Choosing the Right Type of Fence

Important Details to Remember When You're Choosing a New Fence for Your Property

The fence you choose for your property may be an expensive investment, which is why you want to take your time to consider every option, and review every detail about various fencing materials and styles. Choosing the wrong fence for your property can mean having something unsightly and unattractive, and which actually detracts from your overall view. When you're ready to shop for a new fence or meet with a fencing contractor, note a few important details to remember about a fence's appearance, so you know you make the best choice of fencing materials and style for your home.

Style of your home

A fence should coordinate with the style of your home, or it may seem to clash and stand out in an unsightly way. As an example, a wrought iron fence may seem very stately, and not work well with a more traditional red brick home. In that case, you might want a white picket fence, or vinyl panel fence. On the other hand, if you have a very large and modern home with lots of glass and square lines, a picket fence may seem too traditional. A glass fence or poured concrete wall can be better options. Consider the overall size and style of your home before choosing any fence material, so they'll coordinate and work well together.

 Size of property

A very small property may quickly seem closed-in if you opt for a solid panel fence of any material. If you want privacy for a small property, choose a wood horizontal slat fence, with some space between the slats, for a more open look and feel. You might also choose a glass panel fence, which will keep the neighbours from trying to talk over the fence and which will also offer noise insulation, and then plant some large flowering bushes in front of the fence where you want the most privacy. This will keep the small space open while still obscuring the view.

If you have a very large property, you might face the challenge of a large and long fence looking very dull and downright overwhelming. A good way to avoid this is to mix up fencing materials, so the fence doesn't seem so monotonous. You might have brick or stone columns that offset a wrought iron fence, or choose a concrete base for solid glass panels. A wood horizontal slat fence with slats of various sizes and that are installed with varying spacing between them can also keep the fence from looking too overwhelming on a large property.