Monday, November 29, 2021
Forbes has dubbed 2021 the “Year of the Yard” since so many homeowners have decided to improve their outdoor spaces, a trend that has only increased in popularity year after year. Whether it is adding a pergola or renovating a deck, more and more homeowners are turning their yards into extensions of their homes. And nowhere is this more apparent than yard fencing.
Yard fencing comes in a variety of styles. Most of these styles fall under one of the following categories:
That said, these categories can (and often) overlap. For instance, tightly spaced picket fences and ornamental fences with dense designs provide privacy. Likewise, privacy and picket fences can be equally ornamental. When homeowners are choosing the style of fence, they should consider primary and secondary features to ensure they pick the style that is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Chances are when homeowners imagine yard fences, a vertical picket fence comes to mind. Whether it is the quintessentially American white-picket fence or tightly spaced dog-ear picket fence, this design is adaptable to virtually all home styles and landscapes.
Because pickets can be mixed and matched, picket fencing can create a unique silhouette. Furthermore, how tightly the pickets are placed along the horizontal stringer allows the level of privacy the fence offers to be adjusted. With this type of fence, homeowners should talk with their neighbors or HOA to determine who faces the good side (i.e. the side without the stringer). Homeowners can also alternate pickets to create a shadow box fence or use a metal picket or composite fence to forego this discussion altogether.
Ornamental fencing styles perfectly join style, durability and strength. Whether they boast clean horizontal and vertical lines or incorporate vinelike filigree, this fencing style can add an air of traditional elegance to both lawns and gardens. For this type of fencing, metals reign supreme. While wood can certainly be used, materials such as aluminum and steel offer a greater stylistic flexibility and are virtually maintenance-free.
With their architectural grade powder coating, both steel and aluminum fencing can withstand long-term exposure to moisture without corroding, making them a long-lasting addition to any backyard. Besides their weatherability, metal ornamental fences establish a clean boundary while keeping sight lines open.
Ornamental fences are extremely versatile, especially for sloped or uneven yards. Technological advances allow select steel and aluminum fences from category-leading manufacturers to follow ground-level changes with ease. Moreover, this type of fencing can act as an anchoring element, both highlighting and fading into a vibrant garden.
If privacy is a concern, homeowners might want to steer clear of metal or widely spaced picket fencing. Tightly spaced pickets not only give backyards more privacy but also help keep kids and pets safely inside while both reducing noise and blocking unsavory views (like a busy street). This style of fencing can also increase a home's curb appeal. Wood has been the de facto material for this type of fencing, but wood requires upkeep and eventual replacement. Composite materials offer the warm appearance of wood without the required maintenance. They are available in a variety of colors and styles, so homeowners can get the privacy they need in the look they desire.
Because composite fencing is resistant to rot and pests for years, it can be an excellent option for those who do not want the hassle of staining, resealing, and replacing old or damaged boards. For instance, Fortress® Oasis composite fencing brings together bamboo and high-density polyethylene to provide more strength and greater weather resistance than wood.
Being intentional with yard fencing can be the difference between walling off a property and extending the home. Composite, aluminum and steel fencing solutions from Fortress Building Products present an opportunity to expand a home’s design aesthetic to the property line while delivering sought-after security and privacy. In addition to a variety of best-in-class yard fence styles, Fortress Building Products offers wood-alternative railing, decking and pergolas to complete the backyard scenario.