Today we’re looking at choosing the right garden fencing for your property. So, if you have this current dilemma at the beginning of a new year, then you’ve struck gold, because that’s what we’re going to be talking about today.
Garden Fencing - What Are Your Needs?
Any fencing you choose needs to fit in with your lifestyle and the needs of your family, and of course the shape and design of your garden. When choosing something suitable you’ll also have to think about how much maintenance it’s going to need, and what type of restrictions there might be regarding things such as height. If you’re hiring someone to put up the fencing, then you’ll have to let them know if there are height restrictions.
Why do you need new garden fencing?
When deciding on which type of fencing to invest in, ask yourself why you need a fence in the first place. This may help you to think about what your fence needs to do, what its purpose is. You may want a combination of security and privacy, visual appeal, or just to make it safe for children and pets.
What is Your Fence For?
Keep in mind that wherever your fencing goes, whether it’s front or back, you’ll need to make it visually appealing enough so that it attracts buyers should you decide to sell in the future. If you have a 6ft fence, they may look at it and think, what are they hiding?
The materials you use will have some visual as well as functional impact. If you’re looking for privacy then wood is probably the best material for your fencing, as well as giving privacy, wood is also a strong material that will withstand inclement weather well, as long as it’s been treated first. Vinyl fencing panels may be too far apart to offer much in the way of privacy, but if you’re not too bothered about that, and it’s not your priority, then vinyl might be perfect. Aluminium is great too, offering a minimalist look that’s open and clean.
If you want to keep pets and children on your side of the garden, any material will do. However, with pets in mind, you may want to find something that’s capable of stopping dogs from digging their way out, or jumping over them.
We discussed wooden fencing as a potential material for privacy earlier, but wood does require a certain amount of maintenance. It’ll need painting and staining every few years or so, but for all the time you have to spend on it, you’ll get it back when you increase the value of your property. Never underestimate curb appeal. If you’re not keen on maintenance, then perhaps vinyl or aluminium is a better choice.
Check WithYour Local Authority
Always take into account what rules govern your area regarding fence height. Get in touch with the planning office at your local authority so you get it right first time. That last thing you need is to have to take it down and erect another one.