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Wood Fence – What, Why and How ?

Updated on June 25, 2014

While recognized communities are worried about the reducing security of the world and debating on a global platform about cyber safety, reducing crime rate and what not, there are people – common people like you and I worried fore mostly about the safety of our homes and private properties. We cannot raise an army to protect and safeguard our homes and loved ones but we can turn to simple yet effective measures to keep the idea of security and privacy intact. One such effective measure is fencing.


Fencing is one of the most prominent methods of ensuring the safety of your homes and properties in a cost – efficient manner. It is the process of constructing and setting up a ‘fence’ which is a free standing piece of architecture designed to restrict the movement across any boundary. Many homes have driveway gates set – up and people often confuse the fence and driveway gates with each other. Fence is used to provide visual sectioning of spaces while driveway gates are more rigid and opaque and while a fence runs throughout an area, the driveway gate is restricted to one small area and allows only oscillatory motion.

Fencing is most popular in the form of garden fencing and backyard fencing. Garden fencing is mostly used in the European and Asian countries while the backyard fencing is more admired in the United States.

Fences are mostly made out of wood though there are other kinds of fences too. Wood fence is the most popular of its kind due the following reasons:

  • It is simple and less complicated to set – up as compared to the other fence panels.
  • Wood fence is less costly than the others.
  • It also gives an ethnic look to the house, garden etc. when used in contrast with the color of the building.

Even the fence panels come in various types ranging in form of material on the prospect.

Fence Panels

The fence panel is the single unit of wood, metal or whatever material that is being used to make the entire fence. These fence panels are put together using a substitute and finally set – up on the location.

The quality of the fence depends on mostly three factors – location, panels and labor. Durability of the fence highly depends on the quality of the fence panels and it is always advised to buy fence panels after testing them. To check the wooden fence panels, a thick wooden stick is lightly tapped on it. A loud and clear ‘thud’ sound indicates good quality while a shrill sound is an indicator of poor quality.

Types of Fences

While selecting and buying a fence for them, people need to think and understand their needs and choices and then select upon the best fence for them.

While some fences are used for tight security, some are also used to increase the beauty. The major fence types are:

Chain Link Fence

This is a fence made out of barbed wires linked together. Chain link fence is mostly used in places which need high security as they can even be electric.

Chain Link Fence
Chain Link Fence | Source

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl Fencing is applied in places that require more of show. It is made of plastic and gives an ethnic look with security.

Vinyl Fencing
Vinyl Fencing | Source

Picket Fences

Picket fences can be distinguished by their broad boards out on a running rail. These kinds of fences are mostly used in bungalows and farm lands for decorative domestic purposes.

Picket Fences
Picket Fences | Source


Trellis is considered a fence by some people while many consider it to be just an architecture piece made to ‘support the plants’. Trellis may be used to support the climber plants or also may be used for decoration purposes.

Trellis | Source

Fence Types

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