How to Choose the Right Fencing for Your Project

November 22nd, 2014 Category: Fencing, General

In one of our recent blogs we covered the different materials used for fencing, but today let’s dive deeper into where these fences can be used around your Maryland property. A fence may serve several functions at once, so you can kill two birds with one stone as long as you choose the right type of fencing. Here are a few tips on matching your fencing project with the right materials.

Privacy Fencing

Privacy fencing is typically tall wooden or vinyl fencing without spacing between the boards (or with very minimal spacing). This type of fencing is installed to break the line of sight from your neighbors into your yard or to block out the noise and commotion from a nearby road. The fence can be taller on one side, where you need more privacy, and lower on other sides. If you seek privacy and don’t need a fence for other reasons, privacy can also be achieved through strategic landscaping with tall, densely planted trees like Cypress trees.

Garden Fencing

If you are into gardening, you might want to protect the fruits of your hard labor from the hungry critters that come from the forest. A physical fence, such as a mesh wire fence, is perfect for this use because it provides a barrier while allowing the sunlight through. Chicken wire might work for your needs, but welded wire or chain link fence is typically stronger and will hold its shape better. One consideration with garden fencing is to bury it several inches to a foot deep, especially if groundhogs are a problem in your area.

Dog Fencing

A fenced-in back or front yard is a great place for your dog to play in, and there are different types of fencing to help you keep your furry friend in the set boundaries. The privacy fencing we discussed earlier is probably your best option. And the reason is because it’s not see-through, which will reduce the number of outside stimuli tempting your dog to run off or bark. If your pup tends to chase wildlife or neighbor’s cats and dogs that walk by, having a solid fence will make these activities less tempting. Chain link fencing is also often used as dog fencing, but is not a good idea for dogs that can climb or jump high. Depending on the breed, choose fencing that’s between 4 and 6 feet tall.

Pool Fencing

Pool fencing is typically required for most in-ground pools as a safety measure to prevent accidental drowning. It’s also great for privacy and for keeping your dogs away if they are not allowed in the pool. Pool fencing is subject to local laws and regulations that determine the fence height, picket spacing and door locking mechanism. For pools you can often use a combination of fencing—privacy wood or vinyl fencing on the neighbor’s side and wrought iron decorative fencing for the rest of the perimeter. If you need ideas on how to combine the safety features with the attractive looks, get in touch with our Maryland pool fencing experts and we’ll be happy to help.

Farm Fencing

Depending on the size of your farm, farm fencing can be a huge expense. This is why it requires quite a bit of planning and research to make sure you do it right the first time. Unlike a privacy fence or a dog fence, farm fencing is rather complex and involves strategic placement of gates, paddock design and working around your property’s natural features. The fencing material you choose will depend on the type of farm animals you keep. Some of the most common materials used in farm fencing are PVC, wood, coated wire, high tensile wire, wire mesh and electric fencing. When selecting the material for your farm fence, take into consideration whether your animals are climbers, jumpers, chewers or like to test their boundaries.

And you know you can always rely on Outdoor Specialties for fencing sales in Maryland, whether it’s to keep your dog on your property or to manage your farm animals.

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