How To Choose Your Garden Fence: Choosing The Right Fence

Choosing the right garden fence panels for your home can be challenging. However, when you know what to look for, you can take the guess work out of the decision you make. Specifically, when you are making your decision based on an established set of criteria. So, for those of you who are interested in what features to look for, here’s a few things you should consider as you begin your search.

  • The amount of money that you have set aside in your budget
  • The expertise and time that’s needed to build the fence
  • The reason for erecting the fence. (A few of the more notable normally relates to the family’s privacy, security, keeping wild life out, décor or any other factors that apply to your specific situation).
  • Long-term maintenance needs for keeping it in good condition throughout its life span.

All of which should be considered before making an investment in a specific type. With this in mind, here are some common available options in the industry today.

Picket Fences

Picket fences are ideal for people who are looking for a simple nice aesthetic look, low maintenance, clear boundaries, and a safe place for children and pets to play. However, if anyone is looking to tighten up security, this is not the best option for you because it only reaches about 1 metre in height.

Choosing The Right Fence
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Closeboard Fences

Closeboard fences is a great choice for people who value their privacy since they have been designed with overlapping features (i.e. vertical feather edge boards) and stand about 6 feet. Most people put these garden fences up in their back gardens. With good quality materials, these fences can last for years. So, the buyer should also look to pay a little more for these fence out of pocket.

Traditional Lap Panel Fences

If you are looking for a fence that is a do-it-yourself install, the traditional lap panel fence may just be the one for you. Because of its ease in installation, the newbie to fence installations can do a good job. For instance, if the owner of the home has already selected concrete posts for their garden fence installations, all the do-it-yourself-er needs to do it purchase the panels and then place the panels in slots. At the most, this kind of job requires 2 men to lift the panels high enough to slot them in. As far as the décor, the owner can expect a more rustic look. This style is perfect for fulfilling a number of different criteria including having more privacy and setting boundaries between property.

Choosing The Right Fence
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Composite Fence Panels

The composite fence is designed specifically for low maintenance needs, even though it meets several other requirements for a homeowner too. Unlike wooden fences, composite fence materials are not subject to splinters or splits that causes damages that to be repaired or replaced. These fence are usually more expensive to purchase, but are guaranteed to last for up to 20 years. Homeowners can also pick and choose the type of styles and sizes that they prefer and need.


Another option that owners will need to review before making their decision is Trellis fencing. Trellis fencing is also designed as garden fencing. They serve a number of different purposes including adding more height to an existing fence. Some people use trellis fencing as option when they need added protection from burglars or trespassers. Because Trellis fencing is not made to hold a lot of weight so they are great deterrents for keeping trespassers out, specifically since they create a lot of noise as they collapse under their weight when someone attempts to climb over their tops. Trellis are also available in many different sizes and styles.


Screens for gardens are available for privacy. These screens come in different materials so people will need to make their selections from the types offered today. For instance, some people may prefer reed screens that have metal frame removable parts or they may choose bamboo screening, brush screening, PVC screening or Fern screening. The type preferred will depend on several factors including the overall décor, durability and the costs.

Choosing The Right Fence
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