The fence you choose for your property is a costly investment that should be chosen carefully. A fence should keep your home safe and also last for many years before it needs repairs. Not all fencing choices will offer the security you need, and not all materials are as durable as you might expect. You also need to consider your particular needs for a fence when you're choosing the design and style that's right for your property. Note a few tips on how to make this choice when you're in the market for a new residential fence.
Solid wood or vinyl fencing can offer the most privacy, but these fence types also block your view of the surrounding neighbourhood and even the horizon. However, if you have dogs that are easily excited by pedestrians and other distractions, you may need some type of solid fence. To keep your dogs quiet but also enjoy the view of the area around your yard, you might compromise by having a fence base built of brick or stone, and then opt for aluminium tubular fencing on top of this base. The solid base will help block the view for the pets, while still keeping the rest of the view open for you. This will also keep your yard from seeming too closed-in and even a bit prison-like.
For maximum security
Mesh and chain link fences provide a nice toehold for someone to climb the fence, so avoid these if you want maximum security. Tubular fences allow a full view of the property, so your neighbours can note if anyone is in your yard that doesn't belong there, while also offering no toehold for someone to climb the fence. Opt for thick, coated tubing that is difficult to cut or pry open for added security against intruders.
If you have a pool, a water feature or sprinklers that will reach the fence, you need to consider how well it will withstand water exposure. Wood fencing should usually be avoided; not only will water cause a wood fence to harbor mould and mildew, but watermarks on the fence can be very unsightly. Glass fencing is impervious to mould, mildew and rust, but it may also show watermarks from splashing pool water or your sprinklers. Tubular fencing can be best, as it won't show any streaks or smears from water, and aluminium is naturally rust resistant, so it won't corrode or get damaged by exposure to water and humidity.