Whether you crave more privacy in your outdoor space, need to block chilly wind, mask a street view or secure your pool, installing a new fence can require quite a bit of research and planning to make sure it’s exactly what you need.
Here’s the need-to-know info on choosing the right fence for your space and needs:
If you’re looking for true privacy, you’ll want a fence with little to no space between boards. A closely spaced lattice can be nearly as private as a solid material when combined with the lush foliage of climbing plants.
Consider Stepped Design
If it seems like too much to have a tall privacy fence all the way around your yard, consider going with a stair-step design to get privacy just where you need it. As an example, you could have a tall section of fence around your seating area and hot tub, with lower fencing near the lawn.
If you’re more concerned with ease of access than security, consider forgoing a gate altogether and instead placing several offset fences to allow room for a path while blocking the street view.
If you don’t want to lose the light or a grand view, but still need to block strong breezes, consider glass. If you’re not concerned about blocking a view, any privacy fence with few to no gaps between boards will work.
Anyone interested in a fence for security purposes should consider installing one with taller height, a lack of places to grip, and a sturdy, lockable gate. Any security fence should be at least eight feet high, though you can add a few feet of trellis to the top of a six-foot fence instead.