Security vs. Privacy Fences
Consider your options when installing a fence around the perimeter of your home
By Josienita Borlongan
Security and privacy fences are two types of fences that you can use for your property. While security fences are sturdier and can help deter unwanted guests and pests, a basic privacy fence is suitable for many homeowners. Compare the two based on function, uses, materials and price to determine which type of fencing is best for your home.
Secure your property by adding a security fence around the perimeter. Security fences add protection by preventing intruders -- humans or wild animals -- from entering your property. Several styles and sizes are available that will complement the architecture of your home. Some styles perform dual functions by providing privacy and security at the same time. A privacy fence can separate and offer privacy to your property from the neighbors. Using a privacy fence is one way to distinguish your property line better than just using strings or markers. Privacy fences shield your property from public view.
For a security fence to be effective, it should be made of durable materials such as iron, steel and concrete. Use a combination of metal and concrete for a stronger fence. Adding sharp objects, such as broken glasses, on the top part of the fence will deter would-be intruders from climbing up the fence. You may also use iron or steel fences with pointed tips, or barbed wire for more protection from intruders. Installing meshed fences around your garden helps deter deer and other animals that may feed on plants. Most privacy fences use wood, vinyl or metal materials. You may also use plant hedges as privacy fences. Plant hedges soften the perimeter and do not come off as too unfriendly compared to solid fences. Boxwood, juniper and roses are some examples of plants you can use as privacy fences.
Use security fences to secure livestock and plants if you own a farm. Some horse owners or breeders use electric horse fences to prevent horses from escaping. Keep your dogs safe by installing security fences next to the dog run to prevent them from wandering off your property. Prevent vandals and thieves from damaging or stealing your possessions, such as expensive vehicles parked on your lot, with the help of security fences. Use a security fence around the pool to prevent young children from accidental drowning. Aside from providing privacy, a privacy fence helps beautify your property. Materials such as veneer stones and bamboos can add to the aesthetic appeal of your property. A fence made of trellises can support trailing plants while providing privacy. Using privacy fences to create zones within your backyard helps separate each area of your garden.
A permit may be necessary before installing any type of fence. Some cities and counties have strict ordinances when building fences; for example, some communities require that your fence sits a certain amount of inches away from the curb. In addition, an approval from the committee in communities or subdivisions with homeowners associations may be necessary. In most cases, privacy fences should not be higher than 6 feet.
Use correct voltage and wiring requirements when installing electric fences. Hiring a qualified professional helps ensure that your electric fence is safe. Put a sign that is easily visible when installing electric fences to prevent electrocution.
About the Author
Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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