The yard looks fantastic. You’ve worked hard designing the perfect landscape for your preference and budget.
Then it hits you: you need a fence. Whether it’s to keep children and pets in or to keep unwanted visitors (like the neighbors’ kids or pets) out, fences have an important role to play in your yard.
If you don’t choose the right fence, your yard design won’t look its best. The wrong fence could pull focus away from your yard, or it could block light from reaching your full-sun plants. So how do you choose the best fence for your yard?
What Material Should I Use for a Fence?
There are several different types of material of which a fence can be made, and even more designs for those fences to come it. It can seem overwhelming, but the best way to determine what kind of fence to build is one that mirrors your personal style and yard design.
As you read, keep in mind that every style serves a purpose, but there are no set rules for fence design. You can customize a fence that has some taller panels for privacy and lower sections for sunshine and socializing.
The most common types of fencing are made from vinyl, wood, and aluminum.
A vinyl fence is most often seen in white, but it can mimic wood or metal and comes in several color options. Made of a nonporous plastic-based material, vinyl is durable and easy to clean.
It doesn’t need staining or painting, but if a panel cracks during a storm or accident, the entire panel will have to be replaced. Vinyl is generally the most expensive option, but with its sleek appearance and low maintenance, it proves its worth.
A wood fence can last a long time. It can come in a variety of styles and its classic look will always blend in with your yard. With a wood fence, you have the unlimited customization to paint or stain it the color you want.
Wood is the least expensive option, but it requires constant maintenance. Be prepared to stain your fence every 2-3 years to keep the fence in good condition. Wood can split or rot, but wood fence repair is much cheaper than vinyl repair.
An aluminum fence comes with high quality and low maintenance. It is more expensive than a wood fence but less than a vinyl fence. It never rusts, is easy to clean, and comes in a variety of styles.
Unfortunately, an aluminum fence doesn’t offer much privacy or security.
Fences and Your Yard Design
Now that you know the options available you can better determine the right fence for you. Whether you live in the city or the country, we can help you find the perfect fence for your new yard.
If you live in the city and have limited yard space, this is your garden. For this, the best fence is one that blocks out the bustling world beyond and provides you with a defined space to enjoy your property. Tall privacy fence panels are set close together to prevent nosy neighbors and passersby.
These fences (usually 6 feet high) create a close setting and can be made from wood or vinyl. However, privacy fences can prevent airflow, which is not ideal if you live in a warmer climate. A wood shadowbox-style fence lets in the breeze while still providing some privacy.
The best fence for a yard on the coast is one that doesn’t detract from the view. There are several different options, including the classic picket fence, gothic style, and aluminum.
These fences are lower than a privacy style (usually 4 feet high), and each slat or bar is wide-set. This establishes an open, airy yard and only minimally obstructs the view beyond.
Gravel and Rock
If you live at a high altitude or in an arid climate, your flowers are probably in beds of gravel and rock. For continuity, a low stone, vinyl, or aluminum fence could be your best choice. If you’re wanting privacy, a wood shadowbox fence allows airflow while maintaining privacy.
Informal or Cottage Style
This type of yard design favors one main path and informal, colorful flower beds. Traditionally, these gardens are for sharing, so a picket or aluminum fence is best suited to show off your hard work. If you prefer privacy, a scalloped or dog-eared white privacy fence makes the perfect backdrop to showcase your garden.
A modern yard focuses more on architecture, shape, and materials than plants. In this type of yard design, the area surrounding your yard determines what kind of fence you will need.
If you have close neighbors or live near a busy road, a tall, dramatic fence will serve your yard better. If there is open space or nature beyond your yard, a low aluminum fence creates an artistic division without drawing too much attention away from the landscape.
A traditional yard design has neat, established garden beds and a well-manicured lawn. For this look, there’s no better match than a classic white picket fence to frame your yard. If you prefer privacy, a white vinyl fence with a scalloped or lattice top will compliment your yard.
Leave the Work to Us
Choosing a fence is a big decision, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a stressful one. You can read our blog for more ideas on the best fence for your yard design. We are happy to come to you and give a free estimate to help you add the finishing touch to the landscape of your dreams.