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How to Choose the Right Fence

Fence Installations, Mentor, OH When selecting a fence for your yard or patio, the options can seem endless. It's essential to consider your specific needs and goals for the fence, such as providing more privacy in your outdoor space, blocking chilly winds, masking a street view, or securing your pool area.

Choosing the appropriate fence material and design can make a significant difference in achieving these objectives while also complementing the overall aesthetic of your property.

Here is some helpful information on choosing the right fence for your property based on your available space and needs.

Choose The Right Material

Depending on your preferences, your outdoor area aesthetic, and your budget, choose from materials such as:
  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Chain link
  • Wrought iron
  • Bamboo
  • Composite
  • Stone or masonry

Focus On Security

For a security fence, the essential elements to consider are a taller height, a smooth surface without any grip points, and a robust gate that can be locked securely. The security fence should be a minimum of 8 feet, but you can make a 6-foot fence more secure by adding a few feet of trellis. Opt for a fence with flush boards and no horizontal rails on the exterior to discourage potential intruders from trying to scale it.

Create A Peaceful Outdoor Space

Selecting the appropriate fence is crucial to create a serene backyard space in a bustling street setting. Opt for a fence with narrow gaps between boards or a lattice-style pattern if you prefer to permit some light while ensuring privacy by planting dense foliage on both sides. Alternatively, consider a frosted glass design, as demonstrated in the image. It's advisable to evaluate the fence's height you're contemplating before finalizing the decision, much like privacy fencing.

Prioritize Privacy

For utmost privacy, opt for a fence with minimal gaps between the boards. Alternatively, a lattice with closely spaced panels can offer almost the same level of privacy as a solid fence when complemented with dense climbing plants. The fence height should be determined by the angle of your yard and your neighbor's property, the location of your seating areas, and any relevant local construction regulations. Ensure that the fence is tall enough to meet your privacy requirements.

Consider a Fence Installation Without a Gate

If you prioritize convenience over security, you could skip having a gate altogether and instead set up multiple offset fences that create a pathway while obstructing the street's view, as demonstrated in this illustration.

Use a Fence to Shield the Wind

Glass can be an excellent option for blocking strong breezes while still allowing in light and maintaining a view. However, it can also be expensive and require unique installation. Another option for blocking wind is a privacy fence with few to no gaps between boards. It can provide good protection from the wind, but it may also block the view.

When deciding on the fence height, consider the purpose of the space you're trying to protect from strong winds. Check with your local building codes and regulations before installing any fence, as specific requirements and permits may be needed.

For more information about choosing the right fence, please call Atlas Landscaping and Construction at 440-728-4879 or email via this Online Form, and we will contact you soon.

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