5 Styles of Fencing for Function and Curb Appeal
Winter is a great time for fencing projects. Why? Because the vegetation is not in the way and you can clearly see the property lines and evaluate your needs for a fence. And considering how warm this winter has been so far, even digging holes for the posts and installing your fence in January or February shouldn’t be a problem. But which fencing material and style should you choose? And what kind of fence should you build? Here are a few ideas for our Maryland fence experts.
Solid Privacy Fence
Now that all the leaves fell down from the trees, you probably can see right into your neighbor’s yard and they can see into yours. This may not be a big deal, but if both of your lots are small and the outdoor space is limited, you may end up bumping into each other more often than you’d like. Here is where a privacy fence can help. A privacy fence doesn’t have gaps between the boards and can be built tall enough to prevent anyone from looking over it. It can be made of wood or vinyl and is also great for discouraging theft and keeping your dogs on the property.
Classic Picket Fence
While a privacy fence is something you would only use in a back yard, a classic waist-high picket fence can potentially be installed all around your property. However, check with your Homeowners’ Association and local building codes first to make sure it’s allowed. A traditional white picket fence can add classic beauty to your home, as well as keep your pets and children away from the busy road.
Rustic Split-Rail Fence
If you live in the country, a split-rail or log fence can give your property that rustic country look. Traditional split-rail fences were made of timber logs and didn’t require nails or other hardware. Because this type of fence sits on the ground, it’s great for rocky areas where digging can be tough and even impossible. Modern split-rail fences have posts connected with 2-3 rails. These fences can be used to hold in cattle, horses or to keep deer and other wildlife out of your vegetable garden.
Slick Aluminum Fencing
Aluminum fencing has very thin bars, so it won’t do much for privacy. However, it instantly adds curb appeal to any property and will protect you from intruders if you add a secure gate. This type of fencing is difficult to climb on and impossible to break without special tools. Aluminum fencing also comes in many different styles to match any home exterior.
Charming Lattice Fencing
Lattice can serve as a sort of hybrid between a privacy fence and a picket fence. You could make it tall enough to provide privacy, or you could leave it at waist height and put it up for decorative purposes. Either way, lattice makes for a charming fence and can even be used with climbing plants for a truly unique landscape design. Lattice is traditionally made with pressure-treated pine or cedar, but these natural materials can be successfully substituted with more durable vinyl.
If you are interested in learning more about choosing fencing materials for your project, feel free to stop by our Hampstead, MD outdoor showroom. We have these and many other fencing materials on display for you to take a closer look.