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Fencing Buying Guide for your home

When choosing new fencing for your home, there are a number of things to consider that guarantee you are selecting the ideal fence for your needs, while adhering to any rules and regulations which may be in place. It can be a rather challenging task to find a fence that will not only complement your home, but will cater to your requirements and respect any legal restrictions. This is why we have decided to put together all the necessary information you will need to help you decide which type of fence is best for you…

By deciding that you would like to install a new fence, the chances are there will be a specific reason for this. Whether it is for cosmetic purposes, a practical way to keep your dog safely in the back garden or a way of preventing intruders from entering your property, it is important to consider what you are trying to achieve with your new fence before you begin shopping – while a picket fence is a charming addition to your home, it won’t provide as much privacy or security as other fencing available on the market.

The main types of fencing are:

Privacy Fence

For this you will need solid fencing which generally means it’ll have tightly spaced vertical boards or framed panels to prevent you from seeing out and, more importantly, others seeing in.

Security fence

You’ll need a security fence which is tall enough to prevent anyone from simply hopping over it – pickets or posts with spiked tops help to deter intruders.

Decorative fence

Whether your aim is to establish boundary lines or add structure to a landscaping project, your fence does not need to be large or obtrusive. Aesthetic appeal is key, so try using spaced pickets, latticework or ornamental designs for a charming addition to complement your home.

Safety fence

To deter wildlife from trespassing on your property or create a safe space for your dog to run about in without obstructing your view, the most durable and robust option is a wire fence such as a chain-link fence. For the most economical option, choose one which consists of galvanised metal mesh, or for a lower-cost version, you could use a metal or plastic mesh hung on metal posts or poles.

Once you have selected the ideal type of fence for your needs, the next step is to find the correct material. The following options are the most common and have proven to stand the test of time:

  • Wood
  • Vinyl and composite
  • Iron and aluminium

Cost is always a major factor when it comes to landscaping and home-improvement projects so make sure you consider the amount of money required to install and look after different types of fences before making a decision. The initial cost accounts for labour and materials and, therefore, varies significantly depending on the size and type of the fence. Remember to consider maintenance requirements too, as some fences require consistent care such as waterproofing or regular repairs, which adds to the total cost of the project.

Some community organisations or local councils have strict rules about the style and height of fences allowed on your property. These requirements are created to maintain uniformity throughout the housing area to uphold a certain standard of aesthetic appearance. Fences are subject to regulations which dictate the maximum height allowed, the distance they must be from property lines, and whether they are even permitted to be used in front gardens – be sure to check with your local council for the relevant rules in place for your area.

While sticking to any legal regulations, it is also important to maintain a good relationship with your neighbours so, if possible, consult with the people whose property your new fence will border with to let them know your plans and give them opportunity to prepare. While you’re there, unless you have had your property surveyed, you can use this chance to ask your neighbours to confirm your understanding of where the property lines are. By doing so, you are making sure that you are not stepping on any toes by accidentally erecting a fence in a space that you do not legally own.


Family run business Barnard Fencing specialises in the supply and installation of all types of fencing for domestic, commercial and trade clients throughout Nottingham. From advising you on the ideal fence to erecting it quickly and efficiently with minimal disruption, our qualified team are on hand from start to finish guaranteeing a professional job. Our wealth of experience and knowledge means we have the skills and expertise to tailor our services to meet with your needs. So for further information or advice about any of the services or products we provide, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.


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