Fences: The right one for you?

Fences: The right one for you?

August 15, 2021 Off By Rob Prosser

Thorough preparation can save you a lot of money on expensive projects. This also applies to the construction of new garden fences. After all, it’s not just about beauty, but also what kind of garden fence fits the style of the house and which one is suitable for practical reasons.

Arrange the garden fence and yard together

The fence is often referred to as the calling card of the house (or rather: its residents). It is the first thing that the visitor or passer-by can see, and sometimes the only thing because, being a high privacy screen, it does not allow the view.

More often than not, however, the front yard and house are less isolated and the view beyond the fence is welcome. The way to the house, the entrance for the car, a carport, the space for bicycles and garbage cans, the mailbox. Finally, the facade of the house, trees, bushes, flower beds, potted plants. All this plays an important role in choosing the right garden fence.

If the design is successful, all these elements come together to form a harmonious image. The facade and fence of the house form the frame that surrounds and accentuates the front yard area. This means that the house and the fence should be in balance: a massive fence does not harmonize with a small, rather inconspicuous house, and, conversely, a modest fence does not go well with a magnificent villa.

Measure and calculate

The approximate length of the property boundaries can be seen from the floor plan of the land registry office, but on-site measurement can not be avoided. Draw the floor plan of your property and enter the dimensions you determined there. Measure from the border stone to the border stone with the longest tape measure possible. It is necessary to enter the entrance and the path of the house – this makes it clear where the fencing elements are needed. If the front garden is completely redesigned, the gate openings can be arranged in such a way that whole fencing elements can be used as much as possible. The best way to calculate material requirements is to draw the site plan on graph paper.

Most of the properties are adjacent to the neighboring properties on three sides. Usually, a 125 cm high wire mesh is used here. If the fence is right on the border, it belongs to the owners of both properties. A fence of your choice can be placed directly, but not on the border. You should communicate with neighbors regarding tall trellises or sealing fences, which may be desired as privacy screens.

Finished garden fence elements : foundations

As soon as it is clear which material is to be used, it is necessary to measure it again – this time it is about the exact location of the foundation.

First, put sticks on both ends of the fence and stretch a rope between them – very tightly so that it cannot move. The lengths of the posts and fencing elements are now drawn along this line; the position of the posts must be marked very precisely since there is hardly any leeway when assembling the finished fence elements. It’s a little easier with self-built wooden fences or chain-link fences – here you can still compensate for small deviations.

Important: underground poles require good drainage.Ripples and slopes in the ground In the case of flat ground, it does not matter whether rigid or flexible fencing elements are used. The posts are all the same height, as are the fixing points of the fence panels. Even with small bumps, you can keep horizontal. In the worst case, the individual fencing fields need to be shortened a little or (if it is to be safe for animals) extended. This is different on land with a significant slope.

Garden fences on a hill

In this example, the fields are mounted in steps. The steeper the slope, the shorter the fence fields need to be so that the fence can be adapted to the slope. The fence is never completely safe for animals because the triangles remain open at the bottom.

This garden fence runs diagonally like the ground. The battens are attached only to the upper and lower crossbars with one screw each and, like the uprights, are perpendicular. Chain fences can also be installed in this way, as the wire mesh can be stretched at an angle between the vertical posts.

Large gaps under the fence can be prevented with a solid foundation. It is led along the slope with steps, each step being as long as a fence element plus a post.

Base and walls

Masonry or concrete bases and pillars go well with wooden fencing panels and metal elements. The effort is considerably greater than with normal fence construction, but so is the durability.

First of all, it is necessary to pour a foundation that was laid without frost. To do this, dig a trench 80 to 100 cm deep, which should be about 5 cm wider on all sides than the base. After it dries, it can be bricked up.

A guideline ensures that the stone layers are exactly horizontal. It is easier to work with stackable elements filled with concrete. They look like natural stones, but they are much lighter and, above all, easier to work with. If you want smooth surfaces, you can also cast the base and pillars entirely from concrete and plaster them afterward.

Wooden garden fences

The classic do-it-yourself wood material also offers many advantages for fencing – it’s relatively easy to work with, offers endless design possibilities, and is available everywhere. Even with finished fence elements, the selection is almost unmanageable, because, in addition to traditional shapes such as picket, picket, and hunter fences, there are many variations of decorative design fence panels.

Fences made of split logs, offered with clamps and rolled up, play a special role. They are suitable for light and quickly assembled frames that can be guided along curves. They go well with almost natural gardens and rural houses.

The same goes for the pegs. They can be used to enclose large properties quickly and relatively cheaply. However, it is not suitable for preventing children or pets from leaving the garden. Visual and noise barriers are actually more than fences, but they often fulfill their function, especially on busy streets. Since they are mainly made of wood, they can also be combined well with wooden fences.

Of course, wooden fences also have some disadvantages – they only have a limited service life, although impregnation, painting, and professional processing bring a lot. The fence should definitely be painted regularly to keep it safe and looking good. Untreated wood is also occasionally used for fences. It is cheaper to buy, it saves labor and money because it is unpainted and can be disposed of without any problems.

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