What are the Different Fencing Designs for my Garden?
There are many different types and designs of fencing that can be used in your garden to enhance your space. There are also multiple trends growing in popularity, such as composite screens and slatted fencing, that can be used to further complement your garden. It is imperative to choose the right design for your personal tastes to ensure the longevity of use, value for money and reduce any future replacement.
As every homeowner’s needs are different, we have taken a brief look at some of the key features that you may require or want for your new fence. Some consumers may require privacy or prefer a modern design, and of course, low cost is more important than ever.
Like any new project, it’s good to take a look at all the options and designs available to ensure you choose the best option to suit your garden.
Know Why You Need Fencing
In order to decide on your fencing material, you must assess the purpose of the fence you require and ensure you choose a design that best fits your needs.
If you are looking to invest in a fence to set a clear boundary between your property and the neighbours, then you will need a fence of at least the standard 6ft by 6ft or even higher. In this case, you may want to keep the design modern and simple or even basic and stick with traditional wooden fencing but do consider the maintenance in this case.
If you are re-designing your garden for a more modern look, then this will change the direction and material in which you can use it. You may sway toward slatted fencing, a brick fence, or composite due to its wide variety of colours and designs to choose from. Most property owners want a fence that will add beauty to their space and provide privacy from neighbours. In this instance, you will need fencing material that is high enough to protect your property. The fencing should have panels with a large surface area so that the colour or texture will reflect on your property. Aside from that, homeowners can use fencing material with large panels to create a theme in their backyard. So, the fencing material and design you want to select depends on your preferences.
We are now seeing our gardens as an extension of our living space, an area where we entertain, create memories and even relax. Due to this, we want to create a place of relaxation and a modern and contemporary look in many cases. This, of course, has birthed a variety of designs from which you can choose in your garden. Choosing the right fencing can start and finish your perfect dream garden. There are, as mentioned, many to choose from, such as brick fencing, hardwood fencing, slatted fencing, European-style fencing and composite fencing in a variety of colours and screens to mix and match.
You can install fencing with large, beautiful panels that will add value to your property. To create a theme with other structures in your garden, you can install a fence that has a similar surface texture. How large do you want your fencing panels to be? Do you want a design with a beautiful colour for the panels and a separate colour for the edges? You can ask a fencing supplier for all the available options before you purchase the fence.
Every garden project or design is different, equally so are each consumer’s needs. Some customers are looking for a short-term replacement. Some are long-term replacements, and some are looking to modernise their garden. Some fencing materials will last longer, while others will not last, which can ultimately affect your fencing choices. Some fencing materials come with an attractive surface texture, while others don’t. If you desire attractive fencing in your garden, many customers install a composite fence to achieve this. This fencing material is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it will also last longer when you construct your fence with it. Composite fencing is easy to install and easy to maintain; taking care of your composite fence panels is considered effortless.
This is all dependent upon which fencing design you pick and what you are replacing. For example, if you are installing composite fencing panels onto existing concrete posts, this is easy to do and can be done with minimal experience. If you are replacing the posts and cementing the posts, then this is more labour intensive, and we would recommend having at least 4 hands available and possibly getting a fitter, as this may set your project back, and you could meet unexpected changes along the way.
A privacy fencing design is one that completely covers your garden. The height, in most cases, will be 6ft or above. In relation to design, slatted, flat tongue and groove, and brick fencing are all extremely good, as they provide complete privacy. These are the 3 in which customers feedback is the best for the job. This kind of fencing design makes it impossible for outsiders to see what is in your garden. If you need this type of fence needed, a composite is an ideal option.
You can build a lower wall with a fence attached on top. This is another idea for design and privacy. We have also seen customers build storage access points into the lower wall for access to garden equipment.
A simple boundary fence is a fence that keeps your garden free from unwanted guests and allows privacy from surrounding buildings, gardens or passersby. This stops access to your garden or land, keeping visibility to a minimum. For this, traditional wood, brick and composite fencing can all do this job. The question to consider and ask yourself is the longevity of this fence, the maintenance and upkeep of the material and how long you are looking to have this up for.
For longevity and ease of maintenance then, composite fencing and brick fencing will most definitely overachieve in these areas. The next consideration is cost, which composite fencing edges in terms of price, based on materials and installation.
Quickly growing in popularity with its modern design is slatted fencing. Slatted fencing is a thin or even sometimes thick board running horizontally and parrel to the below board. There can be support planks running vertically for support. This, in most cases, is a wood or hardwood slatted fence that normally uses this design. Slatted fencing comes in mainly two designs, one which allows visibility and another that doesn’t. The visible slatted fencing will have gaps that enable you to see through them and the other, as you may have already guessed, doesn’t.
Slatted fencing, due to its popularity, now comes in a wide section of materials, some even being used indoors with the growing trend of acoustic panels. Slatted fencing materials consist of wood, plastic and composite.
Composite fencing, as discussed in previous articles, is a fast-growing product boasting long colour stability and lower maintenance compared to traditional fencing. One great feature of composite fencing is its ease of installation due to the fence panels simply being slid into place. This enables new designs to be created. One of these creations is panel screens, or fence panels, that can be placed as a feature on top of the last fencing panel. This provides a modern and new design with fence toppers that can be swapped, changed or replaced. You can even use a hybrid design using the last panel as a slatted fence panel.
Fence toppers are extremely popular and current at the moment. They come in wood and composite materials and have a wide range of choices. You can opt for a diamond, square, unique styling pattern or slatted. They break up the plain design and provide a contemporary look to your garden.
Garden screens are a modern feature that you can use in your garden. These screens can be installed surrounding the perimeter or even used to break the fence panels up. We are even seeing screens built into garden doors, using fabrication metal mixed with not only composite materials but screens now also. Screens have also been used as features on walls or buildings surrounding your garden. They come in a wide variety of designs and look like a piece of art. They are easy to install, and this is key to their versatility of use. Some have even used them for a guard and panel to screen the bins.
Hybrid fencing is a great way of making your fence stand out from the crowd. These hybrid designs can consist of combining two styles together, and this could be used in any materials such as wood, composite and brick. One that is often used is a mix of a lower brick wall with a fence providing a feature and a design onto the wall. This hybrid design not only looks modern but can also be used to bring natural and modern designs together to create the perfect look for your garden.
Hanging flowers on your composite fence is another way to create a contemporary garden. This provides your garden with a natural look and feel, mixing nature with modern materials and design. As mentioned above, this can also improve the privacy of your fencing perimeter. You can use the natural colours of the flowers to break or mix colour tones in your garden, enhancing your space.
Installing composite decking and building a pergola on the plastic wood decking is another way you can take your garden to the next level. Using the same colour composite decking to provide a consistent look, or maybe use a different colour composite deck to provide a contrast. Using the same colour composite deck will also help your garden theme to stay consistent.
A natural feature and design which can be used is a hedge. Hedges can be cut and shaped to provide design and character to your garden. However, the benefits of introducing a hedge to your garden are much greater too. Hedges provide natural habitats for wildlife and are great added protection against strong winds and floods.
Plants the surrounding perimeter
Plants and flowers help natural wildlife flourish. They also provide some improved designs to your space, with a variety of natural colours that can be introduced to your garden project. Plants or flowers can even be added to designed composite plants or pots, adding some finishing touches to your garden fencing.
Pallets have become much more popular in recent years and are often used in consumers’ gardens to enhance their space. Some customers have even used pallets to create a sitting area or table for their outdoor area. Pallets help recycle unused pallets and are a feature you could do yourself for free. In most cases, this option only costs you time.
There are many design options to choose from, and as our interest in our garden grows, there will be new introductions of features and designs. Some of the quickly growing trends in fencing designs include composite fence panels, slatted fencing in wood, composites and screens that provide a more contemporary and modern garden finish. The choice is yours, and every project is different. The requirements of your space will ultimately impact which fencing material you go for. It is imperative to compare each material’s advantages and disadvantages before investing in your fencing.