The perfect fence for your outdoor space
Fences are often added to outdoor spaces out of necessity – pool fences are a must and you may want to keep animals (or people) out of your garden, for example. But fences can also be a style element. You don't have to settle for a barebones chain link fence when you can choose from any number of attractive options that will do the job just as well.
A wood fence may seem like a basic choice but there are plenty of style options to work with. Take a look at just a few:
- Picket fence. A white picket fence is a time-honored classic, but you can put a new spin on it. Have some fun with your slat work by trying a rounded top instead of a point, play with the spacing in between the slats or stagger different heights of slats to add a unique look. If you really want to get wild with picket fences, avoid white all together – be the first on the block with a blue picket fence or whatever color suits your taste!
- Split rail fence. A split rail fence is a rustic design, commonly used to fence in horses on a farm. Its slats run horizontally rather than vertically, and typically there are only two or three in each section. You can stagger the heights of the slats to create a pattern or run them all at the same heights for a uniform look.
- Bamboo fence. Bamboo fencing is a creative twist on the wood fence. Thin bamboo shoots are packed side-by-side or on top of one another, and are framed and supported by two-by-fours.
Metal and Synthetic Fences
Metal fences are a great option if you don't want the maintenance associated with wood. Their styles range from basic bars to intricate designs in gates and bar toppers for an elegant look. Typically, iron and aluminum fences are the most common choices, as they are the most durable. Galvanized metal will hold up well against rust, and you can also paint your metal fence to protect it.
Vinyl fences and composite fences (composite wood is a combination of synthetic materials and natural wood often used in patio decks) are quickly becoming an outdoor trend. A fence like a vinyl fence or a chain link fence, as well as aluminum fences won't crack or warp and are easy to clean with just a spray.
On the price range scale, composite wood and metal fencing will likely cost you the most, with wood and finally vinyl causing the smallest blow to your wallet. While it may be tempting to just slap up a chain link fence to save money, spending a little bit extra will help you create a beautiful outdoor space that is worth every penny. After all, your patio and garden furniture go a long way in determining the beauty of your space.