What You Need To Know About Fences

You might need a fence to enclose your premises for security or boundary indication purposes, to enclose a particular facility for privacy or safety purposes (for example, a swimming pool or garden) and to act as a barrier that prevents a fall (for example, balustrades for your staircase or balcony). These are the things that help you choose the kind of fence to install.

Each requirement has a unique design that meets its purpose (security, safety, privacy, boundary indication, aesthetics, etc.) and considering this is how you can match your need to a particular fence. Here are some other things you should consider:

Material Composition

You may mostly come across wooden or metallic fences. When choosing between these two materials, you should first consider your needs as indicated above. Secondly, think about the features the fence needs to have; some features can only be applied to metallic fences while others wooden fences. For example, wood cannot conduct electricity; you should install a metallic fence if you need a fence that can conduct electricity. You might also want a fence that allows you to see through it. It might be difficult to see through wood fences and that is why metal fences come with see-through options like a chain link, barred and patterned metal fencing.


Always consider your budget to avoid overspending your hard-earned money. Sometimes, combining different options can help you bring the total fence installation cost down. For example, you can purchase a cheap chain link fence, which deters intruders because they fear being seen and add CCTV and an electric current to it. An electric chain link fence can also deter or stop animals from accessing your property.

Do you need a high or low fence? If you need a high fence to go round your property, you have to consider how big your property is. If it is large, high wood fences can be quite expensive; that is why wood is mostly used for short fences inside your compound and short property fences used for smaller properties, especially those in urban areas.

Durability and Maintenance

You should consider the factors that may affect the material you choose and what is done to mitigate them. Wood is susceptible to harsh environmental conditions, which can be both natural and artificial. That is why it is treated, sealed and painted to help protect it and elongate its lifespan. You, however, have to inspect it regularly to ensure that you apply restorative measures when you see signs of wear and tear. Metal fences are more durable than wooden fences and have little to no maintenance.

Contact a fencing contractor for help with choosing and installing a fence on your property.