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Fencing Options That Provide Privacy Without Being an Eyesore

Posted by: Erika Green on August 16, 2016


You want to enjoy your home's outdoor space without nosy neighbors or noise pollution from a busy street. There are several fencing options that can enhance the curb appeal of your property while still offering the privacy you're seeking. Check zoning laws and rules in your community, and then decide whether you want a fence that provides full or partial privacy.

Full privacy fencing keeps prying eyes from looking into your property, but it also limits your view. If this is what you want, choose a style that's 6 to 8 feet high with slats placed close together. There are a number of materials that are commonly used for privacy fencing.

Wood - Because of its traditional look and moderate price, wood is most commonly used. There are many wood and stain choices, from inexpensive pine to high-end cedar or redwood. Maintenance on wood fencing requires painting or re-staining every three to five years to keep it from deteriorating, and, even with harder woods, fencing usually lasts no more than 15 years.
Faux wood - Made of vinyl or a wood/plastic composite, faux wood fencing installs like wood but is very durable, generally lasting 20 or more years. Because the color is added as it is made, it doesn't require painting or staining. The cost, however, can be double that of wood fencing.
Chain link - While not suitable for privacy needs, chain link is the most economical fencing material and has the added advantage of optional slats that can be placed diagonally within the mesh to provide privacy.

Partial Privacy Fencing

To add an element of privacy without losing your view completely, consider fencing styles that are more open, such as pickets, latticework or decorative metals and designs. Then:

Blur outside views and increase aesthetic appeal by adding trees, shrubs or plants.
Add height to a short fence by blending materials, like a stone wall topped with wrought-iron or wooden pickets.

Once you've determined the fencing options you would like, get the right tools for the job. Contact Compact Power Equipment Rental for your heavy equipment needs.

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