One of the most common misconceptions about fences is that the sole purpose of the structure is to delimit the property. In fact, your fence is also an essential design component, one that can make or break the image inspired by your property. This also means that good fence design takes into consideration both aesthetic and practical factors – here are some tips from Metro Fence Company Inc on how to create a design that serves both purposes:
- Think about what you need – the three most important fence types in terms of functionality are picket fences, low-rising structures usually installed in front of the house to delimit the space and to serve as a design element; privacy fences that are usually tall and made from solid material to block the view on the property and boundary fences, used for delimiting the space in areas where efficiency is more important than aesthetics;
- Think about the material – the purpose of the fence will inform your choice of material. The most common material for boundary fences is chain link, picket fences are usually made from wood, masonry, metal or vinyl, while privacy fences are the most varied in terms of design options and materials;
- Think about maintenance – from among all the materials used for building fences, wood is the most sensitive to the elements and the most maintenance-intensive, masonry, metal and synthetic materials being more resistant and more durable.