Never overlook the need for a good residential fence, as a fence does more than just mark boundaries on your property; a fence can provide security against potential intruders, some noise insulation against a nearby roadway, and a nice backdrop for your yard. There are many choices available today for residential fencing, which is good, as you're sure to find something that works well for your property, but which can also make fence shopping a bit overwhelming! You might also easily overlook some options for fencing, and wind up with a somewhat dull and drab choice, rather than something attractive and secure. Note a few quick tips that will make your fence shopping much easier and ensure you have a fence installed that looks good and that serves all your practical needs.
For maximum security
A tall fence isn't necessarily the best choice when it comes to providing security, as a determined thief or intruder might not mind taking the time needed to climb a taller fence. Instead, you want to consider the grip and toeholds provided by a fence, which make it easy to climb. To ensure maximum security on your property, choose something solid that can't be grasped by the hands and which doesn't provide those toeholds. Avoid chain link or mesh fences, and opt for a solid, poured concrete fence with no grout lines that would provide traction for climbing. You might also install a solid wood or vinyl panel fence without individual slats that could also be used for climbing.
For sound insulation
For a fence to keep your property quiet, it needs to absorb sound or bounce soundwaves off its surface. A tall glass fence can stop soundwaves from coming into your yard, and a softer, more porous material like concrete can also absorb that noise and keep your space quieter. Wood is also soft and porous, so a wood panel fence might offer some quiet as well.
When on a budget
Don't assume that a drab chain link fence is your only option when you're on a budget; mesh fences are a bit more attractive and offer more privacy, and are often just as affordable as a hurricane fence. Poured concrete might also be more affordable than you realize, especially if a concreter uses reclaimed or recycled concrete in their batch. Concrete can be stamped and then painted or stained to look like brick, stone, or any other such material, so the fence is very attractive while also being budget-friendly.