Fresh Fence Styles to Have a Professional Install
Say goodbye to drab fencing, and refresh your yard with a stylish new fence installation.
When it comes to fencing, white picket fences and wood fences have been longtime favorites, but for some, these fencing options may feel outdated or no longer match their personal style. If this sounds like you, don't fret; there are several new fencing styles that are changing the game. Whether you're looking for something more eco-friendly, want to add a contemporary vibe, or are interested in updating your curb appeal, it may be time to have a new fencing style installed in your yard.
Turn to a Horizontal Fence for Contemporary Appeal
Move over vertical fencing -- horizontal fencing is on the rise. Horizontal fencing is a great option for those looking for a privacy fence that is equally as stylish as it is functional. Available in a variety of materials, from traditional wood to modern metal, horizontal fencing allows for flexibility in its design. Some homeowners prefer the slats side-by-side, while others like alternating size gaps between them -- the possibilities are endless.
As an added bonus, a horizontal fence can make your yard appear larger by drawing the eye out instead of up -- accentuating the length of the fence rather than the height. When deciding what horizontal fence is best, don't be afraid to consult the help of a fencing contractor. A professional can assist with choosing the best style for your yard and handle the installation process.
Better Homes and Gardens Tip: Spice up your horizontal fence by having planter boxes, shelves, or fence lights added to complement your backyard's style.
Tie into Nature with a Living Fence
Fences provide a sense of privacy, but they don't have to be a barrier between you and the outside world. A living fence creates a natural-looking border for your yard by allowing plants like crawling vines or ivy to grow up the fencing structure. It may seem like the natural beauty of a living fence is its most important feature, but the structure supporting the plants is just as vital. Some fencing materials are better than others at supporting growing plants, depending on the plants being used. One popular choice is a latticework fence because the openings allow the plants to grow and climb. If you're thinking of going the living fence route, a local contractor can help you pick the right material to support your green fence.
Better Homes & Gardens Tip: If you're looking to add greenery but a living fence is too much, a living wall may a good option. Living walls can be created from a variety of plants -- from flowers to herbs to succulents -- and can be a great accent to any fence. Place small sections in between fencing panels or on one side as a living mural.
Utilize Bamboo Fencing for a Sustainable Solution
Speaking of going green, if you're leaning toward an eco-friendly fencing option, bamboo may be the way to go. Because of its rapid growth rate in comparison to traditional woods, bamboo is considered one of the most eco-friendly fencing materials. Bamboo fencing is also extremely resilient to the elements and can last twice as long as a cedar fence when properly cared for. With the ability to stand on its own, within a frame, or be attached to an existing fence, bamboo may have the versatility that you need.
Mix Materials to Get Your Dream Fence
The beauty of new fencing styles is that you don't have to pick just one material! One current popular combo is wood and metal. Wood provides a traditional aesthetic, while metal adds a contemporary feel. Some ideas for this combo are metal panels with a wood frame or alternating wrought-iron fencing with wood.
Mixing materials is also a great option for those who need the functionality of a chain link fence but prefer a different look. A great option to spruce up a chain link fence is to frame it with a more attractive material like wood or vinyl. But remember, because different fencing has unique requirements when it comes to installation, we recommend allowing a local contractor to handle the job.