homeowner calculate the fencing supplies needed for the project. Many shy away from this option because they never learned how to put up a fence, or they are not interested in saving money by learning how to build a fence. Installing a garden fence is not necessarily a project for weekend warriors, but it can be done with a little preparation over the course of several days.