What Type of Fencing Is Best for the Garden?

April 19, 2017

There are many reasons why you may want to build a fence around your garden. If it’s not for security, it’s for privacy, and if it’s not for either of those reasons it’s simply to make the garden look nice or to keep the wind down to a minimum. Your reason for wanting a fence will determine which type of fencing you choose to do the job. If you’re currently looking for fence panels, have a look at some of the different types and their pros and cons below.

Wooden Fence Panels

The most common material used for fence panels is wood. Wood is not only sturdy enough to keep the fence in good working order for years to come, but it’s also very easy to decorate and looks the most natural. The problem with using wood is that it can sometimes look weathered, so yearly maintenance is needed, and while wood is a sturdy fencing option, it has been known to break in severe windy weather conditions.


Steel Fencing

Steel fencing isn’t always considered for smaller back gardens, but it does get used a lot in bigger premises with massive gardens. It’s the best choice for homeowners looking for a sturdy option that doesn’t require any maintenance other than initial decorating. The problem with steel fencing is that it doesn’t provide as much privacy as wooden fence panels and it isn’t the most affordable option compared with other fencing solutions. Steel fencing is, however, very secure. One of the major issues with steel fencing is that it doesn’t offer any “DIY” solutions, so hiring a fencing contractor to come and install it is usually the only way forward.

Vinyl and PVC Fencing

Vinyl and PVC fencing is a great alternative to wooden panel products. The great benefit of having a vinyl fence installed is that it still has the same natural look as wood, but it’s much more lightweight and easy to install.


Vinyl fencing is also very affordable and should be considered if you want a picket-style fence that doesn’t need to be too high – it is usually perfect for front gardens. Vinyl fencing comes in many styles and colours so it’s an option that should be considered if you want a decorative fence.


Aluminium Fencing

Aluminium fencing is a great option if you’re looking for something affordable, but at the same time sturdy enough to withstand all types of weather. Aluminium fencing is very dependable and even though it doesn’t have the same robustness as steel fencing, it’s still very similar and much more affordable.


There are of course many other types of fencing available, but the above types are some of the most popular in all types of gardens. Steel fencing definitely offers the robustness some gardens require for bad weather conditions and extra security, but wooden fencing offers the natural look. In the end, choosing a type of fence product will all depend on your requirements and tastes.  

1 Comment
May 15, 2017 at 8:33 pm

That’s neat that vinyl fencing is so affordable and can come in so many different colors like you mentioned. One huge benefit that it has is that it doesn’t have any problems with bugs. Wooden fences sometimes attract certain bugs.


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