Installing New Fencing

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Installing New Fencing

Hello, my name is Barry and this is my new fencing blog. Until a couple of years ago, I didn't think twice about fencing. I truly believed that there were only a couple of types of fence and that they all more or less did the same job. But boy was I wrong. When my brother-in-law Stan came to visit me, he explained that he had recently retrained as a fencing contractor and that he would be willing to do some work on my yard. I helped him to install a new glass fence around the pool and a lovely wooden picket around the exterior of my home. I hope you enjoy my blog.

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When a Hand-Packed Brush Fence May Be the Right Material and Style for Your Home

A hand-packed brush fence is a great choice for any residential home and offers some advantages over a hurricane fence, a wood or metal fence and even a glass fence. If you've never considered a hand-packed brush fence for your property, note a few reasons why it may be the best fencing material and style for your home.

Noise insulation

A glass fence can block soundwaves from travelling to your property, but the glass panels themselves may actually vibrate and rattle in high winds, creating noise of their own. A soft wood fence can also absorb sound, but wood fences are notorious for needing consistent upkeep, including repainting and fresh coats of sealant. A row of thick hedges you use in place of a fence can absorb sound, but these will also need constant upkeep. However, a hand-packed brush fence will absorb sound while needing little, if any, maintenance throughout the years.

Pets and wildlife

A glass fence is very durable against pets and wildlife, but it's also likely to show nose prints, paw prints, and other such marks. Dogs might chew on wood fences, causing damage. Even if you don't have pets yourself, wildlife might make their way to your home's fence and cause unsightly marks. A hand-packed brush fence is impervious to chewing and won't show marks and dirt from pets and wildlife.


Homeowners often mistakenly believe that a tall fence is the best choice for security, but the toeholds offered by a fence actually need to be considered as well. A hand-packed brush fence doesn't offer a secure toehold, so they're very difficult to climb. The density of this fence also means that a potential intruder won't be able to look into your yard and note if it's a good target for a burglary, as they might do with a wood slat fence and other such options.

Fire safety

You might assume that a hand-packed brush fence is actually a fire hazard, but note that a fire needs oxygen in order to keep burning, as well as something to actually burn or feed the fire. Hand-packed brush fences are typically packed so densely that there is little air between the strands of brush. This can actually make them more fire-resistant than a standard wood fence, and the solid surface also means that a fire is not likely to spread onto your property, as would happen with a chain link or mesh fence.