How To Choose The Right Garden Fence
Whether your old fence has seen better days or you’re planning to put up an entirely new fence, there can be more to think about than you may first imagine.
The Reflector recently highlighted all the factors to consider when choosing a new garden fence to ensure you get the right one for your needs and your property.
Working out your budget is the logical place to begin – after all, you need to know what you can afford. Anything that involves more craftsmanship, such as wrought iron or ornate woodwork, is likely to cost you more.
That said, there’s no harm in calculating roughly how much different options cost, just in case one of the higher-end choices is more affordable than you first imagine. Talking to a specialist about fencing in Somerset could be advisable too.
You also need to think about why you’re putting up a fence in the first place – is it for privacy, to prevent your dog escaping from the garden or for purely ornamental purposes? For the first two you’re likely to want higher fences, whereas if it’s something ornamental you may decide that a much lower fence is preferable.
Another thing to think about before choosing your fence is how much work you have to do to maintain it. The news provider notes that wood fences are more high maintenance than their metal counterparts, because they need regular staining and painting. However, it’s much easier to replace a small section of wooden fence than it is of metal fence, so bear this in mind too.
Last month, the Independent urged homeowners to cut small holes in the bottoms of their fences to enable hedgehogs to move freely between gardens. Their numbers in the UK have dropped substantially, and wildlife organisations want people to do all they can to make their gardens hedgehog friendly.