It's not always easy to survey the different types of fence materials and decide which kind you need, but this information should help.

Learn About Different Types of Fence Materials

Learn About Different Types of Fence Materials

Using the most appropriate fence materials makes your project more successful.

On the Fence

Fences are a common sight on many residential and commercial properties. Sometimes they're installed purely for decorative purposes, but in many cases, they serve more than one purpose because they look appealing while preventing unexpected entry to or exit from a property. No matter why you want to install a fence, it's important to consider the different types of fence varieties you can buy. Otherwise, you may buy the wrong kind and end up finding out that the type you bought does not meet your expectations. Let's look at some of the most common kinds of fences available.

Deer Fencing

Many people install fencing around vegetable gardens to keep deer from disturbing the emerging crops. If you decide to install a deer fence, keep in mind that it must be very tall. Some kinds of deer can jump several feet into the air. For the best results, your deer fencing should be no less than six feet high. Furthermore, expect the installers to position the deer fence so it's slanted outward. The slanted position detains deer that might try to gain access to what's on the other side of the fence by getting under it. Some deer can jump as high as eight feet, but they are not able to simultaneously jump high and over a distance. That fact is another reason that it's advantageous to have the fence slanted outwards.

If you don't want to use a wooden fence to keep out the deer, consider the fact that electric fences can also serve as deer fencing. Furthermore, you may only have to use a single strand of electric fence. In contrast to the other fences that have to be many feet tall in order to prevent deer from getting in, an electric fence only needs to be about 30 inches off the ground. Whether you choose to go with a single-strand style or one that is more extensive, it's a good idea to use colorful flags or tapes to make the fence maximally visible for both deer and humans. If you're trying to entice deer to come closer and eventually learn that the electric fence is hazardous, consider smearing peanut butter across aluminum foil. The deer should venture closer to check out the peanut butter bait, and once it gets shocked, it won't be tempted to return. One jolt won't harm the deer, but it will be powerful enough to teach the deer it doesn't want to come back.

If your aim is to keep deer away from certain types of trees, you may be able to accomplish that simply by building a fence-like barrier around them. If you have doubts about whether a solution will work as well as you're envisioning, bring up the matter with a fence installer. That specialist will have likely dealt with many other clients who similarly wanted to keep deer away from certain parts of their property. It's smart to thoroughly describe the kind of problem you're having with the deer and find out how certain kinds of fences could stop the issues from occurring.

Fences to Keep Deer Out

Pool Fencing

You may also be interested in a fence installation around your pool. Because swimming pools are both fun and potentially hazardous, it's important to keep your pool surrounded by a fence that will keep overly curious people and pets out. Although you might initially think you want a pool fence made of wood, it's important to realize that aluminum is a very popular choice. It's durable and able to stand up to tough environmental conditions. If there are certain outdoor factors you're concerned about, such as whether the material might rust or how long it's likely to last when properly maintained, a fence installer can provide the insight you seek. The design of pool fencing is also important to consider. If the design is such that there are large gaps, small children or pets could climb through or get a body part stuck in the fence. If there are babies, toddlers or pets living in your household, be sure to bring up that matter with a fence installation specialist. When properly installed, a pool fence can be both decorative and practical. However, it's up to you to be honest about your needs when speaking to your fence specialist. It may help to write a list of must-have characteristics for your pool fencing. Don't forget to keep your budget in mind.

Fencing Around Your Pool

Fencing for Pets

Wire and wood are two potential materials used to keep pets in designated areas by different types of fence. Ideally, the fence should begin at the ground level so there's no risk of an inquisitive pet slipping underneath. If an animal is very smart, be sure to equip the fence with a type of latch that the pet won't be able to figure out over time. Some effective styles have to be turned and slid at the same time, making them too complicated for even the most determined creatures.

Fencing for Pets